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Your favorite backing band?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by antonkk, Feb 23, 2021.

  1. Mullin

    Mullin The man the myth the legend

    The Dominos
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  2. DTK

    DTK Forum Resident

    The Heartbreakers. Johnny Thunders' Heartbreakers. Meh about Tom Petty's.
  3. danasgoodstuff

    danasgoodstuff Forum Resident

    Portland, OR
    I think that studio bands that play with a lot of different people and touring bands that work with and for just one artist are rather different animals, no? That said, I'd like to make mention of Howlin' Wolf's band in the mid-60s (Hubert Sumlin, Eddie Shaw, Lafayette Leak, Jerome Arnold, Sam Lay) and the Ray Price's Cherokee Cowboys and Hank Thompson's Brazos Valley Boys among the touring bands, and Chips Moman's American Studio players on the other side (Woods, Emmons, Young, Cogbill, Leech, Chrisman, etc.).
  4. twicks

    twicks Forum Resident

  5. Fischman

    Fischman RockMonster, ClassicalMaster, and JazzMeister

    New Mexico
    Blizzard of Oz, mostly because of Randy Rhoads (but the whole lineup was solid)
  6. Fischman

    Fischman RockMonster, ClassicalMaster, and JazzMeister

    New Mexico
    .... and while I could name a good number of rockers, the real answer is "& the Jazz Messengers"!!!
    especially any of the lineups with Lee Morgan or Freddie Hubbard.
  7. rjp

    rjp Senior Member

    the 400 unit
  8. yesteryear

    yesteryear Wild Honey Laureate

    Dallas, Texas
  9. fried

    fried Forum Resident

    The one behind John Coltrane from about 1960.
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  10. classicrocker

    classicrocker Life is good!

    Worcester, MA, USA
    Slash's solo band, The Conspirators, with Myles Kennedy.

    Kennedy is a tremendous vocalist with great range IMHO and holds his own on the GnR, Snakepit, and Velvet Revolver songs.

    The drummer Brent Fitz is not just another metal basher and is the best Slash has played with and the bass player Kerns is a very talented vocalist in his own right. Frank Sidoris compliments Slash on rhythm guitar.

    I have seen this band half a dozen times and they never disappoint.

  11. SJR

    SJR Senior Member

    Miles Davis’ two Great Quintets
    John Coltrane’s Quartet
    The Jazz Messengers
    The Mothers of Invention
  12. Cryptical17

    Cryptical17 Forum Resident

    New York
    The Billy Joel Band of the 1970s was awesome.
    I think they were called “Topper”

    Richie Cannata- Saxophone and keyboards
    Doug Stegmayer- Bass
    David Brown- Guitar
    Russell Javors- Guitar
    Liberty DeVitto- Drums
  13. Cryptical17

    Cryptical17 Forum Resident

    New York
    Paul Simon’s One Trick Pony era band also great. They rival Billy Joel’s band (see above):

    Tony Levin- Bass
    Eric Gale- Guitar
    Richard Tee- Keyboards
    Steve Gadd- Drums
  14. breakingglass

    breakingglass Forum Resident


    Came here to say this.

    Any backing band that can claim Clapton, Taylor, and Green will be hard to beat. Other great members of course also.
  15. Cryptical17

    Cryptical17 Forum Resident

    New York
    The musicians that backed Delaney and Bonnie, Joe Cocker and Eric Clapton

    Jim Price
    Bobby Keyes
    Leon Russell
    Jim Gordon
    Carl Raddle
    Bobby Whitlock
    Don Preston
    Jim Keltner
    Jim Horn
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  16. Cryptical17

    Cryptical17 Forum Resident

    New York
    High praise to Elton’s 70s band:

    Nigel Olsson
    Davey Johnstone
    Dee Murray
    Ray Cooper
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  17. Scat Rabies

    Scat Rabies Well-Known Member

    Maybe not "favorite", but "The Mysterians" is probably my favorite name for a backing band.
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  18. GuvnorsWhiteJacket

    GuvnorsWhiteJacket Lord Julian's Consort

    Tomas Ledin's backing band:
    Jorgen Ingestrom (keyboards)
    Johan Franzon (drums)
    Sebastian Nylund (guitar)
    Ove Andersson (bass)
  19. egebamyasi

    egebamyasi Forum Resident

    Worcester, MA
    The Attractions
    Elton John - Davey Johnstone, Dee Murray, Nigel Olsson, Ray Cooper
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  20. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley 5.1 should be mandatory for my favourite albums

    Not sure if they count here....

    The Magic Band

    I am still often astonished that they managed to put the Captain's nightmares onto tape so well.
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  21. sekaer

    sekaer Forum Resident

    New York City
    The Revolution (original version, through Around The World In A Day)
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  22. Adam9

    Adam9 Senior Member

    Toronto, Canada
    The E Streeters for me, closely followed by Booker T. and the M.G.'s and the Famous Flames.
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  23. Keam

    Keam Birds of a feather together flow

    The Hot Band (Emmylou Harris & The Hot Band)

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  24. low_line

    low_line Well-Known Member

    Some of Talking Heads' extended configs have been great. The core of Abba's backing band (I know they worked with others, but these three seem especially integral: drummer Ola Brunkert, guitarist Lasse Wellander and, above all, bassist Rutger Gunnarsson). I've always thought that those lads don't quite get the recognition they deserve.
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  25. OmIsWhereTheHeartIs

    OmIsWhereTheHeartIs Forum Resident

    The Wrecking Crew
    The Bluesbreakers were incredible as well. (Clapton, Taylor, Green, McVie) Unfortunately not all at the same time!
    I also was gonna add the Dominoes/All Things Must Pass/Delaney & Bonnie/Joe Cocker/Leon Russell assortment. :p
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