Saturday, March 21, 2009
NOBODY BUT YOU BABE
"Clarence Reid was born 14th February, 1945 and recorded for TK Records president Henry Stone's Alston label.
During the 60's, Clarence sang with the group the Del Mires, whom, at one point, had Paul Kelly as part of their line-up.
His Billboard-charting singles were 'Nobody but You Babe' (number seven R & B summer 1969, on the Atlantic LP), 'Good Old Days' (early 1972), and 'Funky Party' (summer 1974).
Reid's frequent collaborators were songwriter Willie Clarke and producer Steve Alaimo.
He co-wrote hits for Betty Wright ('Girls Can't Do What the Guys Do,' number 15 R & B), the million-selling 'Clean Up Woman' (number two R & B for eight weeks, number six pop), 'Baby Sitter' (number six R & B), and 'Let Me Be Your Lovemaker' (number ten R & B).
For Gwen McCrae, Reid co-wrote and co-produced 'Rockin' Chair,' which reached number one R & B and number nine pop in spring 1975.
In his other persona, he performed X-rated material under the pseudonym Blowfly..."
...Recorded at the Zoo Recording Studio in Miami, FL, like most records under Stone's family of labels, the recording was primitive, raw and gritty. Just how we like em. A classic track from Clarence Reid!
(Biographical info courtesy Clarence Reid's page at soulwalking.uk)