|Tags:||rock singer-songwriter acoustic country 70s progressive country outlaw country adult contemporary adult singasongwriter oak ridge rock dreams rock 70s tennessee vocalist folk rock guitarist|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
29 October 1942, Russelville, Alabama, USA. Clayton moved to Oak Ridge, Tennessee, at the age of four. His father encouraged his musical abilities and, when aged only 10, he played steel guitar on radio. Claytons background is related in his song Industry. Between 1966 and 1969 and after a short-lived marriage, he flew jet fighters in the US Air Force, an experience that is described in his song Old Number Nine. Clayton moved to Nashville, determined to make his name as a songwriter. The outlaw scene was in its infancy and Claytons Ladies Love Outlaws was a US country hit for Waylon Jennings and later recorded by the Everly Brothers. His 1973 album Lee Clayton is regarded as a classic of outlaw country. Jennings and Willie Nelson have both recorded his erotic love song, If You Can Touch Her At All. Clayton, however, became penniless trying to establish his own band and then followed...