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Joe Clay


Rockabilly singer/guitarist Joe Clay was over the cusp of stardom in 1956, when he appeared over the Ed Sullivan Present at 17 and won a contract with RCA Information. But Sullivan, in usual repressive fashion, informed the young vocalist to try out the Platters subdued “Just You” rather than his rollicking “Duck Tail,” and Clay’s domineering supervisor refused to permit him to try out outside New Orleans and finally drove RCA apart. Nonetheless it wasn’t the final the planet would listen to from Joe Clay. Blessed in Louisiana’s Cajun place as Claiborne Joseph Cheramie, Clay started playing inside a nation music group at 12 which continued to obtain a gig on WWEZ radio. RCA developed a subsidiary known as Vik Information, which known as the station searching for skill. The label after that provided Clay a agreement, to which Clay replied, “Hell yes!” Clay, who got already documented Sixteen Chicks, Goodbye Goodbye, and you also Look That Great if you ask me in Houston, was flown to NY, where he documented with a number of the finest dark rhythm musicians of that time period (guitarist Mickey Baker, guitarist Skeeter Greatest, bassist Leonard Gaskin, and drummers Bobby Donaldson and Joe Marshall) in another of the sooner integrated studio classes. However the raucous music proceeded to go nowhere. Clay performed like Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley, and made an appearance on Sullivan weeks sooner than Presley, but just been successful in playing back-up on some Elvis recordings. Clay spent another 30 years performing within the Bourbon Road lounges of New Orleans, ultimately traveling a bus to aid himself. From the 1980s, after he’d abandoned carrying out, Clay was learning to be a celebrity in European countries, unbeknownst to him. A Western German label released a ’50s revival recording offering Clay that became popular, along with a diehard British promoter spent years looking to monitor Clay down, putting classified ads, phoning DJs, and operating connections. Willie Jeffrey finally discovered Clay and organized a tour of Britain in 1986.

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Full Name Joe Clay
Died September 26, 2016, Gretna, Louisiana, United States
Profession Musician
Nationality American
Music Songs Sixteen Chicks, Ducktail, Fishing Pole Song, Slippin' Out 'n' Sneakin' In, You Look That Good to Me, Hitting That Spot, Cracker Jack, Whole Lot of Trouble, Did You Mean Jelly Bean, Shake It Loretta, Did You Mean Evergreen, Doggone It, Get on the Right Track, My Cars Alright, Don't Mess with My Ducktail, Goodbye, Goodbye, The Legend Is Now, I Dig Her Style, Kwitchur Belyakin, Get On The Right Track, Baby, Be Bop Boogie Bop, Trash Tongue Talker, Feet of Clay, Annabella, Shting Shtang, I Blame You, In the Night, Don't Mess With My, Interview, Kiwtchur Berlyakin
Albums Ducktail, The Legend Is Now, Rock-a-Billy Classics, Goodbye Goodbye, The Best of the Best

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