Thursday, October 30, 2014

Clarence Carter

Clarence Carter is usually remembered as a soul singer who recorded a few hits for the great R&B/soul label, Atlantic, during the Sixties and Seventies. However, Carter was much more than that. He was a bluesman and a talented blues guitarist and songwriter. Carter was born in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1936.

Carter’s versatility was on full display on his debut album, “This is Clarence Carter” (1968). The album contained disparate tracks including the funky hit, “Looking for a Fox,” and the pure soul of “Slip Away.”

Carter’s sophomore effort, “The Dynamic Clarence Carter” (1969), was another fine eclectic collection of songs with numbers as diverse as the soul ballad, “I’d Rather Go Blind,” and a cover of The Doors’ “Light My Fire.” Testifyin’” (1969) was another strong album. In 1970, Carter scored another big pop hit with the title track of his next album, “Patches.”

Carter has continued to record, but has produced nothing to compare with his first four albums for Atlantic.


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