Clarence Green | Texas Day By Day | tc414
Blues guitarist and band leader Clarence Green was born on January 1, 1934 and died of natural causes on March 13, 1997. Green was a stalwart of the Houston scene who fronted a number of popular bands, the most famous being the Rhythmaires, between the early 1950s and his death. His brother Cal Green was lead guitarist for Hank Ballard and the Midnighters. Clarence chose the security of full-time employment with Houston Light and Power, where he worked for twenty years but did regular session work as a guitarist at various studios, especially Duke Records, where he backed Bobby Bland, Joe Hinton, and Junior Parker and released a few singles under his own name. In 1958 he had recorded his first single, “Mary My Darling,” for the C & P label, which later leased it to Chicago-based Chess Records.