Born in Brooklyn New York, at five years of age, Clyde Stevenson Spencer started his musical journey with his brother George Junior in The Gospel Wings juniors choir, created by his father George, a renowned gospel singer. By his mid teens and proficient on both rhythm and acoustic guitar, Clyde was also being taught stagecraft by his professional tap dancing mother Marian. Clyde
and his brother George later formed The Mighty Sons of God gospel choir and toured extensively around the American 'chittling' circuit. He was also able to explore his ethnic background of Blackfoot Indian on his mothers side of the family, and Cherokee on his fathers side, which Clyde later called on when performing the blues.
Clyde and George were then invited to join The Joneses, an R and B group who went on to have hit after hit, not only in America but also all over the far east,
in particular Japan where they still have a cult following. These were very exciting times in the late seventies and Clyde was able to hone his craft whilst also getting accustomed to huge audiences and arenas. Then The Drifters beckoned.
Although enjoying huge success in America, at the beginning of the eighties the Drifters band split, with two members coming to Britain where they formed a group. Meanwhile in America the Drifters also reformed and with Clyde now in the line up with
the late great Bill Pinkney. This new, prosperous and more settled group enjoyed world wide fame, touring extensively, although very little recording was done at this time. This was a life enhancing period for Clyde, but following many hard working years and the untimely death of his brother, and then sadly his Mother, Clyde concentrated on his gospel music for a while, becoming musical director of the great New York R.O.C Contemporary Choir.
Legendary blues singer Sidney 'Guitar Crusher'
Selby, Clyde's uncle, persuaded him to join his band for a European tour. Also along was Geo. Clyde's nephew, and Clyde felt a renewal of his roots and so then toured with Big Joe Turner and his Memphis Blues Caravan, basing himself in France. This was a culturally happy time for Clyde, and a very creative period, forming his own band Clyde Spencer and Friend. He enjoyed the flavours his diverse European band brought to original favourites including some of the material Clyde performed with the likes of Luther
Van Dross and Teddy Pendergast. Whilst touring England Clyde met his wife and so to another new chapter in Clydes story and life in England ensued.
When Clyde realised how popular the Drifters music was still , he decided to perform a Drifters review, first with the American Drifters Show and now with Boardwalk, as well as forming a Temptations review group Masterpiece, and a Motown Show Hitzville, which also remembers the Platters hits. At a stage where all of his experiences and musical
history can be included in shows, Clyde has a loyal and eclectic following and with no two shows the same, fans are continually excited with not only the musical content of each performance, but also the choreography.
Clyde loves having the freedom to call on his musical memories, but includes new songs as well. To help him keep his band fresh, Clyde calls on friends such as Roy Carter of Heatwave fame, Russell Thompson of the Stylistics, Tamika Jackson and the audience may well be
surprised to find the marvellous vocals of Ade and Zalon, who performed with Amy Whitehouse. Clyde's dream is to have his nephew Geo on stage with him again, but Geo is reforming his band Men of Vizion, who many of you will remember from the nineties when they had hit after hit. What a family!!! Watch this space.