Clayton Love

Genres: Blues
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Decades: 1990s


15 November 1927, Mattson, Mississippi, USA. While studying as a medical student at Alcorn, Love formed the Shufflers with some of his fellow students, including Jesse Flowers and Henry Reed, to play clubs and colleges around Vicksburg. His cousin, Earl Reed, had a big band which had recorded for Trumpet Records in Jackson. With his encouragement, Love contacted Lillian McMurry and a session was arranged. ‘Shufflin’ With Love’, released in 1951, was a ragged imitation of bands led by Louis Jordan and Roy Milton that toured the south. Other records, for Aladdin Records, Modern Records and Groove, followed over the next years. By then, he had met up with Ike Turner, a childhood friend from his Clarksdale days. Turner’s band, the Kings Of Rhythm, was based in St. Louis and in 1957, with Love as their lead vocalist, the band recorded three singles for Federal, including the regional hit ‘The Big Question’. He then joined pianist Roosevelt...

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