Bio

Clyde Morris

Clyde was born in Birmingham of Jamaican parents who came to England in the early 1950’s. From a very early age Clyde was exposed to the large and varied music collection of his parents and extended family. This music of the day included Ska, Bluebeat, & Rocksteady which was played at family celebrations. The music of The Skatalites, Prince Buster, & Dennis Alcapone were firm favourites.

According to Clyde, ‘Mum was forever singing along to songs on the radio by The Beatles, and The Stones, she was also a really big fan of Jimi Hendrix’. It was around this time (mid 1960’s) that the sound of the guitar took a hold in Clyde’s consciousness. However, it would be his late teens before he picked up a guitar.

In Birmingham, whilst still teenagers (early 1970’s), Clyde and his brother Garry would sometimes attend all night parties and dances to hear the sound systems of the day play hard core reggae. Initially interested in bass, at 17yrs of age, Clyde borrowed a cheap Woolworths six string guitar from a friend on which he picked out bass lines from reggae bands such as Bob Marley and the Wailers. When the family moved to Nottingham in 1975 Clyde was exposed to pop, soul,  funk & blues, and began to pick out those bass lines too.

On going to University in 1977 Clyde made the change to rhythm & lead guitar, at first acoustic, then electric. It was at this time that he began his love affair with the blues and jammed with like minded students. Favourites included the three kings (BB, Freddie, and Albert), Eric Clapton, and Jimi Hendrix.

After graduation in 1981 Clyde moved to London where he bought his first proper guitar, a 1979 Fender Stratocaster for £200. He was by now a huge Jimi Hendrix fan and had to have the same guitar as his hero. Over the ensuing years Clyde played guitar & sang backing vocals in a myriad of bands, in a variety of styles. These styles included soul, funk. Reggae, jazz and blues. One band ‘SAY WHAT’ shared a bill with soul legend Randy Crawford at The Theatre Royal Glasgow in 1987.

In 2010, tired of being a blues guitar side man and backing vocalist, Clyde decided to step out front and became a singer/guitarist, eventually forming his own band Clyde & The Blue Grooves in 2012. In 2010 Clyde made the switch from being a lifelong Fender strat player, to a Gibson Les Paul player & Gibson 335.

Clyde & Michael Hill

In 2011 Michael Hill was inducted into the NYC Blues Hall of Fame. Later that year he came to London where he met and played with Clyde on the London jam scene. In June 2012 Michael Hill invited Clyde to play with him at B.B. Kings Blues Club in Manhattan. Michael Hill has played with BB King, Little Richard, Buddy Guy, & Hubert Sumlin, and other blues greats. Michael's latest album 'Goddesses & Gold Redux will be released on JSP records August 28th  2012. His latest single 'U.S. Blues Again' is available now on itunes

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/u.s.-blues-again-single/id531396555 Michael Hill plans visit the UK again soon, and will guest with Clyde & The Blue Grooves on concert dates.