Blood Sweat and Tears

February 07, 2001

Blood Sweat and Tears

Saturday, Feb. 10, 8 p.m.

Capitol Theatre Cultural Arts Center

159 S. Main St.

Chambersburg, Pa.

Tickets cost $20 to $35.

For information, call 1-717-263-0202.

David Clayton-Thomas has a knack for resurrecting music - and himself.

Born David Henry Thomsett in September 1941 in London, England, he left home at age 14 and found his way onto the wrong side of the law.


He was jailed for vagrancy, parole violations and petty theft, and spent several years in a reformatory. He was free in 1962 at age 21, with $20 and a battered, old guitar he taught himself how to play, according to his Web site,

The aspiring musician came to Yonge Street in Toronto, a tough strip where rhythm and blues ruled. He hung around clubs waiting to sit in with other musicians - including Ronnie Hawkins and his group The Hawks - and hoping to sing the blues with Robbie Robertson and Levon Helm.

When he started his own bands, including The Shays and The Bossmen, he also gave himself a fresh start with a new name - David Clayton-Thomas.

After writing "Walk that Walk" and "Brainwashed," which rose to No. 1 nationally, Clayton-Thomas found fame. He made television appearances, played clubs and concert halls and was invited to New York by Paul Anka to be a guest on NBC's "Hullabaloo."

When his voice fell on Judy Collins' ears, she shared her views on his talent with Bobby Colomby, a drummer who was trying to keep his struggling band - Blood, Sweat & Tears - afloat.

Clayton-Thomas joined the band, which fused jazz, rock, blues and the classics. The first album they did together sold 10 million copies and won five Grammys with hits such as "You've Made Me So Very Happy," "And When I Die" and "Spinning Wheel."

Despite doing 300 concerts a year, Blood, Sweat & Tears started falling apart in the mid-1970s.

But in 1983, Clayton-Thomas was convinced by Larry Dorr, former tour manager for the band, that there was hope to resurrect Blood, Sweat & Tears. The pair, with the help of Steve Guttman, a former musical director for stars such as Gloria Gaynor and Evelyn "Champagne" King, did.

The band returned to international jazz festivals, symphonies, concert halls and casino show rooms. Among its touring stops is Capitol Theatre Cultural Arts Center in Chambersburg, Pa., where it will perform Saturday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m.

- Meg H. Partington, Staff Writer

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