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Clarence Carter

Singer Clarence Carter exemplified the gritty, earthy sound of Muscle Shoals R&B, fusing the devastating poignancy of the blues with a wicked, lascivious wit to create deeply soulful music rooted in the American South of the past and the present. Born January 14, 1936, in Montgomery, AL, Carter was blind from birth. He immediately gravitated to music, teaching himself guitar by listening to the blues classics of John Lee Hooker, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Jimmy Reed. He majored in music at Alabama State University, learning to transcribe charts and arrangements in Braille.

With blind classmate Calvin Scott, Carter in 1960 formed the duo Clarence & Calvin, signing to the Fairlane label to release "I Wanna Dance But I Don't Know How" the following year. After the 1962 release of "I Don't Know (School Girl)," Clarence & Calvin left Fairlane for the Duke imprint, renaming themselves the C & C Boys for their label debut, "Hey Marvin." In all, the duo cut four Duke singles, none of them generating more than a shrug at radio -- finally, in 1965 they traveled to Rick Hall's Fame Studio in Muscle Shoals, AL, paying $85 to record the wrenching ballad "Step by Step" and its flip side, "Rooster Knees and Rice." Atlanta radio personality Zenas Sears recommended Clarence & Calvin to Atlantic producer Jerry Wexler, and the label issued "Step by Step" on its Atco subsidiary -- the record failed to chart, and the duo was once again looking for a label.

Backed by a four-piece combo dubbed the Mello Men, Clarence & Calvin spent the first half of 1966 headlining Birmingham's 2728 Club. One Friday night in June while returning home from the nightspot, the group suffered an auto accident that left Scott critically injured, initiating an ugly falling-out with Carter over the resulting medical bill. In the meantime, Carter continued as a solo act, signing to Hall's Fame label for 1967's "Tell Daddy," which inspired Etta James' response record, "Tell Mama." The superb popcorn-soul effort "Thread the Needle" proved a minor crossover hit, and after one additional Fame release, "The Road of Love," Carter returned to Atlantic with "Looking for a Fox," issued in early 1968. "Looking for a Fox" proved the first of many singles to slyly reference the singer's visual impairment, not to mention showcasing the libidinous impulses that dominate many of his most popular records.

But few performances better typified the emerging Carter aesthetic than "Slip Away," a superior cheating ballad spotlighting his anguished, massive baritone alongside the remarkably sinuous backing of Fame's exemplary backing band. The record was a Top Ten hit, and its follow-up, "Too Weak to Fight," also went gold, solidifying Carter's newfound commercial appeal. He ended 1968 with a superbly funky Christmas single, the raunchy "Back Door Santa," in addition to mounting a national tour featuring backing vocalist Candi Staton, who later became Carter's wife as well as a soul star in her own right.

The percolating "Snatching It Back" was Carter's first Atlantic release of 1969 -- its B-side, a remake of James Carr's deep soul classic "The Dark End of the Street," remains one of the singer's most potent efforts, drawing on traditional blues and gospel to explore both the absurdity and anguish of infidelity. Subsequent singles including "The Feeling Is Right," "Doing Our Thing," and "Take It Off Him and Put It on Me" were only marginally successful, but in 1970 Carter returned to the Top Ten with the sentimental "Patches," his biggest hit to date. He nevertheless stumbled again with a run of 1971 releases like "Getting the Bills" and "Slipped, Tripped and Fell in Love," and in the wake of "If You Can't Beat 'Em" -- a duet with Staton -- Carter left Atlantic in 1972, returning to Fame with "Back in Your Arms Again."

Released in 1973, the leering "Sixty Minute Man" proved a novelty hit, but in 1975 he attempted to reignite his career at ABC, releasing "Take It All Off" and "Dear Abby" to little notice. By the end of the decade Carter was relegated to small independent labels like Future Stars and Ronn, and in 1980 signed to Venture for the ill-advised "Jimmy's Disco" and "Can We Slip Away Again?" In 1985 he resurfaced on the fledgling Ichiban label, returning to the ribald deep soul of his heyday -- the LP Dr. C.C. earned positive reviews and spawned the hilariously lewd "Strokin'," a major word-of-mouth hit. (A sequel, "Still Strokin'," followed in 1989.) Carter continued recording and touring regularly into the 21st century, maintaining a strong fan base throughout the South. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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A true Superman
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This remind me of my grandma..... . M a y she R.I.h

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Love that strokin song
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Saw fellow Alabamian a few years ago in New Orleans. He was absolutely awesome!
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I stroke it to the north, I stroke it to the south! Well, you know the rest! ;-)♥ ♥ ♥
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Old school song back when I was in high school
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o god damn this just came on and knocked me out.
Strokin was my wedding song. Still have the clarence record, not the wife.
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Hum
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nicko252008
Lookin for a FOX!!!!
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Theirs it is.
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wow the good old sing it Clarence
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I am too weak to fight! Al B. Martin baby I love you!!!
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You every make (love) back sent in car calling my name ( bad man ) This. is strokin gotta
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I be strokin gotta love this song
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Bring. Back in. The 601 mdn Mississippi
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Dam. Ride or. Die
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His music is all that, I saw him in Ky last year.
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Duck &. Hide. R.i.p. my friend
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Love this song
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I'd Rather Go Blind...it would have been nice to have seen a collaboratio n of Etta James & Clarence on this song
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Mmmmm-mmmmm- M M M M M ! ! ! ! ! :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D
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头为
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I love Patches
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Just the best...
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Singers like Carter and others from his era, backed up by the great Muscle Shoals horns and keyboard player session men = some good music !
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Great song...one of my father's favorite. Love it!
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Saw home boy from Alabama( he from Montgomery and me from Andalusia) in New Orleans live in concert! Clarence is the man!
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Memories of daddy playing this on Saturday night and all of us dancing when I was a kid growing up on Long Island!
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Youis sohot
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Saw u in. Alabama
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KEEP IT UP I LOVE I GOT TO U PREFORM LAST SUMMER.. SLIP AWAY M Y AUNT SONG AND STOKING IS EVERYBOBY SONG SMILE..
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LOVE U DR. CC U ALWAYS STOKING ON YOUR GUITAR
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absolute magic listing




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lisad196133
Clarence's music is still stroking.
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Love u. Clarance straight From the chicks sitting thinking& drinking to wk 2 fight in the 601
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I agree patches is a great song slip away memories of east end high school
Go blue and gold
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A word for a blind man,yeah.
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I LOVE this song!!! It takes me wayyyyy back!!!
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Patches - one of the greatest songs ever written...
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how can i find the song rooster knees and rice by clarence carer pandora radio ,misslane
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ssines62
Is it okay for a midle aged redneck to dig the music of these guys? Could sit and listen for hours .
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That's the s**t and keep it up long it take you love it
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dymentedfrea k
If you love the blues, then check out my youtube channel and leave me some love? :> I play guitar much like jeff healey, Over the top and I'm in a wheelchair. http://www.y o u t u b e . c o m / u s e r / B r o c k D a v i s s o n 1 9 7 8
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THOSE WERE THE DAYS AND ITS FUNNY HOW THEY SLIP AWAY
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Always does a flash from the past for me - SLIP AWAY - yeah!
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patricksmith 2 7 4
I would like to here. Rooster knees and rice i never heard it before
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song with meaning
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