Clay Hammond

Decades: 2000s


21 June 1936, Roseback, Texas, USA. Clay was the older brother of Walter Hammond, singer with the original Olympics. Initially achieving success as a songwriter, Clay’s composition ‘Part Time Love’ was a number 1 R&B single for ‘ Little’ Johnny Taylor. Hammond later recorded for several labels, including Galaxy and Duo Disc, before settling with Kent in 1967. His releases included two superb southern soul ballads, ‘You Messed Up My Mind’ (1966) and ‘I’ll Make It Up To You’ (1968). Clay’s subsequent recordings were more irregular, although a successful Japanese tour did produce an album, These Arms Of Mine. In 1981 he joined the Rivingtons, who were still working the oldies circuit on the strength of their novelty hit ‘Papa Oom Mow Mow’. Hammond later sang with one of the many different Drifters groups while continuing to record as a solo artist.

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