Judy Clay

Genres: Doo Wop Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1990s 2000s
Links online: VIAF Wikipedia

Biography

Judy Guion, 12 September 1938, St. Paul, North Carolina, USA, d. 19 July 2001, Fayetteville, North Carolina. Guion began singing in church in St. Paul at a very early age, before moving to Fayetteville, North Carolina, to be raised by her grandmother. A move to Brooklyn in the early 50s saw her join a church choir that also sang on Sunday night radio broadcasts. After her grandmother took Guion back to North Carolina, the young teenager asked to return to New York, where she first stayed with a girlfriend and had a church minister as temporary guardian. Soon, however, Lee Warrick Drinkard of the Drinkard Singers ‘adopted’ her and, from the age of 14, she became a regular performer with the ‘family’ gospel group, originally formed in Savannah, Georgia, around 1938, when Emily Drinkard (today better known as Cissy Houston, and Lee’s cousin) was only five. The family group had moved to East Orange, New Jersey, and Guion joined them around...

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