Clay Drayton

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Clay Drayton
Birth name Clarence R. Drayton
Born (1947-08-04) August 4, 1947 (age 70)
Genres R&B, pop, disco, Gospel
Occupation(s) songwriter, producer, Arranger, bass player, Guitar player
Instruments Bass guitar, Rhythm guitar
Years active 1960's–present
Labels Motown, 20th Century Fox Records
Associated acts Diana Ross, High Inergy, The Jackson 5, Táta Vega, and Lenny Williams

Clarence R. "Clay" Drayton (born August 4, 1947)[1] is an American songwriter, arranger, producer, and sideman best known for his work at Motown. He was the arranger on Diana Ross’s certified gold record, “Love Hangover.”[2][3]


In a career that spans over four decades, Drayton’s songs have been recorded by Al Wilson, Lenny Williams, High Inergy, Táta Vega, and The Jackson 5.,[2][3] He Speaks for Songwriting organizations and groups around the world. Drayton Teaches Songwriting at the Songwriting school of Los Angeles in CA. In 2006 he Invented the Phatfoot Drum Harness for drummers & Percussionists.

Selected Songwriting Credits[edit]

Song Co-Writer(s) Performer(s)
"Love Is All You Need"[4][5] None High Inergy
Táta Vega
"Aint No Love Left"[3] Tamy Smith High Inergy
"How’s Your Love Life"[3] None Al Wilson
"Gypsy Lady Fortune Teller"[3] Hal Davis Al Wilson
"Life Of The Party"[3] Tamy Smith; The Jackson 5
"She's a Rhythm Child"[3] Ruth Talmage; Hal Davis The Jackson 5
"We're Gonna Change Our Style"[3] Judy Cheeks The Jackson 5
"Window Shopping"[3] Pam Sawyer; Tamy Smith The Jackson 5
"Cupid"[3] Tamy smith The Jackson 5
"City Lights"[3] Jermaine Jermaine Jackson
"No Matter Where"[3] Tamy Smith; David Ruffin
GC Cameron
"You Got Me Running"[3] Judy Wieder Lenny Williams
"Though We Loved Once"[3] Judy Wieder Lenny Williams
"Do It Now"[3] Ruth Talmage Bette Midler
"Make Love Last Forever"[3] None Karen Pree
"Making Room For Love"[3] Judy Wieder; Paul Jackson Jr. Alton McClain & Destiny
"Bring It Back"[3] Judy Wieder Alton McClain & Destiny
"Steal Away"[3] None Billy Davis Jr.
"Thanks For Your Grace"[3] Laythan Armor Roberson Brothers
"I Can't Stop Dancing/Dance Fever"[3] Hal Davis; Michael Sutton Supremes
"Stay Together"[3] AC Drummer Jr.; Roland Washington Soul Excitement
"Smile"[3] Tamy Smith; Paul Cutner Soul Excitement
"It's Not A Song"[3] None Debbie Austin & Destiny
"Going Home Now"[3] None Larry Laster
"I've Been Born Again"[3] None Larry Laster
"Just Say NO"[3] Paul Jackson Jr.; Phillip Nicholas Nicholas
"Praise The Lord"[3] None Soldiers For The Second Coming

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1 [database on-line]". United States: The Generations Network. 1995. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  2. ^ a b THE HOOK. "Professional Songwriting Seminars". United States. Retrieved 2011-07-11. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab "Clay Drayton". United States: All Music Guide. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  4. ^ Turnin' On (Media notes). High Inergy. Hollywood, California: Gordy Records. 1977. 
  5. ^ Nathan, David (2011). Full Speed Ahead (Media notes). Táta Vega. records.