Merry Clayton

How Merry Clayton turned 'Gimme Shelter' by the Rolling Stones from good to  legendaryMerry Clayton (born December 25, 1948) is an American soul and gospel singer and an actress. She provided a number of backing vocal tracks for major performing artists in the 1960s, most notably in her duet with Mick Jagger on the Rolling Stones song “Gimme Shelter”. Clayton is featured in 20 Feet from Stardom, the Oscar-winning documentary about background singers and their contributions to the music industry. Clayton was born in Gert Town, New Orleans, Louisiana. She was born on Christmas Day, and was given the name “Merry” because of the December 25th birthdate. She is the daughter of Eva B. Clayton and Reverend A.G. Williams, Sr. Clayton was raised in New Orleans as a Christian, and spent much of her time in her father’s parish, New Zion Baptist Church. After moving to Los Angeles, she met members of The Blossoms, who convinced her to pursue a music career.

Grandma’s Hands

Tell All The People

Bridge over Troubled Water

Love Is A Mighty River

God’s Love

The Times They Are A-Changin’

Beautiful Scars

Ooh Child Medley

Gimme Shelter (1970)

Southern Man


Country Road

It’s in His Kiss

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