“Private Number” Performed By William Bell & Judy Clay (1968)

August 16, 2010


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#17 R&B USA, #75 Pop USA, #8 UK

This is one of the classic oldies that I had completely  forgotten about until I heard it playing on Sirius Satellite Radio “Soul Town” a few years ago. As soon as I heard it I was taken back to another era:  I recalled every lyric and the carefree feeling of being a teenager, trying to be grown and in puppy love sharing your phone number with that special boy.   ;-)

I have listened to it many times since I heard it playing in the car during my morning commute that day,  and I wanted to share it with you here,  so that you will all be reminded that Motown’s Marvin & Tammi didn’t have a complete lock on the soulful pop love ballad genre in the Sixties!

Bell and Booker T. Jones wrote this song for Otis Redding: unfortunately he passed on before the scheduled recording session.

William Bell had a respectable solo artist and writing career at Stax,  but Judy Clay basically is remembered for this duet with Bell and the followup  “My Baby Specializes.”

Judy Clay started her musical career with the gospel oriented Drinkard Singers that later became know as the secular Sweet Inspirations.

Before dueting with Bell, Clay recorded duets with writer/singer Billy Vera, whom she also dueted with again after leaving Stax for Atlantic records.

Read more about Miss Clay at  Spectropop Presents Judy Clay Specializes by Mick Patrick.

Musically Yours,

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