The music world has just lost another beautiful soul. Clifford Curry, best known for his song “She Shot A Hole In My Soul”, passed away last Wednesday. Wate.com specified that the singer-songwriter suffered a stroke and previously fought prostate cancer as well as diabetes. He was 79-years-old.
His other hits included “Shag With Me”, “I Can’t Get Hold of Myself”, “I Love Women”, and “We’re Gonna Hate Ourselves In The Morning”. The Tennessean stated that he was known for his jolly vibes, with Michael Gray saying, “He would just put smiles on people’s faces.” Gray is co-curator of the “Night Train to Nashville” exhibit, which displayed the “Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues 1945-1970” CD that includes Curry’s most popular song on its list of tracks.
But Curry introduced something entirely special with his music. Perhaps his greatest legacy was made when he became one of the pioneers of Carolina beach music, which has elements of various music genres fused together including RnB, rock and pop.
As we all know, mixing things effectively takes not only skill but foresight as well. You can’t just throw in what you want and expect it to work. Take for instance movies that inject comedy into horror like the Scary Movie series, with the majority of the films bombing at the Box Office. Conversely, there are other cases like the popular game Slingo which is a combination of slots and bingo, which has been adapted to create hybrids such as Deal or No Deal Slingo for added fun. Blending everything together sometimes produces wonderful results; other times, not so much.
Curry though, created his own blend of music so well that he was eventually known as the King of Beach Music. He was inducted into the Beach Music Hall of Fame in 1995, as were fellow musical icons Bill Pinkney and Maurice Williams. He continued to perform around the Southeast of the United States, which exemplified his love and passion for the industry, and he even released an album in June of last year as mentioned by Knox News.
Here’s the man himself performing a couple of years ago. (Taken last July 2014, credit: Music City Roots)
His style of music is still popular today. Although he has passed, his songs and influence will live on. You just shot a hole in our hearts, Clifford Curry, but you will be remembered.