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QMH November 2011

Arnold McCuller Gallery


A Part of Me That's You (1984)
Exception to the Rule (1990)
You Can't Go Back (1999)
Back to Front (2002)
Live at The Baked Potato (2002)
Circa 1990 (2003)
Sabor (2009)
Soon As I Get Paid (2011)

Arnold McCuller has provided backing vocals for artists on thousands
of recordings, and in countless concerts, including :

James Taylor, Carole King, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Luther Vandros, Bonnie Raitt,
Linda Ronstadt, Bette Midler, Lionel Richie, Aaron Neville, Lyle Lovett, Phil Collins,
Stevie Wonder, Melissa Manchester, Ry Cooder, Jackson Browne, Kenny Loggins,
Jennifer Warnes, Willie Nelson, Cher, Michael Feinstein, Carly Simon, Herbie Mann,
Neil Diamond, The Jacksons, Beck, Roseanne Cash, Ray Charles, Etc Etc Etc x1000

Below are images for the recordings mentioned in my interview
[ some images have others 'behind' them ]

Arnold's first back-up work was on the song "Oh, Heaven," in 1974, and
first duet was on "Whenever I Call You Friend" in 1979, for Melissa Manchester

Below, the four-man group, Revelation, (all gay) was Arnold and Phillip Ballou, Benny Diggs and Arthur Freeman. The group recorded several other albums, though Arnold left the act after the 1975 LP.

Click for larger scans of Revelation and Good Vibrations LPs

Who knew we had a gay trio singing disco?

The Good Vibrations were Arnold McCuller, David Lasley & Luther Vandross
They did 1978-style disco to the Beach Boys songs "I Get Around," "Good Vibrations,"
"Don't Worry Baby, "Darlin'" and "God Only Knows"

Since he began in show business, Arnold has been singing with David Lasley,
who probably has as many backup credits as Arnold over the years, along with a
number of solo releases and writing credits. Also, below right, Luther Vandross and David Lasley


Below, Arnold's first, of many, movie soundtrack credits

On "Winter Moon" Arnold solo-ed on the John Bucchino song "A Mama Like Mine." He provided backups
on the title track for Michael Callen's "A Love Worth Fighting For." On Callen's retrospective CD "Legacy,"
Arnold sang on "Love Worth Fighting For," "They Are Falling All Around Us," "Sacred," "Crazy World,"
"Now" and "Better in the Moonlight."

For the "Duets" movie Arnold sang with Paul Giamatti on "Try a Little Tenderness" and was all by himself on "Freebird."

Below, Click for the Video of Arnold backing up James Taylor

Below, on October 15, 2011, Arnold participated in an all-star gala,
celebrating the birthday of President Clinton and the tenth anniversary
of Clinton's foundation. Arnold helped open the show, singing backups
for Steven Wonder, and closed the show on a Joe Cocker song

Ah, gotta plug the new CD again...