Southern Soul for Southern Man: Merry Clayton
Merry Clayton covers Neil Young's "Southern Man" on YouTube.
And you say who is Merry Clayton???
Clayton sang back up vocals on Neil Young's "Old Laughing Lady".
Also, Clayton was the intensely female vocal on the Rolling Stones original version of "Gimme Shelter". And, she was one of the original Rayettes (Ray Charles female backup singers).
Merry Clayton's was brilliant on The Who's "Tommy" soundtrack on "The Acid Queen" with symphony orchestra backing.
And, she sang backup on Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama", that song that some think"put Ol' Neil down".
Southern soul for a southern man from a southern woman.
Timeline from Anon comment:
1969 - Merry Clayton recorded The Old Laughing Lady and I Loved Her So Long with Neil Young
1971 - Merry Clayton recorded Southern Man as a solo artist
1974 - Merry Clayton recorded Sweet Home Alabama with Lynyrd Skynyrd
And, so why exactly might a southern black woman cover a white Canadian man's ode to racism in the Confederate south again, now anyhow?