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.