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David Clayton Thomas

David Clayton-Thomas - In Concert: A Musical Biography - 2006 - Justin Time

The former Blood, Sweat & Tears singer is in fine voice on this live 2005 retrospective of his notable successes with the jazz-rock group and solo. Well-known musical memorabilia, such as his version of Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child," and the BS&T originals "And When I Die," "Spinning Wheel," and "(You've Made Me) So Very Happy," make this set an entertaining jaunt down memory lane, while a sensitive reading of Holiday's "God Bless the Child" puts the bombast of "Lucretia MacEvil" into perspective. © Rovi © 2012 Rovi Corp | All Rights Reserved http://www.allmusic.com/album/in-concert-a-musical-biography-mw0000573002

Recorded live at Toronto’s Opera House on October 27th, 2005, this is a great live soul jazz album by the legendary David Clayton-Thomas, the heart and soul of the great Blood, Sweat & Tears band and also one of the greatest vocalists of his generation with one of the most recognizable voices in music. Listen to David's "Aurora" album and Blood, Sweat & Tears' classic "Child Is Father to the Man" album. Read B,S &T's bio @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood,_Sweat_%26_Tears [All tracks @ 320 Kbps: File size = 162 Mb]


1. And When I Die (L. Nyro)
2. Self Centred Woman (D. Clayton-Thomas/B. Cassidy)
3. Go Down Gamblin' (D. Clayton-Thomas)
4. Me & Amaretto (D. Clayton-Thomas)
5. Lucretia Mac Evil (D. Clayton-Thomas)
6. Wild Women & Po’ Boys (D. Clayton-Thomas)
7. God Bless The Child (B. Holiday/A. Herzog Jr)
8. Gimme That Wine (J. Hendricks)
9. Don’t Explain (A. Herzog/B. Holiday)
10. Spinning Wheel (D. Clayton-Thomas)
11. (You've Made Me) So Very Happy/Variations On A Theme (B. Gordy Jr./B. Holloway/P. Holloway/F. Wilson)/Variations on a Theme by Eric Satie
12. You're The One (D. Clayton-Thomas/W. Smith)


Bernie LaBarge - Electric Guitar
George Koller - Acoustic Bass
Doug Riley - Keyboards, Piano
Paul DeLong - Drums
Waleed Abdulhamid - Percussion
Michael Stuart - Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax, Flute
Vernon Dorge - Alto Sax, Baritone Sax, Flute
Bruce Cassidy - Trumpet & Electronic Valve Instrument
Jason Logue - Trumpet
Doug Gibson - Tuba, Bass Trombone
Gord Myers - Trombone
David Clayton-Thomas - Vocals
Neil Donnell & Joel Feeney - Background Vocals


David Clayton-Thomas (born David Henry Thomsett; 13 September 1941) is a Canadian musician and singer best known as the lead vocalist for the American band Blood, Sweat & Tears. Clayton-Thomas has maintained a busy solo career over the years as well. Clayton-Thomas was born in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, UK, the son of a decorated Canadian soldier of World War II who met his piano-playing mother when she came to entertain the troops at a London hospital. They were married, and when the war ended, the family moved to Willowdale, a suburb of Toronto, when Clayton-Thomas was not yet school-aged. Growing up, he was taught music by his mother but had difficulties with his father in what was described as a dysfunctional family. He left home in his early teens, and according to his official biography, spent time in jail as a juvenile delinquent until his release in 1962. He idolized the music of John Lee Hooker and began playing guitar and singing, and by the time he was 21 had his own band, The Shays. David Clayton-Thomas & The Shays recorded for Roman Records of Toronto. Clayton-Thomas released two albums on the record label, "A Go Go" (with The Shays) and "Like It Is" (with The Bossmen). In February 1966, he joined a new band, The Bossmen, fronted by the child prodigy, pianist Tony Collacott, who had played with Sarah Vaughan at New York's Carnegie Hall at the age of 14. The group recorded a lone single, the jazz-rock song "Brainwashed," which was a Canadian hit record in June 1966 and gave an indication of his future work. The band broke up soon afterwards and he travelled to New York. In October 1967, he joined forces with former members of the Toronto R&B outfit, Jon and Lee & The Checkmates and renamed them his new backing band, The Phoenix. The group started a residency at a New York nightclub, Steve Paul's The Scene, but he was soon deported for working illegally in the States. In February 1968, Clayton-Thomas formed a new band in Toronto, the David Clayton-Thomas Combine with former Bossmen guitarist Jack Mowbrey, ex-Phoenix bass player Peter Hodgson, and drummer Pat Little from Luke & The Apostles. The group recorded the original version of his hit "Spinning Wheel" but the band broke up a few months later when Clayton-Thomas was offered a more attractive offer from Bobby Colomby, the drummer with Blood, Sweat & Tears. Under the stage name David Clayton-Thomas, he is best known as a vocalist with the band Blood, Sweat & Tears, whose first album with him as lead singer in 1969 produced three gold singles and three Grammy Awards including the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. The album included his own composition "Spinning Wheel" which became a hit on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2002, the album was honoured with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. Clayton-Thomas left the band twice, but he was still touring with a reconstituted Blood, Sweat & Tears through 2004. Clayton-Thomas was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1996. In January 2006, the song "Spinning Wheel" was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. He also won the last Festival Internacional da Canção in 1972, in Rio de Janeiro, with the song "Nobody Calls Me Prophet". He lived in New York City for more than 30 years, but returned to Toronto in 2004, where he once again has made a name of himself as a solo artist, releasing several DVDs (including one featuring a live performance). His band Blood, Sweat and Tears was the first western band to tour behind the Iron Curtain. The band agreed to do this in exchange for Clayton-Thomas getting permanent residency status in the US as he was in the US as an illegal immigrant yet the band had 3 top selling albums. (Revealed by Clayton Thomas in an interview on CBC Radio One's Go 13 March 2010). In 2010 David contributed a track to the World Jazz For Haiti charity album, recorded at Number 9 Audio Group in support of the Red Cross disaster relief fund. The album featured Canadian artists such as John McDermott, George Koller and Holly Cole. On 8 June 2010, it was announced that he would receive a star on Canada's Walk of Fame.

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