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Heart & Soul artist management is very sad to announce Otis Clay passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack in the early evening of January 8, 2016. Our hearts are broken. Please keep the Clay family in your prayers. was only playing this last night another sad loss   

 

 




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Very sad news indeed ,he made some stunning music. R.I.P. Otis

This one always does it for me

 

 

 

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Yet more sad news

Can read archived sleeve notes from a 1980/90s album here 

 

 

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45 minutes ago, smudger said:

Very sad news indeed ,he made some stunning music. R.I.P. Otis

This one always does it for me

 

 

 

And me, a masterpiece of soul. 

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An absolute giant of our music.

He will be sadly missed.

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1 minute ago, Jaco said:

An absolute giant of our music.

He will be sadly missed.

'll second that Mike, thoughts with his family at this time R.I.P. Otis

Kev

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Oh sod it! We've had a horrible couple of years with so many of our favourites passing.

Otis was a hero of mine, and I'm sure many others, who made consistently strong, soulful music for over 50 years.

He was a real Soul man whose marvellous catalogue should be treasured.

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the man had a awesome voice and a big part of or music "the only way is up" still love this today even after yazz version spoiled it. thought and prayers to his family at this sad time RIP 

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R.I.P. Otis

Really sad news, our thoughts go out his family and friends. Val & myself have met Otis at gigs and socially during our many visits to Chicago and we will surely miss him. A soul legend we will never forget.

https://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-01-03/entertainment/ct-ott-0104-otis-clay-20130103_1_recording-studio-gospel-inez-andrews

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Such sad news , Otis has brought me such joy with his music over the decades a truly one off and a great of our music.

R.I.P Otis .

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More sad news for fans of the real stuff……He made so many top notch records as well didn't he ?

Like this one,a personal favourite.    R.I.P.Otis Clay

 

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R.I.P Otis Clay.  Remember seeing him live at Colne Municipal hall back in the 90t's.  He sure could sing. Proper Soul singer.

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R.I.P Otis.  One of the few artists who consistently delivered throughout a long career.  Highlights are numerous but 'You hurt me for the last time' and  'Live in Japan' CD have gained maximum speaker time and  one of the best I have had the pleasure to see live.

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This is sad news, it greeted me yesterday on 9th Jan by a text message from close friend Andy Martin and again a F/Bk message from Tony Rounce. I didn't believe it at first, because not sure how the rest of you on  Soul Source do it but I have a crazy habit of thinking my soul heroes will live on forever. Otis like the late George Jackson , the mighty Sam Dees and the late great Terry Callier have been close friends of mine for 30 odd years of my near 50 years in black music. I've been truly blessed to not only meet these guys, but also to spend quality time in their company away from the spotlight and recording business.

Otis I met in the UK when interviewing him for Black Echoes and he was such a 'special, gentle spirit' totally respectful of my roots and upbringing as I of his music and career. We swapped stories and music  and after about an hour I felt I had known him all my life. His talent was monumental, his phasing and delivery of ballads quite overpowering to the listener and yes the real soul scene worldwide will a sad place without his might southern vocals that brings a smile to our faces. He that that special gift of putting pure emotion into those vinyl grooves.

My sincere thoughts go out to his family and friends at this time. R.I.P. big man I can honestly say the soul world just won't be the same without you. And thank you so much for your music legacy which will definitely go on forever.

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A clip put up on youtube (by a Southern Soul member) of Otis singing live back in his gospel days (with Cash McCall) .........

 

 

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On 09/01/2016 at 17:38, Ivor Jones said:

More sad news for fans of the real stuff……He made so many top notch records as well didn't he ?

Like this one,a personal favourite.    R.I.P.Otis Clay

 

I was going to mention this one as well - a proper lost treasure, one of my favourite 45's full stop.

Also love 'Show Place' from around the same time - banging tune

 

 

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The visitation and funeral details follow:
 
Visitation Friday Jan 15th 4pm-10pm
 

Leak & Sons Funeral Chapel

7838 South Cottage Grove Av
Chicago, IL 60619
708-206-0860
 
January 16th
 
Family Fellowship Hour 10:00 am -11:00am 
Celebration of Life - Home Going Celebration11:00am - Noon
 
Liberty Baptist Church
4849 King Dr
Chicago, IL 
773-268-6757
 
Immediately following 
 
Oak Woods Cemetery
1035 E 67th St, Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 288-3800
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Another youtube clip (very short) put up by a SouthernSoul member .....

... Otis standing up @ Buddy Guy's Legends Club (he was in the audience) to sing a couple of verses of the song ... this was shot just weeks before he passed ....

 

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