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Clydie King, Bob Dylan & Lynyrd Skynyrd backup singer dies

music news 15/01/2019

Clydie King, who had provided backing vocals on countless rock songs, including Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" has passed away at the age of 75 last week. 

King also appears on the Rolling Stones' "Tumbling Dice".

"She was my ultimate singing partner," Bob Dylan tells Rolling Stone. No one ever came close. We were two soulmates."

The Dallas born singer has honed her singing skills in her church choir. Upon moving to Los Angeles, she began her recording career at the age of 13, fronting Little Clydie & the Teens. She spent the next decade, releasing singles under her name and spent three years as Ray Charles' Raelettes.

Later on, she became a session vocalist who went on to work with notable musicians and groups such as Elton John (Caribou), Steely Dan (Can't Buy a Thrill), Linda Ronstadt (Heart Like a Wheel).

King went on the road with Bob Dylan in the '80s, often dueting with him in the spotlight.