Clarence Paul

Born: 
03/19/1928
City: 
Bluefield
Region: 
WV
Country: 
USA
Died: 
05/06/1995
Years Active: 
1950's-1990's
Instruments: 
Keyboards
Associated Artists: 

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Clarence Paul or "CP" (March 19, 1928—May 6, 1995) was a songwriter and record producer for Detroit's Motown label.

Born Clarence Otto Pauling, he was the brother of legendary "5" Royales guitarist Lowman Pauling Jr. Their father was a coal miner in Bluefield, West Virginia, where the brothers listened to country music on the town's only radio station. Lowman Pauling Sr. later moved his family to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where the brothers would form the gospel group, the Royal Sons Quintet, later to become the "5" Royales. Paul dropped the "ing" from his last name after moving to Detroit in the 1950s so he would not to be confused with his older brother.

At Motown he gained fame as Stevie Wonder's mentor and main producer during Stevie's teenage years. Paul also produced early Temptations records in the mode of the "5" Royales, and wrote/co-wrote such hits as "Until You Come Back to Me" originally for Stevie Wonder and later given to Aretha Franklin who made it a hit, also "Hitch Hike" for Marvin Gaye, etc.

Paul died at Cedar's Sinai in Los Angeles on May 6, 1995.

Discography

Released: 1962
Released: 1962
Released: 1963
Released: 1963
Released: 1964
Released: 1966
Released: 1966