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The 3 Simmons


Legendary Chicago bluesman Mack Simmons was a year removed from a 36-month prison sentence when he invested his drug smuggling proceeds into Simmons Recording Studio. Between recording and releasing bluesy-soul records by Arelean Brown and himself on his PM and Simmons labels, Mack found time to pump out a record by his children: Lionel, Denise, and Danny. “You Are My Dream (School Time)” never charted, but one look at the record’s label confirms that this was a purely amateur affair, and given Mack’s curricular activities, it may be safe to assume that it was more tax shelter than hit maker.


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