Tom Clay

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Tom Clay was responsible for one Top 10 hit in the USA, a re-recorded medley of the 60s hits ‘What The World Needs Now Is Love’ (originally recorded by Jackie DeShannon) and ‘Abraham, Martin And John’ (originally recorded by Dion). Clay was employed as a substitute disc jockey in Los Angeles on radio station KGBS in 1971 when he created the record, using pastiches of famous speeches by the late John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King and children’s voices. A back-up vocal group, the Blackberries, was also added, and Clay played the recording during his show. Motown Records founder Berry Gordy issued a shortened version of Clay’s creation on his Mowest label. It reached number 9 nationally but Clay was unable to follow it with another hit.

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