Listen Again: Famous Artists Who Sang Background On Hit Songs

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John Legend on “You Don’t Know My Name” by Alicia Keys

The Kanye West produced track from 2004 also features background vocals from John Legend. True to standard Kanye form, it features a sample from Main Ingredient’s 1974 song “Let Me Prove My Love to You” The song was a smash, peaking at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Keys’ third top ten hit. It eventually won a Grammy for Best R&B song and was later rated as one of the 100 best songs of 2004 by Blender magazine. We’re wondering if Legend was hitting those high”oooo”  notes. Shortly before this he provide background vocals for Jay Z’s “Encore” where you can hear him much more clearly.

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