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Thursday, June 20, 2013

How She Gave Them 'Gimme Shelter."

Amazing piece, much of it new to (even) me, as Merry Clayton, and the Stones, describe/reveal all that happened on that late night when she recorded one of the most famous brief vocal solos in rock 'n roll history, for "Gimme Shelter" (vocal isolated below).  We learn:  She was in bed, and pregnant, near midnight when she got the call to come to the studio, she resisted, but told no one tell would do it; arrived in curlers;  only did three takes; had a miscarriage soon after, sometimes blamed on stress of that night, so she could not listen to the song for years; and more.

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