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Merry Clayton: 'Gimme Shelter' Is What Put Me On The Map

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The new documentary "20 Feet From Stardom" features the voices behind the greatest songs of all time. One of the most powerful, soulful singers they highlight, Merry Clayton was here. She is talking about the first time she met Joe Cocker.

Fun facts about Merry:

  • She has provided a number of back-up vocal tracks to songs recorded by major performing artists during the 1960s, most notably with her duet with Mick Jagger on The Rolling Stones song "Gimme Shelter"
  • Clayton began her recording career in 1962 at the age of thirteen, singing "Who Can I Count On? (When I Can't Count On You)" as a duet with Bobby Darin on his album "You're The Reason I'm Living".
  • Her early career included performances with artists including Ray Charles (as one of The Raelettes), Pearl Bailey, Phil Ochs, and Burt Bacharach.
  • Clayton also sang backing vocals on Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama"
  • Early in her career, Clayton sang backup vocals for Tom Jones, Joe Cocker ("Feelin' Alright") and Carole King. She also originated the role of the Acid Queen in the original 1972 London production of The Who's Tommy.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Check out Merry Clayton's Facebook page. And have a look at "Twenty Feet From Stardom's" Official Facebook page.

 

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