Wednesday Open Thread |Remembering Those Lost in 2016: Otis Clay

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Otis Clay, R&B Singer, Dies at 73
JAN. 11, 2016

Otis Clay, a rhythm-and-blues singer who was also known for his charitable work in Chicago, died there on Jan. 8. He was 73.

The cause was a heart attack, his daughter, Ronda Tankson, said.

Mr. Clay’s voice ranged from a gruff tenor on songs like “Trying to Live My Life Without You,” a Top 40 R&B hit in 1973, to a haunting baritone on gospel standards like “When the Gates Swing Open.”

“Otis was the last standard-bearer for deep Southern soul music, the really gospel-inflected music that was in its heyday in the late ’60s and early and mid-’70s,” said the singer Billy Price, who collaborated with Mr. Clay on the recent album “This Time for Real.”

A 2013 Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Mr. Clay moved to Chicago from Mississippi in 1957. He had just begun planning a gospel tour of the United States.

Mr. Clay’s charitable works included assisting development of the Harold Washington Cultural Center in Chicago.

Ms. Tankson, a special-education teacher in Chicago, said her father gave little thought to what benefit he would get from performing and held nothing back when appearing for her students.

“He sang to them as if they paid and he was onstage,” she said.

Mr. Clay was born on Feb. 11, 1942, in Waxhaw, Miss., into a musical and religious family, according to his online biography. After his arrival in Chicago, he joined the Golden Jubilaires, and in 1960 he became part of Charles Bridges’s Famous Blue Jay Singers, performing a cappella at schools and hotels.

He made his recording debut in 1965 with the rousing ballad “Flame in Your Heart.” In 2007 he was nominated for a Grammy for the gospel CD “Walk a Mile in My Shoes.”

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73 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread |Remembering Those Lost in 2016: Otis Clay

  1. eliihass says:

    For anyone who like me has paid attention over the past 8 years, I find it impossible to believe that President Obama views Bernie Sanders as more hostile or vicious to him than Hillary Clinton…

    I find it impossible to believe that President Obama (prior to the current field of candidates finding that they need him) if given the choice to have either Hillary or Bernie watch his glass of water, would pick Hillary…

    It’s like we’re living in an alternate universe…

    We all lived and fully experienced 2008 and the subsequent years – with all the outright underhandedness and blatant hostilities, pettiness, jealousies and vindictiveness of Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton towards both Obamas and their daughters…

    But effective January 2016, when internal polling showed the much-needed Obama coalition wasn’t warming to a Hillary candidacy that originally debuted with her in typical all bout her mode, touting herself and swiping the President’s accomplishments as hers – while actively distancing herself from the President…

    Since 2 weeks ago, one would think we never lived or experienced the Clintons and their barely hidden contempt and hostility towards the Obamas – and all what we all saw and heard starting in 2007 when then Senator Obama threw his hat in the ring…

    The Hillary private server and e-mail saga stems precisely from her contempt and distrust of, hostility towards and her attempts to circumvent, outwit, hoodwink and withhold important information from the President her boss…

    But listening to Hillary and her campaign these days, one would think that it was Bernie Sanders who said and did and undermined…

    And to hear Hillary Clinton and her flunkies now tell it since January 2016, Hilary Clinton loooooooves President Obama (note: not Mrs Obama…not until of course she is found to have any consequential impact on getting Hillary into the Oval office)…

    Hillary is completely horrified you know, and is determined to very selflessly and aggressively defend and protect President Obama and the President’s precious honor, against that very, very evil Bernie Sanders…

    If anyone is falling for this okey-dokey, we’re so much blinder and dumber than ever imagined…

  2. eliihass says:

    The extensive redaction actually ends up incriminating and indicting Rick Snyder and his people, more than they think..

  3. Just put the handcuffs on McGinty and throw his ass in jail for obstruction of justice. We have got damn laws in this country. Enforce them!

    • Liza says:

      There’s so much f**kery going on here that we may never get to the bottom of it. The whole thing has been a sham, since the moment Tamir Rice was murdered. No one in local law enforcement was ever interested in justice for Tamir Rice. It has always been about dragging out the so called investigation and insuring that the killer walks away.

      This problem from hell will never be solved without the Department of Justice doing the investigations and prosecuting the guilty. I don’t give a damn if the DOJ ends up as the largest employer in America, if that’s what it takes. Anyone waiting for the “goodness of man” or “our better angels” to prevail over this evil will wait from now to eternity. It isn’t going to happen.

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      Jamie Foxx is a hero who risked his own safety (and life) to save another person. I so admire him for his selflessness.

    • Ametia says:

      What a absolute DELLUSIONAL BITCH! Trailer TRASH of the highest order.

      Tack had that domestic violence GENE in him, prior to serving, TRUST.

      I don’t recall hearing a 911 call announcing President Obama laid hands on anyone in that Wasilla Hillbilly KLAN household.

      • Liza says:

        The wretched woman will say anything to keep her name in the news. She thinks this Trump “endorsement” is her big comeback leading to bigger things because she is certain Trump will win.

    • sunshine616 says:

      The lack of accountability is astounding but expected. Rwnjs have this uncanny ability to make themselves the victim of some black or brown injustice, while telling us to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and stop blaming others for our lives. Oh the irony!! We see y’all though. Start paying more attention to the family you chose to bring in to this world instead of making your lofty aspirations and goals of political success more important. Clearly your children paid the price for your neglect and ignorance. Well done Mrs. Palin!

  4. DO ME, BABY!

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  5. Ametia says:

    Happy belated Birthday, Dolly!

    Happy 70th Birthday, Dolly Parton! Let’s Celebrate with Some of Her Best Performances

    Dolly Parton—that sugary sweet, tremendously talented, and heavily tattooed angel who fell to earth (either heaven or the Smokey Mountains)—turns 70 years old today so let’s pump up our hair (because the higher the hair, the closer to God), push out our tits, break out our favorite Dolly albums, and celebrate! It’s time to toast one of the best singer/songwriters in the history of country music.

    Parton, who recently documented her childhood in the less-than inspiring TV movie Coat of Many Colors, comes from humble origins. Raised in a one-room cabin in Locust Ridge, Tennessee, she grew up poor, but happy, and began—like many greats—singing for her church as a child.

  6. Ametia says:

    Flint, MI water poisoning thread is up!

  7. rikyrah says:

    This is one of Peanut’s favorite videos. She loves it and watches it all the time.

  8. Ametia says:

    Thread in progress for Flint MI. Please post all comments, tweets, vids there as well! Thank you.

  9. Hey Chicas!

    Haley was nominated for the Gifted and Talented Education Program. Testing begins next week.

  10. Amazing Barack Obama oil painting

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  11. Ametia says:


    — President Obama’s visit to Detroit today to tout the auto industry’s resurgence could be overshadowed by Flint, where he is not visiting. “The fact that Obama just declared a state of emergency Saturday providing up to $5 million in federal assistance to address widespread drinking water contamination in Flint, 70 miles north of Detroit, has further muddied the picture,” Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson explain.

    “An independent researcher at Virginia Tech has accused the Environmental Protection Agency’s Midwest regional administrator of failing to disclose findings last summer that the water had dangerously high lead levels. EPA spokeswoman Melissa Harrison said in an email that the agency did not release the memo in question because it ‘contained confidential personal and enforcement-sensitive information’ but that it was ‘immediately circulated’ to the regional team ‘that was working to require Flint to implement corrosion control’ last summer.” (The story has more on the federal response.)

  12. Ametia says:


    Flint, Michigan’s water crisis: What the national media got wrong
    by Connor Coyne on January 20, 2016

  13. rikyrah says:

    Remorseful Snyder apologizes to people of Flint in state address
    Rachel Maddow reports on the latest developments in the Flint, Michigan water crisis, including the mayor of Flint visiting the White House, the federal government sending a Health and Human Services official to help coordinate the response, and Governor Rick Snyder apologizing to the people of Flint in his State of the State address.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Elections have consequences.

    NOT VOTING has consequences.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Oliver Willis @owillis
    fwiw palin is as garbled now as she was in 2008 when the gop acted like she had descended from heaven. she’s always been an idiot.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Reading the comments about Caribou Barbie…someone pointed out that she endorsed Trump even after he insulted Country Last….

    But, we all knew that Caribou Barbie doesn’t even know how to spell loyalty. ..let alone be about it.

  17. rikyrah says:

    Snyder apologized.


    Muthaphucka, you permanently poisoned THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE…

    and you APOLOGIZE?


  18. rikyrah says:

    January 20, people.

    January 20, 2009, Barack Hussein Obama II was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States.

    January 20, 2013, Barack Hussein Obama II was sworn in again after his 2012 re-election.

    tee hee hee.

    2520’s ain’t been the same since.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  20. Ametia says:

    Hump day, Everyone! Great Tribute and memories of the deceased this week, Rikyrah. Thank you.

    Mr. Otis Clay,…. ”
    Trying To Live My Life Without You.” You’re going to be just fine in the afterlife, Sir.

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