Tuesday, February 02, 2010


This Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil heralded six more weeks of winter this year. Woo-hoo!

Given the weather, shelter is a good thing. As is Merry Clayton's rendition of "Gimme Shelter" on her 1970 album of the same name. I actually had this record, very impressed with her lung power. She's the one who gives extra zing to the 1969 Rolling Stones' original, playing off Mick Jagger's vocals. That's also her on backup vocals to Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" (1973/74). Glad to see she's doing well forty years after the original "Gimme Shelter." This is her singing it live not too long ago -- can you dig?

Today's Rune: Partnership. Cheers to Merry Clayton!  (Yurt pictured at top from Wiki Commons.)


Johnny Yen said...

Am I the only one who thinks it's hilarious that an African-American woman was the singer on "Sweet Home Alabama?"

Luma Rosa said...

Merry Clayton was Queen "LSD" in Tommy, one remembers? I do not know as it is the translation of "lisérgica" :D Beijus,