Eugene Booker McDaniels, 12 February 1935, Kansas City, Kansas, USA. McDaniels began singing in church as a tiny child and by the age of 11 was a member of a gospel quartet. This was in Omaha, Nebraska, where he was raised and also studied at the Omaha Conservatory of Music. The quartet tried out in New York City where McDaniels was recognized as the pre-eminent singer in the group. In 1954, he relocated to Los Angeles where he swiftly built a reputation singing in jazz clubs. He performed with many noted artists, among them Les McCann, Cannonball Adderley, John Coltrane and Miles Davis. Signed by Liberty Records, he had a US Top 5 hit in 1961 with A Hundred Pounds Of Clay which was followed by another Top 5 single Tower Of Strength, and Chip Chip, Point Of No Return, and Spanish Lace, all of which made the charts in the USA. He toured Australia with Dizzy Gillespie and Sarah Vaughan but was becoming...
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