Beale Street Caravan lost a longtime friend when soul music great Otis Clay passed away on January 8th. Clay rose to prominence behind '70s R&B hits such as "Trying to Live my Life Without You" and "All Because of Your Love," both songs birthed through the production genius of Memphis' Willie Mitchell and the Hi Records Rhythm Section. This week's program was originally scheduled to air in February, but with Clay's passing, we felt an urgency to release it now in his memory. Otis Clay was a great friend to Memphis music, The Stax Academy, and he'll forever be remembered for his endless talent, generosity, and goodwill.
Hear our tribute to Otis Clay this Tuesday at 11 pm.