Merry Clayton, the backup singer who performed on the Rolling Stones‘ Gimme Shelter, sustained severe injuries to her lower body, including major trauma to her lower extremities” in a June 16 car accident in L.A., according to a statement from her reps.

Clayton’s journey in the music business was chronicled in the documentary film 20 Feet From Stardom.

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Clayton began her career in the early ’60s and recorded with the likes of Neil YoungLynyrd SkynyrdJoe Cocker and The Who.

The singer “has a long road of recovery ahead,” the statement noted. “For all that know her personally, and those that have been blessed by her God-given talents, please know that her spirit is very strong and her faith unwavering. Her voice is not silenced and His praises continue to be on her lips.” source

 

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