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Album Review

Classic Soul, Vol. 1 is a collection of previously issued tracks from soul/blues singer Willie Clayton. Nothing here will disappoint, for Clayton's smoke and whiskey-tinged tenor is a throwback to the days when R&B meant deep, deep soul. Woefully underappreciated, Clayton should appeal to fans of Al Green, the singer he most resembles. He tackles a Green tune here, "Simply Beautiful," and it is a spot-on version that would pass a blindfold test. Highlights include the opening track, "I Love Stealin' It," but don't stop there. Like Al Green,Willie Clayton could sing a dinner menu and make it a classic.

Biography

Born: 29 March 1955 in Indianola, MS

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A gifted Southern soul singer who has never had a breakout vehicle, Willie Clayton has been performing since the late '60s. One of 11 brothers and sisters, the Mississippi vocalist debuted with "That's the Way Daddy Did" on Duplex. He moved to Chicago in the early '70s and became a club and city favorite. Clayton was introduced to Al Green's producer, Willie Mitchell, after appearing with Green, and Mitchell signed him to a deal with Pawn, a subsidiary of Hi. Mitchell produced some fine Clayton efforts,...
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