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Backup Band
A backing band or backup band is a musical ensemble that accompanies a lead singer at a live performance or on a recording.[1][better source needed] A backup band can also accompany an instrumental soloist, such as a lead guitarist or solo fiddler, though all-instrumental performances, with no singing, are not common in popular music and traditional music. This can either be an established, long-standing group that has little or no change in membership, or it may be an ad hoc group assembled for a single show or a single recording.[original research?] Ad hoc or "pickup" groups are often made up of session musicians. Examples[edit] Notable backing bands (with lead artist) include:Ace in the Hole (George Strait) Booker T
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Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Joan Jett
Joan Jett
(born Joan Marie Larkin, September 22, 1958)[1] is an American rock singer, songwriter, composer, musician, record producer and occasional actress. She is best known for her work as the frontwoman of her band, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, preceded by success with the Runaways, including the hit song "Cherry Bomb"
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Desmond Dekker
Desmond Dekker
Desmond Dekker
(16 July 1941 – 25 May 2006[1]) was a Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae singer-songwriter and musician. Together with his backing group the Aces (consisting of Wilson James and Easton Barrington Howard), he had one of the earliest international reggae hits with "Israelites" (1968). Other hits include "007 (Shanty Town)" (1967), "It Mek" (1969) and "You Can Get It If You Really Want" (1970).Contents1 Early life 2 Career2.1 1970s 2.2 1980s and later3 Tribute band 4 Discography4.1 Albums4.1.1 Studio albums 4.1.2 Compilation albums4.2 Singles4.2.1 Early solo singles 4.2.2 Desmond Dekker
Desmond Dekker
and the Four Aces 4.2.3 Desmond Dekker
Desmond Dekker
and the Aces 4.2.4 Later solo singles5 References 6 External linksEarly life[edit] Desmond Adolphus Dacres was born in Saint Andrew Parish (Greater Kingston), Jamaica, on 16 July 1941
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Parliament Funkadelic
Parliament- Funkadelic (abbreviated as P-Funk) is an American funk music collective of rotating musicians headed by George Clinton, primarily consisting of the individual bands Parliament and Funkadelic, both active since the 1960s. Their distinctive funk style drew on psychedelic culture, outlandish fashion, science-fiction, and surreal humor;[1] it would have an influential effect on subsequent funk, post-punk, hip-hop, and post-disco artists of the 1980s and 1990s,[2] while their collective mythology would help pioneer Afrofuturism.[3] The collective's origins date back to the doo-wop group the Parliaments, formed by Clinton in the late 1950s in Plainfield, New Jersey
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George Clinton (musician)
George Edward Clinton[3] (born July 22, 1941) is an American singer, songwriter, bandleader, and record producer. His Parliament-Funkadelic collective (which primarily recorded under the distinct band names Parliament and Funkadelic) developed an influential and eclectic form of funk music during the 1970s that drew on science-fiction, outlandish fashion, psychedelic culture, and surreal humor.[4] He launched a solo career in 1981, and would go on to influence 1990s hip-hop and G-funk.[2] He is regarded, along with James Brown
James Brown
and Sly Stone, as one of the foremost innovators of funk music
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Patti Smith Group
Patricia Lee Smith (born December 30, 1946)[5] is an American singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist who became an influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses.[1] Called the "punk poet laureate," Smith fused rock and poetry in her work. Her most widely known song is "Because the Night," which was co-written with Bruce Springsteen. It reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
chart in 1978[1] and number five in the U.K. In 2005, Smith was named a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.[6] In 2007, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[7] On November 17, 2010, Smith won the National Book Award for her memoir Just Kids.[8] The book fulfilled a promise she had made to her former long-time roommate and partner, Robert Mapplethorpe
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Patti Smith
Patricia Lee Smith (born December 30, 1946)[5] is an American singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist who became an influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses.[1] Called the "punk poet laureate," Smith fused rock and poetry in her work. Her most widely known song is "Because the Night," which was co-written with Bruce Springsteen. It reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
chart in 1978[1] and number five in the U.K. In 2005, Smith was named a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.[6] In 2007, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[7] On November 17, 2010, Smith won the National Book Award for her memoir Just Kids.[8] The book fulfilled a promise she had made to her former long-time roommate and partner, Robert Mapplethorpe
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Scarlet Fever (band)
Scarlet Fever is an all-female backing band that toured with Cee Lo Green during 2010 and 2011. Originally formed for promotional tour events, the popularity of the "Fuck You" single and The Lady Killer album led to multiple television appearances reaching an audience of millions in Europe and North America. With Green, they performed full length concerts and as an opening act for other major performers. In 2012-2013 varying members of Scarlet Fever performed in the bands In 4D, No Salt, and Miss President.[1]Contents1 Origin 2 Personnel2.1 Additional performers3 Live performances3.1 The Lady Killer promotional tour 3.2 2011 concert tours4 References 5 External linksOrigin[edit] Scarlet Fever was formed in May, 2010, for the Cee Lo Green promotional tour of "What Part of Forever" (from The Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack)
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CeeLo Green
Thomas DeCarlo Callaway (born May 30, 1974),[1][2][3] known professionally as CeeLo Green
CeeLo Green
(or Cee Lo Green), is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer and actor. Green came to initial prominence as a member of the Southern hip hop group Goodie Mob and later as part of the soul duo Gnarls Barkley, with record producer Danger Mouse. Subsequently he embarked on a solo career, partially spurred by YouTube
YouTube
popularity.[4] Internationally, Green is best known for his soul work: his most popular was Gnarls Barkley's 2006 worldwide hit "Crazy", which reached number 1 in various singles charts worldwide, including the UK. In the United States, "Crazy" reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100. Its parent album St. Elsewhere (2006), was also a hit, peaked at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart
UK Albums Chart
and number 4 on the US Billboard 200 albums chart
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Spearhead (band)
Michael Franti (born April 21, 1966) is an American musician, poet, spoken word artist and singer-songwriter. Michael Franti is known for having participated in many musical projects (most of them with a political and social emphasis), including the Beatnigs and the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. He is the creator and lead vocalist of his current independent project, Michael Franti & Spearhead, a band that blends hip hop with a variety of other styles including funk, reggae, jazz, folk, and rock
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Michael Franti
Michael Franti
Michael Franti
(born April 21, 1966) is an American musician, poet, spoken word artist and singer-songwriter. Michael Franti
Michael Franti
is known for having participated in many musical projects (most of them with a political and social emphasis), including the Beatnigs and the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. He is the creator and lead vocalist of his current independent project, Michael Franti
Michael Franti
& Spearhead, a band that blends hip hop with a variety of other styles including funk, reggae, jazz, folk, and rock
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The Aces (Jamaican Group)
The Aces, originally known as The Four Aces, were a Jamaican vocal group who are best known for their work with Desmond Dekker. History[edit] The initial line-up of The Aces consisted of Clive Campbell, Barry Howard, Carl Howard, and Patrick Howard.[1] The group came to the attention of Dekker, who supported them when they auditioned for Leslie Kong at Beverley's studio in 1965.[1] Kong employed the group as backing singers for Dekker and they can be heard on the song "Get Up Adinah" (credited as The Four Aces)
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Junior Walker
Autry DeWalt Mixon Jr. (June 14, 1931 – November 23, 1995),[1] known by the stage name Junior Walker, styled as Jr. Walker, was an American musician. His group, Jr. Walker & The All Stars, were signed to Motown's Soul label in the 1960s, and became one of the company's signature acts.Contents1 Life and career1.1 The 1950s 1.2 The 1960s and the 1970s 1.3 The 1980s 1.4 Death2 Discography2.1 Albums 2.2 Singles3 See also 4 References 5 External linksLife and career[edit] Walker was born Autry DeWalt Mixon Jr. in Blytheville, Arkansas,[1] and grew up in South Bend, Indiana. His saxophone style was the anchor for the band's overall sound
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Gloria Estefan
Gloria Estefan
Gloria Estefan
(née Fajardo;[1] born September 1, 1957) is a Cuban-American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She started off her career as the lead singer in the group called " Miami
Miami
Latin Boys" which was eventually known as Miami
Miami
Sound Machine. Estefan's breakthrough success with "Conga" in 1985 made her known worldwide. The song became Estefan's signature song and led to the Miami Sound Machine winning the grand prix in the 15th annual Tokyo Music Festival in 1986. In the middle of 1988, she and the band got their first number-one hit for the song "Anything for You". She is a contralto. In March 1990, Estefan had a severe accident in her tour bus. She made her comeback in March 1991 with a new world tour and album called Into The Light
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The Animals
The Animals
The Animals
are an English rhythm and blues and rock band, formed in Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle upon Tyne
in the early 1960s. The band moved to London upon finding fame in 1964. The Animals
The Animals
were known for their gritty, bluesy sound and deep-voiced frontman Eric Burdon, as exemplified by their signature song and transatlantic No. 1 hit single, "House of the Rising Sun", as well as by hits such as "We Gotta Get Out of This Place", "It's My Life", "I'm Crying" and "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood". The band balanced tough, rock-edged pop singles against rhythm and blues-orientated album material. They were known in the US as part of the British Invasion. The Animals
The Animals
underwent numerous personnel changes in the mid-1960s and suffered from poor business management
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Eric Burdon
Eric Victor Burdon (born 11 May 1941)[2] is an English singer-songwriter and actor. He was previously the vocalist of rock band The Animals
The Animals
and funk band War.[3] He is regarded as one of the British Invasion's most distinct singers with his deep, powerful blues-rock voice.[citation needed] He is also known for his aggressive stage performances.[citation needed] He was ranked 57th in Rolling Stone's list The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.[4]Contents1 Early life 2 Career2.1 The Animals 2.2 War 2.3 Solo career 2.4 Other associations3 Film career 4 Discography 5 Filmography 6 References 7 Further reading 8 External linksEarly life[edit] Eric Burdon
Eric Burdon
was born in 1941 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. His father, Matt, was originally from Tyneside
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