60s Soul With Clay Brown


  • 1201 McKibben St., Newberry, SC 29108 (see map)
  • (803) 276-6264

Soul Music is a vibrant part of Americana. Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Jerry Butler, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin-----Soul Music names that will live forever. Soul music originated in the United States in the 1950s and early 1960sand combines elements of African-American gospel music, rhythm and blues, and dominated the U.S. R&B chart in the 1960s, and many recordings crossed over into the pop charts in the U.S., Britain and elsewhere. Soul borrowed gospel's "call-and-response" style, in which a vocalist is answered by his backup singers; it can be found on Charles' 1959 smash "What'd I Say," widely considered the first true soul record, as well as the work of duo Sam and Dave. In addition, soul usually featured bluesy lead guitar, church-like organ/piano, and impassioned vocals.

Popular Palmetto State crooner Clay Brown and his band will bring his salute to the greats of Soul Music to the Newberry Opera House Friday, January 23rd at 8 pm.

Music has been a part of Clay Brown’s entire life. By the age of five Clay Brown was showing his relatives how much he loved music. While they rehearsed their Southern gospel tunes at their Florence S.C. home, Clay hid under the bed and listened, taking it all in. His brother encouraged him to join in the harmony, and from then on he was part of a trio harmonizing songs with groups like the Soul Stirrers and the Dixie Hummingbirds. From those gospel beginnings it was a natural for Clay to begin singing rhythm and blues. Clay Brown and the Invaders was formed in 1967 with Clay as lead vocalist. In addition to recording, the group performed up and down the East Coast before Clay made the decision to move to the Big Apple. In New York, Clay was vocalist with the Al Brown Orchestra, famous for entertaining at the Waldorf Astoria. Eventually moving back to South Carolina, Clay has performed with the likes of Bill Pinckney and the Original Drifters, Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs, Sonny Turner of the Platters, The Lettermen, Ruth Brown, Billy Scott and the Sugarbees.

He has recorded two CDs, A Tribute to A Few of the Greats and Inspirational Mood which includes popular music such as "Georgia on My Mind", "Wonderful World", "Great Pretender", "Unforgettable". Inspirational Mood features gospel songs, including "Precious Lord", "Praise His Name", written by Brown.

For a soulful evening of Rhythm & Blues, Soul and Beach join Clay Brown and his Band at the Newberry Opera House of Friday, Jan. 23.

Make reservations for an unforgettable evening of great music!

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