Delbert McClinton

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Delbert McClinton
Born(1940-11-04) November 4, 1940 (age 73)
Lubbock, Texas, United States
OriginFort Worth, Texas, United States
GenresAmericana, blues rock,[1] electric blues,[1] roots rock, country
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano, harmonica
Years active1972–present
LabelsClean
ABC
Mercury
Capitol
MCA
Alligator
Curb
Intermedia
Polygram
Rising Tide
New West
Direct Source
Associated actsTanya Tucker, Bekka Bramlett, Bonnie Raitt, Don Wise
Websitehttp://www.delbert.com
 
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Delbert McClinton
Born(1940-11-04) November 4, 1940 (age 73)
Lubbock, Texas, United States
OriginFort Worth, Texas, United States
GenresAmericana, blues rock,[1] electric blues,[1] roots rock, country
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, piano, harmonica
Years active1972–present
LabelsClean
ABC
Mercury
Capitol
MCA
Alligator
Curb
Intermedia
Polygram
Rising Tide
New West
Direct Source
Associated actsTanya Tucker, Bekka Bramlett, Bonnie Raitt, Don Wise
Websitehttp://www.delbert.com

Delbert McClinton (born November 4, 1940)[2] is an American blues rock and electric blues singer-songwriter, guitarist, harmonica player, and pianist.[1]

Active as a side-man since 1962 and as a band leader since 1972, he has recorded several major record label albums, and charted singles on the Billboard Hot 100, Mainstream Rock Tracks, and Hot Country Songs charts. His highest-peaking single was "Tell Me About It", a 1992 duet with Tanya Tucker which reached No. 4 on the Country chart. He has also had four albums that made it to No. 1 on the U.S. Blues chart, and another that reached No. 2.

He was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame,[3] in March 2011, along with Lee Roy Parnell, Bruce Channel, Gary Nicholson, and Cindy Walker.

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Delbert McClinton was born in Lubbock, Texas, United States, but relocated with his family to Fort Worth, Texas when he was age 11.[2] He worked in a bar band, The Straitjackets, who played backing to Sonny Boy Williamson II, Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Jimmy Reed. McClinton recorded several regional singles before hitting the national chart in 1962, playing harmonica on Bruce Channel's "Hey! Baby."[2] On a subsequent package tour to the United Kingdom, McClinton instructed John Lennon on the finer points of blues harmonica playing.[4]

1970s[edit]

Relocating to Los Angeles in 1972, McClinton partnered with fellow Texan, Glen Clark, to perform a combination of country and soul music. They achieved a degree of artistic success, releasing two albums before splitting and McClinton embarked on a solo career.[2]

Emmylou Harris had a No. 1 hit in 1978 with McClinton's composition "Two More Bottles of Wine," and his "B Movie Boxcar Blues" was covered on the first The Blues Brothers album, Briefcase Full of Blues.[2]

1980s and 1990s[edit]

McClinton's 1980 album, The Jealous Kind, contained his only Top 40 hit single, "Givin' It Up for Your Love", which peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. After an inactive period during much of the 1980s, McClinton made a return in 1989 with the Grammy nominated Live From Austin album, recorded during an Austin City Limits appearance and co-produced by saxophonist Don Wise.[2]

He won a 1991 Grammy Award for his duet with Bonnie Raitt, "Good Man, Good Woman", and reached the Top 5 of the Country chart with the Tanya Tucker duet, "Tell Me About It."[2] McClinton recorded the opening title song "Weatherman" for the Bill Murray film Groundhog Day. The fledgling label Rising Tide released One of the Fortunate Few in 1997, before the label went out of business.[2]

2000–present[edit]

In addition to releasing two new studio albums in the early 2000s, New West Records issued Delbert McClinton Live in 2003, a compilation album of songs from throughout his career. In 2006, McClinton won a Grammy Award for his album The Cost of Living in the Best Contemporary Blues Album category.[2]

McClinton was a judge for the fourth annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers.[5]

McClinton is the feature of the musical documentary, Rocking the Boat: A Musical Conversation and Journey, by the film maker Jay Curlee. In December 2011, McClinton is still active and appeared on the Fox Business Network Channel.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

YearAlbumChart PositionsLabel
US BluesUS CountryUSUS Indie
1972Delbert & GlenClean
1973Subject to Change
1975Victim of Life's CircumstancesABC
1976Genuine Cowhide
1977Love Rustler49
1978Second WindMercury
1979Keeper of the Flame146
1980The Jealous KindCapitol
1981Plain from the Heart181
1987Honky Tonkin'MCA
1989Honky Tonkin'Alligator
Live from Austin
1990I'm with YouCurb
1992Never Been Rocked Enough118
1993Feelin' AlrightIntermedia
Delbert McClintonCurb
1994Shot from the SaddleMercury
Honky Tonk 'n BluesMCA
1995Let the Good Times Roll
1997One of the Fortunate Few215116Rising Tide
2001Nothing Personal1201033New West
2002Room to Breathe112843
2003Live4431
2005Cost of Living11410516
2006Live from Austin, TX
2007Rockin' BluesDirect Source
2009Acquired Taste113123New West
2013Blind, Crippled and Crazy172

Compilation albums[edit]

YearAlbumLabel
1978Very Early Delbert McClintonLecam
1989The Best of Delbert McClintonCurb
1994Classics, Volume 1Capitol
Classics, Vol. 2: Plain from the HeartCurb
1995Great Songs: Come Together
1999Crazy Cajun RecordingsEdsel
The Ultimate CollectionHip-O
2000Don't Let Go: The CollectionMusic Club
Genuine Rhythm & the BluesHip-O
200320th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection:
The Best of Delbert McClinton
MCA
2006The Definitive CollectionHip-O

Singles[edit]

YearSingleChart PositionsAlbum
US
[6]
US AC[7]US CountryUS MSRCANCAN Country
1972"I Received a Letter" (credited to Delbert & Glen)90Delbert & Glen
1980"Giving It Up for Your Love"83510The Jealous Kind
1981"Shotgun Rider"70Plain from the Heart
"Sandy Beaches"101
1990"I'm with You"I'm with You
1992"Every Time I Roll the Dice"1340Never Been Rocked Enough
1995"Come Together"Come Together: America Salutes the Beatles
1997"Sending Me Angels"6592One of the Fortunate Few
2001"When Rita Leaves"Nothing Personal
2002"Same Kind of Crazy"Room to Breathe
"Lone Star Blues"
2005"One of the Fortunate Few"Cost of Living
"I Had a Real Good Time"
2006"Midnight Communion"
2009"Mama's Little Baby"Acquired Taste
"Starting a Rumor"

Guest singles[edit]

YearSingleArtistChart PositionsAlbum
US CountryCAN Country
1993"Tell Me About It"Tanya Tucker43Can't Run from Yourself

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Du Noyer, Paul (2003). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music (1st ed.). Fulham, London: Flame Tree Publishing. p. 181. ISBN 1-904041-96-5. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Biography by Steve Huey". Allmusic.com. Retrieved September 3, 2011. 
  3. ^ Texasheritagesongwriters.com
  4. ^ Delbert.com
  5. ^ Independent Music Awards – Past Judges
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 584. ISBN 0-89820-188-8. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]

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