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Subject: Clay McMurray, Motown Records producer and songwriter

Dead at 66
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Date Posted: Thursday, September 12, 06:46:15pm

b. Clay McMurray, 4th July 1953, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.

d. 6th September 2019, U.S.A.

The Motown Records producer and songwriter, Clay McMurray, has died. He was 66.

Clay came to peoples attention in 1967 when he teamed with local singer Spyder Turner to record his version of Ben E. King’s ‘Stand By Me’.

The song became a smash hit and Spyder’s signature song.

Clay also worked in promotions for Arc-Jay-Kay Distributing Co. in Detroit.

Hired by Motown’s quality control department three years later, his job was to listen to every song that the label recorded.

Clay worked with Gladys Knight And The Pips to produce their first hit single. ‘If I Were Your Woman’, which he co-wrote with LaVerne Ware and Pam Sawyer.

Clay’s production credits from the early-to-mid-‘70s also include The Four Tops’ ‘You Gotta Have Love In Your Heart’, Prime Cut’s ‘Message To The Ghetto’, Danny Cox’s ‘You Can’t Hold Me Back’, Karen Pree’s ‘Make Love Last Forever’, Gladys Knight & The Pips’ ‘If I Were Your Woman’ and Jimmy Ruffin’s ‘Give You All The Love I’ve Got’.

In addition to his production and song-writing work, Clay founded the publishing company Red Cap Music, and was heavily involved in the Detroit soul label Red Cap Records.

He also collaborated with Rose Royce, The Four Tops, Undisputed Truth, The Supremes and The Temptations, amongst others.

Clay worked with Motown producer Norman Whitfield on the movie soundtrack for ‘Car Wash’.

The MCA Records album went platinum.

Clay was married to the artist, Karen Pree, with whom he produced one album in 1977.

In 1977, they started their own record production company, Love 'n Comfort Entertainment Corporation, and music publishing companies Claka Music and Farrah Music.

Clay was inducted into the R&B Music Hall of Fame in 2018.


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"If I Were Your Woman"- Gladys Knight & The PipsCo- written by Clay McMurrayThursday, September 12, 06:48:02pm

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