CHIANGRAI TIMES – Clifford Coulter was there for San Jose back when mainstream pop culture was still asking for directions. A soul-jazz innovator and multi-instrumentalist, Coulter’s 1970 debut album was the polar opposite of “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?”—funky, rootsy and ahead of its time, it was firmly grounded in the South Bay with tracks like “Alum Rock Park” and “East Side San Jose” (also the name of the album, and surely the first time the East Side was ripped on a major-label release).
Coulter is currently in intensive care in Thailand, where he suffered a heart attack, and was diagnosed with heart failure, two blocked arteries and kidney failure. He is recovering from angioplasty and requires dialysis treatment every other day. The benefit will raise money for his treatment in Thailand, along with the cost of getting him back to the States and setting up his necessary medical care there.
Clifford Coulter is a singer, songwriter, arranger, keyboardist and recording artist extraordinaire who has electrified audiences around the world with his funky, sweet sounds and amazing musical abilities. He has recorded and/or performed with an array of artists, including but not limited to Bill Withers, John Lee Hooker, Lightnin’ Hopkins, B.B.King, Tower of Power, Tony Lindsay, Mel Brown, Sergio Mendes & Brazil 66, Sugar PieDeSanto, Margo LeDuc, Joyce Randolph and Jon Gibson. He is much loved by anyone who has ever had the privilege to witness his magnificent talents.