Me and Roy
About Roy, myself, and this site…
My name is Guy Merritt and I met Roy Clayborne in Houston, Texas in 1982 (actually, I need to check some records – it could have been 1983). All I can tell you is this: Roy Clayborne was bigger than life. When he walked into a room, or, a casino people stopped what they were doing and looked – and looked some more. He had an extraordinary presence. It’s difficult to describe. To use a phrase that Roy used virtually all the time, “you just had to be there” to really understand it…
One evening, at a nightclub overflowing with Roy Clayborne fans, I became his piano player after sitting in and playing one of his shows (that’s a crazy story, itself – more about that, later).
I actually started playing keyboards (organ and piano) professionally when I was only fourteen-years old. I’ve worked with a lot of great singers and front people. But in my life Roy Clayborne was the most extraordinary entertainer, and, the biggest character I’ve ever known…..
I’m getting older, now, and I am becoming more and more reflective. I think a lot about my own mortality (I’ve been having some health issues) and I often think of the fun I had working with Roy – it was one of the greatest times of my life. So this site is both a tribute, and, a thank you.
Roy told me, on numerous occasions, that I was the best piano player he’d ever had – I can’t tell you how much that meant to me. I loved his talent and I loved the man like a brother.