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So it was like very late at night and I was very
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So, it was like very late at night and I was very - you know, pregnant. I had curlers and...

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Merry Clayton:
So, it was like very late at night and I was very - you know, pregnant. I had curlers and the whole thing in my hair and I was ready to go to bed. And we got a call, "Merry, there's a group of guys in town called Rolling... Rolling Somebodies and they're from England and they need somebody that will sing with them." They picked me up, with silk pajamas on, a mink coat, and a Chanel scarf on my head... I said, "What? Rape. Murder. It's just a shot away." I started to sing, "Oh, children, It's just a shot away, It's just a shot away" with Mick... They said, "You want to do another one?" I said, "Sure, I'll do another one"... So, I said to myself, "Mm-hmm. I'm going to do another one. Blow them out of this room."
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Merry Clayton:
I went it again and I did a pass on the the part that says, "Rape! Murder! It's just a shot away!" So, I had to go up another octave. Yeah!


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So it was like very late at night and I was very
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you know a little pregnant
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Had curlers and the whole thing in my hair
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getting ready to go to bed And we got a call
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Merry there's a group of guys in town called Rolling
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The Rolling somebodies and they're from England
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and they need somebody that will sing with them
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They picked me up with silk pajamas on
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a mink coat and a Chanel scarf on my head
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We said It'd be wonderful if a woman sang this part about
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that I'd written about rape murder and all this
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It was in the middle of the night and we thought
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Well we would love to have a woman sing this part
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I didn't know her from Adam
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Then she turned up in her curlers
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She was in bed and she got outta bed
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And you know it was a kind of raunchy part to sing
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I said What
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Rape murder It's just a shot away
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I started to sing it's just a shot away just a shot away with Mick

Clip duration: 68 seconds
Views: 109
Timestamp in movie: 00h 33m 07s
Uploaded: 20 November, 2022
Genres: documentary, biography, history
Summary: Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.


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