Merry Clayton, one of the singers features in 20 Feet from Stardom, tells Terry Gross about singing backup on the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter”
The guys come out and stand next to me and say, ‘It’s just a shot away,’ as I’m saying, ‘Rape, murder.’ I mean it was a sight to behold, and we got through it, and then they went in the booth to listen, and I saw them hooting and hollering while I was singing, but I didn’t know what they were hooting and hollering about. And when I got back in the booth and listened, I said, ‘Ooo, that’s really nice.’
And they said, ‘You want to do another?’ and I said, ‘Well, I’ll do one more and then I’m going to have to say thank you and good night.’ I did one more, and then I did one more … and then I was gone. Next thing I know, that — that’s history.
Isolated vocals on GIMME SHELTER reveal the intensity of the background singers, including Merry Clayton.
The public radio show STUDIO 360 is hosting a “Battle of the High School Bands” contest. They’re inviting folks to send in their old high school band recordings (and no, they don’t mean marching band, although I was part of that, too).
Here’s my entry:
Band name: The Knümbe Skülles, later changed to Barnyard Commandos
Credits for the song: Written by Frank Birchak. Performed by Frank Birchak, guitar, Nathan Cone, guitar, Glenn Pistoll, bass, Tom Briggs, drums. Lyrics by Frank Birchak. NOTE: no vocals got recorded for this song. The lyrics were something on the lines of “Mutant lice, mutant lice, wash your hair or pay the price.”
High School: Klein Oak High School, Spring, TX
Texas Public Radio made the cover of the San Antonio Current this week—-for Cinema Tuesdays! Yeah!!!
Thanks to Eileen Teves, Liz Lopez, and the team at Great Day SA for supporting Texas Public Radio and the TPR Cinema Tuesdays series! I had a wonderful time at the KENS5 studios.
A short behind-the-scenes VINE post from my appearance on Great Day SA, 5/28/13. That's Liz Lopez and Kinya Cano in the control room.... and Miss San Antonio with the puppy.