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Merry Clayton

bvoc, voc, *1948 US, New Orleans
Singer of R&B/Soul
A.k.a. Eva Harris Marry Clayton

Soul - gospel - rhythm 'n' blues disco singer - actress Born on 25.12.1948 in Gert Town, New Orleans, Louisiana. Wife of the late jazz artist Curtis Amy Sister of Little Feat's percussionist Sam Clayton. Debuted at 14 years old in 1962 with the duet with Bobby Darin, "Who Can I Count On? (When I Can't Count On You)". She recorded first "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)" but it was Betty Everett's version that became a hit the same year. She was one of the original Raelets, the backing vocalists of Ray Charles. She did back vocals on Neil Young's debut in 1968. She is best known for her duet with Mick Jagger on "Gimme Shelter", an intense performance that was revisited decades later in the documentary "20 Feet from Stardom", which won both an Oscar and a Grammy. She is heard at the background of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama". She went on singing back vocals for Tom Jones, Joe Cocker and Carole King. Her biggest hit is the uptempo "Yes" out of the 1987 soundtrack "Dirty Dancing" She released five solo albums through the 70's and one in 1994.

  • Backing Vocals
  • Vocals
  • R&B/Soul
  • Rock
  • Soundtrack
  • Electronic
  • Jazz
Popular Tracks   
Yes - From "Dirty Dancing" Soundtrack on Dirty Dancing by Various Artists
Southern Man on Merry Clayton by Merry Clayton
Gimme Shelter on Gimme Shelter by Merry Clayton
The Times They Are a Changin' on Lift Ev'ry Voice: The Best of the Best, 1969 - 1975 by Merry Clayton
After All This Time on Merry Clayton by Merry Clayton
Grandma's Hands on Merry Clayton by Merry Clayton
Country Road on Gimme Shelter by Merry Clayton
Beautiful Scars on Beautiful Scars by Merry Clayton
Walk On In on Merry Clayton by Merry Clayton
Emotion on Emotion by Merry Clayton

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Title Artist Year Type
The Best Of Merry ClaytonMerry Clayton2013Compil.
I've Got My Eyes On You / The Doorbell RingsMerry Clayton2013Single
Scrimshire Gets Merry Re-EditsMerry Clayton2012Single
MiraclesMerry Clayton1994Album
Almost ParadiseEric Carmen With Merry Clayton1989Single
YesMerry Clayton1987Album
Yes / In The Still Of The NightMerry Clayton / The Five Satins1987Single
Before The Night Is OverLeslie Smith And Merry Clayton1982Single
EmotionMerry Clayton1980Album
Emotion / Let Me Make You Cry A Little LongerMerry Clayton1980Single
You're Always There When I Need YouMerry Clayton1980Single
When The World Turns Blue (Melodies Of Love) / EmotionMerry Clayton1980Single
Keep Your Eye On The SparrowMerry Clayton1975Single
If I Lose / One More RideMerry Clayton1975Single
Keep Your Eye On The SparrowMerry Clayton1975Album
The Acid QueenMerry Clayton, The London Symphony Orchestra1974Single
Suspicious Minds / Oh No, Not My BabyMerry Clayton1972Single
Merry ClaytonMerry Clayton1971Album
After All This Time / WhateverMerry Clayton1971Single
After All This Time / SteamrollerMerry Clayton1971Single
Gimme Shelter / Good GirlsMerry Clayton1970Single
Country Road / Forget It, I Got ItMerry Clayton1970Single
Gimme ShelterMerry Clayton1970Album
Lift Ev'ry Voice And Sing (Black National Hymn)Merry Clayton1970Single
Gimme ShelterMerry Clayton1970Album
The Times They Are A-Changin'The Brothers & Sisters Featuring Merry Clayton1969Single
Knock On The DoorMerry Clayton1965Single
La La Jace Song (Spanish Boy) / Beg MeMerry Clayton1964Single
Nothing Left To Do But Cry / Usher BoyMerry Clayton1963Single
It's In His Kiss / The Magic Of RomanceMerry Clayton1963Single
It's In His KissMerry Clayton1963Single
So I Can Love You / After All This TimeThe Emotions / Merry ClaytonSingle
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