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Famed Session Singer & Backing Vocalist Clydie King Passes Away

Famed Session Singer & Backing Vocalist Clydie King Passes Away

Clydie King. Credit: Michael Ochs.
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(CelebrityAccess) – Famed American session singer & backing vocalist Clydie King passed away this week.

King, come who was discovered by legendary Brill Building songwriter Richard Berry, began her recording career in 1956 with Little Clydie and the Teens, before moving on to join Ray Charles’ Raelettes.

Throughout the 1960s King contributed to a plethora of recordings by Phil Spector, and regularly recorded for both Specialty and Kent Records.

As an in-demand session singer, she went on to provide backing vocals for some of the most iconic artists of the era including Bob Dylan, Joe Cocker, The Rolling Stones, Humble Pie, Steely Dan, Joe Walsh, Barbra Streisand, Linda Ronstadt, Dickey Betts, Venetta Fields, Sherlie Matthews, and B.B. King among countless others.

King also famously toured with both Dylan and Cocker, and alongside singer Marry Clayton, sang background vocals on Lynyrd Skynyrd’s seminal hit “Sweet Home Alabama”.

She was 76-years-old.

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