1973 Brown Sugar Featuring Clydie King – Brown Sugar

Clydie King (born August 21, 1943, Texas) is an American singer, best known for her session work as a backing vocalist.

Discovered by songwriter Richard Berry, King began her recording career in 1956 with Little Clydie and the Teens; before she was a member of Ray Charles’ Raelettes for three years and contributed to early 1960s recordings by producer Phil Spector. She recorded solo singles for Specialty Records, Kent Records and others.

King provided backing vocals for Humble Pie, which had great success in the United States, and she went on to become an in-demand session singer, worked with Venetta Fields and Sherlie Matthews and recorded with B.B. King, The Rolling Stones, Steely Dan, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt, Dickey Betts, Joe Walsh, and many others.

She was a member of The Blackberries with Fields and Matthews and sang on Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour, which became a feature film.

In 1971 she was featured on the Beaver and Krause album Gandarva. She sang the lead vocal on the gospel-inflected “Walkin’ By the River.” Ray Brown played bass on the cut.


1  Didn’t I (Lenny Macaluso, Tim O’Brien) 2:54
2  Moonlight And Taming You (Donna Weiss) 2:47
3  If You Like My Music (Donna Weiss, Ronnie Wilkins) 2:54
4  Soul Asylum (Donna Weiss) 3:31
5  Love Can Bring You Down (Lenny Macaluso, Tim O’Brien) 2:20
6  Loneliness (Harold Beatty) 2:57
7  Real Love (Harold Beatty) 3:08
8  Dance To The Music (Sly Stone) 2:44
9  Don’t Hold Back (Harold Beatty) 2:32
10  Weep For Me (Clydie King, Jimmy Holiday) 3:(



Drums Earl Palmer
Drums Ed Greene
Drums Eric Swanson
Drums Peter Swiadon
Guitar Dean Parks
Guitar Lenny Macaluso
Sax Rick Kellis
Trombone Jeff Dino Deane
Trumpet Cal Arnold
Trumpet Michael Green
Percussion Charlene Tobin
Background Vocals Jim Gilstrap
Background Vocals Clydie King
Background Vocals Melissa Mackay

Liner Notes

Producer – George Tobin
Arranged By – Jimmie Haskell (Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7)
Arranged By (Backgrounds), Backing Vocals – Clydie King
Arranged By (Horns) – Rick Kellis (Tracks 3, 8)
Engineer – Glen Mohrbacher
Mastered By – Allen Zentz
Strings – George Poole Section

Design (Art Design) – Frank Mulvey
Photography By – Ed Caraeff

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Chelsea Records Corp.
Copyright (c) – Chelsea Records Corp.
Produced For – Great Western Music
Recorded At – Bullet Recorders, Inc.
Pressed By – RCA Records Pressing Plant, Indianapolis
Manufactured By – RCA Records
Distributed By – RCA Records