It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. In the wake of his success, Dowell wanted to become a songwriter in his own right, but due to contractual obligations, he was required to sing music owned by Smash's parent company, Mercury Records. He had two further hits, "The Bridge of Love" (US #50) and "Little Red Rented Rowboat" (US #23), but after struggles with his management he was dropped from the label. Dowell went on to record one single for Monument Records and a folk album in the 1960s, and a number of singles and a gospel album for his own Journey label in the 1970s and 1980s. He also recorded a bicentennial EP for the Boy Scouts of America and radio jingles. Bear Family Records released a CD on Joe Dowell's music, including unreleased recordings.
He died on February 4, 2016 in Bloomington, Illinois after suffering a heart attack in the prior weekend. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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