C. McMurray

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Born: July 4, 1953.
Died: September 6, 2019.

Detroit based soul songwriter, producer, and recording engineer who was in charge of the quality control department for Motown Records in the 1970's. Founded the publishing company Red Cap Music, and likely founded the Detroit soul label Red Cap Records.

After successfully producing the hit single “Stand By Me” for Spyder Turner in 1971, Clay worked in promotions for Arc-Jay-Kay Distributing Co. in Detroit. Hired by Motown’s quality control department three years later, Clay’s job was to listen to every song that the label recorded. Within two years, he was bumped up to Producer and 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. It peaked at #1 on the R&B chart in January 1971 before breaking the top ten on the Pop chart the following month. Other highlights of his illustrious career include work with Rose Royce, Undisputed Truth (2), The Supremes and The Temptations, among others.
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T-108 Clay McMurray - I'm A Peace Loving Man album art Emanuel Laskey Sweet Lies (as C. McMurray) Emanuel Laskey - I'm A Peace Loving Man(7", Single) Thelma Record Co. T-108 US 1965 Sell This Version
T-109 Clay McMurray - This Is A Groovy Generation / Sweet Things album art Billie Kennedy* This Is A Groovy Generation (as C. McMurray) Billie Kennedy* - This Is A Groovy Generation / Sweet Things(7", Promo) Thelma Record Co. T-109 US 1966 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - Stand By Me album art Spyder Turner Don't Hold Back (as C. McMurray) Spyder Turner - Stand By Me (Album) MGM Records, MGM Records US 1967 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - Out Of Sight album art Maxine Brown Just Give Me One Good Reason (as C. McMurray) Maxine Brown - Out Of Sight (Album) Epic US 1968 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - Feelin' Good album art David Ruffin I Don't Know Why I Love You (as C. McMurray) David Ruffin - Feelin' Good (Album) Motown, Motown US 1969 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - God Bless Whoever Sent You album art The Originals God Bless Whoever Sent You (as C. McMurray) The Originals - God Bless Whoever Sent You (Single) Soul Australia 1970 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - Portrait Of The Originals album art The Originals You Want Hearts And Flowers (as C. McMurray) The Originals - Portrait Of The Originals (Album) Soul, Soul US 1970 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - If I Were Your Woman album art Gladys Knight & The Pips* If I Were Your Woman (as C. McMurray) Gladys Knight & The Pips* - If I Were Your Woman (Single) Soul US 1970 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - New Ways But Love Stays album art The Supremes Is There A Place (In His Heart For Me) (as C. McMurray) The Supremes - New Ways But Love Stays (Album) Motown, Motown Australia 1970 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - Teardrops Keep Fallin' On My Heart album art Chuck Jackson There's A Rainbow In Your Heart (as C. McMurray) Chuck Jackson - Teardrops Keep Fallin' On My Heart (Album) V.I.P., V.I.P., V.I.P. US 1970 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - I Gotta Let You Go / You're The Loser Now album art Martha Reeves & The Vandellas You're The Loser Now (as C. McMurray) Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - I Gotta Let You Go / You're The Loser Now (Single) Gordy US 1970 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - I Don't Want To Do Wrong / Is There A Place (In His Heart For Me) album art Gladys Knight & The Pips* Is There A Place (In His Heart For Me) (as C. McMurray) Gladys Knight & The Pips* - I Don't Want To Do Wrong / Is There A Place (In His Heart For Me) (Single) Soul Japan 1971 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - Make Me The Woman That You Go Home To album art Gladys Knight & The Pips* Make Me The Woman That You Go Home To (as C. McMurray) Gladys Knight & The Pips* - Make Me The Woman That You Go Home To (Single) Soul Canada 1971 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - Kaleidoscope album art Nancy Wilson If I Were Your Woman (as C. McMurray) Nancy Wilson - Kaleidoscope (Album) Capitol Records US 1971 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - One Dozen Roses album art Smokey Robinson & The Miracles I Love You Dear (as C. McMurray) Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - One Dozen Roses Tamla, Tamla US 1971 Sell This Version
S 35085F Clay McMurray - Keep Me album art The Originals A Man Without Love (as C. McMurray) The Originals - Keep Me(7", Single) Soul S 35085F US 1971 Sell This Version
329 Clay McMurray - If You Were My Woman / Power And The Glory album art Benny Latimore If You Were My Woman (as C. McMurray) Benny Latimore - If You Were My Woman / Power And The Glory(7") Dash 329 US 1971 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - Jermaine album art Jermaine Jackson If You Were My Woman (as C. McMurray) Jermaine Jackson - Jermaine (Album) Motown US 1972 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - Help Me Make It Through The Night / If You Gonna Leave (Just Leave) album art Gladys Knight & The Pips* If You Gonna Leave (Just Leave) (as C. McMurray) Gladys Knight & The Pips* - Help Me Make It Through The Night / If You Gonna Leave (Just Leave) (Single) Soul Netherlands 1971 Sell This Version
5C 006-93 755, 5C 006-93755 Clay McMurray - Walk With Me, Talk With Me, Darling album art The Four Tops* Walk With Me, Talk With Me, Darling (as C. McMurray) The Four Tops* - Walk With Me, Talk With Me, Darling(7", Single) Tamla Motown, Tamla Motown 5C 006-93 755, 5C 006-93755 Netherlands 1972 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - Melba Moore Live! album art Melba Moore Then We Can Try Again (as C. McMurray) Melba Moore - Melba Moore Live! (Album) Mercury US 1972 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - Nature Planned It album art Four Tops Walk With Me, Talk With Me, Darling (as C. McMurray) Four Tops - Nature Planned It (Album) Motown Canada 1972 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - Grooving Out On Life album art Hopeton Lewis God Bless Whoever Sent You (as C. McMurray) Hopeton Lewis - Grooving Out On Life (Album) Dynamic Sounds, Dynamic Sounds Jamaica 1973 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - If I Were Your Woman / I Don't Want To Do Wrong album art Gladys Knight & The Pips* If I Were Your Woman (as C. McMurray) Gladys Knight & The Pips* - If I Were Your Woman / I Don't Want To Do Wrong (Single) Motown US 1973 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - If You Were My Woman / Put Pride Aside album art Latimore (2) If You Were My Woman (as C. McMurray) Latimore (2) - If You Were My Woman / Put Pride Aside (Single) Glades UK 1974 Sell This Version