Merry Clayton On 'Beautiful Scars' And A Life Of Singing : World Cafe : World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN In the late 1960s, Merry Clayton was one of the most sought after backup singers. Her new album, released in April of this year, is called Beautiful Scars.

Merry Clayton On 'Beautiful Scars' And A Life Of Singing

Merry Clayton on World Cafe

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Playlist

  • Merry Clayton, "Beautiful Scars"
  • Merry Clayton, "A Song For You"
  • Bobby Darin, "Who Can I Count On?"
  • Ray Charles, "Eleanor Rigby"
  • Merry Clayton, "Touch The Hem Of His Garment"

Talking about Merry Clayton is an exercise in name dropping. As a child, in the church pews of New Orleans, she snuggled right beside Mahalia Jackson. After her family moved to California, she made her record debut with Bobby Darin and toured with Ray Charles. By the late 1960s, Clayton was one of the most sought after backup singers. She went on to record "Gimme Shelter" with The Rolling Stones, "Tapestry" with Carole King, "Southern Man" with Neil Young, "Sweet Home Alabama" with Lynyrd Skynyrd and more. Her new album, released in April of this year, is called Beautiful Scars.

In this episode of World Cafe, Merry Clayton talks about a life of singing, doing homework with Bobby Darin, what Ray Charles heard in her voice and more. Listen to the full episode via the audio player above.

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