Grammy-winning R&B singer Joe Simon famous for Power of Love and The Chokin’ Kind has died at 85.

He died Monday in his hometown, which is near Chicago.

Joe was born in Simmesport, Louisiana in 1943.

Joe spent his early years in LA homeless as he lived in a chicken coop.

Despite struggling to make ends meet, Joe wrote 20 to 30 each day while he worked on developing his singing voice.

His career soon took off and he landed three No. 1s and 14 top 10s on what is now the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

He improved so much that a label owner paid him $1,100 to record four songs that were from other songwriters.