Otis Clay At City BluesFest

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What a voice!! He could sing it all Gospel/R&B/Soul he could do it all….We Remember The Late Otis Clay!!

Gospel would remain Otis’ primary focus after arriving in Chicago during the mid-‘50s, He joined the Golden Jubilaires, then hooked up with Charles Bridges’ Famous Blue Jay Singers in 1960. “Here we are singing acappella, and we’re singing in elementary schools, high schools, hotels and colleges and things like that,” says Clay. “We were known as variety singers, or we were billed as (performing) ‘Old Negro Spirituals and Plantation Melodies

After the Blue Jays, it was the Holy Wonders. After the Holy Wonders, then it was the Pilgrim Harmonizers. After the Pilgrim Harmonizers was the Gospel Songbirds, which was a very important group that I was in at that time. And from the Gospel Songbirds, I went to the Sensational Nightingales.” Even as he sang spirituals, Clay cut an unissued R&B session for Columbia with producer Carl Davis

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