SHINYL.CO.UK

ADY CRAMPTON CHATS TO THE STARS

Shelly Clark of The Honey Cone

October 6, 2020

What were you doing aged 6?  Mashelle (Shelly) Clark was already a professional entertainer appearing in the Broadway hit ‘House Of Flowers’ and also touring with Cab Calloway in the Cotton Club Revue.  She secured a recording contract with Columbia records alongside her brother Elia as one half of the Clark Kids just 2 years later.

Spotted by Ike Turner’s assistant, Shelly became an Ikette following an impromtu audition in her own living room and jetted out to join Ike and Tina the following day, however her association was to be cut tragically short after the tour bus she was travelling in became involved in an accident leaving her hospitalised.

Undaunted, Shelley went on to tour with Dusty Springfield, Bill Medley, Little Richard and others before being discovered by Eddie Holland and signed, along with Edna Wright and Carolyn Willis, as his flagship act on his Hot Wax imprint, generating 3 million selling singles in the early 70s.

Here Shelley recounts her life in music and tells us about the various current projects that keep her and husband Verdine so busy

 

You can find out more about and support Shelley and Verdine’s excellent charitable work here and here

And why not treat your friends to a celebrity shout out?  They’re great fun and give a memory that will last a lifetime

You can keep up-to-date with Shelly’s news at her Fanpage

Why not browse the many other interviews on this site and get to know the back stories to the artists you know and love

 

LATEST INTERVIEWS

Jeffrey Daniel of Shalamar

Jeffrey Daniel of Shalamar

Singer, songwriter, actor and choreographer Jeffrey Daniel amassed over 100 gold, silver and platignum awards with Shalamar. Here Jeffrey discusses his career which began as a dancer on the iconic TV show soul train, his pivotal role in pop sensations Shalamar,...

read more
Dwayne ‘Loc’ Lomax of The Detroit Emeralds

Dwayne ‘Loc’ Lomax of The Detroit Emeralds

Freelance drummer Dwayne 'Loc' Lomax has spent his life beating the rhythm for industry legends such as Bobby Womack, Millie Jackson, David Ruffin, and Martha Reeves to name but a few.  Now, at the request of former lead singer James Mitchell, Loc has stepped forward...

read more
Stefan Taylor of The Signatures

Stefan Taylor of The Signatures

Despite being just 27 years old Stefan has shared the spotlight with some of the biggest influencers of soul music including Tommy Hunt, Gloria Jones, Dean Parrish, Brenda Holloway, Sidney Barnes and many many more. Here Stefan chats about life with The Signatures and...

read more
Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in posts
Search in pages