My Autobiography Won Two Awards!

(American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Deems Taylor Awards Timothy White Award, and Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research)

Man, I tell you, Big Prez (Clark’s nickname for God) keeps sending reasons for me to stay positive. It’s good to have more reasons. At 91 years old, I need all of the reasons that I can get. And I’m very grateful, in spite of losing my front tooth.

Here's my ASCAP award

Here’s my ASCAP award.
Photo: Gwen Terry

I just want to thank all of the kind folks who voted for me. Seriously. I’m glad that they liked my work. It took a long, long time to get all of the facts down. Over twenty years. I had a lot of fun reminiscing about those memories. Gwen and a whole bunch of folks helped me to finish my book, and I was blessed to have a great publisher (University of California Press).

When I got the letter from Paul Williams (President and Chairman of the Board at ASCAP), letting me know that my book had won such a prestigious award, it really made me happy. You know, I had to thank Big Prez right then!

I wish that I could have been at the ASCAP award ceremony in New York a few days ago. But, it just wasn’t in the cards. I would have thanked Paul and everybody there for doing so many beautiful things for our music.

ASCAP has been right in there for years, taking care of business, recognizing folks, publicizing the happenings, and things like that. So, since I couldn’t be there, the good thing is that when the good folks at ASCAP asked me if Jon Faddis could accept my award for me, it worked out. Some of the cats at the ceremony said that Jon and David (Hazeltine) did a great job playing “Come Sunday,” and Jon said some nice words for me. Man, I want to thank you both for that! (For more info in a recent JazzTimes article, please click here.)

ASCAP 44th Annual Deems Taylor Awards

This is from the ASCAP award ceremony a few days ago.
(left to right: David Hazeltine (pianist), Jon Faddis, and panel members Julie Flanders and David Massengill)
Photo: ASCAP

On top of the ASCAP honor, I found out that I had won an award from ARSC. Now, that’s when I got quiet. I just had to think about it, you know, and thank Big Prez for another big blessing. It was a good feeling to know that the nice cats at ARSC thought that my book was worthy of their award. I was thinking, Out of all of the books out there, they chose mine. That was really beautiful. And as soon as I find out about the ARSC award ceremony, I’ll hip you to it.

All of these big blessings keep me from feeling like an old fart. Keep me going. Keep me hanging in, over and around. As long as I’m not hanging under, I’m okay. Talking about blessings, my old buddy, Doc (Severisen), came to see me. Man! He said that he loved my book, too, especially what I wrote about him. I tell you, things like that really mean a lot. It was just beautiful hanging out with Doc, shooting the breeze about the years we played in Charlie Barnet’s band and The Tonight Show Band, listening to some music that we recorded together here and there.

Doc and me hanging out a few weeks ago

Doc and me hanging out a few weeks ago.
Photo: Quincy Cavers

Some of my students are coming to celebrate my 92nd birthday on December 14th. You know how I love my students! Man, I’m so proud of them. I’m thanking Big Prez for them, and for giving me another year. And I want to thank you all for being in my corner. I appreciate each and every one of you for all of the prayers, and for pulling for me.

I love you and God bless you!


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8 Responses to My Autobiography Won Two Awards!

  1. Marc Berner says:

    God bless you and yours, CT! Much love and many blessings!

  2. Valerie Takacs says:

    You continue to be an inspiration and a blessing to us all. The Big Prez has been good to all of us for allowing you to stay on this earth for 92 years. Keep on keepin’ on!!!

  3. Milo says:

    Mr Terry,

    Just have to say what an inspiration you book is. Such detail to names, dates and drive to keeping on.

    Get well soon, stay safe.

    (I’ll be telling all my students to read your book)

    Milo (UK)

  4. Dear C.T. I love to read about your Awards!
    Congratulation and please keep keeping on.
    Love from
    your “personal phyographer” in Sweden

  5. Michael Miller says:

    Dear Clark,

    If you received 10 awards per day for 100 years in a row, it still wouldn’t be enough to celebrate all that you have given this world!

    That said, how wonderful that you can now sit around on your “ASCAP” and your “ARS”(C) and still continue to share your mastery, wisdom, joy and love with so many of us!!!

    For a man whose signature song is “Mumbles”, your messages are consistently clear and direct, and we, in this world (and, I’m sure, many more) are all the better off for it.

    Happy almost-birthday to you, Clark Dear…and here’s to many wonderful afterbirth-days to come as well! 🙂

    Sending you much love, as always…

    Michael Miller (“Migueligans”)

  6. Andy Barnett says:

    Aside from Mumbles, CT, your voice is loud and clear musically, cuturally and humanitarian-ly! Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas, and may Big Prez help you continue your gifts for birthdays to come – All your students know the meaning of your gifts!!

  7. Misha says:

    God bless you, Mr. Terry. Your life and music are a testament to how much love a human being can give to this world. Wishing you good health, happiness, and cheer.

    Kind regards,

  8. Bless you! An insprational and life-affirming wonderful Human Being!

    Best Wishes,

    Tony Roberts