Gimme Shelter is by Pete Mitchell, and the conceit here is revealed in 69A: Last name for the starts of 17-,27-,46-,and 61-Across LEE.
So we get 17A: Rock, e.g. STANDUPCOMEDIAN
(And yes, Stan the Man Lee is having a big week; he was in yesterday's Sun puzzle too. Well, okay, it might have been Stan Musial, but it looked like Stan Lee to me.)
27A: 1992, to Queen Elizabeth II ANNUSHORRIBILIS. (Anybody else would have just said it was a bad year.)(Ann Lee was one of the founders of the "Shaking Quakers" or Shakers religion. At one time they had 6,000 members but they forbade any "sexual expression" whatsoever, so they didn't make any baby Shakers and it's kinda hard to recruit new members with those kind of rules. At last count they had 4 members.)
46A: City in upstate New York with horse racing SARATOGASPRINGS
(My sixth-grade teacher Miss Chewning was fanatical about the double-negative rule. She HATED Sara Lee's jingle "Everybody doesn't like something, but nobody doesn't like Sara Lee."
61A: 2003 film with the tagline "Feel the love" ANGERMANAGEMENT
"Eat, Drink, Man, Woman," is my favorite Ang Lee movie, but he also directed "Sense and Sensibility" and "Brokeback Mountain."
Even after I had figured out the theme and finished the puzzle I wasn't sure why it was called "Gimme Shelter." When I realized that it was because every themed entry gained a "Lee" and alee means away from the wind or toward shelter, I got a delayed chuckle out of it. Much
Some entries of note:
I found 4A: Essayist who wrote "Lawyers, I suppose, were children once" LAMB interesting, mainly because it seems the only time Charles Lamb comes up in a puzzle, it's just a reference to his pen name Elia, so it's kinda cool to actually hear from the man. In addition to the lawyer quip, Lamb also said:
" T'is sweet to think that where'er we rove
We are sure to find something blissful and dear;
And that when we 're far from the lips we love,
We 've but to make love to the lips we are near."
(which makes me think Lamb might want to sue Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Their "Love the One You're With" was a complete rip-off.)
He also wrote:
"The greatest pleasure I know, is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident." (Which is profoundly true)
"Asparagus inspires gentle thoughts." (Which isn't.)
39A: Noted dump truck manufacturer TONKA. Love those clues that take you unexpectedly back to childhood. 48D: Toy that'll give you a lot of bang for your buck (POPGUN) had much the same effect.
7D: Org. led by a Grand Exalted Ruler BPOE. That's the Elks Club, y'all, more formally known as the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
24D: Tea type OOLONG The word oolong means "black dragon" in Chinese, supposedly because the leaves resemble dragons awakening when hot water is poured on them.
45A: Question in a long-distance relationship MISSME.
This one took me unexpectedly back to my adolescence, where I had a couple of long distance relationships.
The trickiest entry in the puzzle for me was 40A: Trivial Pursuit piece. I had _IE and knew that it had to be PIE. I was still sure even though I couldn't make the intersecting LAPEN (32D: Heavy) make any sense. Finally by playing the alphabet bet I realized that you also need a DIE to play Trivial Pursuit and LADEN made a whole lot more sense than LAPEN.
A lot of great clues in this puzzle even for some pretty common entries 53D: They might yell at their privates and 62D: Like a fat mule both gave me an interesting visual and a mid-puzzle chuckle before I got SGTS and EEE.
And finally we have this clue 49A: Letter that resembles the "y" of Disney's signature PHI. Does it? Decide for yourself.