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Biography

Clydie King (Clydie May Crittendon, Dallas, Texas, August 21, 1943 - January 7, 2019) was an American rhythm & blues and soul singer best known for her session work as a backing vocalist.

Discovered by Richard Berry, Clydie King began her recording career in 1956 with doo-wop group Little Clydie & the Teens, with the single "A Casual Look" b/w "Oh Me", in Memphis, for the Bihari Brothers’ label RPM,

She was a member of Ray Charles' Raeletts for three years and contributed to early '60s recordings by producer Phil Spector. She recorded solo singles for Specialty Records, Kent Records and others.

King went on to become an in-demand session singer alongside Venetta Fields and Sherlie Matthews and record with The Rolling Stones, Steely Dan, Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, Dickey Betts and many others. She was a member of The Blackberries with Fields and Matthews and sang on Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour, which became a feature film.

In 1971 she was featured on the Beaver and Krause album Gandarva. She sang the lead vocal on the gospel-inflected "Walkin' By the River." Ray Brown played bass on the cut.

Along with Merry Clayton, she sang the background vocals on Lynyrd Skynyrd's seminal hit "Sweet Home Alabama".

Discography

Singles
1956 Little Clydie & The Teens: "A Casual Look" / "Oh Me" (RPM 462)

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