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October 22, 2011
I met Gene in Omaha, Nebraska in 1960 just before '100 Lbs of Clay' became a breakout hit across the country. We had been playing the song at KOIL and the response was huge. Gene was the first celebrity this 18 year old fledgling disc jockey interviewed on the air. After all these years I still remember his warmth and personal charm. We had something in common, too: We both shared a lust for the groundbreaking instant classic Jaguar XKE sports car. Gene disclosed that his accountant advised he wait on the car until final sales results of '100 Lbs. of Clay' were in. I hope he managed to get the car. The song was/is fantastic and whenever it spins in my head fond memories of Gene McDaniels come flooding back. Rest in peace, Gene. My condolences to the family. If there is a memorial fund I would be pleased to make a contribution.
September 17, 2011
I only heard today (thanks to the BBC Radio 2 Brian Matthew show) about the very recent (and under-reported in UK) demise of that geat singer, Gene McDaniels.

I cannot recall having read anything about it at the time in the British neswpapers that I read.

As mentioned below, on the other hand, it was good to hear "Point of no Return" on the Beeb again.

My recently acquired "Hits CD" (from a market stall many miles away and seen by chance) enabled me to hear "Another Tear Falls" which appeared - perhaps surprisingly - in the British Film "It's Trad Dad" in a very mooody smoke-filled club scene, I think.

A great performance permanently etched on my brain, complete with excellent cinemaphotography for atmosphere too.

Gene was a greatly underestimated singer/songwriter and there must have been a very long gap before I heard any record of his played on British or American radio.

The less said about the British cover versions of his US hits the better but they were all inferior to my mind, both at the time and now.

If only I had seen him live - and we've been to Kittery many times from England!

And what a great voice - at least he made some well deserved income from his song writing.

Thanks Gene for giving so much pleasure to an appreciative - though very select - audience.

My condolences to Mrs McDaniels and family.
September 17, 2011
Gene,s recording of Point of No Return was played this morning on BBC Radio 2 from London when the host announced this great artists death.I am sure all his British fans would wish to express sadness at the news and give regards to his family. Phillip Thomas.Wales UK.
September 16, 2011
a hundred pounds of clay is my all time favorite song i was born in 1961 the same year of the records release i first discoverd it at the age of 14 while listening to a san diego oldies station the song stood out i loved everything about it the singing the string arangement and the words i later bought the record and wore it out no wonder the song went gold gene mcdaniels will live forever through the great music he gave to us all now he singing to god any one who enjoys all the oldies will agree with me mr mcdaniels was one of a kind god bless gene and his family
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