Before there was Kool Keith, Old Dirty Bastard or 2 Live Crew -- before there was hip hop, for that matter -- there was Blowfly
, performing X-rated songs with a funky groove. Born 60 years ago in Cochran, Georgia, Miami's Clarence Reid
has recorded more than 40 albums during his illustrious career. He got his nickname as a child when his grandmother, after hearing him sing dirty versions of then popular songs -- like "Suck My Dick" for "Do The Twist" -- proclaimed, "You is nastier than a blowfly."
In reality, there's a split personality involved in this man's music: there's Blowfly, the outrageously garbed creator of trash classics such as "Shittin' on the Dock of the Bay"
and "Porno Freak,"
and then there's Clarence Reid, who has recorded more than a dozen "clean" albums over the years and penned songs for the likes of K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Gwen McRae, Betty Wright, and Sam and Dave.