There are great singers in every generation, but I put David Clayton Thomas in a special class. Of course, this is just my preference, but in this case, I speak for everyone.
When I was young, horn sections were common. Hell, my high school had a jazz horn group. You could hear horn sections on television theme songs, you could watch them every night on late shows, and you could even hear them in popular music. The two groups that come to mind are Chicago and Blood, Sweat, and Tears. Both of those groups had numerous hit songs. The horn section also gave these groups a legitimacy with serious musicians and made them acceptable for prime-time television. It wasn’t until I started to sing myself that I started to hear the voice above the horns. To me, David Clayton Thomas of Blood, Sweat, and Tears is a legend. What a voice.
This is a live performance of Blood, Sweat, and Tears playing two songs: Lucretia MacEvil and Spinning Wheel. Keep in mind that this performance is 25 years after these songs were released. But again, age makes this wine better. It’s so cool to see how the horns and electric guitar combine here. I am truly amazed that today’s popular music doesn’t employ horns. It would be awesome.