Clarence Paul

Motown producer/songwriter Clarence Paul has an enviable list of hits to his credit, including classic sides by Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, the Marvelettes, and Marvin Gaye. Paul's musical roots run deep, as his father and brother were singers. Born Clarence Pauling on March 19, 1928, in Winston-Salem, NC, he began singing gospel music in North Carolina churches with his brother Lowman Pauling, with whom he formed the Royal Sons. After Clarence left, the group later became the "5" Royales (the number one R&B hit "Baby Don't Do It," the double-sided hit "Help Me Somebody," number one R&B) b/w "Crazy, Crazy, Crazy," number five R&B). During the '50s, Pauling sang with the gospel groups the Coleman Brothers and Wings Over Jordan. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. When his stint was over, he returned to the States and began recording secular sides for various record labels including Federal, Roulette, and Hannover. To avoid confusion with his brother who had also began recording secular songs, he shorted his name to Clarence Paul. Some his releases includes the single "I'm in Love Again" and "Operation Breadbasket" (by Clarence Paul and the Members on Chi-Sound). Becoming a songwriter, Paul co-wrote "I Need Your Lovin" with Will Jennings and Ardra Woods, a 1959 number 14 R&B hit for singer Roy Hamilton.

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