Clarence George Carter (conceived January 14, 1936) is an American soul and soul artist, artist, musician and record maker. His best records included "Disappear", "Indirect access Santa" (both 1968), "Patches" (1970), and "Strokin'" (1985).
Conceived blind in Montgomery, Alabama on January 14 1936, Carter went to 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 expert music profession started with companion Calvin Scott, marking to the Fairlane name to discharge "I Wanna Dance But I Don't Know How", as Clarence and Calvin, the next year. After the 1962 arrival of "I Don't Know (School Girl)," the pair joined Duke Records, renaming themselves the C and C Boys and discharging four singles for the name, however none were monetarily fruitful. In 1965 the twosome recorded "Regulated" at Rick Hall's FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals; it was discharged on the Atlantic Records' auxiliary Atco name, however it additionally neglected to chart.
The couple performed routinely in clubs in Birmingham, Alabama in 1966. After Scott was truly harmed in a car crash, Carter proceeded as a performance artist, and recorded for the Fame mark. In 1967 he recorded "Tell Daddy", which achieved number 35 on the Billboard R&B graph and roused Etta James' answer record, "Tell Mama", for which Carter was credited as author. Toward the end of 1967, Carter joined Atlantic Records. He then started a series of hits on the R&B and pop diagrams, beginning with "Disappear" (number 2 R&B, number 6 pop), which has been portrayed as "a prevalent deceiving anthem spotlighting his anguished, enormous baritone nearby the strikingly crooked support of Fame's excellent sponsorship band", and "Excessively Weak, Making it impossible to Fight" (number 3 R&B, number 13 pop). Toward the end of 1968, he had a regular pop hit with the ignoble and crazy "Indirect access Santa" (number 4 pop), and visited nationally. His support vocalists included Candi Staton; they wedded in 1970 and delivered a child, Clarence Carter Jr., before separating in 1973.
Carter kept on having hits in 1969 and 1970, with "Grabbing It Back", "The Feeling Is Right", "Doin' Our Thing", and "I Can't Leave Your Love Alone" all achieving both the US pop and R&B graphs. The B-side of "Grabbing It Back" was a revamp of a redo of James Carr's "The Dark End of the Street." Carter's greatest hit came in 1970 with his variant of "Patches", initially recorded by Chairmen of the Board, which was a UK number 2 hit and a US number 4. The record sold more than one million duplicates, and got a gold circle granted by the R.I.A.A. in September 1970, only two months after its release, and won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song in 1971. Taking after "Disappear" and "Excessively Weak, making it impossible to Fight", it was Carter's third million-seller. However, Carter's later record discharges were less effective, and he cleared out Atlantic toward the end of 1971 to rejoin the Fame mark. In 1975 he marked to ABC Records, discharging three collections including Loneliness and Temptation. According to author Brian Ward, Carter "for all intents and purposes made a profession from stories of unbridled affection and unlawful sex..."
With the coming of disco in the mid 1970s, Carter's vocation suffered. However, he marked for Ichiban Records in 1985, and found another gathering of people with melodies, for example, "Strokin'" and "Dr. C.C." in the 1980s and 1990s. "Strokin'" was supposedly considered excessively vulgar for an open discharge or radio play, so the record organization set the records in jukeboxes, where bar benefactors found the song. "Strokin'" was given further recognition when it was utilized as a part of the Eddie Murphy revamp of The Nutty Professor. It was most as of late utilized as a part of William Friedkin's film Killer Joe. Carter's spirit sound additionally found a group of people inside of the then-early hip-jump community. Most strikingly, the horn break from "Indirect access Santa", is tested in the Run-D.M.C. Christmas melody "Christmas in Hollis".
Carter's later tunes offered (and still bid) to a basically African-American common laborers gathering of people that was additionally inspired by contemporary soul craftsmen, for example, Denise LaSalle, Bobby Rush, Marvin Sease and Sir Charles Jones. He has kept recording, discharging six collections for the Ichiban name and, since 1996, building up his own Cee Gee Entertainment label. He has likewise kept on visiting routinely in the Southern states and internationally.