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Clifford Antone (born October 27, 1949, Port Arthur, Texas – died May 23, 2006, Austin, Texas) was the founder of a well-known Austin blues club and record label, as well as a mentor to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Vaughan and numerous other musicians. He is the nephew of Jalal Antone, the founder of the Houston, TX based Antone's Import Co - known for its po-boy sandwiches. 1
Born to Greek Orthodox Lebanese-American parents who had settled in Eastern Texas, Clifford Antone moved to Austin in 1968 and attended The University of Texas at Austin. An arrest for marijuana led to his dropping out of school. Nurturing a passion for Chicago blues, Antone started a blues club at age 25. The club, Antone's, became one of the first music venues on Austin's 6th Street2 and helped lead to Austin's reputation as a music city. Clifton Chenier, Fats Domino, John Lee Hooker, Delbert McClinton, Pinetop Perkins, Muddy Waters, Albert Collins, Jimmy Reed, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, B.B. King and many other famous blues musicians have performed at Antone's in its more than 30-year history.
In 1987, Antone founded a recording label, Antone's Records and Tapes. He also opened Antone's Record Shop, a record store specializing in blues and roots music. Antone served time in federal prisons for drug charges in the early 1980s and in 2000. He lectured on social change and the history of the blues at The University of Texas, Austin Community College, and Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. On hearing of Antone's death, Austin Mayor Will Wynn was quoted as saying, "One of the primary reasons Austin is known as the Live Music Capital of the World is because of Clifford Antone."3
- "Blue note/Clifford Antone, who put Austin on the music map, faces money laundering and drug trafficking charges that could put him away for life"
- "Antone: The man who gave Austin the blues"
- Gray, Christopher (May 26, 2006). "Blues for Clifford". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved May 25, 2006.
- Harward, Randy (May 23, 2006). "Blues Club Owner Clifford Antone Dead at 56". HARP Magazine. Retrieved May 25, 2006.
- L.A. Times staff and wire reporters (May 25, 2006). "Clifford Antone, 56; Austin Blues Club Owner Helped Launch Career of Stevie Ray Vaughan". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 30, 2006.dead link
- "Austin Club Owner Clifford Antone, 56". The Washington Post. May 26, 2006. p. B08. Retrieved May 30, 2006.
- Light, Alan (May 25, 2006). "Clifford Antone, 56; Started Texas Blues Club". The New York Times. p. C15. Retrieved May 30, 2006.
- Celedon, Annalisa (June 1, 2006). "Clifford Antone: A Blues Legend Passes". The Daily Texan. Retrieved June 24, 2006.
- Clifford Antone's official site
- Clifford Antone at the Internet Movie Database
- 'Antone's: Home of the Blues' DVD
- Antone's Record Shop
- Antone's lectures at the University of Texas at Austin