Clarence Carter - Updated Dec 2023

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Clarence Carter

Clarence Carter is a songwriter, blues singer, musician, and record producer. Clarence Carter has sung Slip Away, Back Door Santa, Patches, and more.

Early life

On January 14, 1936, Clarence George Carter was born in Montgomery, Alabama, US. As of now, he is already 86 years old and his zodiac sign is Capricorn. He still has kept his family background private and his parents’ and siblings’ name is not known.

As he was blind by birth, he attended Alabama School. Later, he went to enroll his name Alabama State College. In August 1960, he graduated from college and received a degree in music.

Personal life

As of 2022, Clarence Carter is not married and is single as of now. Previously, he and Candi Staton exchanged their wedding vows in 1970. They were living happily until their marriage started deteriorating.

In 1973 they separated due to some undisclosed reasons. Together they have a son named Clarence Carter Jr.

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Caption: Clarence Carter with his ex-wife. Source: Pinterest


Clarence Carter’s professional music career began with friend Calvin Scott. They sang to the Fairlane label to release “I Wanna Dance But I Don’t Know How”, as Clarence & Calvin.

The pair joined Duke Records, after the 1962 release of I Don’t Know. Therefore, they renamed themselves the C & C Boys and released four singles for the label.

The duo recorded “Step by Step” at Rick Hall’s FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, in 1965. Thus, it was released on the Atlantic Records subsidiary Atco label, but it also failed to chart.

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Caption: Clarence during his performance. Source: Getty Image

In 1966, the duo performed regularly in clubs in Birmingham, Alabama. Later on, Scott was seriously injured in an auto accident. And, Carter continued as a solo singer and recorded for the Fame label.

He recorded “Tell Daddy”, which reached number 35 on the Billboard R&B chart, in 1967. Also, he inspired Etta James’ answer record, “Tell Mama”, for which Carter was credited as a writer. Moving on, he joined Atlantic Records, at the end of 1967.

Then, he began a string of hits on the R&B and pop charts, starting with “Slip Away”. Thus, it has been described as “a superior cheating ballad spotlighting his anguished.

His singles preceding Atlantic singles were certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. Also, he had a seasonal pop hit with the raunchy and funky Back Door Santa, at the end of 1968.

More about his career

In 1969 and 1970, he continued to have hits with Snatching It Back, I Can’t Leave Your Love Alone, The Feeling Is Right, and Doin’ Our Thing. Therefore, all reached both the US pop and R&B charts.

Snatching It Back was a remake of James Carr’s The Dark End of the Street. In 1970, he delivered his biggest hit with his version of Patches. Moreover, it was first recorded by Chairmen of the Board, which was a UK number 2 hit and a US number 4.

In September 1970, he received a gold disc award by R.I.A.A and record sold over one million copies. Soon, in just 2 months it won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song in 1971. Also, Too Weak to Fight, and Slip Away was his third million-seller.

Similarly, he left Atlantic at the end of 1971 to rejoin the Fame label. He signed to ABC Records, in 1975. And, he released 3 albums including Loneliness and Temptation.

He “virtually made a career from tales of unbridled love and illicit sex…”, according to writer Brian Ward. 

His career suffered, with the advent of disco in the mid-1970s. In 1985, he signed for Ichiban Records. Thus, he found a new audience with songs such as Strokin’ and Dr. C.C.  Since 1996, he has continued recording, releasing six albums for the Ichiban label.

Therefore, he established his own Cee Gee Entertainment label. Hence, he has also continued to tour regularly in the Southern states and internationally. Likewise, Clarence Carter’s net worth is not revealed yet.

Clarence Carter – Body measurement

There are no details related to Clarence Carter’s body measurement. But, the singer has black hair and black eyes.

Clarence Carter – Social media

Also, he is not active on any social media sites.