“Nobody But You Babe” – Clarence Reid

Most people these days know Clarence Reid by his XXX-rated alter ego Blowfly.  If you don’t know Blowfly, you should really check out the superb documentary “The Weird World of Blowfly” (available on Netflix instant).  While Blowfly’s XXX-rated parodies of popular songs  (“S–tting Off the Dock of the Bay”) make me laugh, it’s sad that more people these days don’t know what a solid R&B singer Reid was back in the day (and still is for that matter!).  In my opinion, he was the equal of Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding.  “Nobody But You Babe” is from Reid’s terrific 1969 Atco label album “Dancin’ With Nobody But You Babe.”  Reid also wrote Betty Wright’s hit “Clean Up Woman” as well as some KC and the Sunshine Band’s early hits.  Reid is also the father of WNBA player Tracy Reid.   Definitely an artist worthy of further investigation.

“The Weird World of Blowfly” dir. Jonathan Furmanski

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One of the best (and saddest) documentaries I’ve seen in the past year is Jonathan Furmanski’s documentary on XXX-rated soul singer / rapper Blowfly. Blowfly is the alter ego of legendary R&B singer-songwriter Clarence Reid, who achieved greater success (and notoriety) doing XXX-rated parodies of popular soul/R&B tunes in the persona of Blowfly. A really terrific portrayal of a complex and talented artist.