Background to the foreground. One of the things that we love most about music is the ability to discover new things about a song, no matter how many times we have heard it before.
Here is a collection of 150 amazing performances by background singers. Try listening to each song focusing on the backup performers and not on the lead. We're sure you'll hear each song in a brand new way.
Whether it is Luther Vandross improvising "I heard the news today, oh boy" behind Bowie on "Young Americans" or Cissy Houston sailing behind Aretha or the Pips on "Midnight Train to Georgia" we think it is what's in the background that counts. All hail the backup singers!
From 1974 to 1978, a bunch of music rebels (some who could barely play) gathered in the Bowery in New York City to pump life into a disco-overloaded music scene. The place was CBGB. The rebels were the punks that saved music. And check out the film CBGB (from 2013). Here's a playlist from the bands that set the club on fire.
Here's a fun playlist featuring musical parents and their children. Most often, the parental legend is too hard to live up to (think: Sean and Julian Lennon, Lisa Marie Presley and Nancy Sinatra). On rare occasion though, the offspring surpasses the parent (think: Whitney Houston and Miley Cyrus...though in her case it was not such a hard act to follow). In a few instances, we even find three generations of musicians (the Carter Family, the Williams' and the Guthries).
A couple of notes: Sting's son Joe Sumner is in the band Fiction Plane. David Crosby's son (James Raymond) plays with him in the band CPR. The band 3T features three of Tito Jackson's sons. Ally Palmer of the Scottish punk band TV21 is the dad of Michael Palmer of We Were Promised Jetpacks.
Here's the family affair: