She is a
singer born Clydie May King in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in Dallas, Texas, who was singing from a young age and
discovered when she was still only 12 or 13 by the songwriter Richard
Berry. By that time she had already
sung in church with another youngster, Billy Preston.
She had a
recording contract from 1956 when she sang with her group Little Clydie & The Teens. It wasn’t long before she was spotted
by Ray Charles who proceeded to employ her as a member of his back group
The Raelettes. She also sang the duet “Sweet
Memories” with him.
In the early
1960s she was performing on several of the singles produced by Phil Spector and at the same time she recorded her own solo
material which was released by several record labels that include Kent
Records and Specialty Records.
She became a
member of The Blackberries but her main success was as an in-demand backing
vocalist for countless top acts that include Hoyt, Axton, Bang, Elvin
Bishop, Bonnie Bramlett, Elkie
Brooks, Tim Buckley, Paul Butterfield, Blondie Chaplin, Michel Colombier, Jesse Ed Davis, Jackie DeShannon,
Firefall, Jerry Garcia, Russ Giguere,
Arlo Guthrie, Richie
Havens, Al Kooper, Kris Kristofferson, Dave
Mason, Delbert McClinton, Bette Midler, Johnny
Rivers, Tommy Roe, Dusty Springfield, Steppenwolf, Billy Swan,
releasing her own singles from 1956 to 1976 she also put out the albums Direct Me in 1972, Brown Sugar which is credited as
Brown Sugar featuring Clydie King in 1973, Rushing to Meet You in 1976 and The Imperial & Minit
Years in 2007.
she has worked on, which are many, include Two the Hard Way by Greg Allman, Hearts by America, Love Country Style by Ray Charles, No Other by Gene Clark, Luxury You Can Afford by Joe Cocker,
It’s Only Love by Rita
Coolidge, Carry On by Crosby,
Still & Nash, Beautiful Noise
by Neil Diamond, Full Circle by
The Doors, Saved by Bob Dylan, Cass Elliott by Cass Elliott, Eat It by Humble Pie, Caribou by Elton John, King of the Blues by B.B. King, Second Helping by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Two Sides of the Moon by Keith Moon,
Songs for Beginners by Graham
Nash, Blues and Gray by Poco, Exile on
Main St. by The Rolling Stones,
Heart Like a Wheel by Linda Ronstadt, Baby It’s Me by Diana Ross, Retrospective by Leon Russell, Endless Flight by Leo Sayer, Stranger
in Town by Bob Seger, Playing Possum by Carly Simon, Back to Mono 1958-1969 by Phil Spector, Goodnight
Vienna by Ringo Starr, Aja and The Royal Scam by Steely Dan, Stoney End by Barbra Streisand, Smoker
You Drink Player You Get by Joe Walsh, 1234 by Ron Wood, Monkey
Grip by Bill Wyman and the soundtrack of A Star is Born.
She is also
known by her married name Clydie Crittendon.