Brass/ Woodwinds in Rock/ Pop
Appearances by certain wind instruments in Pop music are common, like tenor sax, which is all over 50’s Rock & Roll as a main solo instrument. Trumpet is heard mostly in the 60’s and 70’s. But what about the other horns?Here are some cool examples of unusual orchestrations featuring many of the OTHER winds.
Sonny & Cher- I Got You Babe - oboe.
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - Tears Of A Clown - bassoon & piccolo
The Hollies- King Midas In Reverse- two piccolos.
The Supremes- Baby Love- baritone sax solo
The Four Tops - It’s The Same Old Song - baritone sax solo
Ben E. King - Spanish Harlem - soprano sax
The Tokens- The Lion Sleeps Tonight- soprano sax.Paired with a classical Soprano singer.
Talking Heads- Cool Water- English horn.( from the album Naked).
The Police - Tea In The Sahara - oboe, played by Sting!
Thomas Dolby - Hyperactive- trombone
Rolling Stones- You Can’t Always Get What You Want- French Horn
The Beatles- Penny Lane- piccolo trumpet