Female Backup Singer Solos

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Flacjunky, Jan 2, 2018.

  1. Flacjunky

    Flacjunky Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Hunt County TX
    I'm trying to put me together a Foobar playlist that includes only popular rock tunes that feature a prominent female backup singer solo within the song, but stopping short of a full blown duet.

    Three obvious ones pop out at me .... Pink Floyd Great Gig In the Sky (Clare Torry) ..... The Stone's Gimme Shelter (Merry Clayton) ..... and Clapton's The Core (Marcy Levy).

    Then I kinda hit a brick wall.

    Can y'all help me fill out the playlist by suggesting songs with similar style?
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  2. Whizz Kid

    Whizz Kid Forum Resident

    Probably not in the same wheelhouse you're thinking of... but Helen Terry's work with Culture Club comes to mind.

    Particularly on 'Church Of The Poison Mind'.
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  3. Juggsnelson

    Juggsnelson Forum Resident

    Long Island
    Robin Clark does a fantastic job on Simple Minds' "Alive and Kicking"
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  4. Mike Reynolds

    Mike Reynolds Forum Resident

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  5. davmar77

    davmar77 I'd rather be drummin'...

    clifton park,ny
    Rosemary butler with jackson Browne on the load out/Stay on running on empty.
  6. Witchy Woman

    Witchy Woman Forum Resident

    Third Coast, USA
    ‘Take Me Home Tonight’ - Eddie Money with Ronnie Spector backing up.
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  7. Mike Reynolds

    Mike Reynolds Forum Resident

    And here's another Tears For Fears song featuring Oleta Adams

  8. LandHorses

    LandHorses Forum Resident

    New Joisey
  9. carlwm

    carlwm Forum Resident

    Carol Kenyon on Tommy Shaw's Outside In The Rain, from his 1984 album Girls With Guns. Great performance!
  10. Jimbino

    Jimbino Goad Kicker, Music Lover

    San Jose, CA, USA
    "Avalon," Roxy Music, with Yanick Etienne owning the end:
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  11. Hall Cat

    Hall Cat Forum Resident

    Chicago, IL USA
    Evette Benton on the Spinners "They Just Can't Stop It (Games People Play)"
  12. Murph

    Murph Somewhere...under heaven

    Marillion. The Last Straw. Tessa Miles
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  13. thematinggame

    thematinggame Forum Resident

    I have always loved Kathi Mc Donalds' singing on Quicksilver's Solid Silver album

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  14. Uncle Ernie

    Uncle Ernie Forum Resident

    John Mellecamp’s “Cherry Bomb.” Just a couple of lead lines, so not a real duet. But those lines give the song great dynamics.
  15. Bytor Snowdog

    Bytor Snowdog Forum Resident


    Not quite what you ordered, but a female singer on an album and with a artist who usually sings his own parts or does mostly instrumental works. Sure glad Steve didn't try to sing this one :)
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  16. detroit muscle

    detroit muscle Forum Resident

    Bruce Springsteen - Rocky Ground
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  17. Ignatius

    Ignatius Forum Resident

    You can hear the Ace of Cups behind the Electric Flag
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  18. Alert

    Alert Forum Resident

    Great River, NY
    "Battle of Evermore" Led Zeppelin w/ Sandy Denny
  19. Whizz Kid

    Whizz Kid Forum Resident

    We have a winner... :righton:
  20. jlf

    jlf Custom Title Unlocked

    United States
    Chaka Khan on Steve Winwood's "Higher Love"
  21. Mike Reynolds

    Mike Reynolds Forum Resident

    Ha! I always thought that was Grace Slick. Sounds just like her.
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  22. CorporalClegg

    CorporalClegg Forum Resident

    "Take me with U" by Prince with Apollonia as backing vocals
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  23. the pope ondine

    the pope ondine Forum Resident

    that's what I thought of

    also chaka on Stephen bishop's careless album
  24. CorporalClegg

    CorporalClegg Forum Resident

    Nicolette Larsson on "Dreamin' Man", "Natural Beauty" by Neil Young
  25. davmar77

    davmar77 I'd rather be drummin'...

    clifton park,ny

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