Chart Performance: Pop (#31) & R&B (#4); 1969
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
In the days before Steal Away made Clarence Carter a well-known soul man, he recorded as one half of Clarence & Calvin. The duo’s first release was I Wanna Dance But I Don’t Know How on the tiny Fairlane label in 1961. After one more Fairlane side, the two moved on to Duke Records (as The C&C Boys), then to Atco for their final single Step By Step, recorded at FAME in 1965. After Calvin was seriously injured in a car accident the following year, Clarence was on his own. Tell Daddy (which later inspired Etta James‘ Tell Mama) appeared on FAME’s in-house label and cracked the R&B Top 40 in early 1967. Five singles in to his solo career, Clarence struck gold with Slip Away and follow-up Too Weak To Fight. Snatching It Back, which he co-wrote, made it three straight R&B Top 3’s for Clarence. He’d come a long way from his days at Alabama State, where he’s learned to transcribe music in Braille.
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- Rick Hall
Lyrics Written by:
- Clarence Carter
- George Jackson