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  posted on 7/14/2006 at 12:26 AM
Who's that singin' really high on the chorus of Ramblin' Man?
It sounds to high to be Gregg. It sounds like a woman to me.

 

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  posted on 7/14/2006 at 09:31 AM
Just from memory, I have only been aware of Gregg's voice singing backup on the song. "Ramblin' Man" was really their only hit single, on top 40 and I think on country charts too. I have speculated that Capricorn wanted Gregg's voice and B3 heard on the song so it didn't sound as much like a Dickey Betts solo recording backed by the ABB.
 

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  posted on 7/14/2006 at 09:34 AM
I think Butch got in on the backgound vocals on this song also.

 

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  posted on 7/14/2006 at 10:03 AM
I have never seen a microphone in front of Butch. If I had to guess, and I could be entirely wrong, but didn't B.O. sing some harmony on this? I know he laid the bass line to it on Brothers and Sisters. I don't know how they did the recording process, if it was song by song, or if they laid instrumental tracks to all songs, then vocals. I'm just not sure. But knowing B.O. had a mic for live performances and did sing lead vocal on Hoochie Coochie Man, I'd surmise that he was in the harmony somewhere. One thing I did notice on the Hofstra video of Ramblin' Man was NO ONE was singing any harmony. Maybe they hadn't developed the parts yet and sang a bare bones version of the song to road test it.

 

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  posted on 7/14/2006 at 10:06 AM
Gregg is definitely one. B.O. likely. Didn't Chuck sing some "high" background vocals as well?
 

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  posted on 7/14/2006 at 10:43 AM
We could check the track listings on a Brothers and Sisters CD.
 

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  posted on 7/14/2006 at 10:45 AM
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  posted on 7/14/2006 at 10:52 AM
I don't know how they did the recording process, if it was song by song, or if they laid instrumental tracks to all songs, then vocals. I'm just not sure.

Johnny said iBrothers and Sisters was recorded mostly on a song by song basis. That's the way he still works. The only thing he does is go back and fix any vocals that need fixing and add overdubs. As to who sang backup...Johnny mentioned Gregg and Berry but honestly couldn't remember if it was one or both of them. I'll try to find out more a little later.

 

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  posted on 7/14/2006 at 10:55 AM
On my original vinyl copy the background vocals are credited to Gregg and Chuck.
 

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  posted on 7/14/2006 at 11:03 AM
Could it had been Les Dudek............wasnt he on some of the cuts?????

 

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  posted on 7/14/2006 at 11:04 AM
I tell ya...it's great to have an insider source to fill in the blanks we, the fans, draw on questions like these. Tell Johnny "thanks" for us, Ann!

 

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  posted on 7/14/2006 at 11:05 AM
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On my original vinyl copy the background vocals are credited to Gregg and Chuck.


Johnny said that's probably right.....Chuck is a good singer so it would figure.....as I said before, it would take some concentration for him to get back to those sessions and he's been busy working on some other things.....highly focused and single minded you might say

 

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  posted on 7/14/2006 at 11:30 AM
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Could it had been Les Dudek............wasnt he on some of the cuts?????


I have visited with Les about his participation on B&S and he only mentions the guitar work on Jessica & Ramblin' Man. With the number of players in the ABB that provided vocals at one time or another, I'd find it highly unlikely that Les sang on RM also. Just my .02 worth.

 

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  posted on 7/14/2006 at 11:42 AM
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On my original vinyl copy the background vocals are credited to Gregg and Chuck.


Johnny said that's probably right.....Chuck is a good singer so it would figure.....as I said before, it would take some concentration for him to get back to those sessions and he's been busy working on some other things.....highly focused and single minded you might say


And I feel safe to say that as Johnny is a pro he would have seen to it that the credits were properly given at that time for the exact reason that 30 some years later the people involved would not recall details in specifics. There is no reason to think that Les for instance would provide a vocal and not have gotten credit for at that time.

 

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  posted on 7/14/2006 at 01:31 PM
The high vocal part is the one I was asking about initially. It's the most prominent harmony part.
I mean, it's super high notes. Never heard Gregg get up that high vocally.

 

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  posted on 7/14/2006 at 03:00 PM
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There is no reason to think that Les for instance would provide a vocal and not have gotten credit for at that time.

Funny you should say that because in an early 80s interview once DB said he didn't recall Les even playing on the Album at all. His name is on the credits though.

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The high vocal part is the one I was asking about initially. It's the most prominent harmony part. I mean, it's super high notes. Never heard Gregg get up that high vocally.


The one you hear most prominently is definitely Gregg. Back in the day he could hit those high notes very consistently.

 

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  posted on 7/14/2006 at 04:59 PM
I have always thought that the background vocals were Dickey. Similar to Gregg singing the harmony parts on "Midnight Rider".

 

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  posted on 7/14/2006 at 05:02 PM
i always thought it was gregg & dickey singin together.

 

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  posted on 7/14/2006 at 09:44 PM
Too high vocally to be Gregg unless they sped the tape up.
I'm gonna write Chuck and ask him.
I needs to know.

 

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  posted on 7/14/2006 at 09:55 PM
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Too high vocally to be Gregg unless they sped the tape up.
I'm gonna write Chuck and ask him.
I needs to know.

Could he have sang it in falsetto?

 

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  posted on 7/14/2006 at 10:26 PM
Could he have sang it in falsetto?

I was going to venture that as a guess....since Johnny hasn't sat still long enough for me to ask him again...but I forgot how to spell falsetto

 

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  posted on 7/14/2006 at 11:32 PM
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Too high vocally to be Gregg unless they sped the tape up.
I'm gonna write Chuck and ask him.
I needs to know.

Could he have sang it in falsetto?


back when gregg was younger he had a pretty high range - i'm sure he could hit those falsetto notes back then. listen to some of the old hourglass stuff. gregg's vocal style was not the deep gritty/bluesy vocal that we've become used to hearing him sing with the abb (probably due to the liberty producers). i'm pretty sure it's gregg as i don't hear chuck or dickey (as great as singers as they are) hitting those notes.

 

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  posted on 7/15/2006 at 03:04 PM
i wanna know who won the guessin game here

 

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  posted on 7/15/2006 at 03:15 PM
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Too high vocally to be Gregg unless they sped the tape up.
I'm gonna write Chuck and ask him.
I needs to know.



I remember comments from Butch about how the sound of Ramblin Man was tinny because the tape was sped up.

 

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