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Mayor Clayton and Ms. Merry are all smiles at Banyan Park!

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#992. Twenty Feet from Stardom, November, 2016. The backup singer exists in the shadow of the feature artists even providing a vital foundation for their music. Through concert footage and interviews with veterans like Darlene Love and Merry Clayton, the history of these predominately African-American singers is explored through the rock era. Stand outs who endeavored to make a living in the art are burdened with low profiles, personal career frustrations and challenges being in the…

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Video/singing by Merry Clayton-Gimme Shelter. Love this soul version. She did original lyrics on the Stones release.

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Mick Jagger and Merry Clayton vocals "Gimme Shelter" Rolling Stones - Merry Clayton's voice gives me goosebumps. She was pregnant and wearing hair curlers when she recorded he track in an LA studio. WOW....THAT VOICE!

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'Gimme Shelter' Singer Merry Clayton: Just a Shot Away

Merry Clayton, the female voice behind The Stones' "Gimme Shelter," and she did it in the middle of the night while she was heavily pregnant. The woman is every bit as good as Aretha. Maybe better.

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