My mother was a pianist and she played in the church. Eveybody in my family had some kind of musical background. If they couldn't sing they could play! I was blowin' trombone in a marching band in high school, playing drums in the marching band too! It ended up we said "let's start a swing band"." Clayton claims Charles Brown as an early influence. "Tremendous, tremendous, I guess I was about as crazy about him as the women were.
His talent and the way he delivered! I've always been amazed by him. He was a brilliant guy too, a chemistry teacher I think, before he went off into the music business." Louis Jordan told me "always seek out somebody who knows more than you do, and don't fool around with these guys who dont know anything". Clayton is married, with seven children. "I'm a great-grandaddy now, cause my grandson who lives down in Florida, he has a child.
My daughters - I have five daughters - they have children. I think I have eight grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren, and they're keeping the family name going" (laughs). Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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