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Album Classic: Clarence Carter "This is Clarence Carter"

Born blind in Montgomery, Alabama on January 14, 1936, his music career began with friend Calvin Scott, signing to the Fairlane label to release "I Wanna Dance But I Don't Know How", as Clarence & Calvin, the following year.

In 1965 the duo recorded "Step by Step" at Rick Hall's FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals; it was released on the Atlantic Records' subsidiary Atco label, but it failed to chart.

At the end of 1967, Carter joined Atlantic Records.

He then began a string of hits on the R&B and pop charts, starting with "Slip Away" (number 2 R&B, number 6 pop), which has been described as "a superior cheating ballad spotlighting his anguished, massive baritone alongside the remarkably sinuous backing of Fame's exemplary backing band", and "Too Weak To Fight" (number 3 R&B, number 13 pop).

Both of the preceding Atlantic singles were certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.

His 1968 album "This is Clarence Carter" is one of the best Soul records of alltime.


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