A voice in the background – Merry Clayton

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She was one of Ray Charles back-up singers ‘The Raelettes,’ in 1963 recorded the original version of “The Shoop Shoop Song” (later covered by Betty Everett), and she was best known as the wailing voice in The Rolling Stones classic song, “Gimme Shelter.” The name of this multi- talented woman, MERRY CLAYTON. As with many vocalists who came to fame behind the shadows of the stars, Merry had her chance to shine in 1972 as actress, starring as the ‘acid queen,’ in the London version of The Who’s “Tommy.”

 Over the years, her voice was heard on hits such as Ringo Starr’s “Oh My, My,” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama.” Finally, in 1987 with the success of the movie “Dirty Dancing,” Merry enjoyed success with the single “Yes” charting at #45 on Billboard. In 2013, she was prominently featured in the highly acclaimed documentary “20 feet From Stardom.” Enjoy a trailer of this feature below: