#1 Adult Contemporary, #2 Billboard Top 100, #45 R&B Singles
This song was very, very popular when I was in high school – loved it then and now! Whenever I hear it it takes me back to those carefree days!
This song is from second LP released by the Al Kooper formed rock band ‘Blood Sweat and Tears’ that earned the group the 1969 Grammy for Album of the year. Entitled “Blood, Sweat and Tears” the group had added four new members since their debut LP and this no doubt pushed them to the next level since one of those four new members was the extraordinary soulful voice of new member and lead singer Canadian David Clayton Thomas!
Born David Henry Thomsett in the UK, Clayton-Thomas wrote the song “Spinning Wheel” which was one of three hit singles from this award winning, now classic IMHO, LP. The song also won the 1969 Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)/Best Background Arrangement for Fred Lipsius.
The LP charted #1 Billboard top 100 albums and #15 Billboard R&B albums.
According to WIKI:
In 2002, the album was honoured with a Grammy Hall of Fame Award. Clayton-Thomas left the band twice, but he was still touring with a reconstituted Blood, Sweat & Tears through 2004.
Clayton-Thomas was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1996. In January, 2006, the song “Spinning Wheel” was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Clayton- Thomas is still performing and touring today. His schedule can be found on his My Space Profile and his Official Website which also contains historical/biographical information for your review.
Trivia: The third single to chart from this LP was the cover of the 1967 hit for Motown’s Brenda Holloway — “You Made Me So Very Happy.” Composed by Berry Gordy, Jr., Patrice Holloway, Brenda Holloway and Frank Wilson, the David Clayton-Thomas led version is simply awesome. I loved it the first time I heard it.
I recall in an interview many years ago reading that Holloway was credited with saying that Clayton’s soulful version is how it was meant to be – not the watered down version Gordy had her release : she loved it!
BTW — has anyone seen In Concert: A Musical Biography? I was thinking of buying it.