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While receiving credit for writing, performing, or recording a song goes without saying, sometimes recording artists do other recording artists favors and want no credit for their work. Here are 7 music cameos that were completely uncredited.
- Eric Clapton. The rock star played guitar on the track “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” for The Beatles. In return, George Harrison played guitar on the Cream song “Badge.”
- Eddie Van Halen. He played the guitar solo on Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” for the record “Thriller” in 1984. Eddie Van Halen recorded the solo as a favor to Michael Jackson and “Thriller’s” producer Quincy Jones. While Eddie Van Halen recorded the solo, he was unable to appear in “Beat It’s” music video because Van Halen and Michael Jackson were on different record labels.
- Mick Jagger. While it is believed that Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain” is about Mick Jagger, that’s simply not the case. Jagger merely recorded backing vocals for the song, while Carly Simon denied who the song is actually about. I say it’s Warren Beatty.
- Brian Wilson. The Beach Boys legend recorded vocals for Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” in 1979. These two different tastes (or should I say sounds), taste great together!
- Jack White. While it’s unconfirmed, it is believed that Jack White sang on Electric Six’s “Danger, High Voltage!” in 2003. The role is credited to John S. O’Leary, who is a fictional mechanic from Detroit. Jack White also received $60,000 for his part on the track. Is it Jack White? Listen below and you be the judge!
- Damon Albarn. He was dating Elastica’s lead singer Justine Frischmann at the time and the keyboards on their self-titled record is credited to one Mr. Dan Abnormal. Get it?
- Stevie Wonder. While the song “I Feel For You” was written by Prince (for Chaka Khan), Stevie Wonder played the track’s harmonica hook. Prince, Chaka Khan, and Stevie Wonder?! Now that’s a good trio of talent for a wonderful song!