About David Clayton-Thomas
'David Henry Thomsett
Whom we know publicly as ''''''David Clayton-Thomas
Born 9/13/1941 in Surrey County, England,UK David grew up in WW II England with an abusive father and a kind mother.
The family re-located to Willowdale,Toronto, Canada.
Leaving home at about fourteen years of age, David becomes a street kid and soon finds himself in trouble with law authorities. His timeline to Music Stardom goes as follows:
1962- Release from the Reformatory System and begins hanging around the Yonge Street strip in Toronto
A musical Genre of Rhythm & Blues, "Arkansas Rockabilly" seemed to be favored by the clientelle. David also liked this style of music.
A local Band Ronnie Hawkins & the Hawks noticed Davids talent and took him under their wing.
David Clayton-Thomas Frontman
David Clayton-Thomas and the Fabulous Shays His official first band and a chance to establish his a.k.a. to distance himself from his troubled past.
1964- David Clayton -Thomas and the Fabulous Shays record a funky cover of John Lee Hooker
s song Boom-Boom
David and the band appear on ''NBC`-TV`s "Hulabaloo"'' hosted by fellow Canadian ''Paul Anka''
1966- David is playing with a new band the Bossmen
David writes a new anti -war song "Brainwashed" This song went to #1 on Canadian charts and remained there 16 weeks.
Later this same year, Folk singer ''Judy Collins'' hears David performing at a local niteclub and introduces him to her good friend ''Bobby Colomby'' of the recently broken up band ''Blood Sweat and Tears''
Six weeks after David joins Blood Sweat and Tears, fans line up for blocks in hopes of gaining entry into a venue with a capacity of 200 people!
1968- Debut album with Blood Sweat and Tears sells over 10 million copies world wide!
This album topped the Billboard charts for 7 weeks and charted for 109 weeks! This album also recieves an unprecedented'' 5 Grammy Awards''
album of the year* best song by a male vocalist* three hit singles
1969- Woodstock performance
1972- performances in Brentwood, California
David Clayton-Thomas leaves Blood Sweat and Tears for three years and the hectic life of touring.
1974- Autobiography "Clive: Inside the Record Business" by then President of Columbia Records, Clive Davis, describes his first impression of the vocal talents of David Clayton-Thomas
1976- David and the Blood Sweat and Tears band form a reunion and continue on until 2004
1996- Inducted into Canadian Music Hall of Fame
2006- Montreal Jazz Festival Currently David Clayton-Thomas performs in Toronto with his own ten member band.
2007- his song "Spinning Wheel" Enshrined into the Songwritters Hall of Fame!
2010- David receives his Star on Canadas Walk of Fame
in Summery David Clayton-Thomas
Genres- Blues Rock Styles- contemporary Pop/ Rock Over 40 million records sold.
a link to his albums and songs [http://www.allmusic.com/artist/david-clayton-thomas-mn0000636748/songs]