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I n the following year Clarence joined up with the Deep City crowd, writing and producing the excellent Helene Smith, as well as starting up his own eponymous label. He also found a new contact in Buddy Killen who provided access to better distribution for his product. Of the Dial releases I like the lively “There’ll Come A Day” with it’s distinctly Motown feel, but the pick of them was undoubtedly the excellent deep soul of Somebody Will which Killen eventually leased out to New York’s Wand operation. Although I’m a very big fan of Buddy’s wonderful country soul productions, it’s not at all evident that he played any sort of part in the musical outcome of this track. But Clarence’s heartfelt vocal has more than a touch of the Paul Kellys about it, especially in his use of falsetto. One of his very best cuts and no mistake. The big city styled “Your Love Is All The Help I Need” went straight to the Big Apple without a Dial release. His final Dial 45, “Gimme A Try” was at least as good as his previous Killen discs, but the lack of commercial success on the others led Wand to pass on it. But for some reason Killen also missed out on the splendid Your Love Has Got A Hold On Me with it’s light, airy touch and easy paced rhythm. Because this only ever came out on Reid it remains one of Clarence’s most obscure recordings – a pity as it deserved a better fate.

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