The little-known musicians behind some of music's most famous moments - Guardian

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  1. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Great little article this

    And tragedy:
    The little-known musicians behind some of music's most famous moments
  2. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank Self-cleaning oven, the whole bit.

    I thought it was Trevor Bolder playing bass on Walk on the Wild Side, and that he wrote two bass parts so he'd get double the session fee.
  3. petee

    petee i'm spartacus

    Perkins, then a Muscle Shoals studio sideman, was asked to provide lead guitar overdubs on three cuts: "Concrete Jungle," "Stir It Up," and "Baby We’ve Got a Date." His contributions to the pioneering LP weren’t actually mentioned on the original liner notes — indeed most listeners assumed they were hearing Peter Tosh — but Perkins received credit later.

    Marco On The Bass: The Story Of Wayne Perkins & "Concrete Jungle"-- The Unsung "White" Wailer Who Changed The Sound Of Reggae

    the link has both before and after versions. an interesting read.
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  4. andysays

    andysays Defiantly non-premium member

    No, it was famously Herbie, and his suggestion of doubling two instruments (electric and upright bass) playing the same part so that he would get paid extra is also well known.
  5. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Herbie is a modest man.
    He's been on 500 hits!
    But not all good...

  6. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Here's Herbie!

    Love hearing him talking about how Walk On The Wild Side was created.
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  7. editor

    editor hiraethified

    I like Herbie

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  8. 8ball

    8ball Hetero Sapiens

    Let's not forget Bob Holness.
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  9. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan knows how to use the three shells

    Carol Kaye springs to mind. Another bass player who's been on shitloads of classics, such as And The Beat Goes On
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  10. Kaka Tim

    Kaka Tim Crush the Saboteurs!

    the funk brothers. made the sound of motown. should be as celebrated as any of the 60 rock bands.
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  11. Kaka Tim

    Kaka Tim Crush the Saboteurs!

    guitar solo on la bamba as well!
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  12. Ground Elder

    Ground Elder Well-Known Member

    I stumbled on Herbie Flowers playing at the Big Green Gathering sometime in the late 90s. I'm not sure how he came to be booked, alongside the BGG's usual Seize the Days and djembe and bamboo flute combos, but I remember it being an excellent gig. I was about the only person who had any idea who he was :D
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  13. Nanker Phelge

    Nanker Phelge Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.

    Al Kooper....Like a Rolling Stone

    Kooper went on to other amazing work, including playing organ for Dylan on tour and playing that instrument on the recording of “Just Like a Woman,” released in 1966. Among his many other accomplishments, he discovered Lynyrd Skynyrd, producing and performing on their first three albums. That’s him again on organ in “Free Bird,” even though he was officially credited under the name Roosevelt Gook. He also played piano, organ, and French horn parts on The Rolling Stones’s “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”
  14. Nanker Phelge

    Nanker Phelge Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.

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  15. Ground Elder

    Ground Elder Well-Known Member

    At least the Funk Brothers are now getting the recognition they deserve. Real unsung heroes of Motown were Jackie Hicks, Marlene Barrow, and Louvain Demps of The Andantes - they sang backing vocals on just about all the Detroit Motown recordings.
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  16. Nanker Phelge

    Nanker Phelge Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.

    20 Feet from Stardom is a great doc about backing singers. So many talented people are on the sidelines of other's successes while contributing hugely to that success.

    20 Feet from Stardom - Wikipedia
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  17. D'wards

    D'wards I'm an excellent driver

    My best pal's late father was in Blue Mink with Herbie Flowers. Blue Mink were largely a collection of session musicians who formed a band.
    Probably his most famous work is the Hammond on Je'taime, although he sessioned on loads. Self preservation society another one that springs to mind.

    He died pretty penniless after being a raging alcoholic put the kibosh on his career, although he was tee total for the last 25 years of his life.

    This is a rather lovely piece they did together.
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  18. copliker

    copliker ...

    Reminder to watch this. The Wrecking Crew! (2008) - IMDb
  19. Ming

    Ming Massive prawns

    That's actually an urban legend. He did do the guitar solo on Beat It though.
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  20. Ming

    Ming Massive prawns

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  21. cantsin

    cantsin Well-Known Member

    lolz, had to look this up... top notch urban myth tackle

    Baker Street[edit]
    Holness was the subject of an urban myth,[7][8] claimed to have been initiated in the 1980s by broadcaster Stuart Maconie who, writing for the New Musical Express in a section called 'Believe It Or Not', said that Holness had played the saxophone riff on Gerry Rafferty's 1978 song, "Baker Street".[9] (The actual performer was Raphael Ravenscroft.) Tommy Boyd, among others, has disputed Maconie's claim to authorship of the rumour.[10]
  22. Lord Camomile

    Lord Camomile Lemonade socialist

    The credit for falsely crediting someone is in dispute :D
  23. 8ball

    8ball Hetero Sapiens

    Where did I mention Baker Street? :confused:
  24. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan knows how to use the three shells

    Urban myth
  25. blossie33

    blossie33 trailer trash

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  26. Idaho

    Idaho blah blah blah

    He lived in Brighton and played in local bands. Played on my step father's band for a while. Very amiable man. I think he died a few years back.
  27. editor

    editor hiraethified

    He's still alive and playing regular gigs in Brighton!
    Herbie Flowers
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