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Best guest backing vocals in rock/pop/rap/whatevs music

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by dooley_womack1, May 4, 2010.

  1. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    This came to mind when I had read that Mick Jagger had backing vocals on You're So Vain by Carly Simon. Finally noticed where his voice was when I listened to the song on my iPod today. His part is subtle, but does a good job of adding a bit of bite and weight to Simon's voice. A couple of other examples I can think of:

    --The Hummingbirds on Loves Me Like a Rock by Paul Simon. Very lively call-and-respond vibe going on.
    --Aimee Mann on Time Standstill by Rush. Added a little passion to the song, marking the first time a lot of Rush fans heard a woman making sounds of passion.[/blue]
  2. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    Bryan Adams on "Don't Forget Me When I'm Gone" by Glass Tiger.
  3. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Michael McDonald provided a nice mellow counterpoint to Kenny Loggins' bounciness in This Is It
  4. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    He was also memorable in "Ride Like the Wind" by Chris Cross.

    As opposed to Kris Kross. :)
  5. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Merry Clayton in "Gimme Shelter," the Rolling Stones.

    Sandy Denny in "The Battle of Evermore," Led Zeppelin.

    Mick Jagger/Keith Richard, "All You Need Is Love," the Beatles
    John Lennon/Paul McCartney, "We Love You," the Rolling Stones
    (Recorded less than 10 days apart)
  6. CHETtheJET

    CHETtheJET Member

    U2...Johnny Cash, "The Wanderer"....
  7. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Stevie Nicks in <fill in late 70s song>.

    ADD: Michael McDonald was damn near as ubiquitous.
  8. Shannon Hoon on "Don't Cry."
  9. farmerjerome

    farmerjerome Active Member

    I think that's the the gold standard.
  10. Corky Ramirez up on 94th St.

    Corky Ramirez up on 94th St. Well-Known Member

    Let's be honest: If Michael Jackson is not doing the background vocal to Rockwell's "Somebody's Watching Me," that song does not become a hit.

    And while it's not singing, I just found out James Taylor was playing the banjo on Neil Young's "Old Man." Seems like there was a lot of collaboration between the singer/songwriters in the 70s.
  11. misterbc

    misterbc Member

    Donovan (Leitch) on Alice Cooper's "Billion Dollar Babies"
  12. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    It also helped that Rockwell was Berry Gordy's son.

    Here's a few off the top of my head:

    Clare Torry on Pink Floyd's "The Great Gig in the Sky"

    Carolyn and Erma Franklin (Aretha's sisters) on "Respect" (Carolyn was also on "Think")

    James Gilstrap and Lani Groves on the first four lines of Stevie Wonder's "You Are the Sunshine of My Life"

    Margie Hendricks on several Ray Charles songs, but most notably on "Night Time is the Right Time"

    And I don't know if this really counts, but Merle Haggard's one verse on "The Ballad of Pancho and Lefty" is a killer.
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