Delbert McClinton: B Movie Box Car Blues

The great Delbert McClinton cuts across many genres. Here is All Music’s take:

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.

McClinton toured England just before the British invasion and played some bills with the Beatles. John Lennon took some harmonic tips from McClinton, which are most in evidence in Love Me Do. Here is a story at Bradenton.com and a video that describe what happened.

Check out Every Time I Roll the DiceGivin’ It Up for Your Love with Bonnie Bramlett (Delany and Bonnie) and a nice unnamed song. McClinton is touring now.

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  1. Soul of Wit

    I always forget how long this cat has been around. Look at recent pictures of the septuagenarian. He has aged well.

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