David Clayton-Thomas is a Grammy Award-winning Canadian musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist for the American band Blood, Sweat & Tears. Clayton-Thomas has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and in 2007 his jazz/rock composition â€œSpinning Wheel" was enshrined in the Canadian Songwriter's Hall Of Fame. In 2010 David received his star on Canada's Walk Of Fame.
David began his music career in the early â€˜60s, working the clubs on Torontoâ€™s Yonge Street, where he discovered his love of singing and playing the blues. Before moving to New York City in 1967, David fronted a couple of local bands, first The Shays and then The Bossmen, one of the earliest rock bands with significant jazz influences. But the real success came only a few difficult years later when he joined Blood, Sweat & Tears.
David's 1968 debut album with the band sold ten million copies worldwide. The self-titled record topped the Billboard album chart for seven weeks, and charted for a staggering 109 weeks. It won an unprecedented five Grammy awards, including Album Of The Year and Best Performance By A Male Vocalist. It featured three hit singles, "You Made Me So Very Happy" "And When I Die"," and "Spinning Wheel" as well as an irresistible rendition of Billie Holiday's "God Bless The Child" that became Davidâ€™s signature song.