Re: What do these four have in common?
posted at 10/26/2012 5:29 PM EDT
In response to ZILLAGOD's comment:
It appears everyone has either no interest or has given up.
Typically, when we think of a "backup singer" or someone who contributes vocals on a Rock album, we think of that singer singing in the background as the group's lead vocalist takes the lead vocals.
Santana has had many lead vocalists over the years, but through the years we have identified a male voice as lead singer in a Santana song. Michelle Branch is the LEAD vocalist on the big Santana hit 'The Game Of Love.' Having a non group member sing lead vocal was a common thing for Santana during this time period, but this one became a big hit, and was sung by a female.
Do you see where this heading yet?
Marcy Levy took the lead vocal on Eric Clapton's song 'The Core' off of the Slowhand LP. Clapton typically handles the role of lead vocalist...at least since the days of Cream. This song, while not on regular playlists of Classic Rock stations of today, was played frequently on FM radio back when Slowhand was first released.
Clare Torry sings lead on two songs by Classic Rock acts who typically use a male voice as lead singer. She is the lead vocalist on Pink Floyd's 'Great Gig In The Sky' from Dark Side Of The Moon....a well known Floyd number. Roger Waters or David Gilmour sing lead on Pink Floyd songs of this era ( the ones that are not instrumental). So Clare Torry's LEAD vocal on this song is a deviation from the band's norm. (Clare also sings lead vocal on an Alan Parsons Project song from Eve, but as that group was mainly a studio project with changeable parts, we'll disregard that for now).
Mary Clayton does not sing LEAD vocal on the ENTIRE song by the Stones 'Gimme Shelter', but she does in fact share the LEAD vocal with Jagger through much of the song, more than just echoing Jagger as a backup, she actually takes over lead vocal for a good deal of the song. So, technically is a shared LEAD vocalist in this song.
These songs all appeared on LPs by Pink Floyd,Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Santana all of had a lead vocal sung by a female artist who is not a true member of the band. Normally a "guest vocalist" appears as a backup singer , not in these cases.
I was trying to think of another, and I came up with Stevie Nicks who shares lead vocl with Don Henley on 'Leather And Lace.' Also 'Stop Dragging My Heart Around'...but I had to eliminate that one because it appears on a Stevie Nicks LP , not on a Tom Petty LP.
Any other examples of a female singer taking lead vocals or sharing lead vocals on an album by a band of which she is not a full time member?
Yah, Ellen Foley "Paradise By The Dasboard Light" with Meatloaf...
Although Ellen Foley is recorded on the album, another woman, Karla DeVito, was used for the music video and for live performances...