Clifford Curry, American beach music and R&B singer, Died at 79


Clifford Curry Jr. was born on November 3, 1936 –in Chicago, Illinois, and died on September 6, 2016.

He was an American beach music and R&B singer.

His career started in high school and he was a member of several groups, including The Echoes, The Five Pennies (for whom he wrote a 1956 release, “Mr. Moon”), Hollyhocks (1957), and the Bubba Suggs Band (1957–1964).

He used the name Sweet Clifford, under that name he recorded for the Nashville-based Excello Records label, before beginning work with the Fabulous Six and the Contenders.

During 1967, Curry had a hit on the US R&B chart with “She Shot A Hole In My Soul”, which was produced by Buzz Cason (a long time producer of Curry’s).

He was well known as “The King Of Beach Music,” Curry continued to play in the Southeastern United States with his brand of Carolina Beach Music, and was inducted into the Beach Music Hall of Fame in 1995, along with his peers Maurice Williams and Bill Pinkney.

During 1997, Curry recorded an album titled Tennessee R&B Live with Earl Gaines and Roscoe Shelton.

He joined and backed Faye Adams on her number one R&B smash “Shake a Hand”

He resided in Knoxville, Tennessee, and died in Knoxville.

Clifford Curry Jr. passed away at 79 years old.