Soul music legend Clarence Reid passed away on January 17th, 2016 after a battle with cancer. Instrumental as a songwriter/producer in the development of the Miami sound epitomized by artists like Betty Wright, Gwen McCrae, KC & the Sunshine Band and others, Reid gained more notorious fame from the early ’70s forward as Blowfly , his bawdy alter ego prone to nasty deep funk grooves and even nastier, hilariously foul mouthed remakes of the hits of the day (e.g. “Soul Man” as “Hole Man”; “Freddie’s Dead” as “Freddie’s Dick Is Dead”). In homage I’ve put together a mix for RBMA Radio that provides a glimpse of Reid’s skills both as a songsmith and showman – going largely chronologically from his lovely ’60s work for both himself and singers Helene Smith and Wright through his ’70s solo classics and finally a sampling of early funky Blowfly stuff, including sampled essentials like “Sesame Street” and the Weird World of Blowfly outro. This could have easily been a 2-hour show given all the incredible music Reid left us with. At the very least I hope it inspires you to investigate his catalog further or honor him posthumously with a donation to his family. Clarence “Blowfly” Reid, RIP.
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