Patches Clarence Carter

Patches Clarence Carter

I always like that song, so that’s why I call this blog Patches Clarence Carter. It’s like Black history, this month, because I’m doing all my favorite performers and groups that I missed on my website but have them on my iPhone now. So I’m happy to do his life story.

Clarence George Carter (birthed January 14, 1936) is an American blues and soul singer, musician, songwriter as well as record producer. His most successful songs consist of Slip Away (1968), Back Door Santa, Too Weak to Fight, Patches (1970), and alsoStrokin (1985).

Clarence Carter

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Background Information

Birth Name

Clarence George Carter


January 14, 1936( age 83).


Montgomery, Alabama, USA.


Southern Soul.



Years Active

1962 Present.


Fairlane Records.
Duke Records.
Atlantic Records.
Fame Records.
Ichiban Records.

Associated Acts

Clarence and Calvin.
CL Boys.

Life And Career

Born blind in Montgomery, Alabama on January 14, 1936, Carter attended the Alabama School for the Blind in Talladega, Alabama, and Alabama State College in Montgomery, graduating in August 1960 with a Bachelor of Science degree in music. His professional music careerstarted with friend Calvin Scott, signing to the Fairlane label to release I Wanna Dance But I Don’t Know How, as Clarence & Calvin, the following year. After the 1962 release of I Don’t Know (School Girl), the pair signed up with Duke Records, renaming themselves the C & C Boys as well as releasing four singles for the label, though none were commercially successfulIn 1965 the duo recorded Step by Step at Rick Hall‘s FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals; it was released on the Atlantic Records subsidiary Atco label, however it also failed to chart.
The duo performed frequently in clubs in Birmingham, Alabama in 1966. After Scott was seriously injured in a car accident, Carter continued as a solo singer, and also recorded for the Fame label. In 1967 he recorded Tell Daddy, which reached number 35 on the Billboard R&B chart and inspired Etta James answer record, Tell Mama, for which Carter was credited as writer. At the end of 1967, Carter signed up with Atlantic Records. He then started a string of hits on the R&B as well as pop charts, beginning with Slip Away (number 2 R&B, number 6 pop), which has actually been described as a superior cheating ballad highlighting his anguished, massive baritone together with the incredibly sinuous backing of Fame‘s excellent backing band, and also Too Weak To Fight (number 3 R&B, number 13 pop). Both of the preceding Atlantic singles were certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. At the end of 1968, he had a seasonal pop hit with the raunchy and funky Back Door  Santa (number 4 Christmas pop), as well as toured nationally. His backing singers consisted of Candi Staton; they married in 1970 and also produced a son, Clarence Carter Jr., prior to divorcing in 1973.

Carter continued to have hits in 1969 and 1970, with Snatching It Back, The Feeling Is Right, Doin Our Thing, as well as I Can’t Leave Your Love Alone all reaching both the US pop and also R&B charts. The B-side of Snatching It Back was a remake of a remake of James Carr‘sThe Dark End of the Street. Carter‘s biggest hit came in 1970 with his version of Patches, first recorded by Chairmen of the Board, which was a UK number hit and a US number 4. The record sold over one million copies, as well as received gold disc awarded by the R.I.A.A. in September 1970, just two months after its release, and also won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song in 1971. Following Slip Away and Too Weak to Fight, it was Carter‘s third million-seller. However, Carter‘s later record releases were less successful, as well as he left Atlantic at the end of 1971 to rejoin the Fame label. In 1975 he signed to ABC Recordsreleasing three albums including Loneliness and also Temptation. According to writer Brian Ward, Carter virtually made a career from tales of unbridled love and illicit sex
With the arrival of disco in the mid 1970s, Carter‘s career suffered. However, he signed for Ichiban Records in 1985 and found a new audience with songs such as Strokinas well as Dr. C.C. in the 1980s and also 1990s. Strokin was reputedly considered as well ribald for a public release or radio play, so the record company placed the records in jukeboxes, where bar customers discovered the song. Strokin was given further recognition when it was used in the Eddie Murphy remake of The Nutty Professor. It was most recently used in William Friedkin‘s film Killer Joe. Carter‘s soul sound also found an audience within the then-nascent hip-hop community. Most notably, the horn break from Back Door Santa is sampled in the Run-D.M.C. Christmas song Christmas in Hollis.
Carter‘s later songs continue to attract mostly African-American working-class audience that is also interested in contemporary blues musicians such as Denise LaSalle, Bobby Rush, Marvin Sease and also Sir Charles Jones. He has actually continued recording, releasing six albums for the Ichiban label and, since 1996, establishing his very own Cee Gee Entertainment label. He haslikewise continued to tour frequently in the Southern states as well as internationally.



1968 This is Clarence Carter.
1969 Testifyin.
1969 The Dynamic Clarence Carter.
1970 Patches.
1971 That‘s What Your Love Means to Me.
1973 Sixty Minutes.
1974 Real.
1975 Loneliness & Temptation.
1976 Heart Full of Song.
1977 I Got Caught Making Love.
1980 Let‘s Burn.
1981 Mr. Clarence Carter in Person.
1982 Love Me with a Feeling.
1984 Singing for My Supper.
1985 Messin with My Mind.
1986 Dr. C.C.
1987 Hooked on Love.
1989 Touch of Blues.
1990 Between a Rock and a Hard Place.
1991 Dr. CC‘s Greatest Prescriptions: The Best Of.
1992 Have You Met Clarence Carter Yet?
1994 Live with the Dr.
1995 Together Again.
1995 I Couldn’t Refuse.
1996 Carter‘s Corner.
1997 Too Weak to Fight.
1999 Bring it to Me.
2001 Live in Johannesburg.
2003 All Y’ all Feeling Alright.
2005 One More Hit.
2007 Messin with My Mind.
2007 The Final Stroke.
2007 I‘m Easy (compilation album).
2009 On Your Feet.
2010 A Christmas Party.
2011 Sing Along with Clarence Carter.
2015 Dance to the Blues.


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