Song of the Day: Clarence Carter, “Patches”

Kip suggested this, and as usual he nailed it. Clarence Carter, blind since birth, had a few hits in the late ’60’s, starting in 1968 with “Slip Away,” which went to #6 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the R&B chart. “Patches” is a cover of a song by Chairmen of the Board, written by General Johnson and Ron Dunbar, writing as “Edythe Wayne,” due to legal disputes between Motown Records and Holland-Dozier-Holland, who had split from Motown and started Invictus Records. Carter’s cover reached #4 on the Hot 100, #2 on the R&B chart, and won the Grammy for Best Rhythm & Blues Song in 1971.

11 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Clarence Carter, “Patches”

        1. After Mom died, I got to thinking about what she did after Dad died and was really amazed that she could do it. She was a teacher and didn’t get paid from the end of June all the way to mid-September, but we never knew that she was worried about the money.

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