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Reading Delbert McClinton: One of the Fortunate Few

Updated: Nov 23

Delbert McClinton is much more than a musician — though of course, he does music extremely well. He also played a role in desegregating clubs and venues by playing in locations with people of all races and backgrounds, something that was far from common in his early years. He faced challenges of his own and rose to the top — excelling in several music genres and playing with the greats along the way. His biography provides a captivating view into the interesting and inspiring life he’s lived so far.


McClinton’s Biography: One of the Fortunate Few

McClinton’s book begins with his humble experience in post-war Texas in the early 1950s. He was first influenced to become a musician when he went along with his parents to their regular Wednesday night square dancing event. He witnessed a live band, and he was hooked.


From there, Delbert decided to work his way to the top. He did things his own way, going against the grain of the time to appear in all clubs, not just those for white men like him. He played with others for their talent, not for the color of their skin — mainly along the Jacksboro Highway in Fort Worth, Texas.


His music resume reads like no other:


  • His vision of equality played a role in desegregating the music field, and his heart of gold has him continuously making a difference in equality today.


  • McClinton quickly gained fame, headlining for the Beatles and sharing harmonica tips with John Lennon backstage.


  • His genres include Blues and Country, and he was even considered a key player in the birth of Rock and Roll.


  • His music career spanned decades as he continued to regularly perform for fully-booked luxury cruises into his 70s.

Delbert McClinton recently retired in April of 2021, after spending many years making music for sold-out crowds in concerts, festivals, dinner halls, and more — his possible fan favorite being the coveted annual cruise. Today, people around the world continue to listen along to his tracks, gaining access and understanding to the birth of music equality, Blues, and Rock and Roll.


Today, Delbert continues to make music for sold-out crowds in concerts, festivals, dinner halls, and more. His fans look forward to his still-running annual cruise, and listening along to his tracks provides first hand access to the birth of music equality, Blues, and Rock and Roll.


If you’re ready to learn about an influential character who helped to shape the music world we know today, Delbert McClinton: One of the Fortunate Few, is the perfect place to turn.


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