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Delbert McClinton
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Influenced at a young age by classic country, Tejano, western swing, and the popular music of wartime America, blues musician Delbert McClinton grew up with a backstage pass to some of the most significant moments in American cultural and music history. From his birth on the high plains of West Texas during World War II to headlining sold-out cruises on chartered luxury ships well into his seventies, McClinton admits he has been “One of the Fortunate Few.”

This book chronicles McClinton’s path through a free-range childhood in Lubbock and Fort Worth; an early career in the desegregated roadhouses along Fort Worth’s Jacksboro Highway, where he led the house bands for Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, and others while making a name for himself as a regional player in the birth of rock and roll; headlining shows in England with a little-known Liverpool quartet called The Beatles; and heading back to Texas in time for the progressive movement, kicking off Austin’s burgeoning role in American music history.

Today, more than sixty years after he first stepped onto a stage, Delbert McClinton shows no signs of slowing down. He continues to play sold-out concert and dance halls, theaters, and festival events across the nation. An annual highlight for his fans is the Delbert McClinton Sandy Beaches Cruise, the longest-running music-themed luxury cruise in history at more than twenty-five years of operation. More than the story of a rags-to-riches musician, Delbert McClinton: One of the Fortunate Few offers readers a soundtrack to some of the most pivotal moments in the history of American popular music—all backed by a cooking rhythm section and featuring a hot harmonica lead.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Epigraph
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. Don Imus
  3. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. Diana Finlay Hendricks
  3. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Prologue
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. CHAPTER 1. “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember”: Postwar Years—Lubbock, Texas
  2. pp. 5-17
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  1. CHAPTER 2. Cost of Living: North Texas in the Early ‘50s
  2. pp. 18-25
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  1. CHAPTER 3. “Never Been Rocked Enough”: The Birth of Rock and Roll
  2. pp. 26-34
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  1. CHAPTER 4. “Right to Be Wrong”: Coming of Age in a Texas Roadhouse
  2. pp. 35-51
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  1. CHAPTER 5. “Honky Tonkin’ (I GuessI Done Me Some)”: The Straitjackets
  2. pp. 52-61
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  1. CHAPTER 6. “If You Really Want Me To, I’ll Go”: The Rondels
  2. pp. 62-69
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  1. CHAPTER 7. “Livin’ It Down”: Learning the Business of Music
  2. pp. 70-80
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  1. CHAPTER 8. “Two More Bottles of Wine”: The Los Angeles Years
  2. pp. 81-88
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  1. CHAPTER 9. “California Livin’ ”: Clean Records
  2. pp. 89-95
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  1. CHAPTER 10. “Victim of Life’s Circumstances”: Going Solo
  2. pp. 96-103
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  1. CHAPTER 11. “It Ain’t Whatcha Eat but the Way How You Chew It”: Progressive Country
  2. pp. 104-116
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  1. CHAPTER 12. Second Wind: The Road Warrior
  2. pp. 117-129
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  1. CHAPTER 13. “I Want to Love You”: Wendy and the Lost Boys
  2. pp. 130-140
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  1. CHAPTER 14. “Take it Easy”: The Worst of Times
  2. pp. 141-149
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  1. CHAPTER 15. “Good Man, Good Woman”: Making It Work
  2. pp. 150-162
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  1. CHAPTER 16. “Have a Little Faith in Me”: Curb Cuts
  2. pp. 163-169
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  1. CHAPTER 17. Acquired Taste: The Millennial Groove
  2. pp. 170-179
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  1. CHAPTER 18. “Sandy Beaches”: The Delbert Cruises
  2. pp. 180-187
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  1. CHAPTER 19. “Sending Me Angels”: Family Ties and Old Friends
  2. pp. 188-193
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  1. CHAPTER 20. “Best of Me”: Staying Power
  2. pp. 194-199
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 200-203
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 204-206
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  1. Appendix. Live Performance Song List
  2. pp. 207-208
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 209-232
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  1. Selected Discography
  2. pp. 233-238
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 239-242
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 243-254
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  1. Image Plates
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