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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Writing & Arrangement

Clay McMurray - Stand By Me / You're Good Enough For Me album art Spyder Turner You're Good Enough For Me (as McMurray) Spyder Turner - Stand By Me / You're Good Enough For Me MGM Records UK 1967 Sell This Version
K13692 Clay McMurray - I Can't Make It Anymore / Don't Hold Back album art Spyder Turner Don't Hold Back (as McMurray) Spyder Turner - I Can't Make It Anymore / Don't Hold Back(7", Promo) MGM Records K13692 US 1967 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - Veil Of Mystery album art Lonette* Stop! (Don't Worry About It) (as McMurray) Lonette* - Veil Of Mystery (Single) M-S Records US 1968 Sell This Version
S 35072 Clay McMurray - On The Brighter Side Of A Blue World / I'm Gonna Carry On album art The Fantastic Four* I'm Gonna Carry On (as McMurray) The Fantastic Four* - On The Brighter Side Of A Blue World / I'm Gonna Carry On(7", Single) Soul S 35072 US 1969 Sell This Version
1C 054-90 716 Clay McMurray - Sugar 'n' Spice album art Martha Reeves & The Vandellas You're The Loser Now (as McMurray) Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Sugar 'n' Spice(LP, Album) Tamla Motown 1C 054-90 716 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
M-5111 Clay McMurray - I Don't Want To Do Wrong (No Quiero Equivocarme) / If I Were Your Woman (Fui Tu Mujer) album art Gladys Knight & The Pips* If I Were Your Woman = Fui Tu Mujer (as McMurray) Gladys Knight & The Pips* - I Don't Want To Do Wrong (No Quiero Equivocarme) / If I Were Your Woman (Fui Tu Mujer)(7", Single) Tamla Motown M-5111 Spain 1971 Sell This Version
STML 11192, IE 062 o 92614 Clay McMurray - The Return Of The Magnificent Seven album art The Supremes & The Four Tops* Where Would I Be Without You, Baby (as McMurray) The Supremes & The Four Tops* - The Return Of The Magnificent Seven(LP, Album) Tamla Motown, Tamla Motown STML 11192, IE 062 o 92614 UK 1971 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - Morning, Noon & The Nite-Liters album art The Nite-Liters If I Were Your Woman (as McMurray) The Nite-Liters - Morning, Noon & The Nite-Liters (Album) RCA Victor US 1971 Sell This Version
1C 006-91 967 M Clay McMurray - I Gotta Let You Go album art Martha Reeves And The Vandellas* You're The Loser Now (as McMurray) Martha Reeves And The Vandellas* - I Gotta Let You Go(7", Single, Mono) Tamla Motown 1C 006-91 967 M Germany 1971 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - Help Me Make It Through The Night album art Gladys Knight And The Pips If You Gonna Leave (Just Leave) (as McMurray) Gladys Knight And The Pips - Help Me Make It Through The Night (Single) Tamla Motown UK 1972 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - Walk With Me, Talk With Me, Darling album art Four Tops Walk With Me, Talk With Me, Darling (as McMurray) Four Tops - Walk With Me, Talk With Me, Darling (Single) Tamla Motown UK 1972 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - Reach Out And Touch (Somebody's Hand) album art The Supremes & Four Tops Where Would I Be Without You, Baby (as McMurray) The Supremes & Four Tops - Reach Out And Touch (Somebody's Hand) (Single) Tamla Motown UK & Europe 1972 Sell This Version
SF 8271 Clay McMurray - It's Different Now album art Clodagh Rodgers If I Were Your Woman (as McMurray) Clodagh Rodgers - It's Different Now(LP, Album) RCA Victor SF 8271 UK 1972 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - Anthology 1964-72 album art Four Tops Walk With Me, Talk With Me, Darling and 1 more… Four Tops - Anthology 1964-72 (Album, Comp) Tamla Motown, EMI Electrola Germany 1973 Sell This Version
DRA1011 Clay McMurray - Groovin' Out On Life album art Hopeton Lewis God Bless Whoever Sent You (as McMurray) Hopeton Lewis - Groovin' Out On Life(7") Dragon (2) DRA1011 UK 1973 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - Stop In The Name Of Love album art Donnie Elbert If You Were My Woman (as McMurray) Donnie Elbert - Stop In The Name Of Love (Album) Ariola Netherlands 1974 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - The Sounds Of Murphy Brown (Original Television Soundtrack Album) album art Various If I Were Your Woman (as McMurray) Various - The Sounds Of Murphy Brown (Original Television Soundtrack Album) (Comp) MCA Records US 1990 Sell This Version
544151-2, 544 151-2 Clay McMurray - Stephanie Mills The Collection album art Stephanie Mills If I Were Your Woman (as McMurray) Stephanie Mills - Stephanie Mills The Collection(CD, Comp) Spectrum Music (2), Spectrum Music (2) 544151-2, 544 151-2 UK 1999 Sell This Version
7243 5 22386 2 0 Clay McMurray - 20 Stompie Wompie Hits album art Little Pattie Mama's Little Baby (as McMurray) Little Pattie - 20 Stompie Wompie Hits(CD, Comp) EMI 7243 5 22386 2 0 Australia 2000 Sell This Version
TJETD 309 Clay McMurray - Trojan Motor City Reggae Box Set album art Various God Bless Whoever Sent You (as McMurray) Various - Trojan Motor City Reggae Box Set(3xCD, Comp + Box + Ltd) Trojan Records TJETD 309 UK 2006 Sell This Version
3727518 Clay McMurray - I Remember When  album art Kellylee Evans If I Was Your Woman (as McMurray) Kellylee Evans - I Remember When (CD, Album) Universal Music 3727518 Canada 2013 Sell This Version

Production

Clay McMurray - On The Brighter Side Of A Blue World / I'm Gonna Carry On album art The Fantastic Four* The Fantastic Four* - On The Brighter Side Of A Blue World / I'm Gonna Carry On (Single) Soul Canada 1969 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - River Deep - Mountain High album art The Supremes And Four Tops It's Got To Be A Miracle (This Thing Called Love) (as McMurray) The Supremes And Four Tops - River Deep - Mountain High (Single) Tamla Motown UK 1971 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - All I Need Is Time album art Gladys Knight & The Pips* Gladys Knight & The Pips* - All I Need Is Time (Album) Tamla Motown, Tamla Motown UK 1974 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - Try Something / A Change Is Got To Come album art Swiss Movement Swiss Movement - Try Something / A Change Is Got To Come (Single) Casablanca US 1974 Sell This Version