Know any musical “cameos”?

Can you name songs where there’s a guest performer (credited or uncredited) on someone else’s album?

Sometimes the guest artists’ presence is subtle.
The only thing I don’t “count” would be vocal duets.

Otherwise, any genre- go crazy. 🙂

Jimmy Buffett is a guest vocalist on the Eagles’ classic “I Can’t Tell You Why”, which features Glenn Frey as lead guitar instead of Joe Walsh or Bernie Leadon. Buffett is also in the chorus shouting “The Greeks Don’t Want No Freaks” on the Eagles’ Long Run album.

Steely Dan’s “Hey Nineteen” featured guests Mark Knopfler and Rick Derringer. Crafty Derringer also played on early Weird Al Yankovic albums to make Al’s songs sound exactly like the records.

Everyone knows the BeeGees’ influence on Frankie Valli’s contribution to the Grease Soundtrack, “Grease (Is The Word)”. What most don’t realize is the guitsr on that song was handled by Peter Frampton.

Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” featured Stephen Stills on acoustic guitar and was produced by Booker T.

Warren Zevon’s 1987 album “Sentimental Hygiene” featured all members of REM’s band (less Michael Stipe) playing on 8 tracks. The title cut featured another distinctive guitar, Neil Young. The collaboration between Buck/Mills/Berry and Zevon was so positive, that they made a one-take electric blues album together – billed as the Hindu Love Gods.

Thomas Dolby (She Blinded Me With Science) is the keyboard guest on Foreigner’s “Waiting For A Girl Like You” and Belinda Carlisle’s “Circle In The Sand”.

Tina Turner’s “Better Be Good To Me” is played by The Fixx, who even are in the video!

Patty Smyth’s 1987 album “Never Enough” is played exclusively by The Hooters.

Steve Martin’s “King Tut” has backing vocals credited to Toots Uncommon. The actual singers were none other than The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, who were recording their album right down the hall from the noted comedy king and, as big fans, couldn’t wait to help on Steve’s single.

Bob Seger does background vocals on Kid Rock’s “All Night Long”. Both are Detroit natives.

The Everly Brothers’ hit “All I Have To Do Is Dream” featured Chet Atkins on guitar.

Huey Lewis & The News’ “Hip To Be Square” had backing vocals done by several San Francisco 49ers, including Joe Montana.

Steve Jones of The Sex Pistols plays the solo on Billy Idol’s “Dancing With Myself”.

Eltron John’s “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” was supposed to be an all-star cast of background vocalists, including Carl Wilson and Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys, Toni Tennille and Daryl Dragon (The Captain and Tennille), and Dusty Springfield, as well as members of America and Three Dog Night. All the voices sounded terrible when mixed together, so the final cut used only Wilson, Johnston, and Tennille.

Well for me I can definitely say that I favor music that is a bit “catchy” and contains elements that I can grasp unto. I don’t mean catchy as in a hook or a looping chorus but rather a certain sound or genre-specific thing that my mind can latch unto and groove to.Sludge Metal for example has the “heaviness” factor and slow, crunchy sound that I found I have liked ever since my first few listens to Black Sabbath. I’m not just going to listen to a song because I like the lyrics or the drums sections is prolific or other reasons that people have listed as to why they listen to a certain song. Other than that my taste is pretty varied but I am only 19 so it is still very much developing and progressing. Right now, I’m open to just about anything. I’m not really set on any particular ideology or anything of that sort. Whatever sounds good I’ll bump it. BQ: Black Sabbath System of a Down Bone Thugs n Harmony Parokya ni Edgar Eraserheads

Cheech and Chong make a cameo appearance on Joni Mitchell’s “Twisted”.…

Also, are you familiar with “Music from Free Creek”? Fabulous double album from the ’70s, and originally there were several artists who couldn’t or wouldn’t let them use their real names ~ I see now that they are getting credit ~ but Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, and a couple others, who were easily recognizable by their sound, used pseudonyms: Jeff Beck was A.N.Other, Eric Clapton was King Cool, and Eric Mercury was…. I forget! And they certainly didn’t have the songs liked up by “So and so’s Session” as they do now.. they just listed the songs and who played on them, all jumbled up. Was kinda underground at the time, and now it feels like the record company is trying to cash in on the big names. pfft

I’ll have to listen to it again 😀 I’ve got the album at home and can check.…

John Paul Jones played piano and mandolin on a couple of song on the Foo Fighters album In Your Honour.

Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age) played guitar on the song Razor from the same album.

Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs) plays a guitar part on the song X-Static from the Foo Fighters self-titled debut album. The only part on the album that wasn’t performed by Dave Grohl.

Eddie Van Halen played the solo on Michael Jackson’s song Beat It.

James Taylor played banjo on the song Old Man from Neil Young’s Harvest album.

Ian Mackaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi etc.) plays guitar on Youth Against Fascism from Sonic Youth’s Dirty album.

J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr) plays some lead guitar on Thurston Moore’s album Trees Outside The Academy.

Sheila E playing percussion on Prince U Got the Look
Martha Wash, Weathergirl, Singing on C&C Music Factory Gonna Make You Sweat
Stevie Ray Vaughn playing guitar on David Bowie Modern Love
Flea plaing bass on Young Mc Bust a Move
Eddie Van Halen guitar on Beat It by Michael Jackson

A Stevie Nicks selection :~

On the 1994 album “Street Angel” she covered the song ‘Just Like a Woman’
Bob Dylan played harmonica on it for her.

On her 1989 album, Bruce Hornsby contributed a vocal duet on ‘Two Kinds of Love’, but also some nice piano work on ‘Juliet’. The same album features two saxophone contributions by Kenny G, on ‘Two Kinds of Love’ and ‘Alice’.

Back on her 1983 album “The Wild Heart”, Prince played synthesizer on ‘Stand Back’. Mick Fleetwood also appeared, contributing drums to ‘Sable on Blond’.

Over the years, Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench {members of The Heartbreakers} have contributed guitars and organ to various of Stevie’s songs…


Axl Rose provided backing vocals on Don Henley’s ‘I Will Not Go Quietly’

Sandy Denny vocalised the ‘town crier’ on Led Zeppelin’s ‘The Battle of Evermore’
{I don’t think her vocal could quite be called a ‘duet’}

Danny Thompson {of Pentangle} played double bass on several Nick Drake songs on “Five Leaves Left”. He also appeared on a selection of John Martyn albums, Loreena McKennitt’s “The Book of Secrets”, and two ‘world’ albums by Toumani Diabate.

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Armour-Plated Angel:
Sting was given a co-writing credit

Somebody’s Watching Me by Rockwell featured Michael Jackson on the chorus. Since Rockwell was really Berry Gordy Jr.’s son, I suspect Michael did it as a favor to a friend.

Dammit, Fonzie, of all the times to ask, when I have to go to class. 😛

Off the top of my head, Daniel Heiman from Lost Horizon did guest vocals for Highland Glory’s “From the Cradle to the Brave,” and Dan Swano from Edge of Sanity did the death growls for Threshold’s “Slipstream.” I believe Mikael Akerfeldt also did death growls for Eidolon’s “Within the Gates.” (he’s not directly credited, but he is thanked in the lyrics booklet) Kai Hansen from Gamma Ray did vocals for a song on Heavenly’s debut. ZP Theart of DragonForce did the vocals for one or two of Power Quest’s demos, but he’s never been credited as a member of the band. Lindsay Dawson of Herman Li’s previous band “Demoniac” did backing vocals for the DragonForce album “Inhuman Rampage.”

The Indigo Girls perform background vocals on P!nk’s song “Dear Mr. President.”

Joni Mitchell performs background vocals on James Taylor’s cover of Carole King’s “You’ve Got A Friend.” (three great singer-songwriters of the 1970’s on one track!)

Eric Clapton on Th Beatles ‘White Album’
Steve Winwood on Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Electric Ladyland’
John Lennon on David Bowie’s ‘Young Americans’

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