October 30, 1923, Baton Rouge, LA, United States
May 21, 2002, Jefferson, LA, United States
Clarence Samuels was born in Baton Rouge, LA. on October 30, 1923. While in his teens he sang for his father's local group. Clarence soon struck out on his own and worked a double bill with Roy Brown at The Grenada Club in Galveston for awhile around 1945. Samuels made his first recordings for Aristocrat in Chicago in 1947 and 1948. Between working the clubs and juke joints around the country he secured recording dates seemingly everywhere cutting records for Swingtime/Downbeat in Los Angeles, Freedom in Houston, and DeLuxe in New Orleans in the latter part of 1948 and in 1949. Samuels took a five year sabbatical from the studio and then dropped two records for Lamp in New York City. In 1956 he had a two song session for Excello in Nashville. His last recordings were 45's made for small labels in Texas in 1966. One of the guitarists who worked live gigs in the 50's with Samuels was Johnny Copeland. Clarence Samuels passed away on May 21, 2002
Other musicians unknown
Recorded in Houston, TX. c. January, 1950
Originally issued on the 1950 single (Freedom 1544) (78 RPM)
This recording taken from the 1993 CD "Uptown Blues (1946-1959)"