Clay 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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Vocals

MCA 2273, MCA-2273 Clay McMurray - Karen Pree album art Karen Pree Karen Pree - Karen Pree(LP, Album) MCA Records, MCA Records MCA 2273, MCA-2273 US 1977 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

MCA 2273, MCA-2273 Clay McMurray - Karen Pree album art Karen Pree Karen Pree - Karen Pree(LP, Album) MCA Records, MCA Records MCA 2273, MCA-2273 US 1977 Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

Clay McMurray - I Gotta Let You Go / You're The Loser Now album art Martha Reeves & The Vandellas You're The Loser Now Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - I Gotta Let You Go / You're The Loser Now (Single) Gordy US 1970 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - Naturally Together album art The Originals A Man Without Love and 6 more… The Originals - Naturally Together (Album) Soul, Soul US 1970 Sell This Version
45-6840 Clay McMurray - Everybody's Got To Believe In Somebody album art Dede Warwicke* Signed Dede Dede Warwicke* - Everybody's Got To Believe In Somebody(7") Atco Records 45-6840 US 1971 Sell This Version
TMS 388 Clay McMurray - Help Me Make It Through The Night / Make Me The Woman That You Go Home To album art Gladys Knight And The Pips Make Me The Woman That You Go Home To Gladys Knight And The Pips - Help Me Make It Through The Night / Make Me The Woman That You Go Home To(7", Single) Tamla Motown TMS 388 South Africa 1971 Sell This Version
G 7122F Clay McMurray - Girl You're Alright album art The Undisputed Truth* Girl You're Alright The Undisputed Truth* - Girl You're Alright(7", Single) Gordy G 7122F US 1972 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - Renaissance album art The Miracles Nowhere To Go The Miracles - Renaissance (Album) Tamla Spain 1973 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - Message To The Ghetto / I'm So Glad album art Prime Cut Prime Cut - Message To The Ghetto / I'm So Glad Polydor, Polydor US 1973 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - Anthology album art Gladys Knight And The Pips Make Me The Woman That You Go Home To and 1 more… Gladys Knight And The Pips - Anthology (Comp) Motown, Motown US 1973 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - All I Need Is Time album art Gladys Knight And The Pips Here I Am Again and 1 more… Gladys Knight And The Pips - All I Need Is Time (Album) Soul New Zealand 1973 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - Law Of The Land album art Undisputed Truth (2) Girl You're Alright Undisputed Truth (2) - Law Of The Land (Album) Gordy Germany 1973 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - Come Into My Life album art Jermaine Jackson I Need You More Now Than Ever Jermaine Jackson - Come Into My Life (Album) Motown, Motown US 1973 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - Knight Time album art Gladys Knight & The Pips* Master Of My Mind Gladys Knight & The Pips* - Knight Time (Album) Soul Singapore, Malaysia & Hong Kong 1974 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - Hey Pearl / Message To The Ghetto album art The Prime Cut* Hey Pearl The Prime Cut* - Hey Pearl / Message To The Ghetto Shadybrook Records US 1974 Sell This Version
TMC 5272 Clay McMurray - The Best Of - Incredibly Motown album art Gladys Knight And The Pips Masters Of My Mind and 1 more… Gladys Knight And The Pips - The Best Of - Incredibly Motown(LP, Comp) Tamla Motown TMC 5272 South Africa 1974 Sell This Version
5C 180-96014/15 Clay McMurray - Motown Gold Volume 4: 1970 album art Various If I Were Your Woman Various - Motown Gold Volume 4: 1970(2xLP, Comp) Tamla Motown 5C 180-96014/15 Netherlands 1975 Sell This Version
IS 046 Clay McMurray - Down And Out album art The Lovemakers (3) The Lovemakers (3) - Down And Out(7", Promo) Island Records IS 046 US 1975 Sell This Version
KE 33937 Clay McMurray - This Is Patricia Dahlquist album art Patricia Dahlquist Then We Can Try Again Patricia Dahlquist - This Is Patricia Dahlquist(LP, Album) Epic KE 33937 Canada 1975 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - Lady's Choice album art Bonnie Bramlett If I Were Your Woman Bonnie Bramlett - Lady's Choice (Album) Capricorn Records South Africa 1976 Sell This Version
MCA-2272 Clay McMurray - And North South East album art Ricky West Bad, Bad Leroy Brown Ricky West - And North South East(LP, Album) MCA Records MCA-2272 US 1977 Sell This Version
M-881P1 Clay McMurray - Motown's Preferred Stock - Stock Option No. 1 album art Various If I Were Your Woman Various - Motown's Preferred Stock - Stock Option No. 1(LP, Comp) Motown M-881P1 Canada 1977 Sell This Version
MCA 2273, MCA-2273 Clay McMurray - Karen Pree album art Karen Pree I'll Make Your Living Worth While and 4 more… Karen Pree - Karen Pree(LP, Album) MCA Records, MCA Records MCA 2273, MCA-2273 US 1977 Sell This Version
Clay McMurray - What Is This Life / You Are To Me album art Allean Varnado / Margie Evans What Is This Life Allean Varnado / Margie Evans - What Is This Life / You Are To Me ICA Recording Group US 1979 Sell This Version
STML 12122, 0C 062 63 055 Clay McMurray - 20 Golden Greats album art Gladys Knight And The Pips Make Me The Woman That You Go Home To and 1 more… Gladys Knight And The Pips - 20 Golden Greats(LP, Comp) Tamla Motown, Tamla Motown STML 12122, 0C 062 63 055 UK 1979 Sell This Version