The Mississippi-born singer passed away on Friday (08Jan16) in Chicago, Illinois.

Clay started out on the gospel circuit before moving to Chicago, where he signed with the city's One-derful! Records in the 1960s.

He rose to prominence with songs including That's How It Is (When You're In Love) and A Lasting Love, while he scored his biggest hit in 1971, with Trying to Live My Life Without You, which he recorded with Al Green's producer Willie Mitchell.

Clay's other notable successes came with 1980's The Only Way Is Up and Walk a Mile in My Shoes, which earned him a 2008 Grammy Award nomination for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance.

He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2013.