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Pop Music: Backing Groups

This page lists singers (or in some cases musicians) and their backing groups.

Obviously, these questions can be asked the other way round.

Herb Alpert Click to show or hide the answer
Ginger Baker (post–Cream; self–titled 1970 debut album was a minor hit) Click to show or hide the answer
Archie Bell Click to show or hide the answer
Freddie Bell (Giddy–up–a–ding–dong, No. 4 1956) Click to show or hide the answer
Cliff Bennett Click to show or hide the answer
Acker Bilk Click to show or hide the answer
James Brown (on his early recordings – 1953–68) Click to show or hide the answer
Joe Brown Click to show or hide the answer
Johnny Clegg (South African vocalist) Click to show or hide the answer
Joe Cocker (1966–9 – including Woodstock) Click to show or hide the answer
Elvis Costello (1978–9, usually until 1982 and occasionally since) Click to show or hide the answer
Kid Creole Click to show or hide the answer
Desmond Dekker Click to show or hide the answer
Disco Tex Click to show or hide the answer
Julie Driscoll (This Wheel's on Fire, No. 5 1968) Click to show or hide the answer
Duane Eddy (in his early career; later on, a diminutive of this name was used) Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Simon Dupree (Kites, No. 9 1967) Click to show or hide the answer
Ian Dury (except Profoundly in Love with Pandora, 1985) Click to show or hide the answer
Gloria Estefan (1988–9) Click to show or hide the answer
Adam Faith (1958–65) Click to show or hide the answer
Georgie Fame (originally, Fame included, backed Billy Fury; after Fury fired them for being "too jazzy" and replaced them with the Tornados, they performed and recorded in their own right with Fame on vocals) Click to show or hide the answer
Shane Fenton (later known as Alvin Stardust) Click to show or hide the answer
Wayne Fontana Click to show or hide the answer
John Fred (Judy in Disguise with Glasses, No. 3 1968) Click to show or hide the answer
Freddie (Garrity) Click to show or hide the answer
Gerry (Marsden) Click to show or hide the answer
Gary Glitter Click to show or hide the answer
Luke Goss (post–Bros, 1993; two minor hits) Click to show or hide the answer
Grandmaster Flash (and/or Melle Mel – rap pioneer) Click to show or hide the answer
Hale & Pace (The Stonk, No. 1 1991) Click to show or hide the answer
Bill Haley Click to show or hide the answer
Steve Harley Click to show or hide the answer
Buddy Holly (only credited on You've Got Love, 1964) Click to show or hide the answer
Joan Jett Click to show or hide the answer
Jive Bunny Click to show or hide the answer
Johnny Johnson Click to show or hide the answer
Booker T. (Jones) – named after a British sports car Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
KC (Harry Wayne Casey) Click to show or hide the answer
Johnny Kidd Click to show or hide the answer
Gladys Knight Click to show or hide the answer
Billy J. Kramer Click to show or hide the answer
Alison Krauss Click to show or hide the answer
Ronnie Lane (post–Faces; two medium–sized hits, 1974) Click to show or hide the answer
Huey Lewis Click to show or hide the answer
Terry Lightfoot (English jazzman, 3 top 50 hits 1961–2) Click to show or hide the answer
Frankie Lymon (Why Do Fools Fall in Love, no. 1 1956) Click to show or hide the answer
Ziggy Marley (son of Bob – two minor hits, 1988–9) Click to show or hide the answer
Harold Melvin Click to show or hide the answer
Zoot Money (popular live band; only UK hit was Big Time Operator – no. 25 in 1966) Click to show or hide the answer
Gary Numan Click to show or hide the answer
Tony Orlando Click to show or hide the answer
Graham Parker (including his four UK Top 20 albums, 1977–80) Click to show or hide the answer
Tom Petty (until 1985, and occasionally from 1991) Click to show or hide the answer
Bobby 'Boris' Pickett (Monster Mash, no. 3 in 1975) Click to show or hide the answer
Brian Poole (until they went their own way in 1967) Click to show or hide the answer
Iggy Pop Click to show or hide the answer
Elvis Presley (1956–70 – over 100 recordings) Click to show or hide the answer
Prince (usually, 1984–6) Click to show or hide the answer
Gary Puckett (Young Girl, No. 1 in 1968) Click to show or hide the answer
Martha Reeves Click to show or hide the answer
Vic Reeves (Born Free, No. 6 in 1991) Click to show or hide the answer
Jonathan Richman (Roadrunner, no. 11 in 1977) Click to show or hide the answer
Smokey Robinson (1966–71) Click to show or hide the answer
Mitch Ryder (Jenny Take a Ride, No. 33 1966) Click to show or hide the answer
Sam the Sham (Woolly Bully, no. 11 1965) Click to show or hide the answer
Bob Seger Click to show or hide the answer
Paul Shane (Hi de Hi (Holiday Rock), no. 36 in 1981) Click to show or hide the answer
Rocky Sharpe (Rama Lama Ding Dong, no. 17 in 1978) Click to show or hide the answer
Siouxsie (a.k.a. Siouxsie Sioux) Click to show or hide the answer
Sly (Stone) Click to show or hide the answer
Bob B. Soxx (Zip–a–dee–doo–dah – Phil Spector produced, 1963) Click to show or hide the answer
Bruce Springsteen (with a gap from 1988–99, except for a reunion in 1995) Click to show or hide the answer
Tommy Steele (1956–7 – including his only no. 1, Singing the Blues) Click to show or hide the answer
Martin Stephenson Click to show or hide the answer
Junior Walker Click to show or hide the answer
Geno Washington Click to show or hide the answer
Frank Zappa (never jointly credited – he was leader of the band) Click to show or hide the answer

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