Blowfly Clarence Reid R.I.P. – Rest In’some Pussy

Clarence “Blowfly” Reid is sitting at the bar with Martin Luther King Jr., Dinah Washington, James Brown, Billie Holiday, and Henry Stone. Janis Joplin is there too, and Left Eye from TLC. Even Elvis. In fact, all the dead legends of the world who’ve got the funk are in there having a great time.

Blowfly’s making everybody laugh so hard they’ve got whiskey shooting out their noses. And the girls are laughing harder than everybody.

Blowfly’s got a plate of soul food that’s flooded with maple syrup, honey, salt, and sugar, and he’s rapping about fucking, and sucking, and eating, and licking, and cumming, and humming.

He can’t stop singing about pissing, and fisting, and maggots, and dicks, and pussies, and how he’s the Incredible Fuck, and “What a difference a lay makes”. And that’s when Michael Jackson says, “Welcome home, Clarence. Finally we’ve got some good music in this place.”

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It all started when Clarence was working in the fields of Georgia as a little kid. Working just to help his mother out. That’s when he noticed the power of music. When he gave an old cracker a song about his mama being a no good whore with a wolf pussy stank as a bear’s breath.

The man gave him a shiny nickel and he was in the music business ever since.

When he was a young man, Clarence moved to Miami and he sang and wrote clean and beautiful songs about love and emotions, and for this he earned many industry accolades such as million selling records.

Clarence Reid and Henry Stone

Clarence Reid and Henry Stone  – ©Jacob Katel

But in 1973, he was heard playing dirty versions of Otis Redding’s music and lyrics on a piano in front of Henry Stone’s office at Tone Distribution and T.K. Productions in Hialeah, Florida, And within an hour, “Shittin On The Dock Of The Bay” was recorded.

It turned out so great that Henry had Blowfly cut a whole album, and the T.K. Disco rhythm section came far and wide to make every track a party.

The Weird World Of Blowfly was born, and without the spectacular one of a kind lyricism and music of Clarence “Blowfly” Reid, the backing of the T.K. rhythm section, and the hitmaking power of Henry Stone, Snoop Dogg would have never picked up a microphone, Too Short would’ve been an accountant, and a hundred zillion laughs at parties never would have happened.

Blowfly and Clarence Reid were musical geniuses that left their mark on Earth in a major way and they will never be forgotten.

Clarence Reid and Blowfly R.I.P.

Here’s some of what Henry Stone himself had to say about the great music of Blowfly and Clarence Reid:

“Latimore and Willie Beaver Hale and Timmy Thomas and Chocolate Perry and all those guys played on all those Blowfly records. That’s why they’re so great. That was the only artist, Blowfly, that all the T.K. musicians were on time to the session. They were there early. Fighting for a spot. Everybody wanted to be there and get on his albums. That’s why everybody loves those tracks along with Blowfly. You listen to those tracks, man, they’re fierce. In fact one of the guys that was on a lot of those tracks was Ish from Foxy. He was always involved with a lot of the sessions and he loved TK. He was a TK freak.”

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“Snoop Dogg loves Blowfly. Phone should be ringin right now. He’s a character. You gotta catch him man. Just go up to Jai Alai man. He’s got a lot of stories, Clarence does.”

“Clarence goes to Jai Alai every day. You ever wanna interview him you go there. He’s the biggest character in the whole fuckin world man. Clarence Reid man, Blowfly. That was my invention. Blowfly. Clarence was y’know one of my writers, good writer y’know. He wrote “Rockin’ Chair.” Good songwriter. So I used to have a little piano in front of my office. Musicians used to come in and sit down. Clarence was sittin there foolin around with an old song. I hear him by the piano all of a sudden playin “Sittin On The Dock Of The Bay,” but he’s sayin “Shittin On The Dock of The Bay.”

I say “Clarence what is that?”

I said, “Go up,” we had an 8 track studio where 100 million records were cut, so I said, “Clarence go up there and put that on tape immediately!”

So he finishes “Shittin On The Dock Of The Bay”, and I say “Come up with some more ideas man and cut songs man.”

So that’s when Blowfly came into existence. Boom. Baboom.”

 

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