Gene McDaniels – A Hundred Pounds of Clay

Gene McDaniels was one of the more popular artists to emerge from the 1950s R&B scene just as “soul” began to establish itself as a distinct subcategory (and later the dominant sound) of the latter genre. Born Eugene Booker McDaniels in Kansas City, Kansas in 1935, and later raised in Omaha, Nebraska, he was the son of a minister, and gospel music, along with the words of the bible, filled his life early on — his early idols included the Soul Stirrers and the Swan Silvertones. Before his teens, he also discovered jazz just as bebop was sweeping the latter field, and he became an early admirer of Charlie Parker and Miles Davis; McDaniels always gravitated toward singing, not surprising given his four-octave range, but he also became proficient on the saxophone and the trumpet.

01 – A Hundred Pounds of Clay.mp302 – It’s All in the Game.mp303 – Take Good Care of Her.mp304 – At the End.mp305 – Are You Sincere.mp306 – Portrait of My Love.mp307 – Till There Was You.mp308 – Send for Me.mp309 – Angels in the Sky.mp310 – Cry.mp311 – You Belong to Me.mp312 – Make Me a Present of You.mp3