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Beatles Backing Vocals - Best Combination?
30 June 2020
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Among the Beatles, especially in their early recordings, whenever one of them sang lead vocals, backing vocals were usually performed by two of the others. When Paul sang lead, John and George backed him up. With John, it was Paul and George backing him up, whereas Paul and John did backing vocals when George (or Ringo) sang lead.

The Beatles had three strong singers in J, P and G. Their voices blended well, but as backing vocalists, I think Paul and John made the best combination. Among my favorites are "What Goes On ," "With A Little Help From My Friends ," and "I'm Happy Just To Dance With You ."

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The best is John singing lead on Sexy Sadie with the background “Sexy Sadie she’s the latests and the greatest of them all... oooooh woooo ooooh”

I think Paul and George have slightly cleaner and precise vocals, whereas John has the most character. Not to say Paul and George can’t bring the soul or the emotion, I just think John has an extremely unique expression, in the way Dylan does. 

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I find that George's voice is the most prevalent in backing vocals. John and Paul seem to blend better.

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George’s harmonies are almost invisible. Often the counterplay between John and Paul is the easiest to hear, George completes their three part harmony so cleverly in ways that often go unnoticed 

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sir walter raleigh said
The best is John singing lead on Sexy Sadie with the background “Sexy Sadie she’s the latests and the greatest of them all... oooooh woooo ooooh”

I think Paul and George have slightly cleaner and precise vocals, whereas John has the most character. Not to say Paul and George can’t bring the soul or the emotion, I just think John has an extremely unique expression, in the way Dylan does. 

  

I really think John is one of the best vocalists of all time because he’s equally amazing during lead and harmony. His harmonies are really something else. The “loving yooooooooooooou” at the end of It’s Only Love, which I’m listening to right now, is like a dagger to my heart in how effective it is. 

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My favourite is John and George together. Fantastic sound they got together - Paperback Writer , Another Girl , etc... Too bad it wasn't a particularly common thing, now that I think about it. a-hard-days-night-paul-10

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My favourite is John and George together. Fantastic sound they got together - Paperback Writer , Another Girl , etc... Too bad it wasn't a particularly common thing, now that I think about it. a-hard-days-night-paul-10

  

If I Needed Someone is a good collaboration. 

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Oh yes, that might be one if my favourite tracks in terms of backing vocals! Good thinking.

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I always loved Paul and George's backing vocals on 'Help !'

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sir walter raleigh said
George’s harmonies are almost invisible. Often the counterplay between John and Paul is the easiest to hear, George completes their three part harmony so cleverly in ways that often go unnoticed 

  

Couldn't agree more! John and Paul give the highs and lows, George blends it all together perfectly. His part usually goes unnoticed because it was so cleverly written and well performed. 

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alittlebitolder said
I always loved Paul and George's backing vocals on 'Help !'

  

The Night Before has excellent harmonising too.

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Timothy said

alittlebitolder said

I always loved Paul and George's backing vocals on 'Help !'

  

The Night Before has excellent harmonising too.

  

as well as an amazing lead performance from Paul.

George and John blended together so well. Here There And Everywhere : case and point. 

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sir walter raleigh said
George’s harmonies are almost invisible. Often the counterplay between John and Paul is the easiest to hear, George completes their three part harmony so cleverly in ways that often go unnoticed 

  

Agree. George's job of singing the middle "invisible" harmony was not an easy one. By itself, the middle part is not easy to sing. It takes extreme concentration not to be thrown off by the other harmonies, especially if you are sharing one mic. Imagine singing the middle part of "Because "!

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