Clarence Carter Discography

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Clarence & Calvin (aka The C&C Boys on the Duke releases)

I Wanna Dance But I Don't Know How / Money & Woman - Fairline ?? * 1961?

I Don't Know (School Girl) /Goodnight Irene - Fairline 21018 * 1962?

Hey Marvin / You Stole My Heart - Duke 358 * 1963

I Like It / Somebody Better Come Home Quick - Duke 365 * 1963

It's All Over Now / My Life -Duke 379 * 1964

Lip Service / You're Gonna Come Down - Duke 388 * 1965

Step By Step / Rooster Knees And Rice - Atco 6362 * 1965

Thanks to Jyrki T Ilva for the Clarence & Calvin info!


Clarence Carter

Tell daddy / I stayed away too long - Fame 1010 * 1967

Thread the needle / Don't make my baby cry - Fame 1013 * 1967

The road of love / She ain't gonna do right - Fame 1016 * 1967

Looking for a fox / I can't see myself - Atlantic 2461 * 1967

Slip away / funky fever - Atlantic 2508 * 1968

Too weak to fight / Let me comfort you - Atlantic 2569 * 1968

Back door Santa / That old time feeling - Atlantic 2567 * 1968

Snatching it back / Making love (at the dark end of the street) - Atlantic 2605 * 1969

The feeling is right / You can't miss what you can't measure - Atlantic 2642 * 1969

Doing our thing / I smell a rat - Atlantic 2660 * 1969

Take it off him and put it on me / The few troubles I've had - Atlantic 2702 * 1969

I can't leave your love alone / Devil woman - Atlantic 2726 * 1970

Patches / Say it one more time - Atlantic 2748 * 1970

Till I can't take it anymore / It's all in your mind - Atlantic 2774 * 1970

Getting the bills / The court room - Atlantic 2801 * 1971

Slipped tripped and fell in love / I hate to love and run - Atlantic 2842 * 1971

I'm the one / Scratch my back - Atlantic 2842 * 1971

If you can't beat 'em / Lonesomest lonesome - Atlantic 2875 * 1972 (with Candi Staton)

Back in your arms again / Holdin' out - Fame 91006 * 1972

Put on your shoes and walk / I've found somebody new - Fame 179 * 1973

60 minute man / Mother in law - Fame 250 * 1973

I'm the midnight special / I've got another woman - Fame 330 * 1973

Warning / On your way down - ABC 12058 * 1975

Take it all off / I got caught - ABC 12130 * 1975

Dear Abby / Love ain't here no more - ABC 12162 * 1975

A heart full of song / All messed up - ABC 12224 * 1976

What was I supposed to do / I couldn't refuse your love - Future Stars 1012, Ronn 90 * 1977

Can I make it without you / ? - Future Stars 1013 * 1977

Jimmy's Disco / Searching - Venture 130 * 1980

Let's burn / If I say - Venture 141 * 1981

It's a monster thang / If I were yours - Venture 145 * 1981

Can we slip away again / If I were yours (live) - Venture 147 * 1981


LP's

This Is Clarence Carter - Atlantic * 1968

The Dynamic Clarence Carter - Atlantic * 1969

Testifyin' - Atlantic * 1969

Patches - Atlantic * 1970

Sixty Minutes With Clarence Carter - Fame/UA * 1973

Real - ABC * 1974

Loneliness & Temptation - ABC * 1975

A Heart Full of Song - ABC * 1976

In Person - Venture * 1981

Love With a Feeling - Big C AG - 8214* 1982

Patches - Brylen 9939 * (? early 80's)

Livin' the life - Brylen 4527 * (? early 80's) 

Brylen LP's added by Tachibana Raita, Japan. Anyone out there know the release dates for these?

Singing For My Supper - Big C * 1985

Messin' With My Mind - Ichiban * 1985

Dr. CC - Ichiban 1013 * 1986

Hooked on Love - Ichiban * 1988

A Touch of Blues - Ichiban * 1989

Between a Rock and a Hard Place - Ichiban * 1990

The Doctor's Great Prescriptions - Ichiban * 1991

Have You Met Him Yet? - Ichiban * 1992


Clarence Carter began recording as half of the duo Clarence and Calvin (both blind). The duo cut two singles for Fairlane (in Atlanta) in 1961-2, and then had four singles released on Duke records (1963-1965). Most of these early tracks were pop oriented. Their first real soul record was tehir final release as a duo, on Atco, the beautiful Step by step (recorded at Fame). There are also five unreleased Fame masters by Clarence and Calvin. Calvin was badly injured in a car crash in 1965, but survived it. There is some confusion as to Calvin's last name, he was first referred to as Calvin Thomas, then Calvin Scott. (Can anyone ask CC?). Calvin Scott later surfaced with a single on Atco and an LP on Stax in the early 70's, and is said to be the same guy who sang with Clarence Carter.

Calvin's injury left Clarence Carter to go it alone. On his first recording the duo tradition is still evident, as his own voice is duplicated on tracks such as I stayed away too long and Don't make my baby cry. Going by the Fame masters listing (see below), both of these records were previously cut by Clarence and Calvin. As a solo artist, CC had immediate chart success with his first single, Tell Daddy (later covered more successfully by Etta James), in early 1967, and by the end of 1968 he already had two certified gold records - Slip away and Too weak to fight, a feat unparalleled at the time by James Brown, Wilson Pickett or Otis Redding. Both commercial success and high artistic quality somehow did not achieve major stardom status for Clarence Carter, but his first three Atlantic albums, recently re-released by Sequel with bonus non-LP tracks, remain absolute soul classics. In 1970 CC had a worldwide hit, and yet another gold record with the popish, disappointing Patches. The subsequent album still has some good soulful tracks. CC continued recording through the 70's, 80's and 90's, singing almost invariably about the cheatin' aspect of love, a ball which he might have started rolling in 1968 with Slip away (soul-lyrics wise, I mean, actual cheatin' may have begun even before Clarence Carter sang about it), and maintains a strong following among southern soul fans.


Unreleased material: The Fame Web Site (see my Soulinks) lists more than 20 unreleased Fame recorded CC tracks, and five unreleased Clarence and Calvin tracks (some of the tracks marked there as unreleased were actually released, but most were not). Sequel, Rhino, anyone, are you aware of that? Also, who's going to take the job of releasing the Clarence & Calvin CD.


CC on CD: almost all of Clarence Carter's albums are available on CD. His first four LP's on Atlantic were recently re-released by Sequel (UK). Each of the four contains bonus non-LP single sides, and is strongly recommended. See also the reviews section. For those who do not wish to buy all four albums, the Rhino (US) Snatching it Back compilation is recommended.


Clarence & Calvin - Step by step stream it or download it

Don't make my baby cry stream it or download it

Slip away stream it or download it

Youv'e Been A Long Time Coming stream it or download it

Dynamic Clarence Carter LP track

Soul deep stream it or download it

I can't do without you stream it or download it

I can't leave your love alone apppears on the Soul of the Net's radio program # 1

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