His career began in high school. He was the member of several groups including: The Echoes, The Five Pennies (for whom he wrote a 1956 release, "Mr. Moon"), Hollyhocks (1957), and the Bubba Suggs Band (1957–1964). As Sweet Clifford he recorded for the Nashville-based Excello Records label, before beginning work with the Fabulous Six and the Contenders. In 1967, he had a hit on the US R&B chart with "She Shot A Hole In My Soul", which was produced by Buzz Cason (a long time producer of Curry's). Known as "The King Of Beach Music," Curry continues to play in the Southeastern United States with his brand of Carolina Beach Music, and was inducted into the Beach Music Hall of Fame in 1995, along with his peers Maurice Williams and Bill Pinkney.
Here is what Billboard says about Clifford Curry:
"Clifford Curry is a true soul survivor"
"Curry joined and backed Faye Adams on her number one R&B smash 'Shake a Hand.'"
" Galbraith hookup with Buzz Carson enabled Curry to cut a song Carson held the rights to, entitled "She Shot A Hole In My Soul". Carson produced and issued the record on Elf Records, which was distributed by Bell Records. Curry's biggest hit" "Curry's success as an entertainer spread to the Carolina Beaches, where the baritone became a prime showman for their musical events and a solid purveyor of Beach music, which is anything you can shag to and look cool doing it."
Today he resides in Nashville, Tennessee.
- Clifford Curry's Official Web Site
- Clifford Curry Soulful Kinda Music - Clifford Curry Discography Page
- The A Side of the Other Side Clifford Curry - She Shot A Hole In My Soul (Elf 90002)
- Clifford Curry Billboard Magazine Bio