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Clarence Carter, American soul singer, was born on 14th January 1936

Clarence Carter, American soul singer, was born on 14th January 1936

Born on 14th January 1936 in Montgomery, Alabama, Clarence Carter was blind from birth, and attended the Alabama School for the Blind, graduating in 1960 from Alabama State College with a BSc in Music. With friend Calvin Scott he signed to Fairlane Records in 1961, moving to Duke Records the following year, without making a dent in the market. In 1965, they recorded "Step by step" in Muscle Shoals, and it was released by Atlantic, but again failed to sell well, so Carter went solo. He signed to Fame, where after several releases got "Slip away" to No. 6 on the US Pop chart, following up with a No. 13 with "Too weak to fight", both million sellers. After a few more minor hits, he re-recorded "Patches", originally done by Chairmen of the Board, and reached No. 4 in the US and No. 2 in the UK, winning a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song in 1971, again selling over a million. His career declined somewhat with the advent of disco, but he found a new audience in the '80s and '90s, his work resonating with the hip-hop community. Acrobat has a collection of later recordings of his hits and other soul standards - for details click here.

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