Unsung Heroes of Rock

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  1. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    There are people who create or participate in something great and don't get enough credit. Who can you think of?

    My nominee is Clare Torry, who sang (and improvised) the wordless vocals on Great Gig in the Sky by Pink Floyd. She was paid 30 pounds for her work. Later she successfully sued Pink Floyd for writing and artist credit. Unfortunately she didn't have much success on her own but still has a place in music history.

    https://www.vulture.com/2020/01/clare-torry-pink-floyd-dark-side-of-the-moon.html



    (I always love clips where artists are enjoying themselves. Rick Wright and the other keyboardist's reactions to her singing are great.)
     
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  2. GVDobler

    GVDobler Synchromatic

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    Janis Joplin in a pant suit??? Pretty good talent to be able to do that.
     
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  3. Shock

    Shock Electromatic

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    Former Pandora, former Pixie, former Muff Kim Shattuck. I had the chance to meet her at one of her last shows before she died in 2019. Best scream in rock.
     
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  4. DangerousD

    DangerousD Electromatic

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    I think I read somewhere that she apologized to the band after her recording, she basically thought she had done a terrible job.
     
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  5. mrfixitmi

    mrfixitmi Country Gent

    Mar 20, 2010
    Michigan
    Interesting topic. How about Kathy Redfern's "Be Quiet, Big Boys Don't Cry" on the 10CC hit I'm Not in Love.
     
  6. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Another Pink Floyd related one is Roy Harper singing the lead on Have a Cigar. He was recording an album at the same studio. Gilmour and Waters were at loggerheads over their versions of the song and Harper was called in to have a stab at it.

     
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  7. 5120mantis

    5120mantis Country Gent

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    Mike Mills of R.E.M.
    He was cited a few times as the bands "secret weapon"
     
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  8. Shock

    Shock Electromatic

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    The Guitar Army. I thought they were the best of the 80s guitar bands.
     
  9. BFTmarshall

    BFTmarshall Gretschie

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    Every single drummer & bass player who holds it all up..
     
  10. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Friend of Fred

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    All of my “heroes” are unsung, and that’s perfectly okay with me.

    The fact that the mainstream has passed them by is a testament to their integrity and their uncompromising artistic expression.
    If the status quo did gobble them up, it’s usually proof of the opposite.
    The best artists let the public come to them, not pander to the sterile hit machine.
     
  11. Gold Penguin

    Gold Penguin Gretschie

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    Dec 18, 2020
    Long Island, New York
    Steve Hunter and Dick Wagner. You didnt really think Brad Whitford and Joe Perry played "A train kept a rollin' " did you?

    Train kept a rollin'



    Hunter & Wagner on "Sweet Jane" live, Rock n roll animal Lou Reed.




    Glenn Buxton was another unsung hero of mine.

     
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  12. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

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  13. S. Rock

    S. Rock Friend of Fred

    here's my nominee. Jesse "Ed" Davis. he was a native American from Oklahoma. he was widely known by the likes of George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Leon Russel, etc. he played lead guitar with Taj Mahal for some time with Ry Crooder playing rhythm guitar.. he played lead guitar on Jackson Brown's record, "Doctor My Eyes".

     
  14. Randy99CL

    Randy99CL Country Gent

    Feb 17, 2020
    Albuquerque
    Wow, she was brilliant at that! The range, the emotion, stunning!
     
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  15. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

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    Waddy Wachtel, Kenny Aronson, and Leland Sklar are my choices for a backup band. These guys have done thousands of recordings and concerts. You've seen and heard them for years. Every unsung studio musician that ever did a session counts.

    The real unsung heroes? Stagehands and roadies who guarantee the show will go on no matter what. The Grateful Dead handed out shirts to local crews that read, "First In, Last Out." Can't forget the truck and bus drivers who haul the band and their gear around the country as well. Even the janitors at the venues who have to clean up after the show. The ushers and concessionaires and security and ticket takers fill a need as well. These are the real unsung heroes.
     
  16. OzzPocket

    OzzPocket Gretschie

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    Great choice! I was going to say the Wrecking Crew, but Audept beat me to it! ;-) But....this one is fantastic.
     
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  17. Randy99CL

    Randy99CL Country Gent

    Feb 17, 2020
    Albuquerque
    Great call! I fell in love with Linda Ronstadt and her albums in the '70s and Waddy was a brilliant part of that sound.
     
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  18. wabash slim

    wabash slim Gretschified

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    Linda's voice was a gift from God. It can still bring tears to my eyes. So sad that Parkinson's took it from her. Waddy and Andrew Gold were prime parts of that sound.
     
  19. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Friend of Fred

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
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