Who: Rhythm and blues singer Otis Clay
Where: Chicago, Illinois
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.