born on 4/11/1940 in Lubbock, TX, United States
Links delbert.com (English)
Active as a sideman since 1962 and as a band leader since 1972, he has recorded albums for several major record labels and singles that have reached the Billboard Hot 100, Mainstream Rock Tracks, and Hot Country Songs charts. His highest-charting single was "Tell Me About It", a 1992 duet with Tanya Tucker, which reached number 4 on the Country chart. Four of his albums have been number 1 on the U.S. Blues chart, and another reached number 2. His highest charting pop hit was 1980's "Giving It Up for Your Love," which peaked at number 8 on the Hot 100.
McClinton was born in Lubbock, Texas, and relocated with his family to Fort Worth, Texas, when he was 11 years old. He worked in a bar band, the Straitjackets, who played backing Sonny Boy Williamson II, Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Jimmy Reed. McClinton recorded several regional singles before hitting the national chart in 1962, playing harmonica on Bruce Channel's "Hey! Baby". On a tour with Channel in the United Kingdom, McClinton instructed John Lennon on the finer points of blues harmonica playing.
McClinton formed the Ron-Dels, sometimes called the Rondells, with Ronnie Kelly and Billy Wade Sanders. The band had a chart single in 1965 with "If You Really Want Me To I'll Go."
Relocating to Los Angeles in 1972, McClinton partnered with fellow Texan Glen Clark to perform a combination of country and soul music. They achieved a degree of artistic success, releasing two albums before splitting and McClinton embarked on a solo career.
Emmylou Harris had a number 1 hit in 1978 with her recording of McClinton's composition "Two More Bottles of Wine," and a cover version of his "B Movie Boxcar Blues" was on the first album by the Blues Brothers, Briefcase Full of Blues.
1980s and 1990s
McClinton's 1980 album, The Jealous Kind, contained his only Top 40 hit single, "Giving It Up for Your Love", which peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 35 Adult Contemporary. After an inactive period during much of the 1980s, McClinton made a return in 1989 with the Grammy-nominated album Live from Austin, recorded during an appearance on the television program Austin City Limits and co-produced by the saxophonist Don Wise.
In 1991 he won a Grammy Award for a duet with Bonnie Raitt, "Good Man, Good Woman", and reached the Top 5 of the Country chart with "Tell Me About It", a duet with Tanya Tucker. He reentered the Billboard charts in 1992 with the album Never Been Rocked Enough, which included the charting "Every Time I Roll the Dice" and a cover of John Hiatt's "Have a Little Faith in Me."
McClinton recorded the song "Weatherman", which was played with the opening titles of the 1992 film Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray. The fledgling label Rising Tide Records released One of the Fortunate Few in 1997, before the label went out of business.
McClinton released two studio albums in the early 2000s for New West Records, which also issued Delbert McClinton Live in 2003, a compilation album of songs from his career. In 2006, he won a Grammy Award for his album The Cost of Living in the category Best Contemporary Blues Album.
Etta James included two McClinton songs on her 2003 album, Let's Roll.
McClinton was a judge for the fourth annual Independent Music Awards, presented to independent artists to support their careers.
He is featured in the documentary film Rocking the Boat: A Musical Conversation and Journey, by the filmmaker Jay Curlee.
He performed on the Frankie Miller album Double Take, released in 2016; his voice is merged with Miller's in the song "Beginner at the Blues".
|US Blues||US Country||US||US Indie|
|1972||Delbert & Glen||Clean|
|1973||Subject to Change|
|1975||Victim of Life's Circumstances||ABC|
|1979||Keeper of the Flame||146|
|1980||The Jealous Kind||34||Capitol|
|1981||Plain from the Heart||181|
|Live from Austin|
|1990||I'm with You||Curb|
|1992||Never Been Rocked Enough||118|
|1994||Shot from the Saddle||Mercury|
|Honky Tonk 'n Blues||MCA|
|1995||Let the Good Times Roll|
|1997||One of the Fortunate Few||2||15||116||Rising Tide|
|2001||Nothing Personal||1||20||103||3||New West|
|2002||Room to Breathe||1||12||84||3|
|2005||Cost of Living||1||14||105||16|
|2006||Live from Austin, TX|
|2007||Rockin' Blues||Direct Source|
|2009||Acquired Taste||1||131||23||New West|
|2013||Blind, Crippled and Crazy||1||172||36|
|2017||Prick of the Litter||2||18||Hot Shot|
|1978||Very Early Delbert McClinton Volume 1||LeCam|
|Very Early Delbert McClinton Volume 2||LeCam|
|1989||The Best of Delbert McClinton||Curb|
|1994||Classics, Vol. 1: The Jealous Kind||Curb|
|Classics, Vol. 2: Plain from the Heart||Curb|
|1995||Great Songs: Come Together|
|1999||Crazy Cajun Recordings||Edsel|
|The Ultimate Collection||Hip-O|
|2000||Don't Let Go: The Collection||Music Club|
|Genuine Rhythm & the Blues||Hip-O|
|2003||The Best of Delbert McClinton, 20th Century Masters, Millennium Collection||MCA|
|2006||The Definitive Collection||Hip-O|
|US MSR||CAN||CAN Country|
|1965||"If You Really Want Me To, I'll Go" (the Ron-Dels)||97||—||—||—||—||Very Early Delbert McClinton Volume 1|
|1972||"I Received a Letter" (Delbert & Glen)||90||—||—||—||—||—||Delbert & Glen|
|1980||"Giving It Up for Your Love"||8||35||—||—||10||—||The Jealous Kind|
|1981||"Shotgun Rider"||70||—||—||—||—||—||Plain from the Heart|
|1990||"I'm with You"||—||—||78||—||—||—||I'm with You|
|1992||"Every Time I Roll the Dice"||—||—||—||13||40||—||Never Been Rocked Enough|
|1995||"Come Together"||—||—||—||—||—||—||Come Together: America Salutes the Beatles|
|1997||"Sending Me Angels"||—||—||65||—||—||92||One of the Fortunate Few|
|2001||"When Rita Leaves"||—||—||—||—||—||—||Nothing Personal|
|2002||"Same Kind of Crazy"||—||—||—||—||—||—||Room to Breathe|
|"Lone Star Blues"||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005||"One of the Fortunate Few"||—||—||—||—||—||—||Cost of Living|
|"I Had a Real Good Time"||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009||"Mama's Little Baby"||—||—||—||—||—||—||Acquired Taste|
|"Starting a Rumor"||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|US Country||CAN Country|
|1993||"Tell Me About It"||Tanya Tucker||4||3||Can't Run from Yourself|
- Du Noyer, Paul (2003). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music. Fulham, London: Flame Tree Publishing. p. 181. ISBN 1-904041-96-5.
- Huey, Steve. "Delbert McClinton: Biography". Allmusic.com. Retrieved September 3, 2011.
- "Texas Heritage Songwriters Association". Texasheritagesongwriters.com. 2016-04-28. Retrieved 2016-12-06.
- "Delbert's Biography". Archived from the original on October 5, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-05.
- "The house band at the Tracer was the Ron-Dels, a white-boy blues, rock, and country band led by a soulful singer named Delbert McClinton and his buddies Ronnie Kelly and Billy Wade Sanders." Patoski, Joe Nick (2008). Willie Nelson: An Epic Life. Little, Brown. pp. 85–86. ISBN 0316017787.
- "Another young Lubbock group, Delbert McClinton and the Ron-Dels, recorded 'If You Really Want Me To I'll Go'. McClinton . . . had cut his musical teeth on the Jacksboro Highway blues scene of Fort Worth". Jasinski, Laurie E., ed. (2012). Handbook of Texas Music (2nd ed.). Texas A&M University Press. ISBN 0876112971.
- "McClinton's sides, of the same vintage, display his capable voice leading the Ron-Dels and the Straightjackets, two prominent Fort Worth white punk groups of the day." Texas Monthly, April 1979, p. 183.
- "Upon returning to the U.S., McClinton founded a group called the Rondells (sometimes listed as the Ron-Dels), which had a minor chart single in 1965 with 'If You Really Want Me to I'll Go'". Bogdanov, Vladimir; Woodstra, Chris; Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2003). All Music Guide to Country. p. 480. ISBN 0879307609.
- "The band was called the Ron-dels then. They had a record out, 'If You Really Want Me To, I'll Go,' and it was moving up the charts. So I took a stab at it and went back to Fort Worth. Mike Clark was playing drums with them. He was leaving. . . ." Payne, Jim (2010). The Great Drummers of R and B Funk and Soul. p. 200.
- "In the mid-1960s he had a group called the Ron Dels that produced one minor single, and later in the decade he worked the Texas bar circuit. In the early 1970s he recorded two albums with Glen Clark, and went on to secure a solo contract". Komara, Edward; Lee, Peter (2004). The Blues Encyclopedia. p. 666.
- "Later McClinton fronted a popular Fort Worth band called the Ron-Dels. But all that was just a prelude. He had finally reached the age of being legal in a Texas bar when he played the harmonica solo on Bruce Channel's 'Hey! Baby'". Reid, Jan (2010). The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock (new ed.). p. 298. ISBN 0292787766, 97801292787766.
- "While on tour with Channel in the United Kingdom, McClinton shared his stylings with John Lennon, and his influence can be heard clearly on the Beatles' 'Love Me Do.' In 1964 and 1965 McClinton teamed with Ronnie Kelly as the Ron-Dels." Kingsbury, Paul, ed. (1998). The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Oxford University Press. ISBN 019984044X.
- "The results can be heard on the Fab Four's "Love Me Do." After having regional hits in the 1960s with the Ron-Dels and with Delbert and Glen, McClinton began a solo career in the early 1970s. At first he was marketed as a country artist". Busby, Mark, ed. (2004). The Southwest. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. p. 324. ISBN 0313328056.
- "'So the next band I had was called The Rondells. and we were kind of a big deal around here [in Fort Worth], and then that finally came apart. I stayed around and had any number of bands. Every week I'd call it something else.'" Govenar, Alan B. (2008). Texas Blues: The Rise of a Contemporary Sound. Texas A&M University Press. p. 203. ISBN 158544605X.
- "[T]he Rondells, a Group from Yoakum." Texas Monthly, June 1976, p. 124.
- "Delbert McClinton, a singer, harmonica player and guitarist who recorded with the Straight Jackets (a rousing version of Billy Emerson's 'Every Woman I Know Is Crazy About Automobiles') and the Rondells ('If You Really Want Me To, I'll Go')". Gillett, Charlie (2011). The Sound of the City: The Rise of Rock & Roll. Souvenir Press. p. ix. ISBN 0285640240.
- Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 157.
- Independent Music Awards – Past Judges Archived July 13, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Delbert McClinton". Koti.mbnet.fi. 2011-08-27. Retrieved 2016-12-06.
- "Delbert McClinton: Awards". AllMusic.com. 1940-11-04. Retrieved 2016-12-06.
- Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research. p. 584. ISBN 0-89820-188-8.
- "Delbert McClinton: Country Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved January 29, 2018.