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Solo Artists Who Have Teamed Up With An Established Band To Record A Hit Song

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On a recent airing of American Top Forty on the local oldies station, legendary host Casey Kasem pointed out an interesting musical first that occurred for the on a week in 1974. The trivia served as part of his intro to a song that had reached the top of both the soul and pop charts at the same time earlier that year.

When the now classic “Then Came You” hit number one a month before, it marked the first time that both a solo artist and a band had combined to make a song that reached the very top of the charts. On that well known track Dionne Warwick had teamed up with the Motown hitmakers known as the Spinners to form quite a collaboration.

Although not one of the following septet ever made it all the way to number one like Dionne Warwick and the Spinners managed to do four decades ago, here are seven more solo artists who have teamed with an already established band to record a hit song or in some cases an entire album.

The well known David Bowie and even better known Queen joined forces to make “Under Pressure”, which hit number one in the United Kingdom and can still be heard in the rotation of oldies stations throughout America as well as the entire world.

The biggest single from the collaboration of folk rock legends Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead was the first ever live performance of “Queen Jane Approximately”, one of the seven tracks from a self-titled album they did together back in the early Nineties.

Popular Canadian indie artist Feist shared lead vocals with Jeff Tweedy on Wilco’s “You and I” from the band’s self-titled album of 2010.

Indie sensation Brandi Carlisle teamed up with the alt country quintet the Old 97s to record “Good With God”, the first single from 2017’s Graveyard Whistling.

Newly established solo artist Stevie Nicks scored a hit while singing “Stop Dragging My Heart Around” with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, a tune that peaked at number three on the Billboard Top Ten chart.

Eric Bourdon, not long after leaving the Animals to pursue a solo career, made the charts with “Spill the Wine” with the popular Seventies band War.

British alternative artist Billy Bragg made an entire album with Wilco, as he and Jeff Tweedy were given permission to add music to some of the unrecorded lyrics of Woody Guthrie for a CD called Mermaid Avenue.

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