Clydie King, the unsung backup singer for Ray Charles and Bob Dylan, died on Monday, January 7. Se was 75.
Her friend Rudy Calvo confirmed her death to Rolling Stone. The cause of death of the late musician has not been disclosed yet.
Clydie's earthy and gospel-rooted voice was heard on multiple rock classics, including The Rolling Stones's Tumbling Dice and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Sweet Home Alabama.
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Clydie, who was discovered by legendary musician Richard Berry, began her recording career Little Clydie and the Teens in 1956. She later joined Charles’ Raelettes.
Throughout the 1960s King contributed to a plethora of recordings by Phil Spector, and regularly recorded for both Specialty and Kent Records.
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”.
Clydie's also backed up vocals for Joe Cocker (who died of cancer), Humble Pie, Steely Dan, Joe Walsh, Barbra Streisand, Sherlie Matthews, Linda Ronstadt, Venetta Fields, Dickey Betts and B.B. King.
Funeral services for the late backup singer will be announced in the coming days. Rest In Peace Clydie King.
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