Birthday: Willie Clayton

Southern blues/soul singer Willie Clayton started performing and recording his music in Mississippi when he was a teenager.

He was born March 29, 1955, in Indianola, Miss. He cut his debut single, "That's the Way Daddy Did," on Duplex Records before moving to Chicago to play clubs in 1971.

Clayton next signed with Hi Records in Memphis, where he recorded with producer Willie Mitchell. His Hi singles included "I Must Be Losing You," "It's Time You Made Up Your Mind" and "Baby You're Ready."

In 1984, Clayton had hits on the R&B chart with "Tell Me" (produced by General Crook) and "What a Way to Put It."

The albums Let's Get Together (1993), Simply Beautiful (1994) and It's About Love (1999) — featuring "Everytime You Go Away" — were issued on Ace Records and sold well in the southern U.S.