Chanteur Rockabilly US né Claiborne Joseph Cheramie, le 9 Septembre 1938 à Harvey (Louisiane). Atteint par un Cancer des reins, Joe Clay est décédé le 26 Septembre 2016.

Rockabilly singer/guitarist Joe Clay was on the cusp of stardom in 1956, when he appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show at 17 and won a contract with RCA Records. But Sullivan, in typical repressive fashion, told the young singer to play the Platters subdued "Only You" instead of his rollicking "Duck Tail," and Clay's domineering manager refused to allow him to play outside New Orleans and eventually drove RCA away. But it wasn't the last the world would hear from Joe Clay. Born in Louisiana's Cajun territory as Claiborne Joseph Cheramie, Clay began playing in a country band at 12 which went on to get a gig on WWEZ radio. RCA created a subsidiary called Vik Records, which called the station looking for talent. The label then offered Clay a contract, to which Clay replied, "Hell yes!" Clay, who had already recorded Sixteen Chicks, Goodbye Goodbye, and You Look That Good to Me in Houston, was flown to New York, where he recorded with some of the finest black rhythm musicians of the time (guitarist Mickey Baker, guitarist Skeeter Best, bassist Leonard Gaskin, and drummers Bobby Donaldson and Joe Marshall) in one of the earlier integrated studio sessions. But the raucous music went nowhere. Clay played like Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley, and appeared on Sullivan months earlier than Presley, but only succeeded in playing backup on some Elvis recordings. Clay spent the next 30 years singing in the Bourbon Street lounges of New Orleans, eventually driving a bus to support himself. By the 1980s, after he'd given up performing, Clay was becoming a star in Europe, unbeknownst to him. A West German label issued a '50s revival album featuring Clay that took off, and a diehard English promoter spent years trying to track Clay down, placing classified ads, calling DJs, and working contacts. Willie Jeffrey finally found Clay and arranged a tour of England in 1986. Joe Clay dead September 26, 2016.

Talents : Singer, Guitar, Drums

Style musical : Rockabilly

DUCK TAIL (1956)

SIXTEEN CHICKS (1956)

GET ON THE RIGHT TRACK (1956)

Doggone It (1956) (unissued)

GOODBYE GOODBYE (1956) (unissued)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles & EP

05/1956 SP VIK 4X-0211 (US) . Duck Tail / Sixteen Chicks
07/1956 SP VIK 4X-0218 (US) . Get On The Right Track / Cracker Jack
08/1962 SP SAMTER 213 (US) .

Russ Wayne - Can't Get You Out Of My Mind / Don't Know What To Do

03/1963 SP SAMTER 214 (US) . Russ Wayne - Love You / My Heart Loves Only You
04/1963 SP SAMTER 215 (US) . Russ Wayne - I Get So Blue / My Little Darlin'
1989 SP MAC 131 (B) Joe Clay with The Wigglers - Rock Little Lilly / Be Bop Boogie Bop
19?? EP Wildcat WCR.204 (UK)

ROCKIN' WITH JOE CLAY - Goodbye, Goodbye / Slipping Out And Sneakin In / You Look That Good To Me / Doggone It

07/2016 EP EL TORO 15.079 (S) The Legend Is Now - Hitting That Spot / Fishing Pole Song / My Car's Allright / The Legend Is Now




Unissued Tracks

1956 Vik unissued - (Bear Family LP 15224 (#4) / Bear Family CD 15516 (#4) / Bear Family LP 18002 (#10) / Country Music Foundation CD 014-D (#9) / Country Music Foundation LP 014-L (#9)) Did You Mean Jelly Bean (What You Said Cabbage Head)
1956 Vik unissued - (Bear Family LP 15113 (#10) / Bear Family LP 15224 (#9) / Bear Family CD 15516 (#9) / Bear Family LP 18002 (#4) / Country Music Foundation CD 014-D (#3) / Country Music Foundation LP 014-L (#3)) Doggone It
1956 Vik unissued - (Bear Family LP 15224 (#10) / Bear Family CD 15516 (#10) / Bear Family LP 18002 (#9)) Get On The Right Track [alt. vers.]
1956 Vik unissued - (Bear Family LP 15113 (#11) / Bear Family LP 15224 (#6) / Bear Family CD 15516 (#6) / Bear Family LP 18002 (#2) / Club PR LP 003 (#15) / Country Music Foundation CD 014-D (#4) / Country Music Foundation LP 014-L (#4) / Lucky CD 809 (#5) / Mustang CD 3 (#26) / Presto CD 1 (#30)) Goodbye Goodbye
1956 Vik unissued - (Bear Family LP 15113 (#12) / Bear Family LP 15224 (#8) / Bear Family CD 15516 (#8) / Bear Family LP 18002 (#8) / Club PR LP 001 (#15) / Country Music Foundation CD 014-D (#5) / Country Music Foundation LP 014-L (#5) / Lucky CD 810 (#8) / Mustang CD 10 (#21) / Presto CD 2 (#17) / Sleazy CD 01 (#8)) Slippin' Out And Sneakin' In
1956 Vik unissued - (Bear Family LP 15113 (#9) / Bear Family LP 15224 (#3) / Bear Family CD 15516 (#3) / Bear Family LP 18002 (#6) / Country Music Foundation CD 014-D (#7) / Country Music Foundation LP 014-L (#7)) You Look That Good To Me [vers. 1]
1956 Vik unissued - (Bear Family LP 15224 (#11) / Bear Family CD 15516 (#11) / Bear Family LP 18002 (#11)) You Look That Good To Me [vers. 2]

Albums

1986 LP 12" BEAR FAMILY 15224 (GER) DUCKTAIL - Duck Tail / Get On The Right Track / You Look That Good To Me / Did You Mean Jelly Beans (When You Said Cabbage Head) / Cracker Jack / Goodbye, Goodbye / Sixteen Chicks / Slipping Out And Sneaking In / Doggone It / Get On The Right Track [alternate take] / You Look That Good To Me [alternate take]
1990 CD BEAR FAMILY BCD 15516 (GER) DUCKTAIL - Duck Tail / Get On The Right Track / You Look That Good To Me / Did You Mean Jelly Beans (When You Said Cabbage Head) / Cracker Jack / Goodbye, Goodbye / Sixteen Chicks / Slipping Out And Sneaking In / Doggone It / Get On The Right Track [alternate take] / You Look That Good To Me [alternate take] / Doggone It
2003 LP 12" BEAR FAMILY BAF-18002 (GER) DUCK TAIL - Duck Tail / Goodbye Goodbye / Get On The Right Track / Doggone It / Cracker Jack / You Look That Good To Me (alternate take) / Sixteen Chicks / Slipping Out And Sneaking In / Get On The Right Track (alternate take) / Did You Mean Jelly Bean (What You Said... ) / You Look That Good To Me
05/2005 CD EL TORO 6030 (S) THE LEGEND IS NOW - Whole Lot of Trouble / Feet Of Clay / The Legend Is Now / I Dig Her Style / Did You Mean Evergreen / Shake It Loretta / Annabella / Fishing Pole Song / My Cars Alright / Hitting That Spot / Kwitchur Belyakin / In The Night / I Blame You / Interview

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