A backing band or backup band is a musical ensemble that accompanies a lead singer at a live performance or on a recording .  A backup band can also accompany an instrumental soloist, such as a lead guitaristor solo fiddler , though all-instrumental performances, with no singing, are not common in popular music and traditional music . This can be an established, long-standing group that has little or no change in membership, or it may be an ad hoc group assembled for a single show or a single recording. Ad hoc or “pickup”
Some of the best-known, most long-lived, and most established backing bands (including lead artist) include:
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