Don Varner was born in Birmingham, Alabama on 25th and grew up in the same area as Eddie Kendricks. He moved to Chicago after high school to pursue his music career but returned to Alabama after six years to record in Muscle Shoals at Rick Hall’s Fame Studios. He wrote songs including “I Keep Holdin’ On” for Sam & Dave . Don Varner also worked with Quin Ivy in Sheffield, Alabama and released several songs including “Masquerade” in 1967, “Down in Texas” in 1967 and “Tear Stained Face” on the South Camp and Quinvy labels.
He did not release many recordings but performed numerous live shows in the South with other major soul performers. He moved to California in the 1980s and toured as the lead singer of the Johnny Otis Show and in his later career, he recorded gospel music. He sadly died in Moreno Valley, California on 7th October 2002. This fabulous piece of Northern has a “drill hole” otherwise is in EXCELLENT condition. Check out the CLASS Soul flip “Down In Texas”!!!
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