AKA Clarence Reid
Birthplace: Cochran, GA
Location of death: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Cause of death: Cancer - Liver
Remains: Buried, Dade Memorial Park Miami, FL
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Original X Rated Rapper
Clarence Reid was born on Valentine's Day in rural Georgia, the oldest of what would be 18 children. After a series of deaths in the family, he quit school at an early age to work the family's cotton farm. To pass the time plowing the fields, he invented and sang raunchy songs to himself. Soon he was singing to the delight of other neighborhood children, and the consternation of his grandmother: "I don't know why those little white girls like you! You ain't no better than a nasty ol' blowfly!"
Running away to Florida at 18, Clarence obtained a job at a restaurant washing dishes and reloading the jukebox. His boss could not help hearing (and enjoying) Reid's musical jokes, transforming "Do The Twist" and "What A Diff'rence A Day Makes" into "Suck My Dick" and "What A Diff'rence A Lay Makes". These inventions earned him the attention of record distributor Henry Stone, whose influence would lead to Reid penning songs for Gwen McCrae, Betty Wright, and KC and the Sunshine Band while he worked at Stone's TK Records in Miami.
At the same time Reid's alter ego Blowfly was recording adult novelty themed records, including The Weird World of Blowfly, Blowfly For President and 1978's Porno Freak. The latter became the first record to be banned for graphic language in the United States, predating the 2 Live Crew by 11 years.
Paradoxically, Clarence Reid is a staunch, bible-toting Christian, who is quick to call out hypocritical Christians who chastise him for his ways. "Those muthafuckas should all sit on a giant butt plug," he says. "Most of them don't truly understand what the Bible is saying, and some haven't even read the Bible to begin with. I make an example of those muthafuckas every time they try to approach me with that bullshit."
Blowfly has performed with artists such as Flea and Fishbone. He was signed to Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles label in 2005, and has been touring in support of his latest album Fahrenheit 69.
Daughter: Tracy Reid (WNBA Player)
FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
The Weird World of Blowfly (13-Mar-2010)
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