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Merry Clayton
Posted by: black n blue ()
Date: June 17, 2013 04:23

Nice interview with her on the CBS Sunday Morning Show, Mentioned Keith and Mick and she did three takes and that was it. She didn't who they hell they were. Be pretty cool to see her do here part again with Gimme Shelter



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Re: Mary Clayton
Posted by: Mojoworkin ()
Date: June 17, 2013 05:33

Just saw her perform live and she told the story about recording "GS" in her pink silk pajamas (she was called to the studio in the middle of the night). She was delightful! Also, she will be starring in a film doc soon to be released about backup singers which will include Lisa Fischer, among others.



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Re: Mary Clayton
Posted by: jazzbass ()
Date: June 17, 2013 05:52

Never heard of her.

Re: Mary Clayton
Posted by: Koen ()
Date: June 17, 2013 06:07

I think you mean Merry Clayton: [en.wikipedia.org]

Re: Mary Clayton
Posted by: stonesrule ()
Date: June 17, 2013 06:09

Merry Clayton has been recognized as a GREAT singer since the early Sixties when she worked with Ray Charles at his peak as one of the Raelettes.

She's long been in demand back-up singer for many bands. Her most notable rock gig was on the fabulous recording of "Gimme Shelter" with The Rolling Stones.

There will be a quiz jazzbass.

Re: Mary Clayton
Posted by: jazzbass ()
Date: June 17, 2013 06:09

Quote
Koen
I think you mean Merry Clayton: [en.wikipedia.org]

thumbs up

Re: Mary Clayton
Posted by: gimmerambler ()
Date: June 17, 2013 08:08

amazing credits
and she gets credit for waking me up this morning



Re: Mary Clayton
Posted by: Marhsall ()
Date: June 17, 2013 08:19

So what song did she vocals on a Doors song???

"Well my heavy throbbers itchin' just to lay a solid rhythm down''
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Re: Mary Clayton
Posted by: Glammy ()
Date: June 17, 2013 10:29

Quote
black n blue
Nice interview with her on the CBS Sunday Morning Show, Mentioned Keith and Mick and she did three takes and that was it. She didn't who they hell they were. Be pretty cool to see her do here part again with Gimme Shelter

Very hard to believe in 1968.

Re: Mary Clayton
Posted by: black n blue ()
Date: June 18, 2013 03:49

Excuse me

Re: Mary Clayton
Posted by: black n blue ()
Date: June 18, 2013 03:50

Quote
Koen
I think you mean Merry Clayton: [en.wikipedia.org]

Hell yes

Re: Mary Clayton
Posted by: black n blue ()
Date: June 18, 2013 03:51

Quote
jazzbass
Never heard of her.

Me either

Re: Merry Clayton
Posted by: spsimmons ()
Date: June 18, 2013 04:28

Now there's a guest I would love to see on this tour. I wonder why they have never asked her to reprise her vocal live?

Re: Mary Clayton
Posted by: gimmerambler ()
Date: June 18, 2013 18:20

*knock-knock*
tell all the people

Re: Merry Clayton
Posted by: virgil ()
Date: June 18, 2013 19:26

Did'nt she sing the song YES on the Movie soundtrack Dirty Dancing?

Re: Mary Clayton
Posted by: gimmerambler ()
Date: June 18, 2013 20:10

si

Re: Merry Clayton
Posted by: Deltics ()
Date: June 18, 2013 20:27










"As we say in England, it can get a bit trainspottery"

Re: Merry Clayton
Posted by: gimmerambler ()
Date: June 18, 2013 20:42













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Re: Merry Clayton
Posted by: Honestman ()
Date: June 19, 2013 00:48


Re: Merry Clayton
Posted by: shattered ()
Date: June 19, 2013 05:39

Was she at Altamont?

Re: Merry Clayton
Posted by: gimmerambler ()
Date: June 22, 2013 07:31

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shattered
Was she at Altamont?

no
ya might say it was a one shot deal

Re: Merry Clayton
Posted by: Bliss ()
Date: June 22, 2013 10:42

I read several accounts that they had chosen Bonnie Bramlett but she was ill on the day. Merry Clayton was a replacement.

Mick Jagger Tells the Story Behind ‘Gimme Shelter’ and Merry Clayton’s Haunting Background Vocals
Posted by: boston2006 ()
Date: June 22, 2013 03:19

Here's the iso vocalk track: [www.openculture.com]


in Music, Radio | June 19th

In the fall of 1969 the Rolling Stones were in a Los Angeles recording studio, putting the final touches on their album Let it Bleed. It was a tumultuous time for the Stones. They had been struggling with the album for the better part of a year as they dealt with the personal disintegration of their founder and multi-instrumentalist Brian Jones, whose drug addiction and personality problems had reached a critical stage. Jones was fired from the band in June of that year. He died less than a month later. And although the Stones couldn’t have known it at the time, the year would end on another catastrophic note, as violence broke out at the notorious Altamont Free Concert just a day after Let it Bleed was released.

It was also a grim time around the world. The assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy, the Tet Offensive, the brutal suppression of the Prague Spring–all of these were recent memories. Not surprisingly, Let it Bleed was not the most cheerful of albums. As Stephen Davis writes in his book Old Gods Almost Dead: The 40-Year Odyssey of the Rolling Stones, “No rock record, before or since, has ever so completely captured the sense of palpable dread that hung over its era.” And no song on Let it Bleed articulates this dread with greater force than the apocalyptic “Gimme Shelter,” in which Mick Jagger sings of a fire “sweepin’ our very street today,” like a “Mad bull lost his way.”

Rape, murder! It’s just a shot away It’s just a shot away

In an interview last November with Melissa Block for the NPR program All Things Considered, Jagger talked about those lyrics, and the making of the song:



One of the most striking moments in the interview is when Jagger describes the circumstances surrounding soul singer Merry Clayton’s powerful background vocals. “When we got to Los Angeles and we were mixing it, we thought, ‘Well, it’d be great to have a woman come and do the rape/murder verse,’ or chorus or whatever you want to call it,” said Jagger. “We randomly phoned up this poor lady in the middle of the night, and she arrived in her curlers and proceeded to do that in one or two takes, which is pretty amazing. She came in and knocked off this rather odd lyric. It’s not the sort of lyric you give anyone–’Rape, murder/It’s just a shot away’–but she really got into it, as you can hear on the record.”

The daughter of a Baptist minister, Merry Clayton grew up singing in her father’s church in New Orleans. She made her professional debut at age 14, recording a duet with Bobby Darin. She went on to work with The Supremes, Elvis Presley and many others, and was a member of Ray Charles’s group of backing singers, The Raelettes. She is one of the singers featured in the new documentary film, 20 Feet From Stardom. In an interview last week with Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air, Clayton talked about the night she was asked to sing on “Gimme Shelter”:

Well, I’m at home at about 12–I’d say about 11:30, almost 12 o’clock at night. And I’m hunkered down in my bed with my husband, very pregnant, and we got a call from a dear friend of mine and producer named Jack Nitzsche. Jack Nitzsche called and said you know, Merry, are you busy? I said No, I’m in bed. he says, well, you know, There are some guys in town from England. And they need someone to come and sing a duet with them, but I can’t get anybody to do it. Could you come? He said I really think this would be something good for you.

At that point, Clayton recalled, her husband took the phone out of her hand and said, “Man, what is going on? This time of night you’re calling Merry to do a session? You know she’s pregnant.” Nitzsche explained the situation, and just as Clayton was drifting back to sleep her husband nudged her and said, “Honey, you know, you really should go and do this date.” Clayton had no idea who the Rolling Stones were. When she arrived at the studio, Keith Richards was there and explained what he wanted her to do.

I said, Well, play the track. It’s late. I’d love to get back home. So they play the track and tell me that I’m going to sing–this is what you’re going to sing: Oh, children, it’s just a shot away. It had the lyrics for me. I said, Well, that’s cool. So I did the first part, and we got down to the rape, murder part. And I said, Why am I singing rape, murder? …So they told me the gist of what the lyrics were, and I said Oh, okay, that’s cool. So then I had to sit on a stool because I was a little heavy in my belly. I mean, it was a sight to behold. And we got through it. And then we went in the booth to listen, and I saw them hooting and hollering while I was singing, but I didn’t know what they were hooting and hollering about. And when I got back in the booth and listened, I said, Ooh, that’s really nice. They said, well, You want to do another? I said, well, I’ll do one more, I said and then I’m going to have to say thank you and good night. I did one more, and then I did one more. So it was three times I did it, and then I was gone. The next thing I know, that’s history.
Clayton sang with such emotional force that her voice cracked. (“I was just grateful that the crack was in tune,” she told Gross.) In the isolated vocal track above, you can hear the others in the studio shouting in amazement. Despite giving what would become the most famous performance of her career, it turned out to be a tragic night for Clayton. Shortly after leaving the studio, she lost her baby in a miscarriage. It has generally been assumed that the stress from the emotional intensity of her performance and the lateness of the hour caused the miscarriage. For many years Clayton found the song too painful to hear, let alone sing. “That was a dark, dark period for me,” she told the Los Angeles Times in 1986, “but God gave me the strength to overcome it. I turned it around. I took it as life, love and energy and directed it in another direction, so it doesn’t really bother me to sing ‘Gimme Shelter’ now. Life is short as it is and I can’t live on yesterday.”


Re: Mick Jagger Tells the Story Behind ‘Gimme Shelter’ and Merry Clayton’s Haunting Background Vocals
Posted by: sonomastone ()
Date: June 22, 2013 03:26

Wow incredible story. Thanks for sharing.

Re: Mick Jagger Tells the Story Behind ‘Gimme Shelter’ and Merry Clayton’s Haunting Background Vocals
Posted by: CindyC ()
Date: June 22, 2013 03:28

oh to be her, that must have been amazing, to be able to belt that out like that. Sad about the miscarriage though.

Re: Mick Jagger Tells the Story Behind ‘Gimme Shelter’ and Merry Clayton’s Haunting Background Vocals
Posted by: jamesfdouglas ()
Date: June 22, 2013 03:39

Incredible story? Mmmm...
A HUGE fluff-intro with stuff we all know.
Where it got me...
"Clayton had no idea who the Rolling Stones were."

Balls. As f$%&ing if.

Re: Mick Jagger Tells the Story Behind ‘Gimme Shelter’ and Merry Clayton’s Haunting Background Vocals
Posted by: stonesrule ()
Date: June 22, 2013 04:08

It happens to be the truth.

Re: Mick Jagger Tells the Story Behind ‘Gimme Shelter’ and Merry Clayton’s Haunting Background Vocals
Posted by: Bliss ()
Date: June 22, 2013 08:21

I read several accounts that they had chosen Bonnie Bramlett, but she was ill on the day. Merry Clayton was a replacement.

Re: Mick Jagger Tells the Story Behind ‘Gimme Shelter’ and Merry Clayton’s Haunting Background Vocals
Posted by: z ()
Date: June 22, 2013 09:33


Re: Mick Jagger Tells the Story Behind ‘Gimme Shelter’ and Merry Clayton’s Haunting Background Vocals
Posted by: treaclefingers ()
Date: June 22, 2013 09:39

pretty amazing story..., but to say she didn't even know who the Rolling Stones were is a bit odd and unbelievable.

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