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Dung Beetle
01-24-2008, 03:37 PM
In memory of John Stewart ("Gold" with backup singer Stevie Nicks)

My daughter and I were listing some of these songs the other night, and I thought it would make an interesting thread, so here it is.

A few examples to start the ball rolling:
Games Without Frontiers (Kate Bush)
Bad Blood (Elton John)
Money For Nothing (Sting)

Troy McClure SF
01-24-2008, 03:41 PM
Aaliyah sang behind Notorious BIG on "One More Chance."

Octalcode
01-24-2008, 03:43 PM
You're so Vain (Mick Jagger)
Walk Away Renee (Steven Tyler)

OneCentStamp
01-24-2008, 03:43 PM
How about some 80s? :cool:

Rockwell (1980s two hit wonder with "Someone's Watching Me" and "Obscene Phone Caller") has Michael Jackson singing backup on both songs.

Stevie Wonder's 1980s hit "Part Time Love" had Luther Vandross on backup.

Glass Tiger's one hit "Don't Forget Me When I'm Gone" featured Bryan Adams showing some Canadian solidarity.

As did Rush's "Time Stand Still," featuring Aimee Mann of 'Til Tuesday.

Crotalus
01-24-2008, 03:43 PM
Most or all of the Eagles played and sang on Randy Newman's album Little Criminals, which included his hit Short People.

Troy McClure SF
01-24-2008, 03:44 PM
Walk Away Renee (Steven Tyler)
He does sing a verse himself in one version, but Tyler backed up Pink on "Misery."

It's Not Rocket Surgery!
01-24-2008, 03:46 PM
"Galileo" by the Indigo Girls features Jackson Browne on backing vocals.

Their song "Kid Fears" features Michael Stipe, but he's more prominent than backup vocals.

RealityChuck
01-24-2008, 04:09 PM
Katey Sagal (best known as Kate Bundy and the voice of Leela on Futurama) started as a backup singer, for Bette Midler and others (http://www.bundyology.com/ks.html):

Some specific examples of her back-up work:
On Gene Simmons' 1978 album "Gene Simmons" (the Kiss bassist) she's credited as "Kate Sagall"
On Molly Hatchet's 1981 album "Take no Prisoners" she's credited as "Katy Sagal"
On Bette Midler's 1983 album "No Frills", she's credited as "Katie Sagal" for the song "Soda and a Souvenir"
On Olivia Newton-John's 1985 album "Soul Kiss"

John Lennon sang backup on Elton John's version of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds."

astorian
01-24-2008, 04:09 PM
Neil Young's "Heart of Gold" had Linda Ronstadt on backing vocals.

storyteller0910
01-24-2008, 04:14 PM
Phil Collins sings backup on the Eric Clapton song "Bad Love" (and is also the drummer), and also sings backup on the David Crosby song "Hero."

Shot Clock
01-24-2008, 04:17 PM
Ronnie Spector famously added vocals to Eddie Money's Take Me Home Tonight.

How's 'bout David Crosby showing up on Hold My Hand by Hootie and the Blowfish.

Wee Bairn
01-24-2008, 04:18 PM
Magnet & Steel- Stevie Nicks
Sentimental Lady- Christine McVie

Shoeless
01-24-2008, 04:30 PM
I wouldn't consider her a backup singer, but Ellen Foley sang the female vocals on Meatloaf's "Paradise By The Dashboard Light." She went on to later, greater (?) fame as the public defender in the first few seasons of "Night Court".

Earl Snake-Hips Tucker
01-24-2008, 04:38 PM
Lou Rawls can easily be heard in Sam Cooke's "Bring it on Home to Me."
Linda Ronstadt backs up Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in "American Dream."

Skywatcher
01-24-2008, 04:45 PM
The Big Bopper on Johnny Preston's "Running Bear", which he also wrote.

GrandWino
01-24-2008, 04:45 PM
On "If I had a Million Dollars" by Barenaked Ladies, there are back-up vocals sung by several Canadian musicians and friends of the band including Moxy Fruvous (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moxy_Fr%C3%BCvous), and Rheostatics (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rheostatics).

AndyPolley
01-24-2008, 04:46 PM
Blind Melon's Shannon Hoon was a strange choice to sing back-up on the Guns & Roses hit "Don't You Cry."

I suppose we could debate the famous-ness of Hoon, but there ya go.

kunilou
01-24-2008, 04:47 PM
Olivia Newton John backed John Denver on "Fly Away."

JKellyMap
01-24-2008, 04:48 PM
Neil Young's "Heart of Gold" had Linda Ronstadt on backing vocals.

And James Taylor, IIRC.

silenus
01-24-2008, 04:50 PM
Jimmy Buffett, among others, sang backup of the Eagles' "The Greeks Don't Want No Freaks."

BMax
01-24-2008, 04:51 PM
Dolly Parton provided backing vocals for Eric Clapton's Lay Down Sally, and Steven Tyler pitched in on Run DMC's cover of Walk This Way.

Annie-Xmas
01-24-2008, 04:52 PM
There's always been a rumor that porn star Ron Jeremy is in some of the backing choruses of the movie "Jesus Christ Superstar"

PunditLisa
01-24-2008, 05:08 PM
Timothy B. Schmid backs up Vince Gill on Gill's cover of "I Can't Tell You Why."

Patty Lovelass & Ricky Skaggs sang back up on Gill's "Go Rest High on The Mountain."

Don Henley backed Trisha Yearwood on "Walkaway Joe."

Least Original User Name Ever
01-24-2008, 05:13 PM
How about some 80s? :cool:

Rockwell (1980s two hit wonder with "Someone's Watching Me" and "Obscene Phone Caller") has Michael Jackson singing backup on both songs.

Stevie Wonder's 1980s hit "Part Time Love" had Luther Vandross on backup.

Glass Tiger's one hit "Don't Forget Me When I'm Gone" featured Bryan Adams showing some Canadian solidarity.

As did Rush's "Time Stand Still," featuring Aimee Mann of 'Til Tuesday.


I came in here to mention Rockwell.

Damn.

Cluricaun
01-24-2008, 05:17 PM
Blind Melon's Shannon Hoon was a strange choice to sing back-up on the Guns & Roses hit "Don't You Cry."

I suppose we could debate the famous-ness of Hoon, but there ya go.


Not that strange, Hoon and Axl Rose are from Layfayette Indiana and are only 5 years different in age.

Astroboy14
01-24-2008, 05:21 PM
Toni Tennille sang back ups on Pink Floyd's The Wall (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wall). As did Brian Wilson.

Geek Mecha
01-24-2008, 05:22 PM
New Kids on the Block sang backup for Tommy Page in "I'll Be Your Everything."
Mariah Carey used to be a backup singer for Brenda K. Starr.
George Michael sang backup for Deon Estus in "Heaven Help Me."

Tool of the Conspiracy
01-24-2008, 05:30 PM
John Lennon sang backup on David Bowie's "Fame".

Cluricaun
01-24-2008, 05:32 PM
Not that strange, Hoon and Axl Rose are from Layfayette Indiana and are only 5 years different in age.


According to Hoon's Wiki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shannon_Hoon) entry:

"In L.A., Hoon befriended his sister Anna's high school friend, Axl Rose" So there you go, not too weird at all.

stanger
01-24-2008, 05:36 PM
"Lion In The Winter" by Hoyt Axton (a great song, by the way) had Linda Ronstat on backing vocals.

Max Torque
01-24-2008, 05:45 PM
Okay, here's a really obscure one: in the 1982 song by Frida (formerly of the group ABBA), "I Know There's Something Going On," Phil Collins plays drums and sings backup. You can single out his voice if you listen closely.

Rhythmdvl
01-24-2008, 05:59 PM
Doesn't Bowie do some of the backing vocals for Mott The Hoople's All the Young Dudes?

xanthous
01-24-2008, 06:04 PM
Luther Vandross sang backup on David Bowie's Young Americans. It was his big break.

Wee Bairn
01-24-2008, 06:08 PM
A couple of the Beach Boys are very noticeable on Chicago's "Wishin you Were Here".

Biffy the Elephant Shrew
01-24-2008, 06:08 PM
Leonard Cohen's "Don't Go Home with Your Hard-On" has Bob Dylan (and Allen Ginsburg) in the chorus.

cochrane
01-24-2008, 06:25 PM
Sting on Dire Straits' "Money For Nothing."

Ray Charles duetted with Billy Joel on "Baby Grand."

Tom Petty's "Full Moon Fever" album had vocals from some of his fellow Traveling Wilburys: George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Roy Orbison. This album has often been referred to as "Traveling Wilburys, Vol. 2" because of this.

Biffy the Elephant Shrew
01-24-2008, 07:04 PM
John Lennon & Paul McCartney sing backup on the Rolling Stones' "We Love You."

Tina Turner with the Ikettes sing backup on several Frank Zappa songs on the Over-Nite Sensation and Apostrophe albums.

The Real Thing
01-24-2008, 07:38 PM
Neil Young's 1995 album Mirrorball features Pearl Jam as backup band, with Eddie Vedder providing some vocals.

monstro
01-24-2008, 07:51 PM
Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is" featured Jennifer Holliday (of the original Dreamgirls fame) singing back vocals.

Nawth Chucka
01-24-2008, 07:57 PM
Dolly Parton provided backing vocals for Eric Clapton's Lay Down Sally, and Steven Tyler pitched in on Run DMC's cover of Walk This Way.

Dolly also backed Faith Hill on 'Breathe'. You can hear her best in the line, "In a way I know my heart is waking up..."

Barrington
01-24-2008, 08:05 PM
Pretty much any big-budget 70s-80s album produced by Quincy Jones has already-famous singers doing backing vocals on some tracks. Michael Jackson, Roberta Flack, James Ingram, Chaka Khan, to name a few. And that's without mentioning instrumentalists.

It was quite incestuous in a way. And yet, to find out they were there, you pretty much had to scrutinise the personnel lists on the sleeve.

HMS Irruncible
01-24-2008, 08:12 PM
David Bowie on Queen's "Under Pressure" beats the balls of anything mentioned so far.

Not actually backup singing in the strictest sense, but Stevie Wonder did the harmonica work on Chaka Khan's "I Feel For You", which was really the only memorable aspect of the song aside from the dude rapping about what he wanted to do to Chaka Khan.

Joe Jackson sang with William Shatner in 2004 on the song "Common People". I have no idea who was backing up whom and I do not care to speculate on it.

Hippy Hollow
01-24-2008, 08:33 PM
David Bowie on Queen's "Under Pressure" beats the balls of anything mentioned so far.
But that track is credited to Queen + David Bowie... further, he sings lead in part of the song.

Sandie Shaw recorded a version of The Smiths' "Jeanne," with S.P. Morrissey contributing backing vocals.

Oleta Adams ("Get Here") was a backup singer for Tears for Fears.

Lenny Kravitz sang backup for Sheryl Crow on the track "You're An Original."

Don Henley sang backup for Ms. Crow on "It's So Easy."

The lead singer of The Shins sings backup on at least two tracks on the most recent Modest Mouse album: "We've Got Everything" and "Florida."

longhair75
01-24-2008, 09:03 PM
James Taylor sings harmony with Carole King on "Will you still love me tomorrow?"

Savannah
01-24-2008, 09:21 PM
"Lion In The Winter" by Hoyt Axton (a great song, by the way) had Linda Ronstadt on backing vocals. I'm shaking my head. Once again, a record I thought I had the only extant copy of, and was the only fan of, shows up in another Doper's collection/awareness.

As an aside, the lovely Linda Ronstadt shows up on a lot of records--er, recordings. She sings on Paul Simon's "Under African Skies" for one. Which is probably mentioned up-thread, but I haven't read it all yet.

pulykamell
01-24-2008, 09:31 PM
Walk Away Renee (Steven Tyler)

Are you sure about this? While there are a number of web references that do cite this, I found a few more that say this is a factoid and Steven Tyler never did, in fact, sing backup on this song.

Adding credence to that is this list of Steven Tyler's recording appearances (http://www.rockthisway.de/discography/appearances_tyler.htm) outside Aerosmith.

The only Left Banke songs I see him credited for are:

"Nice to See You"
"My Friend Today"
"Dark is the Bark"

FaerieBeth
01-24-2008, 09:38 PM
Don Henley backed Trisha Yearwood on "Walkaway Joe."
And Trisha Yearwood was a backup singer for Garth Brooks.

Turek
01-24-2008, 09:41 PM
Michael McDonald sang backup on several of Steely Dan's songs, notably "Peg."

neutron star
01-24-2008, 09:47 PM
Glass Tiger's one hit "Don't Forget Me When I'm Gone" featured Bryan Adams showing some Canadian solidarity.

As did Rush's "Time Stand Still," featuring Aimee Mann of 'Til Tuesday.

Nitpick: Aimee Mann is from Virginia, not Canada.

RikWriter
01-24-2008, 09:59 PM
Peter Cetera of Chicago sang backup on Paul Anka's "Hold Me TIll the Morning Comes."

jainsafel
01-24-2008, 09:59 PM
A couple more:

Dave Matthews Band's "Spoon" - Alanis Morissette.
Tori Amos' "Past the Mission" - Trent Reznor.

monstro
01-24-2008, 10:00 PM
Lenny Kravitz did the "ooh ooohs" in Madonna's "Justify My Love".

Little Nemo
01-24-2008, 10:53 PM
There's always been a rumor that porn star Ron Jeremy is in some of the backing choruses of the movie "Jesus Christ Superstar"I think that may be a case of somebody half-remembering the facts. Philip Toubus, who played Peter in the movie, never again had a major role in a mainstream film. He began doing x-rated movies under the name Paul Thomas.

There's been a long standing rumor that Ron Jeremy (aka Ron Hyatt) was also in the movie. Unlike Toubas he was not one of the featured cast; he supposedly was an uncredited extra in the crowd scenes. It's almost certainly not true; Jesus Christ Superstar was filmed in 1973, when Jeremy was still in college getting his teaching degree.

MadPansy64
01-24-2008, 10:54 PM
Trisha Yearwood sang harmony on Emmylou Harris' "Thanks to You."

Miss Yearwood seems to enjoys singing backup.

kelly5078
01-25-2008, 12:06 AM
The Eagles seem to be all over the place. Three of them, I think Henley, Frey, and Schmit, are on Bob Seger's "Fire Lake."

stanger
01-25-2008, 12:50 AM
"Lion In The Winter" by Hoyt Axton (a great song, by the way) had Linda Ronstat on backing vocals.

I'm shaking my head. Once again, a record I thought I had the only extant copy of, and was the only fan of, shows up in another Doper's collection/awareness.

As an aside, the lovely Linda Ronstadt shows up on a lot of records--er, recordings. She sings on Paul Simon's "Under African Skies" for one. Which is probably mentioned up-thread, but I haven't read it all yet.

I have the original 45 somewhere. Love this song. Hoyt Axton may have been a better songwriter than a singer, but he suits this song well. Linda's backing vocals just make it really special.

Biffy the Elephant Shrew
01-25-2008, 12:55 AM
On David Bowie's "Sound and Vision": Mary Hopkin (credited under her married name of Visconti)

On Elvis Costello's "The Only Flame in Town": Daryl Hall

Critical1
01-25-2008, 05:10 AM
Betty Davis, on much of her self titled album had the Pointer Sisters on backing vocals. (among a ton of incredible talent on that album)

heres a myspace link, note it has sort of embeded sound, it will play one of her tracks when you click but you can listen to up to 4 songs of hers from the link

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=110990778


I was going to mention Michael McDonald and Steely Dan but someone beat me to it :(

mamboman
01-25-2008, 06:13 AM
Dusty Springfield sang backing vocals on Elton John's "The Bitch is Back"

The great John Prine sings back-up on Nanci Griffiths's version of his song "The Speed of The Sound of Lonliness"

Bruce Springsteen sings back up (and plays some demented guitar) on Warren Zevon's "Disorder in the House"

Only Mostly Dead
01-25-2008, 06:37 AM
Trisha Yearwood sang harmony on Emmylou Harris' "Thanks to You."

Miss Yearwood seems to enjoys singing backup.
So does Ms. Emmylou.

She produced the outstanding Gram Parsons cover/tribute album Return of the Grievous Angel, and sang backup on at least three tracks.

She also sang backup that just takes Ryan Adams' "Oh My Sweet Carolina" from a great song to heartbreaking sweetness.

Annie-Xmas
01-25-2008, 08:05 AM
Kinky Friedman's "They Ain't Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore" features Willie Nelson & Waylon Jennings as backup singers.

Octalcode
01-25-2008, 09:15 AM
Are you sure about this? While there are a number of web references that do cite this, I found a few more that say this is a factoid and Steven Tyler never did, in fact, sing backup on this song.

Adding credence to that is this list of Steven Tyler's recording appearances (http://www.rockthisway.de/discography/appearances_tyler.htm) outside Aerosmith.

The only Left Banke songs I see him credited for are:

"Nice to See You"
"My Friend Today"
"Dark is the Bark"

I'm never sure about anything.... Are you sure about this? While there are a number of web references that do cite this

Ludovic
01-25-2008, 09:33 AM
Philip Toubus, who played Peter in the movieHuhuhuhuh.

carlb
01-25-2008, 10:30 AM
John Prine's album The Missing Years has backing vocals by Bruce Springsteen (on Take a Look at my Heart), Bonnie Raitt (Unlonely), Tom Petty (Picture Show), and Phil Everly (You Got Gold)

Eric Clapton's Journeyman album had backing vocals by Chaka Khan (Pretending, No Alibis), Daryl Hall (No Alibis), and George Harrison (Run So Far)

Vince Gill shows up in a lot of songs as a backing vocalist, none of which I can remember off the top of my head of course. But, if there's a high tenor voice in the background, there's a good chance it's him.

Sean Factotum
01-25-2008, 11:05 AM
John Lennon sang backup on Elton John's version of "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds."
Elton John sings backing vocals on Lennon's "Whatever Gets You Through The Night"

Doesn't Bowie do some of the backing vocals for Mott The Hoople's All the Young Dudes? I don't think so. He did write the song for them because he didn't want them doing one of the songs from Ziggy Stardust ("Suffragette City"?)

Joe Jackson sang with William Shatner in 2004 on the song "Common People". I have no idea who was backing up whom and I do not care to speculate on it. It was Shatner's album, so Jackson was singing back-up on that song. Ben Folds produced it, and sings back-up on it also (along with several other songs).

Folds and Shatner also worked together on the Fear Of Pop, Vol. I project - Shatner was a guest vocalist on "In Love" and "Still In Love", with Folds singing back-up.

Phil Everly (or is it Don? I can never remember) sings on Warren Zevon's "Hasten Down The Wind" He sounds like Linda Ronstadt, who originally recorded it, on it.

Darryl Hannah (the actress) sings back-up on Clarence Clemon's and Jackson Brown's "You're A Friend Of Mine".

Bruce Springsteen also shows up for a stanza of Lou Reed's "Street Hassle".

Elendil's Heir
01-25-2008, 11:26 AM
James Taylor sang backup for his then-wife Carly Simon in "Mockingbird" (more of a duet, actually, I suppose), and for his pal Steve Winwood in "Back in the High Life." And Chaka Khan sang backup in Winwood's "Higher Love."

Sean Factotum
01-25-2008, 11:28 AM
Michael Stipe joined 10,000 Maniacs onstage for a live recording of "To Sire With Love".

ArizonaTeach
01-25-2008, 11:31 AM
Phil Collins sings backup on the Eric Clapton song "Bad Love" (and is also the drummer), and also sings backup on the David Crosby song "Hero."Which, if I'm remembering correctly, was balanced out by Crosby singing backup on "Another Day in Paradise." For that matter, Sting and Peter Gabriel sang backup for "Take Me Home."

Shoeless
01-25-2008, 12:02 PM
Bruce Springsteen sings back up (and plays some demented guitar) on Warren Zevon's "Disorder in the House"
Yeah, on Zevon's last album "The Wind" there were a lot of guest artists. The ones that come to mind are Dwight Yoakam and Billy Bob Thornton on "Dirty Life and Times" and Tom Petty on "The Rest of the Night".

Valgard
01-25-2008, 12:11 PM
Per pulykamell's link, Steven Tyler did backing work on Motley Crue's "Dr. Feelgood" album, along with some of the guys from Cheap Trick.

WordMan
01-25-2008, 12:30 PM
A couple I can add:

- Elvis Costello and Paul Young are the backing vocalists for Squeeze's Black Coffee in Bed

- Bruce Springsteen duets and backs up with Mike Ness of Social Distortion, on his solo CD Solitaire(?) - the track Misery Loves Company...

Sean Factotum
01-25-2008, 12:56 PM
A couple I can add:

- Elvis Costello and Paul Young are the backing vocalists for Squeeze's Black Coffee in Bed
And didn't Costello do the backing vocals on "Tempted," too?

WordMan
01-25-2008, 01:06 PM
And didn't Costello do the backing vocals on "Tempted," too?


Yep - and according to this site (http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_20050114/ai_n9695529) produced the track and arranged it, too - ultimately swapping out Squeeze vocalist Glenn Tilbrook for then-keyboardist Paul Carrack.

Robot Arm
01-25-2008, 01:09 PM
Well, there's the Roy Orbison concert that the local PBS station plays during every pledge drive.

Backup vocals were k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt and Jennifer Warnes.

Oh, and the band included Jackson Browne, T-Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Waits.

AskNott
01-25-2008, 01:27 PM
I could bore you with a lot more. I love to read the liner notes, to see what wonderful players and singers get to work on their friends' tracks.

Turek
01-25-2008, 02:33 PM
James Taylor sang backup for his then-wife Carly Simon in "Mockingbird" (more of a duet, actually, I suppose...

She did him a solid singing backup on "How Sweet It Is."


...and for his pal Steve Winwood in "Back in the High Life." "

And Joe Walsh played slide guitar on "Freedom Overspill" from that same album.

bryanmaguire
01-25-2008, 03:47 PM
Dolly Parton provided backing vocals for Eric Clapton's Lay Down Sally, and Steven Tyler pitched in on Run DMC's cover of Walk This Way.

Wasnt it his regular backup singer marcy levy singing on that? she also cowrote the song.

LilShieste
01-25-2008, 04:00 PM
John McCrea (the lead singer of Cake) does the backup vocals on "Fred Jones Pt. 2" by Ben Folds.

When I first heard the song I kept thinking, "Why does that voice sound so familiar?"

Wee Bairn
01-25-2008, 04:09 PM
Wasnt it his regular backup singer marcy levy singing on that? she also cowrote the song.


I believe you are correct- Marcy Levy and Yvonne Elliman are the only background singers listed for the album.

bordelond
01-25-2008, 04:14 PM
Michael McDonald also backed up Christopher Cross on "Ride Like the Wind", and (IIRC) Kenny Loggins on "This Is It".

Geek Mecha
01-25-2008, 04:50 PM
Michael Stipe joined 10,000 Maniacs onstage for a live recording of "To Sire With Love".
I suppose that is the best way to sire someone. :D Although that's more of a duet than just singing backup.

DfrntBreign
01-25-2008, 06:09 PM
Sandy Denny (Fairport Convention) sang on Led Zepplin's "The Battle Of Evermore".

Michael McDonald sang on Little Feat's "Red Streamliner". Linda Rondstadt sang on their live (Waiting For Columbus) version of "All That You Dream".

Sting did some spoken word stuff on Miles Davis' "You're Under Arrest".

pepperlandgirl
01-25-2008, 06:55 PM
Natalie Merchant sings back-up on several of Billy Bragg's tracks on Mermaid Avenue Vol 1 & 2. She also takes the lead on one song per album.

Ají de Gallina
01-25-2008, 06:59 PM
Kate Pierson (B-52's) did backup for REM in Shiny Happy People

Paulina Rubio and Julieta Venegas did backup for Coti's "Nada fue un Error". As singers they were far more famous, he was known as a composer.

cochrane
01-25-2008, 07:08 PM
Toni Tennille sang back ups on Pink Floyd's The Wall (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wall). As did Brian Wilson.
They also sang backup on Elton John's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," along with Bruce Johnston. This was before the Captain and Tennille became famous, but Toni Tennille and her husband Daryl Dragon (The Captain) were in demand as session musicians and singers and toured with the Beach Boys for a good length of time.

Cher started as a session singer in the early 60's for Phil Spector. Some of the songs she sang backup vocals on were "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" by the Righteous Brothers, "Da Do Ron Ron" by the Crystals, and The Ronettes' "Be My Baby."

silenus
01-25-2008, 08:34 PM
It's cheating, but on this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emQbbq0geP8) version of "He Thinks He'll Keep Her" Mary Chapin Carpenter is backed by Emmylou Harris, Kathy Mattea, Trisha Yearwood, Suzy Bogguss, Patty Loveless and Pam Tillis.

MadPansy64
01-25-2008, 08:49 PM
It's cheating, but on this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emQbbq0geP8) version of "He Thinks He'll Keep Her" Mary Chapin Carpenter is backed by Emmylou Harris, Kathy Mattea, Trisha Yearwood, Suzy Bogguss, Patty Loveless and Pam Tillis.
It's a Girl Country Singer Conspiracy! :D

Elendil's Heir
01-25-2008, 11:49 PM
Olivia Newton John was an uncredited but prominent backup singer in John Denver's "Fly Away."

Hippy Hollow
01-25-2008, 11:51 PM
Darryl Hall sang backup vocals on INXS' "Burn For You."

Pepsi and Shirlie (British pop duo) were originally Wham!'s backup singers.

Mick Jagger sang backup vocals on Living Colour's "Glamour Boys."

Chaka Khan sang backup for Steve Winwood on "Higher Love."

Kirsty MacColl sang background vox on Morrissey's "Interesting Drug."

Chrissie Hynde sang backup on INXS' "Full Moon, Dirty Hearts."

cochrane
01-26-2008, 01:45 AM
On Gary U.S. Bonds' song "This Little Girl," the musicians were some band from New Jersey called the E Street Band and a guy named Bruce Somethingorother (Stringbean? Greenjeans? I dunno, but they say he was bossy.) sang backup. ;)

elfkin477
01-26-2008, 04:33 AM
These are kind of genre-y, but...

"Inside out" by Reveille has two versions, one with backing vocals by the lead singer from Cold.

"Bring me to Life" by Evanescence has backing vocals by the lead singer of 12 Stones (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/12_Stones).

"This Mess We're In" by PJ Harvey borrowed Thom Yorke of Radiohead as did "El President" by Drugstore.

"Dice" by Finley Quaye & William Orbit has backing vocals by Beth Orton.

Drain Bead
01-26-2008, 09:25 AM
I didn't read through the whole thread to see if this was mentioned, but Michael Stipe from R.E.M. sang backup for Indigo Girls on "Kid Fears".

Rico
01-26-2008, 11:02 AM
Paul McCartney did the whispering backup on Donovan's Mellow Yellow.

Chanteuse
01-26-2008, 12:05 PM
Don Williams sang backup for Kathy Mattea on Love At the Five and Dime.

Lisa-go-Blind
01-26-2008, 12:18 PM
I believe you are correct- Marcy Levy and Yvonne Elliman are the only background singers listed for the album.
Marcy Levy would also gain a somewhat larger degree of fame under the name Marcella Detroit, singing lead on the Shakespear's Sister track "Stay."

Michael Stipe sure gets around - he also sings backup on Kristin Hersh's "Your Ghost."

Ritter
01-26-2008, 06:51 PM
A young Marc Bolan does backing vocals on 'Desdemona' by John's Children - a great track from the Nuggets collection.

B. Serum
01-27-2008, 01:15 PM
Paul McCartney did the whispering backup on Donovan's Mellow Yellow.

Listen again, that sounds nothing like McCartney. It was definitely Donovan.

Kilvert's Pagan
01-27-2008, 05:55 PM
OK, wait a minute... wasn't Michael McDonald considered at one time a member of Steely Dan? I think he was during Pretzel Logic anyway...

And as usual Biffy beat me to the "Tina Turner on Frank Zappa Albums" response... The high-speed stuff on Montana is pretty amazing.

elelle
01-27-2008, 09:29 PM
Not so well known, but great Texas artist Terry Allen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Allen_(singer)), backing vocals by high profile friend David Byrne, on Human Remains, one of my favorite all time records.

Highlight: Byrne harmonizing/yelling on "Buck Nekkkkiddd, yeaahhhhh!!!"

BACI
01-27-2008, 10:30 PM
David Bowie on Lou Reed's Satellite of Love

Olivia Newton-John on James Reyne's Hammerhead.

And Phil Collins in the background of much John Martyn

x-ray vision
01-28-2008, 02:04 AM
Jagger on Peter Wolf's Nothing But the Wheel (http://www.amazon.com/Sleepless-Peter-Wolf/dp/B00006H6AB).

bordelond
01-28-2008, 10:43 AM
OK, wait a minute... wasn't Michael McDonald considered at one time a member of Steely Dan? I think he was during Pretzel Logic anyway...
I was thinking the same thing ... but it's a little quirky with Steely Dan.

Steely Dan had only two members -- Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. Any other musicians/singers you may hear on a Steely Dan recording would be a hired session player.

The Alan Parsons' Project was similar -- a revolving door of talent, with Alan Parsons behind the sound board as the lone constant.

Loach
01-28-2008, 11:24 AM
Tommy Smothers plays guitar and sings on John Lennon's Give Peace a Chance.

On Robbie Robertson's great first solo record both the Bodeans and U2 back him on several tracks. Bono sings backup on two songs IIRC.

The king of funk George Clinton sings backup (backwards!) in a Frank Zappa song on one of his last albums. The song was called something like Yahonza.

Wee Bairn
01-28-2008, 12:10 PM
I was thinking the same thing ... but it's a little quirky with Steely Dan.

Steely Dan had only two members -- Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. Any other musicians/singers you may hear on a Steely Dan recording would be a hired session player.



Tricky I know, but I thought they were officially a band up through Pretzel Logic or so, and then became Becker/Fagen plus the hired help from then on.

Rhythmdvl
01-28-2008, 12:23 PM
Doesn't Bowie do some of the backing vocals for Mott The Hoople's All the Young Dudes?
I don't think so. He did write the song for them because he didn't want them doing one of the songs from Ziggy Stardust ("Suffragette City"?)


AH ha. Maybe one of the Hooples sounds close? I thought he chimed in near the end of the song, bits around the chorus. I'll see if I can find it online and point to a Bowie-like voice.

On another note (heh), Bruce Hornsby guests on an awful lot of tracks -- and has guests on many of his.

Greg From PA
02-01-2011, 08:07 PM
David Bowie had some help with "Fame".
John Lennon helped write this song - he came up with the title and also sang the background "Fame" parts in the high voice. They started working on the song when Bowie invited Lennon to the studio, and Lennon played rhythm guitar on a jam session that resulted in this track. Lennon was one of Bowie's idols, and they became good friends.

Biffy the Elephant Shrew
02-01-2011, 08:10 PM
The king of funk George Clinton sings backup (backwards!) in a Frank Zappa song on one of his last albums. The song was called something like Yahonza.

(A bit late on this, but as long as the thread has been revived...)

That was Johnny Guitar Watson, not George Clinton.

Kilmore
02-01-2011, 08:34 PM
The Dictators' "Faster and Louder", back up vocals by Bruce Springsteen.

Lord Mondegreen
02-01-2011, 08:42 PM
Any famous backup singers on "All You Zombies"? ;)

cochrane
02-01-2011, 09:57 PM
Toni Tennille sang back ups on Pink Floyd's The Wall (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wall). As did Brian Wilson.

They also sang backup on Elton John's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," along with Bruce Johnston. This was before the Captain and Tennille became famous, but Toni Tennille and her husband Daryl Dragon (The Captain) were in demand as session musicians and singers and toured with the Beach Boys for a good length of time.

Cher started as a session singer in the early 60's for Phil Spector. Some of the songs she sang backup vocals on were "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" by the Righteous Brothers, "Da Do Ron Ron" by the Crystals, and The Ronettes' "Be My Baby."

Huh. I came in to mention this, then noticed that I had already posted this two years ago. But as long as it's up, I need to correct my earlier post. It wasn't Brian Wilson who sang backup vocals on "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me," but rather his brother and fellow Beach Boy, Carl.

Saint Cad
02-02-2011, 08:25 AM
I'm shaking my head. Once again, a record I thought I had the only extant copy of, and was the only fan of, shows up in another Doper's collection/awareness.


Mrs. Cad has it on her iPod

x-ray vision
02-02-2011, 10:02 AM
Toni Tennille sang back ups on Pink Floyd's The Wall (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wall). As did Brian Wilson.
According to one of the session singers, Tennille and Wilson's sining never made it to the album.
Session singer Jimmy Haas, who is credited with backup vocals on the Wall, e-mailed me to set the record straight. He says that while Toni Tennille, the Beach Boys and others originally provided backup vocals on the Wall, their parts were ultimately scrapped and re-recorded using Haas and three other backup vocalists. Haas asserts that "We [the four session singers] re-did everything that was on tape up to that point. Some of it was just bare ideas that Roger had, but the intonation and flow just wasn't there, at least on the Beach Boy parts. The only thing I recall Toni on was a bit of 'Goodbye Blue Sky.' She may well have done more, but once Roger and David got our first tune in the can after about an hour's work, they erased everything [the previously recorded Beach Boys and Tennille vocals] and started over."

One thing is certain, though: Toni Tennille is not the voice of the groupie on the album version of "Empty Spaces." Floyd fan Brian Magnuson e-mailed Tennille's official web site, the reply stating that Toni did sing backup on the album, but did not voice "the Groupie."
http://www.thewallanalysis.com/main/frequently-asked-questions.html





The king of funk George Clinton sings backup (backwards!) in a Frank Zappa song on one of his last albums. The song was called something like Yahonza.
I don't think George Clinton and Frank Zappa ever worked together. Maybe you were thinking of George Duke? Duke performed vocals on Ya Hozna.

Freudian Slit
02-02-2011, 10:12 AM
She's not HUGELY famous (though she should be, IMHO) but Darlene Love ("Today I Met the Boy I'm Gonna Marry," "He's a Rebel," "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home") and the Blossoms sang back up on a lot of songs, like "Johnny Angel." (And I think "Shoop Shoop (In His Kiss))."

SeldomSeen
02-02-2011, 10:26 AM
"Lion In The Winter" by Hoyt Axton (a great song, by the way) had Linda Ronstat on backing vocals.

I'm shaking my head. Once again, a record I thought I had the only extant copy of, and was the only fan of, shows up in another Doper's collection/awareness.

Mrs. Cad has it on her iPod

+1....I've always loved that song. And I've still got the vinyl LP.

The Big Bopper on Johnny Preston's "Running Bear", which he also wrote.

I believe George Jones also did backup on "Running Bear"

cjepson
02-02-2011, 12:24 PM
A bunch of famous folks including Mick Jagger and Keith Moon contributed handclaps, backing vocals, etc., to the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love".

Buck Owens duets with Dwight Yoakam on two songs from Yoakam's album Tomorrow's Sounds Today. However, duets is an entirely different thing, I guess... especially these days when all kinds of old musical giants are putting out duets albums.

David Crosby and Graham Nash provide background vocals on the song "Starship" from the album Blows Against the Empire by Jefferson Starship (at that time a "Paul Kantner plus friends" one-off).

There was this whole bunch of people who worked on each others' albums back in the early 70s -- Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, etc. For example, Cocker and Gram Parsons both do vocals on the album Motel Shot by Delaney & Bonnie and Friends.

JessMagic
02-02-2011, 01:47 PM
Any famous backup singers on "All You Zombies"? ;)

Or "Zombie Nation"?

Jack White sang back-up on "Danger! High Voltage" by Electric Six. I think.

Biffy the Elephant Shrew
02-02-2011, 02:18 PM
I don't think George Clinton and Frank Zappa ever worked together. Maybe you were thinking of George Duke? Duke performed vocals on Ya Hozna.

You're right, it's George Duke on "Ya Hozna" (actually his vocals from "Sofa #2" turned backwards). I was thinking of another track with backwards vocals, "Won Ton On," when I mentioned Johnny Guitar Watson above.

Superdude
02-02-2011, 05:52 PM
Adam Duritz from Counting Crows sang back-up on "Sixth Avenue Heartache' by The Wallflowers.
Axl Rose was singing back-up for Don Henley on "I Will Not Back Down."
The Beatles/John Lennon's "Ballad of John and Yoko" had Paul McCartney singing back-up on the second half of the song. It started out as one word per line, and gradually gets more of the lyrics.
Vanessa Carlton's voice is the one doing the "Mmmbopbop" on some versions of the Counting Crows remake of "Big Yellow Taxi."
The B52's Kate Pierson sang on REM's "Shiny Happy People."

Rrose Selavy
02-02-2011, 06:56 PM
Iggy Pop provided backing vocals on Bowie's Low album eg "What in the World"

x-ray vision
02-02-2011, 07:15 PM
Axl Rose was singing back-up for Don Henley on "I Will Not Back Down."
The song is "I Will Not Go Quietly."

Superdude
02-02-2011, 08:08 PM
The song is "I Will Not Go Quietly."

Thanks for the correction. And thanks for knowing what I was trying to say. I used to own that CD, so there's no reason why I should have that title wrong.

baileygrrrl
02-03-2011, 12:57 PM
David Crosby back up Phil Collins on "Another Day in Paradise"

Girl Next Door
02-05-2011, 12:41 AM
Paul McCartney co-wrote and played bass on Elvis Costello's "Veronica".
Daryl Hall sang backup on INXS' "Original Sin".
Steve Winwood played keyboards and sang backup on Billy Joel's "Getting Closer"
Phil Collins was EVERYWHERE in the 80s, including producing, backup vocals, and drums on the reissue of Howard Jones' "No One Is to Blame"
Dave Matthews Band, Spin Doctors, & Blues Traveler all did stuff on each others' records in the '90s.

Superdude
02-05-2011, 12:50 AM
Steve Winwood played keyboards and sang backup on Billy Joel's "Getting Closer"

Which, of course, leads to Billy Joel having Cyndi Lauper sing backup on "Code of Silence," from the same album.

And Joel sang back-up on Lauper's "Maybe He'll Know," off of her True Colors album.

Superdude
02-05-2011, 12:51 AM
And Billy Joel had Color Me Badd sing backup on "All About Soul," from River of Dreams

Dallas Jones
02-05-2011, 01:31 AM
Sheryl Crow began her career as a backup singer for Michael Jackson on his Bad World Tour in '87 and did backup for Stevie Wonder, Don Henley and Belinda Carlisle among others.

Superdude
02-05-2011, 01:34 PM
According to his wikipedia entry, actor Stephen Tobolowsky (Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day), was a back-up singer and guitarist in the first band formed by Stevie Ray and Jimmy Vaughn.

Cat Whisperer
02-05-2011, 03:20 PM
Not quite a back-up singer, but Stevie Ray Vaughan played lead guitar on David Bowie's "Let's Dance" album.

Trying to think of all the songs Prince has guested on - just assume he sang with everyone he worked with?

Wendell Wagner
02-05-2011, 04:39 PM
On Cheech and Chong's "Basketball Jones" there are several famous backup singers, musicians, etc.:

Darlene Love - Cheerleader (voice)
Michelle Phillips - Cheerleader (voice)
Ronnie Spector - Cheerleader (voice)
George Harrison - lead guitar
Klaus Voormann - bass
Jim Karstein - drums
Jim Keltner - percussion
Carole King - electric piano
Nicky Hopkins - piano
Tom Scott - saxophone
Billy Preston - organ

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basketball_Jones

Stratocaster
02-05-2011, 04:39 PM
The Beatles/John Lennon's "Ballad of John and Yoko" had Paul McCartney singing back-up on the second half of the song. It started out as one word per line, and gradually gets more of the lyrics.McCartney was in the Beatles, for Pete's sake. If that counts, there's about a million more. I hear John sang back-up on I Saw Her Standing There, too. ;)

Superdude
02-05-2011, 04:57 PM
I'm admittedly not the world's biggest Beatles fan, but the song was played on the radio the other day, and the DJ attributed it to Lennon himself, not the Beatles. Since Yoko is widely considered one of the main reasons the Beatles broke up (and I'm not saying that she is or is not responsible), I wasn't sure exactly where in the "life" of the band the song came from.

Stratocaster
02-05-2011, 06:07 PM
No worries, just poking fun. That song was a bona fide Beatles song, FWIW.

Superdude
02-05-2011, 06:13 PM
"Weird Al" Yankovic sings back-up on Ben Folds' album Songs for Silverman, specifically on the song "Time."

And I gotcha, Strat. Thanks for the heads-up.

Horatio Hellpop
02-05-2011, 09:18 PM
Taj Mahal did the background grunts (and guitar) in Michelle Schocked's "Jump Jim Crow" on the brilliant Arkansas Traveler.

On the album Stay Awake, 'Little April Showers" was a duet between Michael Stipe and Natalie Merchant--with background vocals by the Roches!

On Brent Spiner's novelty album Ol' Yellow Eyes is Back, on the song "It's a Sin (to Tell a Lie)," he's backed up by The Sunspots: LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Jonathan Frakes and Patrick Stewart.

Lacunae Matata
02-05-2011, 11:39 PM
Heard one on the radio today, and immediately thought of this thread:

The ever-present Michael McDonald sang backup on Christopher Cross' "Ride Like the Wind." (Apologies if someone already mentioned it and I missed that post!)

cjepson
02-07-2011, 04:41 PM
I'm admittedly not the world's biggest Beatles fan, but the song was played on the radio the other day, and the DJ attributed it to Lennon himself, not the Beatles. Since Yoko is widely considered one of the main reasons the Beatles broke up (and I'm not saying that she is or is not responsible), I wasn't sure exactly where in the "life" of the band the song came from.

One of the last Beatles singles, and actually recorded with only Lennon and McCartney present. Certainly it was a John Lennon composition, and he might have released it as a solo single if Paul had passed on it (as he did with "Cold Turkey"), but it was indeed released as a Beatles song.

ChockFullOfHeadyGoodness
02-07-2011, 07:57 PM
Geddy Lee of Rush sang the chorus on Bob and Doug McKenzie's Top 10 hit "Take Off"
Christopher Cross sang backup on David Lee Roth's cover of "California Girls"

In the category of people singing backup on cover versions of their own compositions:
Ray Davies sang backup on Joan Jett's cover of "Celluloid Heroes"
Elton John appears on Bob the Builder's cover of "Crocodile Rock".

DfrntBreign
02-08-2011, 04:47 AM
Not quite a back-up singer, but Stevie Ray Vaughan played lead guitar on David Bowie's "Let's Dance" album.
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He also appeared in this video by Jennifer Warnes doing a Leonard Cohen song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnsB6VBznBA

Rick_S
11-30-2011, 04:05 AM
Sorry to be so late to this party, but I have one that's driven me crazy for years that I can't find attribution for... did Daryl Hall sing backup on Under Pressure (by Queen & Bowie)? I swear I hear him in the "scat" background vocals, but can't find any source for it.

As an offering, I bring you these tidbits - not necessarily vocals, but interesting (at least to me) none-the-less...

Flea played bass on "You oughta know", by Alanis Morissette, with Dave Navarro on guitar. (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jagged_Little_Pill)

Clapton played the lead guitar solo on "While my guitar gently weeps" on the Beatles' White Album (source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/While_My_Guitar_Gently_Weeps)

Argent Towers
11-30-2011, 04:11 AM
Save It For A Rainy Day (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RapIK8chpVE) by Stephen Bishop - which is now almost totally forgotten - has Chaka Khan singing in the background, and the (utterly forgettable) guitar solo is played by Eric Clapton!!

OneCentStamp
01-10-2012, 08:54 AM
So does Ms. Emmylou.

She produced the outstanding Gram Parsons cover/tribute album Return of the Grievous Angel, and sang backup on at least three tracks.

She also sang backup that just takes Ryan Adams' "Oh My Sweet Carolina" from a great song to heartbreaking sweetness.

She also sang backup on "We Are Nowhere And It's Now," from Bright Eyes' 2005 album I'm Wide Awake It's Morning.

BwanaBob
01-10-2012, 09:28 AM
...As did Rush's "Time Stand Still," featuring Aimee Mann of 'Til Tuesday.

And to add another link in the chain, Elvis Costello backed up Aimee Mann/Til Tuesday in "The Other End of the Telescope". It was only fair since EC co-wrote it.

astorian
01-10-2012, 09:43 AM
Sorry to be so late to this party, but I have one that's driven me crazy for years that I can't find attribution for... did Daryl Hall sing backup on Under Pressure (by Queen & Bowie)? I swear I hear him in the "scat" background vocals, but can't find any source for it.

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I don't know about Daryl Hall, but I know Billy Squier provided some vocals on that track.

Ponch8
01-10-2012, 11:31 AM
Kesha sang part of the chorus of Flo Rida's "Right Round" in an uncredited appearance.

Steophan
01-10-2012, 12:03 PM
David Crosby and Graham Nash did backing vocals on David Gilmour's "On An Island" album from 2006, and on the subsequent tour and live releases.

Emmylou Harris has done backing vocals on almost every song, ever*, and has had some pretty high profile guests on her albums. Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa do vocals on "Tragedy", from "Red Dirt Girl", and Neil Young sings on two songs from "Wrecking Ball", including the title track which he wrote.



*A quick look at Wikipedia lists around 400!

Doug K.
01-10-2012, 03:06 PM
Alice Cooper's Teenage Lament '74 has Liza Minelli, The Pointer Sisters, Ronnie Spector, and Noma & Sara from La Belle as background singers.

Made in Macau
01-11-2012, 10:49 AM
In a recent Guardian interview, Clarke Peters (Lester Freamon in The Wire and Chief Albert in Treme) said that as a young singer in London he sang backing on 'Come Up and See Me' by Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, and the low line 'Well give me love' on Joan Armatrading's 'Love and Affection'!
I was going to say about Black Coffee in Bed too - damn you Word Man! Squeeze's Glenn Tilbrook sings on a few Amiee Mann songs inc 'That's Just What You Are'

MiM

Baal Houtham
01-11-2012, 01:09 PM
I was going to say about Black Coffee in Bed too - damn you Word Man!

Damn indeed! Scooped by less than four years... :^)

Billy Big
06-10-2012, 11:34 AM
Elvis Costello - Satellite bgv Chrissie Hynde
Spencer Davis Group - I'm Blue (Gong Gong Song) bgv Millie (Small) (My Boy Lollypop)
Elvis Costello - Shipbuilding (Chet Baker on trumpet)
Harry Belafonte - Midnight Special (Bob Dylan on on harmonica)
Lulu - The Man Who Sold The World bgv David Bowie
Elton John - Nikita bgv George Michael

BeeDubU2
06-10-2012, 12:06 PM
Do The Roots count? Who haven't they backed up? Also, John Mayer makes a surprising number of appearances in hip hop music.

Equipoise
06-10-2012, 12:41 PM
In memory of John Stewart ("Gold" with backup singer Stevie Nicks)

My daughter and I were listing some of these songs the other night, and I thought it would make an interesting thread, so here it is.

A few examples to start the ball rolling:
Games Without Frontiers (Kate Bush)
Much respect for listing Kate first! She's who I came in to mention.

She's also on the song "No Self Control" (http://youtu.be/beQ7YrjLJ2U) from that same album.

Kate also sings backup on the great Big Country song "The Seer" (http://youtu.be/Ba7GicJtH-A)

and Zaine Griff's strange "Flowers" (http://youtu.be/bKjR2aAQbfs)


She's only famous to her following, but here's Hap doing the Kate part on the (very good and interesting take, I think) cover of "Games Without Frontiers" (http://youtu.be/dlwPNjYPpqI) by Bob Holroyd.

Maserschmidt
06-10-2012, 01:00 PM
Bruce Springsteen also shows up for a stanza of Lou Reed's "Street Hassle".

Hey man...that's just a lie.

C. Montgomery Burns
06-10-2012, 07:47 PM
George Jones sings on the Patty Loveless song "You Don't Seem To Miss Me" but wasn't credited.

AqualungBats5th
06-10-2012, 08:35 PM
"Galileo" by the Indigo Girls features Jackson Browne on backing vocals.


David Crosby is singing backup on this one too.

Stevie Nicks on Warren Zevon's "Mohammed's Radio"
Christine McVie on Christopher Cross' "Never Stop Believing"
Patti Smith on Blue Oyster Cult's "Revenge of Vera Gemini"
John Prine shows up in Dar Williams "The Ocean" and famous to folk rock, that album (Mortal City) has a couple others, Lucy Kaplanksy on "Christians and the Pagans" and The Nields on "Cool As I Am"


It's a bit more than backup, but Stevie Wonder appears on Michael Jackson's "Just Good Friends"

Ludovic
06-10-2012, 09:06 PM
Both Grace Jones and Sting provided backing vocals on Arcadias So Red the Rose album (Her singing the bridge on their hit Election Day). As well as David Gilmour providing guitar on one track: I actually noted the similarities with both Jones and Gilmour before I knew that it actually was them.

Nawth Chucka
06-10-2012, 09:43 PM
George Jones sings on the Patty Loveless song "You Don't Seem To Miss Me" but wasn't credited.That's ironic, don'tcha think?

burpo the wonder mutt
06-10-2012, 10:32 PM
Dolly Parton provided backing vocals for Eric Clapton's Lay Down Sally, and Steven Tyler pitched in on Run DMC's cover of Walk This Way.

Sorry, Yvonne Elliman, not Dolly Parton, sang bgv on 'Lay Down Sally.'

burpo the wonder mutt
06-10-2012, 10:42 PM
Listen again, that sounds nothing like McCartney. It was definitely Donovan.

Nope, it was McCartney. BTW, Donovan's 'Sunshine Superman' has John Paul Jones on bass and Jimmy Page on guitar (both from Led Zep, natch).

gaffa
06-11-2012, 12:27 AM
Heard one on the radio today, and immediately thought of this thread:

The ever-present Michael McDonald sang backup on Christopher Cross' "Ride Like the Wind." (Apologies if someone already mentioned it and I missed that post!)
As documented here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0HzWMqLeiE).

Horatio Hellpop
06-11-2012, 12:49 AM
Dean Torrence (of Jan and Dean fame) did uncredited vocals on the Beach Boys' "Barbara Ann."

BluePear
06-11-2012, 01:31 AM
Michael Jackson is one of the background vocalists on Stevie Wonder's "All I Do"

La Toya and Janet Jackson are two fo the background vocals on Michael's P.Y.T.

cochrane
06-11-2012, 01:39 AM
Well, now that this thread is back up again, Thelma Hopkins of Tony Orlando and Dawn sang backup on Isaac Hayes' Oscar-winning recording Theme From "Shaft". "They say this cat Shaft's a bad mutha..." "Shut yo' mouth!"

Accidental Martyr
06-11-2012, 05:07 AM
E-Bow the Letter by R.E.M. features backing vocals from Patti Smith.
Several Warren Zevon songs have background vocals from members of Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt and Jackson Browne.

Apocalypso
06-11-2012, 08:43 AM
Swiss hard rock/heavy metal band Krokus had Rob Halford from Judas Priest singing backup vocals on their 1983 album Headhunter.

Jumpbass
06-11-2012, 06:41 PM
Chaka Khan (again) was a singer in the choir In the Blues Brothers movie, backing up James Brown. I think she's actually listed as "soloist". There's a very quick glimpse of her in the film.

BurnMeUp
06-11-2012, 06:47 PM
Not a singer but when I saw The JB's and James Brown play in 2000, when the JB's and Maceo Parker player their sets, Mr Dynamite himself came out and played keyboards on some of their songs.

Satellite^Guy
06-12-2012, 12:46 AM
Moonlight Desires (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ytffbu2yWk), by Gowan, features Jon Anderson, of Yes, on backing vocals. A bit more prominent at 2:41, in the bridge.

richbeat
08-05-2012, 06:05 PM
Nope, it was McCartney. BTW, Donovan's 'Sunshine Superman' has John Paul Jones on bass and Jimmy Page on guitar (both from Led Zep, natch).


NOT! Listen again, it IS OBVIOUSLY Donovan. Not even close. But McCartney is on the song. He's doing the whooping and hollering during the instrumental break and again at the end of the song. McCartney is most obvious on the instrumental break where at one point in the background he goes "Yelllloooooowwwww." For years I've heard radio DJ's spread this false fact. I blame them.

richbeat
08-05-2012, 07:01 PM
Members of the Supremes sing backup on Marvin Gaye's "Can I Get A Witness?"

Dung Beetle
08-05-2012, 08:26 PM
This is the best thread I ever started. :)

bobot
08-05-2012, 08:59 PM
Alice Cooper's Billion Dollar Babies, the original, the studio version...Yes, that's Donovan singing the backup.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86-XrU8sh60

denquixote
08-05-2012, 10:58 PM
Harvey Fuqua, one time member and lead singer of the Moonglows was the backup singer on the Supreme's "Someday We'll Be Together."