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November 4, 1940 |
Lubbock, Texas, United States
|Origin||Fort Worth, Texas, United States|
|Genres||Americana, blues rock, electric blues, roots rock, country|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica|
|Associated acts||Tanya Tucker, Bekka Bramlett, Bonnie Raitt, Don Wise|
Active as a side-man since 1962 and as a band leader since 1972, he has recorded several major record label albums, and charted singles on the Billboard Hot 100, Mainstream Rock Tracks, and Hot Country Songs charts. His highest-peaking single was "Tell Me About It", a 1992 duet with Tanya Tucker which reached No. 4 on the Country chart. He has also had four albums that made it to No. 1 on the U.S. Blues chart, and another that reached No. 2.
Delbert McClinton was born in Lubbock, Texas, United States, but relocated with his family to Fort Worth, Texas when he was age 11. He worked in a bar band, The Straitjackets, who played backing to Sonny Boy Williamson II, Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Jimmy Reed. McClinton recorded several regional singles before hitting the national chart in 1962, playing harmonica on Bruce Channel's "Hey! Baby." On a subsequent package tour to the United Kingdom, McClinton instructed John Lennon on the finer points of blues harmonica playing.
Relocating to Los Angeles in 1972, McClinton partnered with fellow Texan, Glen Clark, to perform a combination of country and soul music. They achieved a degree of artistic success, releasing two albums before splitting and McClinton embarked on a solo career.
Emmylou Harris had a No. 1 hit in 1978 with McClinton's composition "Two More Bottles of Wine," and his "B Movie Boxcar Blues" was covered on the first The Blues Brothers album, Briefcase Full of Blues.
1980s and 1990s
McClinton's 1980 album, The Jealous Kind, contained his only Top 40 hit single, "Givin' It Up for Your Love", which peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. After an inactive period during much of the 1980s, McClinton made a return in 1989 with the Grammy nominated Live From Austin album, recorded during an Austin City Limits appearance and co-produced by saxophonist Don Wise.
He won a 1991 Grammy Award for his duet with Bonnie Raitt, "Good Man, Good Woman", and reached the Top 5 of the Country chart with the Tanya Tucker duet, "Tell Me About It." McClinton recorded the opening title song "Weatherman" for the Bill Murray film Groundhog Day. The fledgling label Rising Tide released One of the Fortunate Few in 1997, before the label went out of business.
In addition to releasing two new studio albums in the early 2000s, New West Records issued Delbert McClinton Live in 2003, a compilation album of songs from throughout his career. In 2006, McClinton won a Grammy Award for his album The Cost of Living in the Best Contemporary Blues Album category.
McClinton is the feature of the musical documentary, Rocking the Boat: A Musical Conversation and Journey, by the film maker Jay Curlee. In December 2011, McClinton is still active and appeared on the Fox Business Network Channel.
|US Blues||US Country||US||US Indie|
|1972||Delbert & Glen||Clean|
|1973||Subject to Change|
|1975||Victim of Life's Circumstances||ABC|
|1979||Keeper of the Flame||146|
|1980||The Jealous Kind||Capitol|
|1981||Plain from the Heart||181|
|Live from Austin|
|1990||I'm with You||Curb|
|1992||Never Been Rocked Enough||118|
|1994||Shot from the Saddle||Mercury|
|Honky Tonk 'n Blues||MCA|
|1995||Let the Good Times Roll|
|1997||One of the Fortunate Few||2||15||116||Rising Tide|
|2001||Nothing Personal||1||20||103||3||New West|
|2002||Room to Breathe||1||12||84||3|
|2005||Cost of Living||1||14||105||16|
|2006||Live from Austin, TX|
|2007||Rockin' Blues||Direct Source|
|2009||Acquired Taste||1||131||23||New West|
|2013||Blind, Crippled and Crazy||172|
|1978||Very Early Delbert McClinton||Lecam|
|1989||The Best of Delbert McClinton||Curb|
|1994||Classics, Volume 1||Capitol|
|Classics, Vol. 2: Plain from the Heart||Curb|
|1995||Great Songs: Come Together|
|1999||Crazy Cajun Recordings||Edsel|
|The Ultimate Collection||Hip-O|
|2000||Don't Let Go: The Collection||Music Club|
|Genuine Rhythm & the Blues||Hip-O|
|2003||20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection:
The Best of Delbert McClinton
|2006||The Definitive Collection||Hip-O|
|US AC||US Country||US MSR||CAN||CAN Country|
|1972||"I Received a Letter" (credited to Delbert & Glen)||90||—||—||—||—||—||Delbert & Glen|
|1980||"Giving It Up for Your Love"||8||35||—||—||10||—||The Jealous Kind|
|1981||"Shotgun Rider"||70||—||—||—||—||—||Plain from the Heart|
|1990||"I'm with You"||—||—||—||—||—||—||I'm with You|
|1992||"Every Time I Roll the Dice"||—||—||—||13||40||—||Never Been Rocked Enough|
|1995||"Come Together"||—||—||—||—||—||—||Come Together: America Salutes the Beatles|
|1997||"Sending Me Angels"||—||—||65||—||—||92||One of the Fortunate Few|
|2001||"When Rita Leaves"||—||—||—||—||—||—||Nothing Personal|
|2002||"Same Kind of Crazy"||—||—||—||—||—||—||Room to Breathe|
|"Lone Star Blues"||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005||"One of the Fortunate Few"||—||—||—||—||—||—||Cost of Living|
|"I Had a Real Good Time"||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009||"Mama's Little Baby"||—||—||—||—||—||—||Acquired Taste|
|"Starting a Rumor"||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|US Country||CAN Country|
|1993||"Tell Me About It"||Tanya Tucker||4||3||Can't Run from Yourself|
- Du Noyer, Paul (2003). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music (1st ed.). Fulham, London: Flame Tree Publishing. p. 181. ISBN 1-904041-96-5.
- "Biography by Steve Huey". Allmusic.com. Retrieved September 3, 2011.
- Independent Music Awards – Past Judges
- Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 584. ISBN 0-89820-188-8.
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