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Willie Clayton

Born March 29 1955 in Indianola, MS, Clayton has been recording since 1969. One of the most popular and definitive artists of Modern 'Southern Soul' music (although he doesn't want to be known as a 'Blues" or "Southern Soul" artist). Amazingly, he has only enjoyed steady but modest commercial success since the late 60s outside the South. Clayton left Mississippi for Chicago in 1971 but ended up with the legendary Hi Records in Memphis, where he worked with producer Willie Mitchell. Hi issued a series of Clayton singles on its Pawn subsidiary, including "I Must Be Losin' You," "It's Time You Made Up Your Mind," and "Baby You're Ready," but none of them charted.

In 1984 Clayton scored his first regional hits  with "Tell Me" and "What a Way to Put It". Picked up by Polygram, the song "Tell Me" Cracked the national R & B chart (Billboard R & B #74). Later in the decade Clayton recorded some strong material for Ichiban Records before signing with Ace. His third for Ace, "Ace In The Hole" included the southern soul smash "Equal Opportunity", a duet with Pat Brown and one of his standards "Three People Sleeping In My Bed". From there a steady stream of southern soul hits has followed. He started his own label, EndZone in the late 90s (which also released LPs on Omar Cunningham and Tyrone Davis) and signed to Malaco in 2005. On his own again in 2009, Clayton reached the Billboard R & B singles chart again when "We Both Grown", a duet between Clayton and Dave Hollister, managed a #84 placing

Album Discography

Otis Clay Willie Clayton "Chicago Soul Greats" (Hi Records 1995)

1. Its's Time You Made Up Your Mind - Willie Clayton
2. I Must Be Losing You - Willie Clayton
3. Baby You're Ready - Willie Clayton
4. Too Much Of Nothing - Willie Clayton
5. Gotta Have Money - Willie Clayton
6. Hello, How Have You Been - Willie Clayton
7. Say Yes To Love - Willie Clayton
8. Abracadabra - Willie Clayton
9. When I'm Gone - Willie Clayton
10. That Wall - Willie Clayton
11. If I Could Reach Out - Otis Clay
12. Let Me Be The One - Otis Clay
13. I Didn't Know The Meaning Of Pain - Otis Clay
14. The Woman Don't Live Here No More - Otis Clay
15. You Can't Escape The Hands Of Love - Otis Clay
16. You Did Something To Me - Otis Clay
17. It Was Jealousy - Otis Clay

"Forever" (Timeless 1988)

1 Your Sweetness
2 Rock And Hold Your Baby
3 Special Lady
4 Stone Good Lover
5 Can I Change My Mind
6 Make Me Yours Forever
7 Rocking Chair
8 One Night Stand

"Never Too Late" (Polygram 1989)

1 Tell Me
2 Baby Don't You Know
3 I Wanna Be Where You Are
4 I Won't Dis Your Love
5 Did You Ever Love Somebody
6 Overdosed (On Love)
7 Never Too Late
8 Say You Love Me Still
9 Try Me
10 You And Me Girl

"Open The Door" (About Time 1992)

1 Open The Door
2 What A Way To Put It
3 Show Me
4 Where Has Love Gone
5 Love Pains
6 In The Mood
7 Dear Lover
8 Tell Me
9 A Woman Needs To Be Loved
10 Best Years Of My Life
11 Show & Tell

"Feels Like Love" (Ichiban 1992)

1. Walk Away From Love
2. Missing U
3. Make Me Yours
4. Suspended Animation
5. That's the Way I Feel About You
6. Special Lady
7. Dear Lover
8. Your Sweetness

"Hi Records Presents Bobby McClure & Willie Clayton" (Hi 1992)

1. Was It Something I Said
2. Love Trap
3. Doing It Rite On Time
4. She's Miss Wonderful
5. I Ain't Gonna Turn You Loose
6. Hard Luck
7. To Get What You Got
8. High Heel Shoes
9. It's Time You Made Up Your Mind
10. I Must Be Losin' You
11. Baby You're Ready
12. Too Much Of Nothin'
13. Gotta Have Money
14. Hello How Have You Been
15. Say Yes To Love
16. Abracadabra
17. When I'm Gone
18. That Wall

Img234.jpg "Let's Get Together" (Ace 1993)

1. Three People (Sleeping in My Bed)
2. Don't Make Me Pay
3. Back Street Love Affair
4. Let's Get Together
5. Does Your Mama Know
6. Walk Away
7. Welcome Home
8. Party Down
9. I Love Stealing It
10. How Do You Love 2
11. Let Me Love You
12. Feels Lioke Love

Img237.jpg "Simply Beautiful" (Ace 1994)

1. Lose What You Got
2. Dancing With My Baby
3. Love Stealing Ain't Worth Stealing
4. Crazy for You
5. Ain't No Way
6. Oops There It Is
7. Tell Me
8. So Glad You're Mine
9. Simply Beautiful
10. Once upon a Time
11. Stay
12. Do to You

Img238.jpg "No Getting Over You" (Ichiban 1995)

1. No Getting Over Me
2. Never Knew Love
3. We Did It
4. Meet Me Tonite
5. Soap Opera Love Affair
6. Tell Me
7. Somebody
8. Love 4 Tonite
9. Midnite Dr.
10. That's the Way I Feel About You
11. Weak 4 U
12. Missing You

Img239.jpg "At His Best" (Ichiban 1995)

1. Open the Door to Your Heart
2. Love Pains
3. What a Way to Put It
4. One Nite Stand
5. So Tied Up
6. Best Years of My Life
7. Leaving Me
8. I've Been Loving You Too Long
9. Shining Star
10. I'll Take Care of You
11. In the Mood
12. Show Me

Willie Clayton & Otis Clay "Chicago Soul Greats" (Hi Records 1995)

1. Its's Time You Made Up Your Mind - Willie Clayton
2. I Must Be Losing You - Willie Clayton
3. Baby You're Ready - Willie Clayton
4. Too Much Of Nothing - Willie Clayton
5. Gotta Have Money - Willie Clayton
6. Hello, How Have You Been - Willie Clayton
7. Say Yes To Love - Willie Clayton
8. Abracadabra - Willie Clayton
9. When I'm Gone - Willie Clayton
10. That Wall - Willie Clayton
11. If I Could Reach Out - Otis Clay
12. Let Me Be The One - Otis Clay
13. I Didn't Know The Meaning Of Pain - Otis Clay
14. The Woman Don't Live Here No More - Otis Clay
15. You Can't Escape The Hands Of Love - Otis Clay
16. You Did Something To Me - Otis Clay
17. It Was Jealousy - Otis Clay

Img240.jpg "Ace In The Hole" (Ace 1996)

1. Equal Opportunity
2. Three People (Sleeping in My Bed)
3. Hurt by Love
4. In Need of a Good Woman
5. My Baby's Cheating on Me
6. Rockin' Chair
7. Careless
8. Bartender Blues
9. I Love Stealing It
10. Happy
11. Running in Life
12. Stone Good Lover
13. Equal Opportunity (Solo)

"Chapter One" (Gamma 1997)

1. Bust My Bubble
2. Rock and Hold Ya
3. So Very Hard to Go
4. Last Rendevous
5. Once upon a Time
6. Sweet Thang
7. Our Love
8. She's Your Woman
9. The Blues
10. Arms of Another Man
11. Prove It - Willie Clayton,
12. Living With Me
13. Bust My Bubble [*]

Img242.jpg "Something To Talk About (Avanti 1998)

1. Mine All Mine
2. Heart of the City
3. Let Me Be (Your Spare Time)
4. Love Is Something Beautiful
5. Are You Married?
6. One Last Kiss
7. Hot Stuff
8. Ain't Nothing I Can Do
9. Something to Talk About
10. Help You Pay Him Back
11. God Has a Plan
12. I Love You (But I Can't Feel a Thing)
13. I'm Going to Your Wife
14. Unconditional Love

Img232.jpg "Midnight Doctor: Willie Clayton's Greatest Hits" (Blueside 1998)

1. Three People (Sleeping in My Bed)
2. Walk Away from Love
3. In Need of a Good Woman
4. Dancing With My Baby
5. Equal Opportunity
6. Young Blues Man
7. Meet Me Tonight
8. My Baby's Cheating on Me
9. Let's Get Together
10. Looking for a Good Woman
11. Lose What You Got
12. Love Stealing Ain't Worth Stealing
13. I Love Stealing It
14. Once upon a Time
15. Don't Make Me Pay for His Mistakes
16. Main Squeeze
17. Midnight Doctor

"God Has A Plan" (Avanti 1999)

1. God Has a Plan
2. Put God First (In Your Life)
3. Jesus Is Love
4. Holy Ghost Party
5. You Did
6. Satisfied
7. Free My Soul
8. That's Heaven to Me
9. Jesus I Love You
10. Stairway to Heaven
11. Been Good to Me

"It's About Love" (Sumthing Else 1999)

1. Everytime You Go Away
2. Caught Up
3. This Broken Heart
4. I Gotta Good Woman
5. You May Need This Road
6. Stop Running from Love
7. Cheatin' on Me
8. Let's Stay Together
9. Talk to Me
10. I Got Beat Out
11. That Woman Ain't Havin' It
12. You Don't Know It
13. Jesus Will Make a Way

"Best Years Of Our Life" (Vivid 1999)

1. Let Me Love You
2. Woman Needs To Be Loved
3. I'Ve Been Loving You Too Long
4. Show And Tell
5. Running In And Out
6. Happy
7. We'Re Gettin' Careless With Our Love
8. Best Years Of My Life
9. Open The Door
10. How Do You Love Two
11. Show Me
12. In The Mood
13. Leavin' Me
14. I'Ll Take Care Of You

"The Lost Tracks" (Avanti 2000)

1. Three People (Sleeping in My Bed)
2. Cupcake
3. Take Me to Heaven
4. Feels Like Love
5. Let's Get Together
6. Show Me
7. Close the "P" Store
8. Dear Lover
9. Equal Opportunity
10. Suspended Animation
11. Walk Away from Love
12. Do to You
13. I Miss You Babe
14. Show and Tell

"Call Me Mr. C" (Claytown 2000)

1. Scandalous
2. Party Like We Use to Do
3. Simply Beautiful
4. I Can't Leave Your Love Alone
5. Heart Have a Change of Mind
6. He Don't Love You Like I Do
7. Good Enough to Keep Me
8. Same Thang Make You Laugh
9. Talk to Me
10. Woman Need to Be Loved, A
11. Without You in My Life
12. My Heart Can't Let You Go

"The Little Giant Of Soul" (Claytown 2001)

1. Wiggle
2. Love For Sale
3. I'm Coming Home
4. Shake It
5. Blues, The
6. Stuck on You
7. I'm Ready
8. Is the Love
9. Love Is So Good When You're Stealing It
10. Cheating Game
11. Tongue Bath

"Essential Love Songs" (Bellmark 2002)

1. Love Pains
2. What a Way to Put It
3. So Tied Up
4. Best Years of My Life
5. In the Mood
6. Show Me
7. No Getting Over Me
8. Meet Me Tonite
9. Soap Opera Love Affair
10. That's the Way I Feel About You
11. Missing U
12. Special Lady

Img224.jpg "The Last Man Standing" (EndZone 2002)

1. Lookin' to Hook
2. I Found Love (When I Found You)
3. I Wish He Didn't Trust Me So Much
4. Ohh Baby, Baby
5. Old Fashioned Girl
6. Drowning in the Sea of Love
7. How to Treat Your Lady
8. Living With Me
9. Let the Good Times Roll
10. I Love Me Some You
11. Good Woman
12. Jesus Will Make a Way

Img253.jpg "Classic Soul Vol. 1" (EndZone Ent. 2003)

1. I Love Stealing It
2. I Love Me Some You - (Remix)
3. Won't You Be My Lollipop
4. Loving Each Other 4 Life
5. Party Like We Use to Do
6. Wiggle
7. Simply Beautiful
8. Tell Me
9. Three People
10. Let's Get Together
11. Good Enough to Keep Me
12. Blues, The
13. Love Is Something Beautiful
14. Sparetime
15. No Getting Over Me

Willie Clayton  "Changing Tha Game" (EndZone 2004) "Changing Tha Game" (EndZone 2004)

1. Fact, No Rumor
2. Love Mechanic
3. Whipped
4. Come on Over
5. I Want You
6. I Wanna Get It On
7. Take 'Um Off
8. Love Zone
9. So in Love
10. Keep Steppin'
11. Woman's World
12. What Cha' Do to Me
13. Monkey See, Monkey Do
14. Unconditionally
15. Thang 4 You, A
16. My Mama Song
17. Monkey See Monkey Do

"Full Circle" (End Zone Ent Willie Clayton "Full Circle" (End Zone Ent./Malaco)"Full Circle" (End Zone Ent./Malaco 2005)

1. Going Crazy (Malaco version)
2. If You Ever Get Lonely (Call Me)
3. Stay Together
4. All My Love
5. Playing Your Game Baby
6. Can We Talk
7. I'll Make It Good to You
8. Take It 2 da Club
9. It's a Good Feeling
10. Meet Me Tonight
11. Georgia on My Mind
12. Hold Me

"Gifted" (Malaco 2006) LISTEN

1. Boom Boom Boom
2. Beautiful
3. Can I Change My Mind
4. When I Think About Cheating
5. Little Bit More, A
6. My Lover My Friend
7. Running out of Lies
8. She Holding Back
9. Missing You
10. Sweet Lady
11. Dreams
12. My Miss America
13. Trust - (featuring Shirley Brown)

"My Tyme" (Malaco 2008) LISTEN

1. Gotta Love
2. Woman Knows, A
3. Happy Time
4. Foreplay
5. Give You My World
6. Angel
7. Back 2 the Good Ole Days
8. Down Home Blues
9. Spend One Night
10. Young Blues Man
11. Three People

"Soul & Blues" (Malaco 2008) LISTEN

1. I Feel a Cheatin' Coming On
2. Strong Love
3. Body Talk
4. Triple Diamond Slot Machine
5. All Day Blues
6. Sweet Thing
7. Another Man's Gain
8. It Hurts So Much
9. I Can't Stand the Rain
10. Do What I Gotta Do
11. Your Body - (Remix)

"Love, Romance & Respect" (C & C 2009)

1. Dance The Nite Away
2. I Need To Know
3. We Both Grown Feat. Dave Hollister
4. Good Woman, Good Man
5. Love To You
6. My Everything
7. Put It On Me
8. Special To Me
9. Some Kind Of Wonderful
10. Where Were You
11. We Both Grown Feat. Dave Hollister (Remix)
12. The Best Years Of My Life
13. Dance The Nite Away (Remix)
14. Shake Your Money Maker (Bonus Track)

"The Voice" (C & C 2010) LISTEN

1. The Voice (Intro)
2. Wonderful
3. She's The One (Bust My Bubble)
4. Beautiful
5. Tonight
6. My Everything
7. As We Lay
8. Rock And Hold You
9. Aint Nothing I Can Do
10. I Love
11. Diamonds
12. Change Gonna Come

"If Your Loving Wasn't Good Enough To Keep Me...How In The World Do You Think It Can Bring Me Back" (S.D.E.G 2011) LISTEN

1. If Your Loving Wasn't Good Enough To Keep Me? How In The World Do You Think It Can Bring Me Back
2. Cheating In The Day Light (Duet W/ Swamp Dogg)
3. One Night Stand
4. Open Up The Door To Your Heart
5. How Do You Love Two
6. A Woman Needs To Be Loved
7. Show Me
8. Feels Like Love To Me
9. Shining Star
10. Does Your Mama Know
11. Stay
12. Where Has Love Gone

"Sings The Number Ones" (Music Access 2011)

1. Walk Away From Love
2. That's The Way I Feel
3. So Glad You're Mine
4. Turn Off The Lights
5. Everywhere Time You Go Away
6. In The Mood
7. So Very Hard To Go
8. Tell Me
9. Leaving Me
10. Rockin' Chair

"The Tribute: One Man, One Voice" (EMG 2011)

1. Still Called The Blues
2. Ain't No Party
3. Turn Back The Hands Of Time
4. I Believe In You
5. Mine All Mine Feat. Tyrone Davis
6. Be With Me
7. Equal Oppurtunity
8. Turning Point
9. Move To Soon
10. A Woman Was Made To Be Loved
11. Without You In My Life
12. Careless
13. Candy Licker

"I Am Rhythm & Blues" (EndZone 2012) LISTEN

1. I Am Rhythm & Blues
2. Smile
3. Mend Your Broken Heart
4. Your Love Is Wonderful
5. She's Your Woman
6. Last One to Know
7. Loose What You Got
8. Last Rendezvous
9. Loving Each Other for Life
10. Twist & Turn

"The Tribute Volume 2: One Man, One Voice" (EMG 2013)

 1. Ain't No Love
2. Back Side of 50
3. I'll Take Care of You
4. The Choking Kind
5. Drowning in the Sea of Love
6. Woman, Lover, Friend
7. Playing Your Game
8. Simply Beautiful
9. Let the Good Times Roll
10. Wish He Didn't Trust Me so Much
11. Georgia on My Mind
12. Don't Make Me Pay
13. Ain't No Way
14. Stop by (feat. Tyrone Davis)

  "Untamable" (EMG 2014)

1 Untamable (Intro)
2 All My Loving
3 Missing You
4 Girl I Want Your Body
5 Sweet, Sweet
6 Easy to Love
7 I'm so Blue
8 You Rock My World
9 You Got My Heart
10 Heaven Only Knows
11 Nothing But The Blues
12 Leave My Woman Alone
13 Girl I Love You
14 Let Me Be With You
15 Untamable (outro)

"Heart & Soul" (EndZone 2015) LISTEN

1 Home Tonight
2 Come On And Rock Me
3 Old School Jam
4 Slow Good
5 Let's Dance
6 Amazing Lady
7 Your Love Is Wonderful
8 Please Don't Leave Me
9 Ain't No Party
10 Mend Your Broken Heart
11 Leave My Women Alone
12 Boom Boom Boom (Remix)
13 Come On Rock Me (Bounce Remix)

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