Willie Clayton Biography

29 March 1955, Indianola, Mississippi, USA. Raised in Chicago, Clayton has a full-throated, flavourful voice, characteristic of many artists from that city during the soul era, and one that has won the hearts of both soul and blues fans. He first recorded for an obscure label in Dallas in 1969, but in 1974 burst onto the scene with ‘I Must Be Losing You’ on Hi Records’ Pawn subsidiary. Since that release, he has produced a consistent body of work - now called soul blues, first out of Memphis and later out of Chicago - that has magnificently kept the down-home soul sound alive in contemporary African-American music. His output has rarely made the national charts, but his regional successes have been many. Two Clayton releases on the Nashville-based Compleat label, ‘Tell Me’ and ‘What A Way To Put It’, both produced by General Crook in Chicago, made the lower reaches of the charts in 1984. After an ill-advised swing to a contemporary beat on a Polydor Records album in the late 80s, Clayton returned to a down-home sound with a steady stream of quality albums throughout the 90s and into the new millennium.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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