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SpouseCurtis Amy
FactWas a member of the Raspberries, who sang backing vocals for many artists between the late-'60s and the mid-'70s.

Merry Clayton is an American soul and gospel singer, who is best known for her work as a backup singer for various artists including Ray Charles, Carole King, and Sheryl Crow.

Born on December 25, 1948, in New Orleans, Louisiana, Clayton comes from a family of musicians. Her father was a trumpet player and her mother was a gospel singer. Clayton began singing in her local church choir at a young age.

Clayton’s career as a backup singer began in the early 1960s when she was asked to sing with Ray Charles on his album, “Genius + Soul = Jazz”. She went on to sing with other artists including Carole King, Sheryl Crow, and Don Henley. Clayton has also released several solo albums, including “Merry Clayton” (1971), “Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow” (1972), and “Southern Nights” (1977).

Clayton has been married twice. Her first marriage was to jazz trumpeter Roger Neumann from 1968 to 1974. Her second marriage was to actor/director/producer Lenny Niehaus from 1976 to 1981. She has two daughters from her first marriage, Dara and Tara Neumann.

Clayton has a net worth of $5 million.

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Full NameMerry Clayton
ProfessionActor, Gospel singer, Gimme Shelter, It's in His Kiss, Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow
EducationDuke University


SpouseCurtis Amy
SiblingsSam Clayton


AwardsGrammy Award for Best Music Film
Music GroupsThe Raelettes
MoviesCagney & Lacey: The Return, Maid to Order, 9½ Weeks, The Rolling Stones: Under Review: 1967-1969
TV ShowsCagney & Lacey

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1Was a member of the Raspberries, who sang backing vocals for many artists between the late-'60s and the mid-'70s.




Cagney & Lacey: The Return1994TV MovieVerna Dee Jordan
Wild Orchid II: Two Shades of Blue1991Gospel Singer
Cagney & Lacey1987-1988TV SeriesVerna Dee Jordan
Maid to Order1987Audrey James
9½ Weeks1986Background Vocal at Porno House
A Private Affair2000TV MovieBetty


Britain's Got Talent2013TV Series performer - 1 episode
Twenty Feet from Stardom2013Documentary performer: "Gimme Shelter", "Southern Man", "Nobody's Fault But Mine" uncredited
Big Love2009TV Series performer - 1 episode
The X Factor2007-2008TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Dare to Love1995TV Movie performer: "At Last"
Wild Orchid II: Two Shades of Blue1991performer: "WHEN MY WORLD COMES TOGETHER", "ON THE OTHER SIDE"
Lionheart1990performer: "SHADOWS AT MIDNIGHT"
Cat Chaser1989performer: "SHADOWS AT MIDNIGHT"
T and T1988TV Series performer: "T. And T."
Maid to Order1987performer: "I Can Still Shine", "It's In His Kiss"
Dirty Dancing1987performer: "Yes"
The Nude Bomb1980performer: "You're Always There"
The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat1974performer: "Jumpback", "In My Next Life"
Brewster McCloud1970performer: "White Feather Wings", "Lift Every Voice and Sing"
Performance1970performer: "Performance", "Poor White Hound Dog"

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Performance1970music player - as The Merry Clayton Singers


The Arsenio Hall Show2014TV SeriesHerself - Muscial Guest
Tavis Smiley2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Made in Hollywood2013TV SeriesHerself
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHerself
Twenty Feet from Stardom2013DocumentaryHerself
Unsung2011TV Series documentaryHerself
The Rolling Stones: Under Review 1967-19692007Video documentary
Get Bruce1999DocumentaryHerself
Dirty Dancing Concert Tour1988DocumentaryHerself
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour1988TV SeriesHerself
Blame It on the Night1984Herself
Soul Train1972-1975TV Series documentaryGuest
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1970TV SeriesHerself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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