1970 Merry Clayton – Gimme Shelter

Gimme Shelter is the debut album by Merry Clayton, released in 1970

Merry Clayton (born December 25, 1948) is an American soul and gospel singer and an actress. She provided a number of backing vocal tracks for major performing artists in the 1960s, most notably in her duet with Mick Jagger on the Rolling Stones song “Gimme Shelter.” Clayton is featured in 20 Feet from Stardom, the Oscar-winning documentary about background singers and their contributions to the music industry. In 2013, she released The Best of Merry Clayton, a compilation of her favorite songs.



1  Country Road (James Taylor) 3:46
2  Tell All The People (Robby Krieger) 2:57
3  Bridge Over Troubled Water (Paul Simon) 5:49
4  I’ve Got Life (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) 3:29
5  Gimme Shelter (Galt MacDermot, Gerome Ragin, James Rado) 3:31
6  Here Comes Those Heartaches Again (James Cleveland) 3:05
7  Forget It I Got It (Gary Wright, Jimmy Miller) 2:55
8  You’ve Been Acting Strange (Billy Preston) 3:18
9  I Ain’t Gonna Worry My Life Away (Billy Preston, Merry Clayton) 4:22
10  Good Girls (Billy Page) 2:44
11  Glad Tidings (Van Morrison) 2:41



BassBob West
DrumsPaul Humphrey
GuitarLouie Shelton
GuitarDavid T. Walker
GuitarRed Rhodes
PianoJoe Sample
PercussionGary Coleman
PercussionKing Errisson

Liner Notes

Producer – Lou Adler
Arranged By – Gene Page
Engineer – Armin Steiner, Eric Weinbang, Henry Lewy

Design – Paul Bruhwiler, Rod Dyer
Photography By – Guy Webster

Distributed By – A&M Records
Published By – Blackwood Music Inc.
Pressed By – Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Pitman