Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Delbert McClinton: Giving It Up For Your Love

Although Delbert McClinton had been performing for decades, his only Top 40 hit came about in late 1980 with his single “Giving it up for your Love.” The song peaked at #8 in early 1981 about the time I left Huntington, WV for Beckley, WV to work at WCIR-FM. The song was in “A” or hot rotation when I started working at the station on February 16.

This particular single features the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section who co-produced this recording with Barry Beckett. Other claims to McClinton’s fame included playing harmonica on Bruce Channel’s number one hit “Hey! Baby”; the instrument is prominently featured on the recording. Additionally, McClinton tutored John Lennon on the harmonica.

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