Recorded in mid-Jan, 1963, this fun, addicting, upbeat duet for the country-tinged “You’re The Reason I’m Living” LP finds Bobby taking on the b-side to Patsy Cline’s 1961 hit single, “Crazy”!
Not only is Bobby’s duet partner a deep-voiced soulful powerhouse that bounces off him perfectly, but this is Merry’s FIRST commercial appearance on record ever, and unbelievably was only 14 years old at the time of recording!..
A mere 6 years later, the world will forever know Merry’s soaring voice as the counterpoint to Mick Jagger’s in the ubiquitous Stones’ smash, “Gimme Shelter”.
Merry Clayton could sure belt it out – check out her-pre Stones hit, with the great Bobby Darin – sure sounds like they had a great time, and once again, Bobby finds the right talent before anyone else has caught on to put out a heckuva joyous number!..
Listen to this rare duet here!
“Who Can I Count On?” with Merry Clayton (Sammy Masters), 1963
Left off the 4-CD “The Capitol Years” box set, “Who Can I Count On?” can be found on the second side of the original Capitol LP, 1963’s “You’re The Reason I’m Living”, produced by Nik Venet.