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Merry Clayton


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Merry has recorded with many diverse artists including Elvis Presley, the Supremes, Ray Charles (becoming one of the Raelettes) and the Rolling Stones.

In 1962, she recorded the song ‘You’re The Reason I’m Living’ with rock singer Bobby Darin.

Merry made her solo debut in 1963 with ‘The Doorbell Rings’, before recording a version of ‘The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)’, a song later popularized by Betty Everett and Cher.

Clayton went on to record further singles before beginning a successful career as a session singer.

She moved to Los Angeles where she founded Sisters Love and had some success with the group at A & M Records.

When the group signed to Motown Records, Merry decided to stay at A & M, signing to the label’s subsidiary, Ode Records.

She appeared on several Joe Cocker releases, but is best known for her impassioned appearance on the Rolling Stones’ ‘Gimmie Shelter’. An album of the same name was to follow in 1970.

A member of Ray Charles’ Raelettes during the late ’60s, Clayton then resumed her solo work and enjoyed several R & B hits including ‘After All This Time’ (1971) and ‘Oh No Not My Baby’ (1973).

Probably her finest release came in 1980 with the excellent ‘Emotion’.

She worked with producer, Webster Lewis, on the title track and took Joe Samples ‘Melodies Of Love’ instrumental and turned it into a tour-e-force with new lyrics penned by Will Jennings of The Crusaders, entitled ‘When The World Turns Blue’. Many peoples all time favourite tune.


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  • ChristFollower3

    For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it. But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it. –Proverbs 2:21-22

    23 Feb 2:51am Reply
  • codgie02

    Fell in love with her voice after 20 Feet from Stardom!!! Wow!!!!

    21 Aug 2013 Reply
  • lovnlife

    Love her...

    9 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Ksimi

    Gimme Shelter is not a cover, it's just her own rendition

    22 May 2012 Reply
  • squirrelm

    actually, gimme shelter's not really a "cover", is it.

    4 Aug 2011 Reply
  • dominicgeinosky

    She kills it on Tori Amos' "Cornflake Girl." Love her covers of "Gimme Shelter" and "Southern Man," too.

    7 Jul 2011 Reply
  • jj85585

    Does anyone know any songs she recorded with The Raelettes

    17 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Chrisothebigc

    By the way, Amazon is charging a MINT for the reissues. I found a killer deal on ebay, from a seller known as neo_kick. Lightening fast shipping from Japan, and packaged with much care.

    5 May 2009 Reply
  • Chrisothebigc

    Glad tidings for Merry Clayton fans! Merry's first three solo lp's have been reissued on Japanese import cd's! They include: "Gimme Sheler": hit title track, I Ain't Gonna Worry; Good Girls! Produced by Lou Adler with Merry's late husband Curtis Amy! "Merry Clayton": Absolutely essential! Hit After All This Time (with Carole King); Sho' Nuff (with Billy Preston); Whatever! Produced by Lou Adler! If you only buy one, this is it! "Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow": Hit title track, Dylan's Rainy Day Women; If I Lose! Produced by Gene McDaniels! Merry Clayton can by found on myspace. She runs her own page. The Big Sur concert is called "Celebration" on cd, and aslo includes Merry's stunning cover of "The Tymes They Are A' Changing". For those who really want some stellar Merry Clayton performances, check out the Roy Ayers cd's "Virgin Ubiquity" and "Virgin Umbiquity II". Besides severl killer Merry tracks, there is other treasure to discover!!!! All the best, Chris O

    5 May 2009 Reply
  • abicht

    Heard her version of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" from a 1969 concert in Big Sur this morning... It's *got* to be the best cover of that song ever, one of the best covers of all time.

    17 Mar 2009 Reply
  • comradenici

    AMAZING!!! One of the greatest voices in music history!

    22 Dec 2008 Reply
  • mattshoes

    What???? No comments on here??? MERRY CLAYTON! You've got an amazing voice!!!! I love your work... am still digging through it, but I love Gimme Shelter, Sisters Love :-), and Dylan's Gospel..... Legend.

    24 Aug 2008 Reply

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