Clarence McMurray

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Born: July 4, 1943
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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Clay McMurray - The Diary Of Alicia Keys album art Alicia Keys If I Was Your Woman / Walk On By (as Clarence McMurray) Alicia Keys - The Diary Of Alicia Keys (Album) J Records, MBK Entertainment, BMG Germany 2003 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - Unplugged album art Alicia Keys If I Was Your Woman (as Clarence McMurray) Alicia Keys - Unplugged (Album) J Records Europe 2005 Sell This Version
983 762-8 Clay McMurray - Motown Top 100 Allertijden album art Various If I Were Your Woman (as Clarence McMurray) Various - Motown Top 100 Allertijden(5xCD, Comp) Universal Music 983 762-8 Benelux 2006 Sell This Version
88697807112 Clay McMurray - Les Petits Mouchoirs (Bande Originale Du Film)  album art Various If I Were Your Woman (as Clarence McMurray) Various - Les Petits Mouchoirs (Bande Originale Du Film) (CD, Comp) Sony Music, Columbia 88697807112 France 2010 Sell This Version
none Clay McMurray - The Collection (5 Complete Albums) album art Alicia Keys If I Was Your Woman / Walk On By (as Clarence McMurray) and 1 more… Alicia Keys - The Collection (5 Complete Albums)(16xFile, AAC, Album, RE, 256 + 15xFile, AAC, Album) J Records, MBK Entertainment, MTV Music Television, Krucial Keys none 2011