Backup Band

 There have been at least four albums where Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were essentially the backup band for somebody else:

  • The Missing Years by John Prine
  • Unchained by Johnny Cash
  • American III:  Solitary Man by Johnny Cash
  • Mystery Girl by Roy Orbison
They also backed up Joe Cocker on a Rick Rubin produced album, but Joe hated it so much that he bought back the master tapes and never released it.  (I’d still like to hear it.)


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