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Clarence Carter


Vocalist Clarence Carter exemplified the gritty, earthy audio of Muscle mass Shoals R&B, fusing the devastating poignancy from the blues having a wicked, lascivious wit to generate deeply soulful music rooted within the American South of days gone by and today’s. Given birth to January 14, 1936, in Montgomery, AL, Carter was blind from delivery. He instantly gravitated to music, teaching himself electric guitar by hearing the blues classics of John Lee Hooker, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and Jimmy Reed. He majored in music at Alabama Condition University, understanding how to transcribe graphs and agreements in Braille. With blind classmate Calvin Scott, Carter in 1960 produced the duo Clarence & Calvin, putting your signature on towards the Fairlane label release a “I Wanna Dance But I HAVE NO IDEA How” the next year. Following the 1962 discharge of “I HAVE NO IDEA (School Gal),” Clarence & Calvin still left Fairlane for the Duke imprint, renaming themselves the C & C Children because of their label debut, “Hey Marvin.” In every, the duo trim four Duke singles, non-e of them producing greater than a shrug at radio — finally, in 1965 they journeyed to Rick Hall’s Popularity Studio in Muscles Shoals, AL, having to pay $85 to record the wrenching ballad “Step-by-step” and its own flip aspect, “Rooster Knees and Grain.” Atlanta radio character Zenas Sears suggested Clarence & Calvin to Atlantic manufacturer Jerry Wexler, as well as the label released “Step-by-step” on its Atco subsidiary — the record didn’t chart, as well as the duo was once more buying label. Backed by way of a four-piece combo dubbed the Mello Guys, Clarence & Calvin spent the very first 1 / 2 of 1966 headlining Birmingham’s 2728 Membership. One Friday evening in June while coming back home in the nightspot, the group experienced an auto incident that remaining Scott critically wounded, initiating an unpleasant falling-out with Carter on the ensuing medical bill. For the time being, Carter continued like a single act, putting your signature on to Hall’s Popularity label for 1967’s “Inform Daddy,” which influenced Etta Wayne’ response record, “Inform Mama.” The outstanding popcorn-soul work “Thread the Needle” demonstrated a crossover strike, and after one extra Fame launch, “THE STREET of Like,” Carter came back to Atlantic with “Buying Fox,” released in early 1968. “Buying Fox” demonstrated the to begin many singles to slyly research the singer’s visible impairment, not forgetting showcasing the libidinous impulses that dominate a lot of his most widely used information. But few shows better typified the growing Carter visual than “Slide Away,” an excellent cheating ballad spotlighting his anguished, substantial baritone alongside the incredibly sinuous support of Fame’s exemplary support music group. The record was a high Ten hit, and its own follow-up, “As well Weak to Battle,” also proceeded to go precious metal, solidifying Carter’s newfound industrial appeal. He finished 1968 having a superbly cool Christmas solitary, the raunchy “Back again Door Santa,” furthermore to mounting a nationwide tour featuring support vocalist Candi Staton, who afterwards became Carter’s wife and a spirit superstar in her very own correct. The percolating “Snatching It Back again” was Carter’s initial Atlantic discharge of 1969 — its B-side, a remake of Adam Carr’s deep spirit traditional “The Dark End of the road,” remains among the singer’s strongest efforts, sketching on traditional blues and gospel to explore both absurdity and anguish of infidelity. Following singles including “THE SENSATION Is Best,” “Carrying out Our Thing,” and “REMOVE IT Him and Wear it Me” were just marginally successful, however in 1970 Carter came back to the very best Ten using the sentimental “Areas,” his biggest strike up to now. He even so stumbled again using a operate of 1971 produces like “Obtaining the Expenses” and “Slipped, Tripped and Fell in Like,” and in the wake of “IF YOU CANNOT Defeat ‘Em” — a duet with Staton — Carter still left Atlantic in 1972, time for Popularity with “Back Your Arms Once again.” Released in 1973, the leering “Sixty Minute Man” demonstrated a novelty strike, however in 1975 he attemptedto reignite his profession at ABC, launching “Take EVERYTHING Off” and “Dear Abby” to small notice. By the finish of the 10 years Carter was relegated to little independent brands like Future Celebrities and Ronn, and in 1980 authorized to Enterprise for the ill-advised “Jimmy’s Disco” and “Can We Slide Away Once again?” In 1985 he resurfaced for the fledgling Ichiban label, time for the ribald deep spirit of his heyday — the LP Dr. C.C. gained reviews that are positive and spawned the hilariously lewd “Strokin’,” a significant word-of-mouth strike. (A sequel, “Still Strokin’,” adopted in 1989.) Carter continuing saving and touring frequently in to the 21st hundred years, maintaining a solid fan base through the entire South.

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Full Name Clarence Carter
Profession Music Producer, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter
Education Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind, Alabama State University
Music Songs Strokin', Slip Away, Too Weak to Fight, Patches, Back Door Santa, Snatching It Back, Love Me With a Feeling, I Got Caught Making Love, I Can't Leave Your Love Alone, The Feeling Is Right, Looking for a Fox, The Road of Love, Slipped, Tripped and Fell in Love, Dr. C.C., Lovely Day, Grandpa Can't Fly His Kite, I Can't See Myself, Getting the Bills, Drift Away, Harper Valley P.T.A., I Got Caught, Funky Fever, I Stayed Away Too Long, Girl From Soweto, Thread the Needle, Doin' Our Thing, Let Me Comfort You, Trying to Sleep Tonight, I'd Rather Go Blind, It's All in Your Mind, Got a Thing About You Baby, Tell Daddy
Albums This Is Clarence Carter, Testifyin', The Dynamic Clarence Carter, Dr. C.C., Sing Along With Clarence Carter, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, Messin' With My Mind, Live With the Dr., Have You Met Clarence Carter... Yet?, I Couldn't Refuse, Patches, Slippin' Away, I Got Rhythm, Dance to the Blues, Everybody Plays The Fool, On Your Feet, Clarence, The Best of Clarence Carter, Snatching It Back: The Best of Clarence Carter, The Girl From Soweto, Legendary Clarence Carter, This Is Clarence Carter / The Dynamic Clarence Carter, Slip Away and Other Hits, Testifyin' / This Is Clarence Carter, The Best of Clarence Carter: The Dr.'s Greatest Prescriptions, The Fame Singles, Vol. 1: 1966-70, The Best and the Rest, Clarence Carter - The Fame Singles Vol. 2 1970-73, Starting All Over Again, Soul Legend, Best Soul and R&B, Rhino Hi-Five: Clarence Carter, Sings 'Patches' And Other Great Hits, Highlights of Clarence Carter, Clarence Carter - His Very Best, Greatest Hits, Timeless Rhythm & Blues: Clarence Carter, Clarence Carter Selected Hits, A Christmas Party, Brick House, I'm Easy, Best of Clarence Carter, Back To Back: George McCrae & Clarence Carter, Easy, Clarence Carter: Take Ten, Greatest Hits (Digitally Remastered), The Platinum Collection, The Gold Standard Series Pop Classics - Clarence Carter, Clarence Carter - Soul Selection, Together Again, A Patch Of Clarence - [The Dave Cash Collection]

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1 Blind R&B singer, best known for his 1970 hit "Patches" and the notorious "Strokin'".



Mafia III 2016 Video Game performer: "Slip Away" - uncredited
Independent Lens TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Filth 2013/I performer: "Back Door Santa" / writer: "Back Door Santa"
Muscle Shoals 2013 Documentary performer: "Slip Away", "Snatching It Back", "Patches" / writer: "Snatching It Back", "Tell Mama", "I'd Rather Be An Old Man's Sweetheart Than A Young Man's Fool" - as Clarence George Carter
Killer Joe 2011 performer: "Strokin'" / writer: "Strokin'"
How I Got Lost 2009 performer: "Patches"
Talk to Me 2007 performer: "Looking for a Fox" / writer: "Looking for a Fox" - as Clarence George Carter
Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
How I Met Your Mother TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2006 writer - 1 episode, 2006
Cold Case 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Wire 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Mission: Impossible III 2006 writer: "Back Door Santa" - as Clarence George Carter
My Name Is Earl TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2006 writer - 1 episode, 2006
Grey's Anatomy 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Monster-in-Law 2005 writer: "Tell Mama"
Miss Match 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Festival Express 2003 Documentary writer: "Tell Mama" - as C. Carter
Crossing Jordan TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2001 writer - 1 episode, 2001
Almost Famous 2000 performer: "Slip Away"
Wonder Boys 2000 performer: "Slip Away"
The Theory of Flight 1998 performer: "Snatchin' It Back" / writer: "Snatchin' It Back"
Another Day in Paradise 1998 performer: "Looking for a Fox", "I Can't See Myself" / writer: "Looking for a Fox", "I Can't See Myself"
Blues Brothers 2000 1998 writer: "Lookin' For A Fox"
Jingle All the Way 1996 performer: "Back Door Santa" / writer: "Back Door Santa"
Breathing Room 1996 performer: "Back Door Santa" / writer: "Back Door Santa"
Carpool 1996 writer: "TELL MAMA"
The Nutty Professor 1996 performer: "Strokin'" / writer: "Strokin'"
The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1995 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Epic of Detective Mandy: Book Three - Satan Claus II: The Elves of Doom 1993 TV Short writer: "Back Door Santa"
The Adventures of Ford Fairlane 1990 writer: "I Ain't Got You"



Independent Lens 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
Jingle Bell Rocks! 2013 Documentary Himself
Muscle Shoals 2013 Documentary Himself
My Music: Funky Soul Superstars 2005 TV Special documentary Himself
Another Day in Paradise 1998 Himself
Soul Train 1971 TV Series documentary Guest
Disco 2 1970 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1969 TV Series Himself - Singer / Guitarist
New American Bandstand 1965 1968 TV Series Himself

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