the voice of BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS
He’s one of the most recognizable voices in music to-date selling over 40 million records. In 1996 he was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and in 2007 his jazz/rock composition “Spinning Wheel” was enshrined in the Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame.
David Clayton-Thomas. His 1968 debut album as lead vocalist of Blood Sweat & Tears sold 10 million copies worldwide. The record charted for a staggering 109 weeks and won an unprecedented five Grammy awards, including Album Of The Year and Best Performance By A Male Vocalist. It featured three hit singles, “You Made Me So Very Happy” “And When I Die”,” and “Spinning Wheel” as well as an irresistible rendition of Billie Holiday’s “God Bless The Child” that became a signature song for David. A 1969 summary in the Los Angeles Times proclaimed that “Blood Sweat & Tears just may be the most important pop music group of the decade”.
He left the band in 1972, but came roaring back to BS&T after a 3-year hiatus to headline international jazz festivals, concert halls and casino showrooms. He was the only one left from the glory years, but it was David Clayton-Thomas that the fans came to see, and he continued to tour successfully under the BS&T name until 2004.
Today, David has launched a 10-piece band under his own name; the concert features 80% BS&T hits and 20% of new music from this gifted and fiercely creative artist. Through the years, he has lost none of the attributes that have made him one of the greatest vocalists of his generation. He still just sings the hell out of a song.
“People like me don’t retire,” says David with his face in a wide grin around those storied, steel-blue eyes .”This is what I was put here to do”.
In association with Pacquin Artists Agency of Canada.