Texas singer, songwriter, Delbert McClinton
Singer ~ Songwriter

Delbert McClinton

November 4, 1940, Lubbock, TX

The venerable Delbert McClinton is a legend among Texas roots music aficionados, not only for his amazing longevity, but for his ability to combine country, blues, soul, and rock & roll as if there were no distinctions between any of them in the best time-honored Texas tradition. A formidable harmonica player long before he recorded as a singer, McClinton's career began in the late '50s, yet it took him nearly two decades to evolve into a bona fide solo artist. A critics' darling and favorite of his peers, McClinton never really became a household name, but his resurgence in the '90s helped him earn more widespread respect from both the public at large and the Grammy committee. ~ Allmusic: Delbert McClinton ~ retrieved November 4, 2013 © Allmusic

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Delbert McClinton ~ Inducted in the 2011 Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame ~ He honed his craft working in a bar band, The Straitjackets, backing visiting blues giants such as Sonny Boy Williamson II, Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Hopkins and Jimmy Reed. He made his first recordings as a member of the Ron-Dels and was noted for his distinctive harmonica work on Bruce Channel's 1962 hit Hey! Baby. On a tour of the UK with Channel, McClinton met a young John Lennon and advised him on his harmonica technique, resulting in the sound heard on the Beatles hit Love Me Do. ~ 2011 © Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Tanya Tucker & Delbert McClinton ~ Tell Me About It (LaBounty/McLaughlin) ~ Ranked #335 Country Universe 400 Greatest Singles Of The Nineties in 2010 ~ There’s no twang here, but the rocking guitar groove is addictive. Moreover, Tucker’s and McClinton’s rough-edged voices have a familial-like sound. ~ 2010 © Country Universe

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