C. L. Blast

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C.L. Blast
Birth name Clarence Junior Lewis
Also known as Little Junior Lewis
Junior Lewis
Born (1934-08-20)August 20, 1934
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Died February 26, 2016(2016-02-26) (aged 81)
Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Genres Soul
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1960–2016
Labels Atlantic, United

Clarence Junior Lewis (August 20, 1934 – February 26, 2016), better known by his stage name C.L. Blast, was an American soul singer.[1]

Lewis was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1934.[1] His first record was "Your Heart Must Be Made of Stone" recorded in New York in 1955. In 1957, he was drafted into the Army. He entertained troops for two years touring military bases.

After his Army stint, he recorded "Cupid's Little Helper" with Robinson's Fury Records in 1960.

In 1960, he recorded two singles as "Little Junior Lewis". From 1961 to 1963, as "Junior Lewis", he recorded another four singles. From 1967, he started recording as C.L. Blast. He released "I'll Take The Case" (B-side "If I Could See My Baby's Face Again") on Atlantic Records in 1969.[2] His first successful single as C.L. Blast was "What Can I Do (When My Thrill Is Gone)", released on the New York-based United Records label (1971).[3]

C.L. Blast died on February 26, 2016, at age 81.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Soul singer C.L. Blast was a voice from Birmingham's musical past". AL.com. 
  2. ^ Rob Bowman Soulsville, U.S.A.: The Story of Stax Records 1997 p113 "Shortly after, Keyes was producing journeyman soul singer Clarence Lewis, a.k.a. C. L. Blast, on Atlantic. ..."
  3. ^ Blues & Soul - Issues 461-4731986 - Page 20 "His first single as C.L. Blast was "What Can I Do (When My Thrill Is Gone)" on the New York based United label. However the single was most likely recorded down south as arrangements were from Wardell Querzergue. The topside wasn't too bad with a surging rhythm and wailing guitar but the overlong flip is notable only for Blast's gritty vocal."