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 Judy Clay

Judy Clay

Original Name Guions
Birth
Saint Pauls, Robeson County, North Carolina, USA
Death 19 Jul 2001 (aged 62)
Fayetteville, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Oakland, Robeson County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 8553190 · View Source
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Singer. She joined the Drinkard Singers gospel group (which also included Cissy Houston) in the late 1950s. Like many singers who started with gospel, she moved to soul in the 1960s, releasing a string of non-hit singles for the Ember, Lavette, Scepter and Atlantic labels which are esteemed by British "Northern Soul" fans today; she also sang backup vocals for soul singers like Wilson Pickett and Solomon Burke. In the late 1960s, she briefly teamed with Billy Vera to form what may have been the first interracial recording duo, recording an album and a couple minor hit singles, "Storybook Children" and "Country Girl-City Man (Just Across The Line)." Her recordings with Stax and Atlantic in the late 1960s (which included a 1969 session at Muscle Shoals Sound) produced a hit R&B duet with William Bell, "Private Number," and a minor hit solo single, "Greatest Love." She continued to work as a backup vocalist in the 1970s, with Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles among others.

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  • Originally Created by: Alisohn - Highly Favored and Blessed
  • Added: 24 Mar 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8553190
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Judy Clay (12 Sep 1938–19 Jul 2001), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8553190, citing McKinnon Cemetery, Oakland, Robeson County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .