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Published on December 23, 2020

Cone Health Nurse Finds Original Artist to Serenade Patient

When Stephanie Correa, DNP, RN, NC-BC, saw her patient's spirits were low, she knew some special encouragement was needed.

"It was like he had just given up," admits Jimmy Clayton's wife, Janice.​

Hospitalized for heart failure and a myriad of other ailments, Jimmy Clayton's blank stares concerned his nurse who noticed music was its own medicine for Clayton.

"It was a drastic turnaround," says Correa who realized singing his favorite song lifted his outlook. So much so, Correa decided instead of singing the 1972 hit "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" to her patient herself, she'd find the original artist.

A few online searches and a little sleuth work later, the Cone Health nurse had Elliot Lurie of Looking Glass queued up and ready to serenade the struggling Clayton in his hospital room. It was a turning point for his recovery, his wife says.

"They gave him a gift like he'd never had before," Janice Clayton says.

"Brandy" has always been his favorite song and hearing it straight from the Los Angeles-based Elliot Lurie's lips took him back to his days riding down the road in his light blue and white Plymouth Duster, listening to the song.

The 68-year-old Clayton says: "I really appreciate people thought enough of me to do that."

Jimmy Clayton

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