Otis Clay, a well known Chicago soulster, cut some excellent material for George Leaners One-Der-Ful label in the mid 60s. He then relocated to the Memphis based Hi label where he had some commercial success with "Trying To Live My Life Without You". Although the deal with Hi records eventually grew cold, Clay kept himslf busy with gigs all around the globe (he is a cult figure in Japan).
To me this is his finest hour. A track that some eight years after its original release became a hit for Yazz & The Plastic Population in 1988. Written by Johnny Henderson and George Jackson (who also cut a great version of it which was sadly never released) this heartfelt song about hope and love has become a classic in clubs everywhere. Take a bow Otis!
"The Only Way Is Up"