Delbert McClinton

About Delbert McClinton

The venerable Delbert McClinton is a legend among Texas roots music aficionados. A formidable harmonica player long before he recorded as a singer (he played the signature harp riff on Bruce Channel's 1962 number one hit "Hey! Baby"), McClinton's career began in the late '50s, yet it took him nearly two decades to evolve into a bona fide solo artist with 1975's Victim of Life's Circumstances. After working hard for a few years, he scored a Top Ten hit with the slick, funky "Giving It Up for Your Love" in 1981. It laid the groundwork for an enduring career. McClinton's profile received a boost in 1992 when he won a Grammy Award for "Good Man, Good Woman," his duet with Bonnie Raitt. More duets and awards followed as he settled into a blues direction with several albums for New West. McClinton explored other roots music in the 21st century, releasing new material and touring steadily.

  • HOMETOWN
    Lubbock, TX
  • BORN
    November 4, 1940

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