Otis Clay

Genres: Blues Christian & Gospel Documentaries R&B / Soul
Tags: soul blues rhythm and blues southern soul oldies Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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11 February 1942, Waxhaw, Mississippi, USA. Clay was introduced to music as a member of his family’s gospel quintet, the Morning Glories. From there he joined the Voices Of Hope and the Christian Travellers. Upon moving to Chicago’s West Side in 1957 he sang with several groups including the Golden Jubilaires, the Blue Jays and the Pilgrim Harmonizers. However, it was with the Gospel Songbirds that he first recorded in 1964 with ‘Jesus I Love To Call His Name’. Soon after its release, Clay accepted an offer to join the renowned Sensational Nightingales, with whom he toured until mid-1965. Clay then decided to cross into the R&B field and signed with the One-derful label. ‘That’s How It Is (When You’re In Love)’ took the singer into the R&B chart in 1967. The follow-up, ‘Lasting Love’, was also a hit, but Clay’s contract was latterly sold to Cotillion Records as One-derful faced bankruptcy. His releases...

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