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Title: clarence reid and the delmiros - down with it can't quit it (selma 4002) 1963
Artist: clarence reid and the delmiros
Track: down with it can't quit it
Label: selma

a 4002 1963 Record information:

paul kelly was born in overtown miami, florida june 19, 1940 the fourth of six siblings. kelly was brought up by his grandmother. in about 1956, kelly's brother henry formed a vocal group, with paul as lead vocalist. it only lasted a few months, before henry left miami to go to college. paul then formed a group with school friends from 20th street school  the spades, later known as the valadeers. another member was jimmy cherry, who later sang with the fantastics. a miami-based singer/songwriter/producer, clarence reid (who would later perform as blowfly), heard kelly rehearse, and asked him to fill in on lead vocals with his group, the delmiros, whose lead singer had laryngitis. kelly recorded a single, "down with it, can't quit it"/"sooner or later", which was released on selma records in 1963, under the name clarence reid & the delmiros. kelly began performing the song live in clubs and became associated with the song. reid asked him to join the delmiros on a permanent basis. kelly's official debut solo single appeared on the lloyd label in 1965: "it's my baby"/"the upset" (inspired by the surprise boxing victory of cassius clay over sonny liston.) a second single, "chills and fever" (written by clarence reid and willie clarke) was picked up by dial records and distributed by atlantic. label for wider distribution. relations between kelly and reid became strained. nashville producer buddy killen, who had also fallen out with reid, approached kelly about working together. meanwhile, lloyd records issued an answer record, "thrills and chills", by helene smith. kelly released a third single, "since i found you" under the name paul kelly & the rocketeers. after this, kelly released four singles on philips records, produced by killen in muscle shoals, including a ballad, "nine out of ten times" (writing credit: kelly/reid/clarke). meanwhile, dial had released two singles by the highly-popular joe tex, one of which ("we're gonna make it') was co-written with kelly. at the time, kelly often toured with and opened for tex.

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