b. 22 Feb 1929, on the plantation near Manitou, Manitoba, Canada. Clayton was raised hearing the music of the first American singers such as for example Vernon Dalhart as well as the Carter Family members and was significantly impressed by the tunes and yodels of fellow Canadians Wilf Carter and, in those times, Hank Snow. At 18, he trained himself to try out guitar and started to sing and yodel in the beginning for his personal enjoyment. He also experienced a solid desire, like Carter, to create songs of existence as well as the people or occasions that he understood about. In 1948, he published his first track ‘Remembrances Of My Aged Prairie House’, nonetheless it by no means gained launch until 1985, when it made an appearance around the German label, Cattle. Past due in 1952, he made an appearance at an area music competition and was asked to try out acoustic guitar accompaniment to a pianist called Marge Redpath. She was the neighborhood schoolteacher at among the one-room colleges in the region and both found these were immediately drawn to one another. They married in-may 1954 and with Marge playing keyboards and/or autoharp and performing support vocals, they began performing and documenting jointly, a practice that lasted well in to the 90s. Over time Clayton has created over 200 music many being documented on a blast of Sunlight albums. He also made an appearance at numerous main country festivals however in spite of all travelling, he often resided on and proved helpful the plantation where he was created. Clayton is well known affectionately as the Canadian Balladeer.