BONNIE BRAMLETT ON ‘GIMME SHELTER’
Bonnie Bramlett (of Delaney & Bonnie fame) practiced ‘Gimme Shelter’ with Mick and Keith at Sunset Sound Studios, 1969, but then the final version ended up with Merry Clayton in charge of the vocals.
Bonnie: “I just wish you’d put in that there really is a Merry Clayton who did the singing on the Stones’ ‘Gimme Shelter’. I was supposed to do the session, and there were some press people down there when we were practicing, but when the time came to put the song on tape, I just didn’t have any more voice left. So they called in Merry and it’s her voice which is on the record, not mine. I’m really worried about this since the same thing happened to me once and I lost about a year’s worth of work. If people would know that it’s her on ‘Gimme Shelter’ instead of thinking that it’s me, then it might do some nice things for her.”
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