Clarence Carter

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Birthday
14, 1936
Birthplace
Montgomery, AL
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
14, 1936 (age 82)
Birthplace
Montgomery, AL

About

Blues and soul musician who became known for such popular records as 1968's "Slip Away" and "Back Door Santa," as well as 1985's "Strokin'."

Before Fame

He was first signed to the Fairlane label with his friend Calvin Scott. They tried to become successful with the singles "I Wanna Dance But I Don't Know How," "I Don't Know (School Girl)," and "Step by Step," but could not land a charting hit.

Trivia

He found success as a solo artist, selling more than one million copies of his cover of the Chairmen of the Board's "Patches" and receiving the 1971 Grammy Award for Best R&B Song.

Family Life

He married his back-up singer, Candi Staton, in 1970. They divorced in 1973, although they first had a son, Clarence Carter Jr.

Associated With

His first chart hit "Tell Daddy," which was released in 1967 served as a source of inspiration for "Tell Mama," the answer record by Etta James.