WILLIE

CLAYTON

Singer-songwriter and producer Willie Clayton was born in Indianola, Mississippi in 1955 and has enjoyed a long and successful performing career with a prolific recorded legacy as a gritty Southern soul man. He has amassed more than thirty albums since 1989, with many of his singles charting, and con- tinues to reach out to younger audiences with music that bridges the ages.

 

After performing gospel music in church as a youngster he moved into the secular eld with the release of That’s the Way Daddy Did on the Duplex label in 1969. Two years later,at the age of 16, he moved to Chicago where he soon became a popular club attraction.

 

After meeting producer Willie Mitchell, he signed with Hi Records in Memphis to record a handful of singles with the Hi Rhythm Section for its Pawn subsidiary. He toured with soul singers and crooners Al Green, James Brown, and Barry White, then after singles on Sky Hero and Compleat, he finally scored on the R&B charts with Tell Me, and What a Way to Put It (produced by General Crook) in 1984. His first albums were for Ichiban, and then issued a joint release with Bobby McClure for Hi Records in 1992 before recording Let’s Get Together for Johnny Vincent’s Ace label in 1993, which included the title track cover of Al Green’s huge hit song.

 

Since 2002 his recorded output has aver- aged about one album a year of consistently strong, soulful tracks, primarily released on the Malaco and Endzone labels. His latest release is titled Untamable. He has said, “I keep up with the music because I keep changing with the times...my music is relatable across the generations.”

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