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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Invisible voices-George Harrison, David Crosby, Joey Molland

Photo above by James Fortune

I was intrigued to note the connection between David Crosby of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, and George Harrison of the Beatles, they are both "invisible voices." Both are credited with creating harmony parts that are critical for the lush arrangements in their respective bands.

When Graham Nash took the high parts, and Stephen Stills lower or middle, whatever David Crosby did blended in so well and effectively it was very difficult to tell which part he was singing.

George Harrison is sandwiched between Paul and John in the vocal layering, and it is hard to detect him next to the highly textured John Lennon and Paul McCartney's pure tones. No doubt there are many other fine singers that play such critical roles, you could certainly add Joey Molland to that type of harmony singer. While Tom Evan's keening and powerful voice soared over Pete's rich tones, Joey mingled in their invisibly, just like Harrison and Crosby.

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