Give Her Shelter: The triumphant return of Merry Clayton’s music shows her “beautiful scars” and her sensational voice

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Merry Clayton is back, with sweet revenge. After a terrible car accident in 2015, the legendary singer of the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” and Carole King’s hit albums of the 70s, has released a new album.

“Beautiful Scars” takes its name from a title song written by Diane Warren. The album is produced by Lou Adler, who first signed Merry to Ode Records in 1970. She had solo albums and she sang memorablely on the Carole King albums of Ode Records. Her voice on the Stones song remains a key part of their legacy and hers.

Merry appeared in the Oscar-winning drama “20 Feet to Stardom” a few years ago. I was at a Grammy event with her and Darlene Love and a few others from that movie at a little club in Los Angeles, and I’ll never forget that she peeled the paint off the ceiling when she sang. Quite unbelievable.

“Beautiful scars” will be released on April 9.

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Roger Friedman started his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years at Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid-1990s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and wrote for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the screenwriter and co-producer of “Only the Strong Survive”, a selection from the Cannes, Sundance and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.


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