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(NPR)   One night in 1969, a friend of Merry Clayton's called her to come in for work. It was almost midnight and she showed up in pajamas and hair curlers. And pregnant. Merry Clayton should be a household name. A new documentary will make her one   (npr.org) divider line 29
    More: Cool, Merry Clayton, hair iron, Carole King, Darlene Love, Terry Gross, The Supremes, Fresh Air, Mahalia Jackson  
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2013-06-16 10:47:06 AM
I for one salute the lady who backed up Lou Reed's "Walk On The Wild Side".
 
2013-06-16 10:48:24 AM
Merry Clayton is a household name around this household.
 
2013-06-16 10:57:26 AM
I always wondered who was the backup singer in "Gimme Shelter".  Thanks Fark!
 
2013-06-16 11:02:07 AM
Rape, murder? I thought it was 'hey momma." Well there goes my childhood.
 
2013-06-16 11:03:47 AM
I love Clayton's performance on Gimme Shelter (and she paid a stiff price for the strain on rocking that vocal), but I have to say the background singers are annoying after a while on Dark Side of the Moon.

Just my opinion of course.
 
2013-06-16 11:07:14 AM
And then she went home and had a miscarriage.
 
2013-06-16 11:08:08 AM

TripSixes: Rape, murder? I thought it was 'hey momma." Well there goes my childhood.


Just looked up the lyrics, at first it's "War, children, it's just a shot away." Then in the middle it changes to "Rape, murder! It's just a shot away."
 
2013-06-16 11:14:46 AM
Her backup vocals on Gimme Shelter made the song what it is.  The Stones rocked on it, but her voice made it mindblowing awesome.
 
2013-06-16 11:17:07 AM
Was always fond of Clare Torry's background singing in Great Gig in the Sky becoming the foreground singing. Still gives me chills. And if you're wondering what the music looked like on paper for that kind of singing there wasn't any. She pretty much ad libbed the whole thing.

Tried to find the Roger Waters interview where he talks about that but no luck with the internets this morning. But here's a link to the album version of the song anyway, so you can listen to it again, or, perhaps, for the first time.
 
2013-06-16 11:44:38 AM
Saw this movie at SIFF (Seattle Int'l Film Festival....absolute must-see.
 
2013-06-16 11:59:42 AM
+1 internets, subby.  Good post.
 
2013-06-16 12:08:02 PM
Saw her interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning (a program us old folks watch while methodically picking the tapioca out of our dentures), and the bit about Gimme Shelter was great.  She came into the studio not knowing who the Stones were and sang her butt off, pulling heavily from her background singing in church.  All the while, she was thinking, "What is this I'm singing about? Rape? Murder? Huh?"
 
2013-06-16 12:26:40 PM
 
2013-06-16 12:58:27 PM

MarshHawk: Saw her interviewed on CBS Sunday Morning (a program us old folks watch while methodically picking the tapioca out of our dentures), and the bit about Gimme Shelter was great.  She came into the studio not knowing who the Stones were and sang her butt off, pulling heavily from her background singing in church.  All the while, she was thinking, "What is this I'm singing about? Rape? Murder? Huh?"


Heard this when it aired on NPR, and have been meaning to listen to the original "Gimme Shelter" again.   Like, now.

/Thanks, FARK!
 
2013-06-16 01:03:19 PM
 
2013-06-16 01:21:35 PM
i always used to like reading through album liner notes to see the "additional musicians" section where they would list backup singers and people who played a piano or a violin on one song or something.  i've always wondered how a career like that must feel, always playing music with a variety of different bands but never getting any real recognition or getting famous for it.  i'm guessing there are musicians out there who have played on hundreds of albums and nobody knows who they are.  i find that sort of thing interesting.
 
2013-06-16 01:24:12 PM
Huh, someone opened their cocksucker and made some noises, got paid and went on with their life. How in the farking world is that worthy of my attention? Headline misled me into thinking I'd be interested in this shiat somehow.

/grumpy
//good article, quite interesting read
///no idea what I'm doing
 
2013-06-16 02:46:13 PM

YoOjo: Huh, someone opened their cocksucker and made some noises, got paid and went on with their life. How in the farking world is that worthy of my attention? Headline misled me into thinking I'd be interested in this shiat somehow.

/grumpy
//good article, quite interesting read
///no idea what I'm doing


Did you also listen to the interview?

/Looking forward to seeing the movie
//subby
 
2013-06-16 02:47:11 PM
If you listen really close to Gimme Shelter, when her voice breaks, you can hear said hooting and hollering right after. They knew they were making magic and I still get goosebumps every time I hear that song.
 
2013-06-16 03:59:03 PM
 
2013-06-16 04:26:42 PM

HST's Dead Carcass: If you listen really close to Gimme Shelter, when her voice breaks, you can hear said hooting and hollering right after. They knew they were making magic and I still get goosebumps every time I hear that song.


Just listened to it again. I guess I never really listened to it that closely, never was a stones guy, born too late I guess. Her voice is great, never heard the crack in her voice or the  "whoop" from the band before today. Gave me a little shiver. Very cool
 
2013-06-16 06:07:18 PM

enderthexenocide: i always used to like reading through album liner notes to see the "additional musicians" section where they would list backup singers and people who played a piano or a violin on one song or something.  i've always wondered how a career like that must feel, always playing music with a variety of different bands but never getting any real recognition or getting famous for it.  i'm guessing there are musicians out there who have played on hundreds of albums and nobody knows who they are.  i find that sort of thing interesting.


Many of the session and background musicians do it for the music, not the recognition. If you are good and can adapt to many styles of music you can get steady work as well as have the privilege of working with many exceptional artists. Fame and fortune isn't for everybody and isn't everyone's goal.
 
2013-06-16 09:41:54 PM
No it won't. She'll be a trivia game answer at best.
 
2013-06-16 11:02:39 PM

LewDux: Link


Thanks for the flashback. Big fan of PJ back in the wayback.
 
2013-06-17 02:47:26 AM

Zombalupagus: Was always fond of Clare Torry's background singing in Great Gig in the Sky becoming the foreground singing. Still gives me chills. And if you're wondering what the music looked like on paper for that kind of singing there wasn't any. She pretty much ad libbed the whole thing.

Tried to find the Roger Waters interview where he talks about that but no luck with the internets this morning. But here's a link to the album version of the song anyway, so you can listen to it again, or, perhaps, for the first time.


Came to mention Clare Torry. Love her contribution to GGitS. Still gives me chills as well.

/Oddly enough was not aware that she did the cover of Dolly Parton's "Butterflies" that was the theme to the Wendy Craig/Geoffrey Palmer classic 70's BritCom of the same name.
//I love learning practically useless stuff like that.
 
2013-06-17 07:34:42 AM

qgmonkey: I always wondered who was the backup singer in "Gimme Shelter".  Thanks Fark!


Me too! But I never knew the words until now. She had me at 'I started with Bobby Darin'.
 
2013-06-17 09:39:18 AM
I had never heard her voice break until now, and I've probably heard that song a thousand times.  Wow.
 
2013-06-17 11:47:30 AM
Every so often I crank up a few hours of Mahalia and sob little like a little baby.

/I need to adjust my meds
 
2013-06-17 08:47:34 PM
The CBS Sunday morning show said she sang bachup for The Doors.  When? what song? maybe after Jim died?
 
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