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If you think you've heard soul music and don't know Otis Clay, you've been feasting on appetizers without tasting the deep-fried main course, smothered in hot-sauce with collard greens on the side. There's nothing slick or smooth about Clay's brand of Chicago soul - this is the hard stuff, uncut, unfiltered and ready to tear through you with the holy hellfire of a storefront. This concert captures the man in full force, setting Southern soul standards ablaze and even turning the Spinners's lush ballad "Love Don't Love Nobody" into a grueling sermon on the cruelest lesson in life. Clay has been making brutally fierce records since the '60s, but it was when he was finally given the freedom to burn on a live album that his power was truly unleashed.

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Otis Clay live in Japan

First heard this album 15 years ago or so and was blown away! The original Soul Man is amazing... Nickel and a Nail, Love & Happines will have you hitting repeat, repeat! Was fortunate to see him live in Seattle several yrs ago at Bumper Shoot Totally fabulous!

A wondeful example of Otis’s work

A wonderful recording of an awesome soul singer and a good man. Rest in Peace Otis. Surely the gates of heaven have swung wide open.


Born: February 11, 1942 in Waxhaw, MS

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A Chicago-based vocalist whose music was steeped in Southern gospel and deep soul, Otis Clay never had a major pop hit, but he was a periodic visitor to the R&B charts and an enduring presence in the world of blues and vintage soul, while also enjoying a long career in spiritual music. Clay was born on February 11, 1942 in Waxhaw, Mississippi, where the church was a vital part of his family's life. In 1953, Clay's family moved to Muncie, Indiana, where he began performing with a local gospel group....
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