Merry Clayton, a veteran backup singer who has worked with such music icons as Ray Charles, Carole King and the Rolling Stones, was seriously injured in a car crash, according to a statement on her website. According to the statement, Clayton, perhaps best known for her fiery vocals on the Stones' Gimme Shelter , sustained severe injuries to her lower body, including major trauma to her lower extremities" in a June 16 accident in Los Angeles. The statement noted, "The singer "has a long road of recovery ahead."