Steve Kline Ages of Rock
1941: David Clayton-Thomas is born in Surrey, England, the son of Fred Thomsett, a Canadian soldier, and Freda Thomsett, a British music student. After the war, the family settles near Toronto. David has a rough youth, bouncing in and out of jail. Along the way, though, he acquires a guitar and teaches himself to sing and play. He makes his way to New York City in the 1960s, where Judy Collins hears him performing in a club. She tells her friend Bobby Colomby about Clayton-Thomas. Colomby’s band Blood, Sweat & Tears has been torn apart by dissension and Colomby invites Clayton-Thomas to join up in hopes the addition will stabilize the group. Within weeks, huge lines are forming as fans clamor to see and hear Clayton-Thomas wirth Blood, Sweat & Tears, which will have a #2 single in 1969 with Spinning Wheel.
1955: Little Richard records his first tunes for the Specialty label in L.A.