As part of a musical family, Clarence at the age of 10, first becomes interested in the guitar, then takes up the violin.
Shortly after his sixteenth birthday he takes to the road with the Brownskin Models.
He spends a few months in the US Army before returning to Texas in 1941, where he is taken on as The Singing Drummer at the Keyhole Club.
After deputising briefly for T-Bone Walker at the Bronze Peacock Club in 1947, he is signed by Don Robey for the Aladdin Record label, Robey founds the Peacock Record label the following year, for the purpose of recording Clarence.
'My Time is Expensive' / 'Mary is Fine' becomes a national hit in 1949.
Clarence begins a tour of one nighters in 1952 that will take him all over the USA.
He spends three months playing in Chile, Colombia and Peru in 1960, performing both the blues and Texan standards such as 'Too Much Tequila' and 'Deep in the Heart of Texas', the next year he parts company with Don Robey and the Peacock label.
In 1965 Gate records in Nashville as he begins to move towards country music.
A tour of Europe in 1971 re-establishes Gate after his absence from the music scene through much of the 1960's. He records two superb albums for the Black & Blue record label, he makes more recordings for the same label in 1973 and tours Europe again.
He begins what will be a successful partnership with manager Jim Bateman in 1976 and spends six weeks playing in Africa.
He wins a Grammy Award in 1982 for Alright Again!.
Gate celebrates his 70th birthday in 1994, having settled in New Orleans. He also works on his memoirs.
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