24 May 1945, Chicago, Illinois, USA. A childhood friend of Curtis Mayfields, Callier grew up singing on the streets as a member of several rival doo-wop groups. He was first recorded by Chess Records in 1963, releasing a one-off single Look At Me Now. Recorded in 1965, his debut album for Prestige Records was delayed for almost four years when the errant producer disappeared into the Mexican desert with the master tapes. When it was eventually released in 1968, the carefully crafted blend of soul, folk and jazz styles marked the arrival of a gifted musician and songwriter. Callier never received the wider acclaim that seemed his due, however, and despite a series of strong albums for Cadet and Elektra Records in the 70s, he retired from music in 1983 to become a computer programmer at the University of Chicago.
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