I hurt - PEN 352


Clarence Nelson

Clarence Nelson was a Memphis guitarist who worked in several city bands in the 60s like the house band at Johnnie Currie's Club Tropicana. No doubt he also played on R & B recording sessions as well, and he was a member of the Fieldstones on High Water in the 80s. but he only seems to have made two 45s under his own name.

he famous Memphis engineer Stan Kesler, whose work for Goldwax and other southern soul labels like XL is rightly revered, apparently owned the Pen label (although XL’s Gene Lucchesi may also have been involved) but this is the only 45 on it that I could recommend. ListenI Hurt is a simple piece of country soul, just a rhythm section, no horns, but Clarence Nelson’s vocal turns it into a memorable one. Although his range isn’t too great he uses a lovely gritty tone which makes the fine melody work very well.



ListenI hurt / You make me feel so good ~ PEN 352 (1964) 
Super soul / Good times ~ MGM 13725 (1967)



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