Rhythm and blues singer Otis Clay passed away


Who: Rhythm and blues singer Otis Clay
Where: Chicago, Illinois
What: Died
When: 8 January 2016

Otis Clay, American R&B and soul singer and Blues Hall of Fame inductee, died on 8 January 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. He was 73.

Clay, the one-time Grammy nominee, passed away following a heart attack.

About Otis Clay

Born on 11 February 1942, Clay started his singing career with local gospel group, the Voices of Hope.

In 1965, he signed with One-derful! Records in Chicago to make secular recordings.

After releasing a series of gospel-tinged soul records, his first hit came in 1967 with That’s How It Is (When You’re In Love), which reached to Number 34 on the US Billboard R&B chart.

In 1968, his contract was bought by Atlantic Records, who launched their subsidiary Cotillion label with Clay’s version of the Sir Douglas Quintet hit, She’s About A Mover. The record became Clay’s biggest pop hit, reaching Number 97 on the Billboard Hot 100.

His biggest hit came in late 1972 with Trying To Live My Life Without You.

His last national hit single was All Because Of Your Love.

He was a nominee for a Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance.

He was one of the 2013 inductees to the Blues Hall of Fame.