Little Clydie & The Teens (1) (Los Angeles)
1956 - A Casual Look / Oh Me (RPM 462)
Clydie King, a singer who started recording at the age of 13, and progressed to become one of the most in demand singers of the LA music scene. Clydie Mae Crittendon was born in Dallas, Texas, on August 21, 1943. She is generally thought a backing singer, but in fact has made many records of her own, some of them a surprisingly long time ago. She made her first, ‘A Casual Look’ b/w ‘Oh Me’, in the mid-1950s in Memphis, for the Bihari Brothers’ label RPM, billed as by Little Clydie King & The Teens. Soon afterwards, credited as Clydie King, she made two singles on Speciality. She even did a stint with Don Julian's Meadowlarks.
Clydie King & the Sweet Things
In early 1962, with Sherlie Matthews, she made three further singles for Philips as Clydie King & the Sweet Things. Later, Clydie King & Sherlie Matthews was part of Bonnie & The Treasures, The Blackberries… Clydie was a member of Ray Charles' Raeletts for three years and contributed to early 1960s recordings by producer Phil Spector. But it was a number of mid 60's singles on Imperial that were to be the highmark of her solo career. Done at Gold Star with most of the 'Wrecking Crew', 'Missin' My Baby' is one of the best records to come out of LA during this time....with No apology to Phil Spector.Clydie went on to sing with a who who's of music superstars....Dylan, Rolling Stones, Streisand, but Pookie will always Think of Clydie with the sound of this one.
Oh Me A Casual Look