It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.

Please ensure you are using the latest Flash Player.


If you are unable or do not wish to upgrade your Flash Player,
please try a different browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora One subscription will expire shortly.
More Info
No Thanks
Your Pandora One trial will expire shortly.
Restore
Close
close
Your Pandora One trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
Upgrade Now
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora One.
More Info
No Thanks
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
 Upgrade  sign up   |   help   |  
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

Free personalized radio that
plays the music you love

Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this

Delbert McClinton

The venerable Delbert McClinton is a legend among Texas roots music aficionados, not only for his amazing longevity, but for his ability to combine country, blues, soul, and rock & roll as if there were no distinctions between any of them in the best time-honored Texas tradition. A formidable harmonica player long before he recorded as a singer, McClinton's career began in the late '50s, yet it took him nearly two decades to evolve into a bona fide solo artist. A critics' darling and favorite of his peers, McClinton never became a household name, but his resurgence in the '90s helped him earn more widespread respect from both the public at large and the Grammy committee.

Delbert McClinton was born in Lubbock, Texas, on November 4, 1940, and grew up in Fort Worth. Discovering the blues in his teenage years, McClinton quickly became an accomplished harmonica player and found plenty of work on the local club scene, where musicians often made their living by playing completely different styles of music on different nights of the week. His most prominent early gig was with the Straitjackets, the house band at a blues/R&B club; it gave McClinton the opportunity to play harp behind blues legends like Howlin' Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Sonny Boy Williamson II, and Bobby "Blue" Bland. In 1960, McClinton's cover of Williamson's "Wake Up Baby" made him the first white artist to have a record played on the local blues station KNOK. McClinton's harmonica was prominently featured on Fort Worth native Bruce Channel's 1962 number one smash "Hey! Baby"; brought along for Channel's tour of England, McClinton wound up giving harp lessons to a young John Lennon. Upon returning to the States, McClinton founded a group called the Rondells (sometimes listed as the Ron-Dels), which had a minor chart single in 1965 with "If You Really Want Me to, I'll Go." Although the Rondells recorded for several different labels, wider success eluded them and McClinton spent much of the '60s making the rounds of the Texas club and roadhouse circuit, where his reputation kept growing steadily.

In 1972, McClinton moved to Los Angeles, where he teamed up with Fort Worth singer/songwriter Glen Clark as Delbert & Glen. Signed to the small Atlantic affiliate Clean Records, Delbert & Glen recorded two albums in a mostly country-rock vein, 1972's Delbert & Glen and 1973's Subject to Change. Neither sold well and McClinton returned to Texas in 1974, where he was able to land a solo deal with ABC on the strength of his emerging songwriting talent. His first solo album, Victim of Life's Circumstances, was released in 1975; although he was marketed as part of the emerging progressive country movement, McClinton's music was too indebted to blues and R&B to neatly fit that tag. Genuine Cowhide (1976) and Love Rustler (1977) followed to highly positive reviews, if not much commercial attention, and other artists started to mine McClinton's catalog for material; in 1978, Emmylou Harris took his "Two More Bottles of Wine" all the way to the top of the country charts. A switch to Capricorn produced two albums, 1978's Second Wind and 1979's Keeper of the Flame; the former featured his original version of "B Movie Boxcar Blues," later a part of the Blues Brothers repertoire. When Capricorn folded, he moved to the Muscle Shoals Sound imprint and his 1980 label debut, The Jealous Kind, gave him his first Top 40 single in "Givin' It Up for Your Love," which hit on both the pop and country charts.

Unfortunately, Muscle Shoals Sound folded not long after McClinton's follow-up, 1981's Plain from the Heart, and he subsequently took a long hiatus from recording, concentrating instead on live performances. His next prominent appearance was an acclaimed vocal turn on guitarist Roy Buchanan's 1986 album Dancing on the Edge; that guest appearance helped land him a deal with Alligator. In 1989, McClinton issued the comeback album Live from Austin, which earned him his first Grammy nomination (for Best Contemporary Blues Album). He signed with Curb in 1990, debuting that year with I'm with You, and moved to Nashville, where he soon became a much sought-after songwriter (often in tandem with new partner Gary Nicholson) in the contemporary country field. Over the next few years, McClinton placed material with stars like Wynonna, Vince Gill, Lee Roy Parnell, and Martina McBride, among others. His biggest break, though, came when he was tapped for a duet with Bonnie Raitt on 1991's Luck of the Draw, the follow-up to her much-lauded comeback Nick of Time. The result, "Good Man, Good Woman," brought McClinton his first Grammy for Best Rock Vocal, Duo or Group, which suddenly raised his profile tenfold. He capitalized with 1992's Never Been Rocked Enough, which featured not only his duet with Raitt, but also guest appearances from Tom Petty and Melissa Etheridge, and his biggest hit single since 1980, "Every Time I Roll the Dice." Later that year, he hit the country charts with another duet, this time with Tanya Tucker on "Tell Me About It." The song later appeared on McClinton's next album, 1993's simply titled Delbert McClinton.

Despite enjoying the greatest commercial success of his career, McClinton's relationship with Curb was beginning to sour. His next two albums were released to comparatively little attention and he finally extricated himself from his contract to sign with Rising Tide, a small label associated with Universal. Released in 1997, One of the Fortunate Few was designed to restore McClinton to his early-'90s stature, featuring an array of guest stars, including Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, Lyle Lovett, Pam Tillis, B.B. King, John Prine, and Mavis Staples. It was still definitely McClinton's show, however, and as such it received mostly complimentary reviews; it also sold more than 250,000 copies before Rising Tide went belly up. McClinton next returned in 2001 on the Austin, Texas-based New West imprint with another acclaimed effort, Nothing Personal. It proved to be one of the most popular recordings of his career, gaining substantial airplay on Americana radio and ending up one of the year's biggest hits on Billboard's blues chart; it also won him another Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album. The impressive Cost of Living was released in 2005 on New West Records. Acquired Taste followed in 2009. In 2013, after a 40-year break, McClinton reunited with Clark for an album of new material, Blind, Crippled and Crazy. ~ Steve Huey
full bio

Selected Discography

x

Track List: The Definitive Collection

3. Honky Tonkin' (I Guess I Done Me Some)

4. Victim Of Life's Circumstances

5. Two More Bottles Of Wine

6. Special Love Song

7. Lipstick, Powder And Paint

8. Pledging My Love

10. Love Rustler

11. Under Suspicion

12. Ain't What You Eat But How You Chew It

13. Take It Easy

14. "B" Movie Boxcar Blues

15. A Mess Of Blues

16. Plain Old Makin' Love

17. The Jealous Kind

19. Sandy Beaches

20. Heartbreak Radio

22. You Were Never Mine

x

Track List: Cost Of Living

1. One Of The Fortunate Few

2. Right To Be Wrong

3. The Part I Like Best

4. I'll Change My Style

5. Hammerhead Stew

6. Your Memory, Me, And The Blues

7. Dead Wrong

8. Down Into Mexico

9. Kiss Her Once For Me

10. I Had a Real Good Time

11. Midnight Communion

12. Two Step Two

13. Alright By Me

x

Track List: Room To Breathe

1. Same Kind Of Crazy

2. Smooth Talk

3. Jungle Room

4. Everything I Know About The Blues

5. Blues About You Baby

6. Lone Star Blues

7. The Rub

8. Won't Be Me

9. Don't Want To Love You

10. Ain't Lost Nothin'

11. Money Honey

12. New York City

x

Track List: Second Wind / Keeper Of The Flame

x

Track List: The Jealous Kind / Plain' From The Heart

3. Giving It Up For Your Love

4. The Jealous Kind

8. Take Me To The River

9. Shaky Ground

12. A Fool In Love

13. Heartbreak Radio

14. I've Got Dreams To Remember

16. I Wanna Thank You Baby

17. Sandy Beaches

18. Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette)

23. In The Jailhouse Now

x

Track List: Nothing Personal

1. Livin' It Down

2. Gotta Get It Worked On

3. When Rita Leaves

4. Squeeze Me In

5. Birmingham Tonight

6. Baggage Claim

7. All Night Long

8. Don't Leave Home Without It

9. Desperation

10. Nothin' Lasts Forever

11. Read Me My Rights

12. All There Is of Me

13. Watchin' the Rain

x

Track List: Ultimate Collection

1. Giving It Up For Your Love

2. B-Movie Boxcar Blues

3. Love Rustler

4. Two More Bottles Of Wine

5. Victim Of Life's Circumstances

6. Honky Tonkin' (I Guess I Done Me Some)

7. Special Love Song

8. I'm Dyin' As Fast As I Can

9. Lipstick, Powder & Paint

10. Under Suspicion

11. Take It Easy

12. The Jealous Kind

15. Plain Old Makin' Love

16. Sandy Beaches

17. Heartbreak Radio

18. You Were Never Mine

x

Track List: One Of The Fortunate Few

1. Old Weakness

2. Leap Of Faith

3. Somebody To Love You

4. Sending Me Angels

5. Too Much Stuff

6. Monkey Around

7. Lie No Better

8. You Were Never Mine

9. Better Off With The Blues

10. Best Of Me

x

Track List: Victim of Life's Circumstances / Genuine Cowhide

1. Victim Of Life's Circumstances

2. Honky Tonkin' (I Guess I Done Me Some)

3. Two More Bottles Of Wine

4. Lesson In The Pain Of Love

9. Solid Gold Plated Fool

12. It's Love Baby (24 Hours A Day)

13. Please, Please, Please

14. Lovey Dovey

15. Before You Accuse Me

16. Blue Monday

18. Lipstick, Powder And Paint

19. Pledging My Love

20. One Kiss Led To Another

21. (When She Wants Good Lovin') My Baby Comes To Me

22. Special Love Song

23. Let The Good Times Roll

24. Love Rustler

25. Let Love Come Between Us

26. Under Suspicion

x

Track List: Classics, Vol. 2: Plain from the Heart

2. A Fool In Love

3. Heartbreak Radio

4. I've Got Dreams To Remember

6. I Wanna Thank You Baby

7. Sandy Beaches

8. Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette)

x

Track List: Delbert McClinton

2. Tell Me About It

3. Weatherman

4. Mary Lou

5. Have A Little Faith In Me

6. The Wanderer

7. Just You And Me

8. One More Last Chance

9. Lay Around And Love On You

10. He Will Break Your Heart

x

Track List: Never Been Rocked Enough

1. Everytime I Roll The Dice

2. I Used To Worry (Duet With Francine Reed)

3. Miss You Fever

4. Why Me

5. Have A Little Faith In Me

6. Never Been Rocked Enough

7. Blues As Blues Can Get

8. Can I Change My Mind

9. Cease And Desist

10. Stir It Up

11. Good Man, Good Woman (Duet With Bonnie Raitt)

x

Track List: I'm With You

1. That's The Way I Feel

2. My Baby's Lovin'

3. Go On

4. Got You On My Mind

5. Crazy 'bout You

6. I'm With You

7. I Want To Love You

8. Who's Foolin' Who

9. The Real Thing

10. My Love Is Burnin'

x

Track List: Best Of

1. A Fool In Love

2. The Real Thing

3. I've Got Dreams To Remember

4. Heartbreak Radio

5. Givin' It Up For Your Love

6. Go On

7. Take Me To The River

8. I Want To Love You

9. Who's Foolin' Who

11. I Wanna Thank You Baby

x

Track List: Live From Austin

1. Maybe Someday Baby (Live)

2. Lipstick Traces (Live)

3. Standing On Shaky Ground (Live)

4. Sandy Beaches (Live)

5. Thank You Baby (Live)

6. B Movie Boxcar Blues (Live)

7. I've Got Dreams To Remember (Live)

8. Let Me Be Your Lover (Live)

9. Going Back To Louisiana (Live)

10. You Are My Sunshine (Live)

11. Givin' It Up For Your Love (Live)

x

Track List: Live

Disc 1

1. Old Weakness (Comin' On Strong) (Live)

2. Leap Of Faith (Live)

3. I'm With You (Live)

4. I Wanna Thank You Baby (Live)

5. I Want To Love You (Live)

6. Smooth Talk (Live)

7. Maybe Someday Baby (Live)

8. Don't Want To Love You (Live)

9. New York City (Live)

10. Squeeze Me In (Live)

11. I've Got Dreams To Remember (Live)

Disc 2

1. Why Me? (Live)

2. Rebecca, Rebecca (Live)

3. Going Back To Louisianna (Live)

4. When Rita Leaves (Live)

5. Livin' It Down (Live)

6. Giving It Up For Your Love (Live)

7. B-Movie Boxcar Blues (Live)

8. Little Fine Healthy Thing (Live)

x

Track List: The Crazy Cajun Recordings

1. Don't Let Go

2. Lover In Demand

3. Without You

4. Twist And Shout / La Bamba

5. I Lost My Love Today

6. A Picture Of You

7. Don't Cry No More

8. Lose Your Money

9. I Cry 'cause I Care

10. Mr. Pitiful

11. These Boots Are Made For Walkin'

12. Lost In A Dream

13. Lord Knows I've Tried

14. It's Over

15. This Boy

16. Except For You

17. I Ain't Never

18. Cryin' Over You

19. You Got Me Hummin'

20. Tina

Comments

Report as inappropriate
A a
Report as inappropriate
Right on !!!!!!!
Report as inappropriate
SEE 3 comments below, I believe it is SANDY BEACH CRUISES, skip my comment below, sent in error.....
Report as inappropriate
See two comments below,
Report as inappropriate
Only three things to say: DELBERT, DELBERT, DELBERT.
Report as inappropriate
tjrose8
Check out the annual Sunny Beaches Cruise held every January and hosted by Delbert. It is the greatest cruise you'll ever take.
Report as inappropriate
Wow who is this dude!? He is awesome what a interesting blend of genres… I have a fusion of sorts I don't know quite a find!

His voice sounds reminiscent… Similar to that of DEO lead singer for thin Lizzy?!??
I am going to check into this guy further got some really good stuff! I like it ALOT!!!
0;o))
Report as inappropriate
DELBRT IS THE MAN! I have enoyed Delbert for years but my third divorce was helped through by Delberts album one of the forunate the best track
'monkeying around

Report as inappropriate
First time I have heard this dude... damn good!
Report as inappropriate
I met Delbert at a party in SoHo, N.Y. A few years ago. A true Gentelmen, and a true Gentelman. I talked to him one to one for a couple hours. What a great guy.... Rock on Delbert
Report as inappropriate
dtolsonocoke
Delbert came to tiny Ocracoke Island sometime around the mid 80's.......w h a t a show, at the 3/4 Time Saloon !!!!! Been a big fan since.
Report as inappropriate
hell yea
Report as inappropriate
First got turned on in 70s when he was the musical guest on SNL. Been a fan ever since.
Report as inappropriate
LOVIN' me some DELBERT..... .
Report as inappropriate
GREAT Song
Report as inappropriate
I lived around Charlottesvi l l e , VA for a while in the mid seventies. Delbert played there a lot, saw him some and he played some fine music. I think that's right, I smoked a lot back then.
Report as inappropriate
how the F do you get to hear him
Report as inappropriate
Great Artist, Best ever
Report as inappropriate
Greatest ever
Report as inappropriate
Ain't nobody does it like Delbert
Report as inappropriate
Opening act for The Beatles in Europe in the early 60s, he came out of Lubbock, Texas on the heels of the great Buddy Holly.
Report as inappropriate
dodea48
sometimes it takes 40 years to become an overnight sensation
Report as inappropriate
mayospread
alot of talent there
Report as inappropriate
tlfgodfrey80
Makes me feel sexy every time i here his voice! Solo tummy ;-?
Report as inappropriate
fun.fun
Report as inappropriate
mrschaffins
love him!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! !
Report as inappropriate
Pretty damn good for a white man
Report as inappropriate
You were never mine. One of Delbert's finest. This song has become of trademark of Janiva Magness who is the soulful female counterpart of Delbert..... . . Love em both!
Report as inappropriate
You can not go wrong with Delbert!
Report as inappropriate
Delbert is one of my all time best Ihope some day we could see him at mystic blues fest
Report as inappropriate
Delbert is the MAN!!!
Report as inappropriate
Delbert like Rollin a seven every damn time! LOVE IT!
Report as inappropriate
Delbert is awesome
Report as inappropriate
preferredcus t o m e r 9
Love Delbert been listening to him for years. Don't know who Don Imus is
Report as inappropriate
Delbert had a triple by pass beginning of April, feel good Delbert
Report as inappropriate
I saw him open for Willie Nelson years ago, blew me away, great live, and very under appreciated, Love Sandy Beaches
Report as inappropriate
We ALL need to thank Don Imus and his great TV and radio show for helping keep Delbert so popular the last twenty years or so! Thanks I-Man!!!
Report as inappropriate
duandman511
First saw Delbert at around late 70's at small venue in Wilmington, NC. I have been a fan since ! Awesome live, everytime!
Report as inappropriate
Tomorrow night at Ziggy's!!
Report as inappropriate
Eric is one of a kind period ;)
Report as inappropriate
fireside579
Love this guy. Regrets that I realized him so late. His music never gets old.
Report as inappropriate
I always wondered how he tells my ol mans life as if he lived it???
Report as inappropriate
I've often wondered how his songs about 'she took my money, she took my cadillac and she didn't come back' can make me so happy? His music infects me. His Blues makes me a happy man!!!
Report as inappropriate
shamu35
3 days until Delbert LIVE. I can't wait.
Report as inappropriate
I met him a few years ago a simple man Dead wood South Dakota. ..great voice,,,,,,
Report as inappropriate
shamu35
A real talent who never got the recognition he deserves. Going to see him live next month and I can't wait!!!
Report as inappropriate
I discovered him a few years ago on a Dallas Radio Station, The Range.
I love his music, especially, When Rita Leaves! I think it is so cool that he taught John Lennon to play the harmonica.
Report as inappropriate
mrschaffins
i agree
Report as inappropriate
Love This Music Pandora!!!
Report as inappropriate
mrschaffins
can not get enough oh him
Show more

Don't have a Pandora account? Sign up

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

It looks like your browser does not support modern SSL/TLS. Please upgrade your browser.

If you need help, please email: pandora-support@pandora.com.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[106, 76, 92, 104, 72, 86, 97, 76, 81, 77, 102, 68, 91, 90, 91, 125, 125, 108, 89, 101, 86, 109, 119, 109, 116, 76, 73, 84, 74, 95, 90, 90, 65, 73, 90, 111, 126, 86, 101, 76, 69, 82, 65, 74, 107, 73, 98, 74, 127, 107, 87, 69, 93, 110, 72, 88, 94, 68, 83, 112, 67, 115, 72, 64, 106, 101, 103, 71, 77, 91, 103, 88, 73, 71, 119, 118, 71, 68, 81, 121, 92, 117, 73, 86, 85, 113, 100, 76, 110, 67, 64, 97, 102, 116, 68, 124, 116, 89, 106, 116, 66, 64, 122, 125, 70, 110, 98, 101, 81, 108, 108, 77, 102, 121, 121, 103, 127, 89, 107, 81, 107, 120, 92, 74, 90, 92, 113, 88, 77, 111, 98, 121, 114, 76, 73, 97, 86, 124, 117, 125, 68, 67, 98, 107, 99, 100, 112, 64, 111, 118, 122, 69, 127, 83, 69, 122, 66, 110, 64, 101, 95, 100, 121, 117, 68, 97, 76, 102, 104, 103, 78, 95, 90, 124, 65, 92, 113, 91, 76, 76, 102, 94, 112, 64, 68, 125, 68, 108, 79, 85, 124, 109, 65, 93, 94, 77, 92, 116, 106, 113, 67, 108, 98, 96, 91, 71, 90, 99, 74, 95, 116, 109, 78, 121, 66, 106, 66, 97, 77, 89, 74, 71, 85, 75, 85, 99, 85, 79, 120, 68, 114, 121, 71, 66, 81, 80, 95, 121, 68, 122, 78, 71, 127, 80, 65, 65, 96, 101, 119, 112, 126, 101, 100, 86, 96, 125, 74, 125, 80, 93, 102, 91, 76, 118, 64, 88, 98, 127, 127, 110, 90, 94, 115, 95, 75, 93, 123, 115, 107, 114, 74, 123, 76, 91, 67, 76, 89, 81, 125, 73, 122, 78, 117, 69, 108, 94, 68, 115, 101, 91, 124, 70, 78, 78, 118, 95, 67, 114, 76, 117, 64, 98, 78, 67, 116, 92, 81, 113, 84, 87, 68, 114, 73, 97, 125, 94, 71, 125, 98, 87, 120, 72, 75, 92, 123, 76, 117, 82, 75, 113, 123, 109, 85, 71, 109, 98, 80, 69, 74, 97, 119, 100, 93, 105, 71, 95, 91, 78, 86, 90, 80, 89, 121, 79, 93, 96, 81, 85, 67, 66, 104, 95, 112, 80, 103, 113, 97, 104, 118, 77, 78, 71, 93, 96, 119, 121, 102, 79, 78, 93, 67, 127, 122, 114, 85, 70, 77, 95, 122, 101, 112, 95, 72, 88, 127, 93, 120, 104, 92, 88, 122, 101, 105, 100, 69, 100, 116, 97, 65, 90, 66, 117, 116, 67, 71, 68, 72, 86, 76, 116, 87, 96, 70, 110, 69, 76, 68, 86, 105, 113, 118, 79, 118, 70, 108, 72, 104, 99, 118, 66, 105, 71, 127, 122, 68, 64, 125, 89, 120, 116, 104, 104, 124, 84, 117, 107, 73, 87, 98, 91, 85, 88, 79, 77, 125, 65, 115, 79, 97, 98, 104, 91, 106, 90, 65, 89, 70, 70, 96, 83, 64, 122, 93, 119, 67, 96, 124, 119, 113, 98, 77, 79, 83, 123, 115, 115, 78, 66, 127, 75, 117, 120]