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    (December 25, 1948- )
    Born in New Orleans, Louisiana
    Soul and gospel singer
    Member of Ray Charles' Raelettes
    Backing vocalist on the Rolling Stones' 'Gimme Shelter,' Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Sweet Home Alabama,' Joe Cocker's 'Feelin' Alright' and Tori Amos' 'Cornflake Girl'
    Recorded the singles 'Gimme Shelter' (1970), 'After All This Time' (1972), 'Oh No, Not My Baby' (1973), 'Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow' (1975) and 'Yes' (1987)
    Acted in the film 'Maid to Order' (1987) and the final season of Cagney and Lacey
    Sister of Little Feat percussionist Sam Clayton
    She would skip high school gym classes to attend recording sessions.
    She is better remembered for her appearance on the Stones' 'Gimme Shelter' than for any of her own recordings.
    On the initial pressings of the Stones' 'Let It Bleed' album, her first name was misspelled as 'Mary.'
    She sang the theme song for the flop Get Smart film 'The Nude Bomb.'
    Actress/singer Della Reese is her godmother.
    She had a miscarriage shortly after recording 'Gimme Shelter' with the Stones.
    She portrayed the Acid Queen in the London stage version of the Who's 'Tommy.' (1972)
    She appeared in a documentary film about background singers, 'Twenty Feet from Stardom,' along with fellow singers Darlene Love and Lisa Fischer.

Credit: C. Fishel

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