OK, Maybe the Eagle Does Play Some Black People

As we usually do when we get into work, Rocks Off tuned into Dean & Rog on the Eagle and lo and behold, they were talking about our suggestions to improve the station we posted here Tuesday. D&R especially seemed to enjoy the part where we said it wouldn't kill the Eagle to play some more people of color - if you missed this morning's show, it was probably your only chance to hear Lou Rawls and Gladys Knight & the Pips on the station, like, ever. In the interest of fairness, Rocks Off did a little research, and it turns out the Eagle may be more color-blind than they realize. So there you go. (Note: this is by no means a comprehensive list; in some cases, the people below left before or joined after the songs in the Eagle's rotation were recorded. But still.) Big Country

  • Tony Butler, bass

David Bowie

  • Luther Vandross, background vocals, Young Americans (1976)
  • Nile Rodgers, producer/multiple instruments, Let's Dance (1983)

Dobie Gray Duran Duran

  • Nile Rodgers, producer, Arena (1984) and Notorious (1986)

Peter Gabriel

  • Nile Rogers, guitar, So (1986)
  • Manu Katche, drums/percussion, So
  • Youssou N'Dour, vocals, So


  • Nile Rodgers, producer, Swing (1984)

Billy Joel

  • Patti Austin, background vocals, The Stranger (1978)

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

  • Steve Ferrone, drums

Rolling Stones

  • Darryl Jones, bass
  • Blondie Chaplin, background vocals
  • Lisa Fischer, background vocals

Bruce Springsteen

  • Clarence Clemons, saxophone/vocals
  • David Sancious, keyboards/saxophone

Talking Heads

  • Bernie Worrell, keyboards/synthesizers, Speaking In Tongues (1983)

Thin Lizzy

  • Phillip Lynott, bass/vocals


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