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Started by ReverendBlueJeans on Dec 9, 2021 12:22:11 PM
More than ordinarily famous session players...

Again, shamelessly nicked from BBC Radio Scotland's Get It On!

1 Tracks where well-known musicians contribute session playing or backing vocals

2 Tracks featuring actual session musicians who should be celebrated for their contribution to music.

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tasselhoff - 09 Dec 2021 12:24:09 (#1 of 82)

Didn't Jimmy Page spend some time as a session musician?

ReverendBlueJeans - 09 Dec 2021 12:28:28 (#2 of 82)

The story is that he played guitar (and a neonate Elton John played keyboards) on Jones the Voice's It's Not Unusual.

NightInTGeorgia - 09 Dec 2021 12:34:22 (#3 of 82)

Elton also did a lot of sessions particularly on the Top of the Pops knock-offs.

BBC4 seems to be in a mission to deify the Wrecking Crew.

TheSwearingBear - 09 Dec 2021 12:34:32 (#4 of 82)

Mick Jagger did backing vocals on 'You're so Vain.'

NightInTGeorgia - 09 Dec 2021 12:35:02 (#5 of 82)

Mick Jagger is a prolific backing vocaler

NightInTGeorgia - 09 Dec 2021 12:35:15 (#6 of 82)

Snap

ReverendBlueJeans - 09 Dec 2021 12:35:57 (#7 of 82)

Mick Jagger did backing vocals on 'You're so Vain.'

I listened to that track on headphones for the first time not long ago and he's actually quite noticeable. He and his mates are also supposed to be part of the raucous backing vocals on Baby You're a Rich Man.

Moschops - 09 Dec 2021 12:36:22 (#8 of 82)

Does Jonny Marr count? He's done stuff with Billy Bragg, Kirsty MacColl etc

NightInTGeorgia - 09 Dec 2021 12:36:33 (#9 of 82)

He’s also on Leonard Cohen’s Spector-produced abortion, Life and Death of a Ladies’ Man.

And something else I was listening to the other day I can’t remember.

NightInTGeorgia - 09 Dec 2021 12:37:03 (#10 of 82)

Rod did Python Lee Jackson

ReverendBlueJeans - 09 Dec 2021 12:37:49 (#11 of 82)

According to Get it On! last night, Marvin Gaye plays drums on The Marvelettes' version of Please Mr Postman.

Moschops - 09 Dec 2021 12:38:12 (#12 of 82)

He started as a drummer at Motown iirc

NightInTGeorgia - 09 Dec 2021 12:38:45 (#13 of 82)

Dunn and Cropper obviously

Tylenol - 09 Dec 2021 12:38:56 (#14 of 82)

Glenn Campbell ex-Wrecking Crew.

TheSwearingBear - 09 Dec 2021 12:39:07 (#15 of 82)

Bob Ezrin played on an amazing amount of great records. Not that famous though - but he should be.

HouseOfLametta - 09 Dec 2021 12:39:37 (#16 of 82)

George Martin played many of the flowery bits on Beatles records, eg: the harpsichord on In My Life.

Top Rock Pratt Rick Wokeman is on loads of things, notably the lovely piano on Life On Mars.

ReverendBlueJeans - 09 Dec 2021 12:39:53 (#17 of 82)

#14 - Aye, and he was principally a guitarist with the WC, despite his terrific voice.

ReverendBlueJeans - 09 Dec 2021 12:40:25 (#18 of 82)

Top Rock Pratt Rick Wokeman is on loads of things, notably the lovely piano on Life On Mars.

And some T Rex, apparently.

frantastic - 09 Dec 2021 12:42:03 (#19 of 82)

Tina Turner and the Ikettes on Zappa’s Montana doing the ‘impossible’ vocal bit. Much to Ike Turner’s chagrin insisting they only got paid grade.

TheSwearingBear - 09 Dec 2021 12:44:54 (#20 of 82)

But Ike had some debts that week, so they did it anyway.

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