The Greatest And Most Unexpected Musical Collaborations Of All Time

Nadine Blanco | October 10, 2018 5:21 pm

When great artists work together, amazing things can happen. Remember when Aerosmith allowed Run-DMC to do a rap cover for “Walk This Way?” Classic. Or how about that time Santana enlisted Rob Thomas to sing on “Smooth?” Also a classic. We love when artists get together to create something new – especially when they work with someone outside of their genre. Not all interesting collaborations work out, however (we’re looking at you, Brad Paisley and LL Cool J). Read on to re-discover some of the greatest music collaborations of all time and maybe discover some you might not have heard!

“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” – The Beatles + Eric Clapton

George Harrison wrote “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” in 1968 following The Beatles’ trip to India to study Transcendental Meditation. The song reflected the disharmony between band members, who were not too enthusiastic to record the song.

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Birmingham Post & Mail/Mirrorpix/Mirrorpix via Getty Images

As a result, Harrison invited his good friend Eric Clapton to collaborate on the project. Clapton overdubbed some of the lead guitar, though he wasn’t formally credited for his contribution on the album. Harrison and Clapton collaborated frequently during the late ’60s. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” went on to become one of the most highly-regarded musical collaborations of all time.