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Guest Musicians on Famous Songs
Can you name the guest musical appearances on these famous songs?
Updated Dec 1, 2013
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Song - Artist
Beat It - Michael Jackson
Played guitar solo, for a 12-pack of beer
China Girl - David Bowie
Lead guitar, on pretty much the whole Let's Dance album
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man - Bob Seger
Acoustic guitar and vocals at age 19
While My Guitar Gently Weeps - The Beatles
Guitar solo, in return for George's wife?
Dream Lover - Bobby Darin
Piano, but he didn't write the song
Redneck Friend - Jackson Browne
Piano. Credited as Rockaday Johnny, as he didn't have a work permit
Heart of Gold - Neil Young
Female background vocals
I'm Every Woman - Chaka Khan
Backup vocals, and she later recorded it herself.
Always on the Run - Lenny Kravitz
Co-lead guitarist and songwriter
I Feel for You - Chaka Khan
Harmonica, while Melle Mel guest-rapped
Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley
Guitar, by Mr. Guitar
You Oughta Know - Alanis Morissette
Lead guitar, bringing the anger
Private Dancer - Tina Turner
Guitar solo, but the song was written by Mark Knopfler!
Old Man - Neil Young
Banjo, and background vocals.
Fame - David Bowie
Co-writer (at least credited) and background vocalist
Layla - Derek and the Dominoes
Co-lead guitarist; he happened to be in Miami
You're So Vain - Carly Simon
Background vocals; the song was not about him
Please Mr. Postman - The Marvellettes
Drums, as a 22-year old. Turned out he could sing too.
Bust A Move - Young MC
Played bass for $200 and a bag of weed
Gloria - Them
Lead guitar, as a session musician
Young Americans - David Bowie
Backing vocals and co-writer. A real surprise.
Morning Has Broken - Cat Stevens
Keyboards. He claims he was never paid. Yes.
Champagne Supernova - Oasis
Lead guitar and backing vocals, a real Jam session
Leader of the Pack - The Shangri-Las
Pianist, as a 15-year old (but he may not have made the final cut)
No One Knows - Queens of the Stone Age
On drums, for the entire album and tour.
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