Battle Royale: Rock’s Grooviest Hippie Backing Vocalists Posted by Mr. Moderator Oct 182012 Wow, Parliament-Funkadelic‘s groovy hippie backing vocalists may have blown the competition out of the water. Can you top them? Pages: 1 2 3 14 Responses to “Battle Royale: Rock’s Grooviest Hippie Backing Vocalists” cdm says: 10/18/2012 at 9:00 am Ahem [adjusts pince nez] Cassie Gaines was Steve gains sister, not wife. 0 High Five Mr. Moderator says: 10/18/2012 at 9:04 am Jeez!!! No wisecracks, please. I’ve already got the English on my ass. I’ll fix that. 0 High Five cdm says: 10/18/2012 at 9:12 am I can’t tell if Sunny and Sue are in the Joe Cocker clip but they should definitely be up for consideration. I first noticed them while pouring over some Mott the Hoople liner notes in high school. They sang with Cocker on “A Little Help from my Friends”, with T Rex on 20th Century Boy, and with a bunch of other famous folks like Bowie, Tom Jones, etc. Also, Bob Marley’s I Threes should be considered because, while I’m certain there are differences between Rastafarians and hippies, the common denominators of bare feet, weed smoke and patchouli oil should be enough for them to merit inclusion. 0 High Five Mr. Moderator says: 10/18/2012 at 9:30 am I didn’t realize Sue and Sunny were their own entity and members of The Brotherhood of Man. Here they are with their band, in groovy demin-clad times: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nha4idDhowA The I Threes count for the reasons you list. 0 High Five Mr. Moderator says: 10/18/2012 at 9:31 am More groovy Brotherhood of Man footage – and especially good contrast with the Ikettes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbE9V3dk7Kc 0 High Five Mr. Moderator says: 10/18/2012 at 9:36 am Finally, regarding my brief look into Sue and Sunny, I found them backing Lulu on her 1969 Eurovision-winning performance. This ties together our previous thread, on cheeky English soul belters inspired by To Sir With Love: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ew43u2gS0Y 0 High Five 2000 Man says: 10/18/2012 at 9:37 am The Honkettes aren’t hippie girls. They’re Southern Rock N’ Roll girls, and I’ll bet they could drink more whiskey than half the male hippie population combined, and still get up and sing. 0 High Five loosehandlebars says: 10/18/2012 at 9:40 am I personally favour The Blackberries. Venetta (former Ikette), Clydie (a Raelette & Soul Goddess) & Sherlie added welcome glamour to the hair, denim & boogie of Humble Pie. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9Fe5YZ4Z5M Here is the incomparable Claudia Linnear with Kathi McDonald and Sweet Emily on rolling pin ! Furry Lewis sits among the hippies and wonders when the cheque will arrive. 0 High Five Mr. Moderator says: 10/18/2012 at 9:40 am Where I come from even true-blooded, whiskey-soaked American longhairs are hippies! 0 High Five Mr. Moderator says: 10/18/2012 at 9:42 am YES!!! I love the performances from this would-be Robert Altman movie! These backing vocalists have grabbed the belt and are parading it around the ring! 0 High Five misterioso says: 10/18/2012 at 9:51 am Not hippies, but any excuse to post the clip of Gary Wright performing “Love Is Alive” with the sexy backup singers/percussionists in silky martial arts-type outfits, I’m going for it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCc7XJRDD74 0 High Five cdm says: 10/18/2012 at 10:35 am Also, for your consideration: Thunderthighs, a trio of women who sang on Roll Away the Stone by Mott the Hoople and on “Take a Walk on the Wild Side”. I think this is them doing Roll Away the Stone. Not particularly hippie-ish but they seem like fun to have in the band. Also notable in this video: Buffin taking the piss out of lip synching with his colossal drumsticks. You should be jotting this stuff down, Koobas Drummer Guy! 0 High Five BigSteve says: 10/18/2012 at 10:36 pm Leon Russell really pioneered that sound, didn’t he? Joe Cocker with Mad Dogs & Englishmen, The Letter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RnjWLVyMps At about the one-minute mark you see the white hippie version in all its braless glory. It’s like an R. Crumb cartoon. But when I read the original post what I heard in my head was Leon doing Stranger in a Strange Land: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hjy7RAu8TJ4 From about 2:37 you can get a good look at three black women doing a more succinct version of that sound. 0 High Five Mr. Moderator says: 10/18/2012 at 11:38 pm When I host my flashback party in my uncle’s bedroom, playing 8-tracks of Leon Russell and Joe Cocker and finger-painting Day-Glo designs on his wall, you’re invited. 0 High Five Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.