Delbert McClinton (born November 4, 1940) is an American blues rock and electric blues singer-songwriter, guitarist, harmonica player, and pianist. Active as a side-man since 1962 and as a band leader since 1972, he has recorded several major record label albums.
McClinton was born in Lubbock, Texas, but relocated with his family to Fort Worth, Texas when he was 11. He worked in a bar band, The Straitjackets, who played backing to 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 subsequent package tour to the United Kingdom, McClinton instructed John Lennon on the finer points of blues harmonica playing. 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 No. 1 hit in 1978 with McClinton's composition "Two More Bottles of Wine," and his "B Movie Boxcar Blues" was covered on the first The Blues Brothers album, Briefcase Full of Blues. McClinton's 1980 album, The Jealous Kind, contained his only Top 40 hit single, "Givin' It Up for Your Love".
He won a 1991 Grammy Award for his duet with Bonnie Raitt, "Good Man, Good Woman", and reached the Top 5 of the Country chart with the Tanya Tucker duet, "Tell Me About It." McClinton recorded the opening title song "Weatherman" for the Bill Murray film Groundhog Day. The fledgling label Rising Tide released One of the Fortunate Few in 1997, before the label went out of business. In addition to releasing two new studio albums in the early 2000s, New West Records issued Delbert McClinton Live in 2003, a compilation album of songs from throughout his career.
Delbert McClinton – BEFORE YOU ACCUSE ME - (E. McDaniels), Written and recorded by rock and roll icon Bo Diddley in 1957. From Delbert’s album “Honky Tonk 'n Blues”, 1994.
Delbert McClinton – WHY ME? – (McClinton, Knobloch). From “Never Been Rocked Enough”, 1992
Delbert McClinton – CRAZY ‘BOUT YOU - (McClinton). From “I'm with You” 1990.
Delbert McClinton – EVERY TIME I ROLL THE DICE - (Barnes, Seals). From “Never Been Rocked Enough”, 1992
Delbert McClinton – MY BABY’S LOVIN’ - (McClinton, Lunn). Taken from “I'm with You”, 1990.
Delbert McClinton – SAME KIND OF CRAZY - (Nicholson, McClinton). From “Room to Breathe” released in 2002
Delbert McClinton – ONE OF THE FORTUNATE FEW - (Nicholson, McClinton, Anderson, Hambridge). From “Cost of Living”, 2005
Delbert McClinton – PEACE IN THE VALLEY - (Nicholson, McClinton, Hambridge). From “Blind, Crippled, and Crazy”, 2013
Delbert McClinton - GIVIN’ IT UP FOR YOUR LOVE (LIVE) – (Jerry Lynn Williams). First appeared on Delbert’s The Jealous Kind 1980. Recorded at Farm Aid, 1985.
Delbert McClinton - SHAKEY GROUND (LIVE) – (Bowen, Boyd, Hazel). "Shakey Ground" is a 1975 R&B single by The Temptations. Recorded at Austin City Limits, 1989.
Delbert McClinton - TAKE ME TO THE RIVER (LIVE) - "Take Me to the River" is a 1974 song written by singer Al Green and guitarist Mabon "Teenie" Hodges. Recorded live, 1989. Location unknown. Unreleased.
Delbert McClinton & Bonnie Raitt - GOOD MAN, GOOD WOMAN - (Cecil Womack, Linda Womack). From “Never Been Rocked Enough”, 1992