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Fantastic Rare 1963 Capitol Album Cut “Who Can I Count On?” duet with Merry Clayton of The Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter”!

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”!

Merry Clayton Singing

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!..

Merry Clayton Quote on Bobby Darin

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.

You're the Reason I'm Living LP

You can purchase the track in CD-quality at PonoMusic or on the OOP 2-fer CD paired with 1965’s “Venice Blue” LP HERE