Delbert McClinton: Giving It Up For Your Love

TDR-Blue Eyed Soul Artist and Song: DELBERT McCLINTON and GIVING IT UP FOR YOUR LOVE. Maybe the most successful White Blues Singer of our time was a boy born in Lubbock, Texas, grew up in Ft. Worth and produced a kind of Blues/Country Combo Music that really works.

Delbert has been around forever. His Bar Band, "The Straitjackets", backed Sonny Boy Williamson II, Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Jimmy Reed back in the day. He first appeared on a hit record playing harmonica on Bruce Chanell's 1962 Hit, "Hey Baby," produced by my late friend, Major Bill Smith for his LeCam label.

Delbert worked steadily cutting records and playing shows until his 1980 album, "The Jealous Kind" threw off the hit single "Giving It Up for Your Love," that went Top 10, (#8) on the Hot 100. He just kept on working, and in 1991 won a Grammy for a duet with Bonnie Raitt, "Good Man, Good Woman," and in 2006, he won a Grammy Award for his album "The Cost of Living" for Best Contemporary Blues Album.

His list of recorded music is a mile long, and he's been in Films and on TV quite often.

I've seen Delbert several times over the years, but one night has stayed with me. It was in the late 70s at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA, and he was opening for one of my acts. It was a Hip Crowd and they loved his performance in that great room and he killed. I felt kind of sorry for my kids having to follow him, but they were hometown favorites and also got big love from the audience. It was a magic night on the Pacific Coast.

Scott found a terrific clip from Farm Aid in 1985 with Delbert Singing and playing Cowbell with his Red Hot Band with great audio and video. @therealdonrocks

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