Gene McDaniels Passes Away

August 9, 2011 by Amy Gold

Hundred Pounds of Clay album cover
Gene McDaniels ca. 1961

Singer-songwriter Gene McDaniels (February 12, 1935 - July 29, 2011) passed away last Friday, July 29, 2011. He is best known for his 1961 hit, "A Hundred Pounds Of Clay," and for writing "Feel Like Makin' Love" which topped the Billboard Hot 100, R&B, and Adult Contemporary Charts for Roberta Flack in 1974. From 1961-1963, McDaniels had a string of chart hits that also included "A Tear," "Tower Of Strength," "Chip Chip," "Point Of No Return," and "Spanish Lace."

He was born Eugene Booker McDaniels in Kansas City, MO and grew up in Omaha, NE. After his last chart hit in 1963, McDaniels recorded several albums and wrote and produced music for other artists through the 2000s. He also appeared in several films that included "Ring-A-Ding Rhythm" (1962), "The Young Swingers" (1963), and "Uptown Saturday Night" (1974).