Arnold McCuller

Arnold Rufus McCuller is an American vocalist, songwriter, and record producer, born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He is active as a solo artist and session musician, but is perhaps best known for his work as a touring back-up singer with artists such as James Taylor,[1] Phil Collins, Beck, Bonnie Raitt, and Todd Rundgren. He has toured for thirty years with Taylor and is an audience favorite for his featured vocal parts on the songs "Shower the People", "I Will Follow", and "Is That the Way You Look". He has also toured extensively with Collins and is one of the main lead vocalists on the live version of "Easy Lover". In 2010 McCuller joined the Troubadour Reunion Tour supporting James Taylor and Carole King.

Arnold McCuller
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McCuller with Lyle Lovett & His Large Band
At the Orpheum Theatre
Background information
Birth nameArnold McCuller
Born (1950-08-26) August 26, 1950 (age 69)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
OriginCleveland, Ohio
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, record producer, actor
Years active1974–present
LabelsWhat's Good
Associated acts
McCuller singing his coda part to "Shower the People" on the 2010 Troubadour Reunion Tour


McCuller has had numerous acting parts in films, particularly in movies centered on music, such as American Hot Wax (1978) and The Hollywood Knights (1980). He appeared in the film The Sum of All Fears singing "The Star-Spangled Banner". Although he did not appear onscreen in Duets, his vocals were blended with those of actor Andre Braugher to make a composite singing voice for the character "Reggie Kane"; in the film, Reggie Kane sang with Paul Giamatti on "Try a Little Tenderness" and performed an a cappella version of "Free Bird".

McCuller also performed the song "Nowhere to Run" for the 1979 film The Warriors, which appears on the film's soundtrack (A&M Records); and was one of the four singers in the "guitar duel sequence" in the 1986 film Crossroads, with Ry Cooder.


Solo albumsEdit

  • A Part of Me That's You (1984) with David Benoit
  • Exception to the Rule (1994)
  • You Can't Go Back (1999)
  • Exception to the Rule (2000) reissue (with fewer songs)
  • Back to Front (2002)
  • Live at the Baked Potato (2002)
  • Circa 1990 (2003)
  • Sabor (2009)
  • The Present (2010)
  • Soon as I Get Paid (2011)
  • Back @ The Baked Potato Live 2015 (2015)
  • Witness (2017)

with James TaylorEdit

And Many years of touring since the late '70s with the exception of 1990 (Phillip Ballou filled in), 1994 (Dorian Holley filled in), 2012 (Jim Gilstrap filled in with the exception of solo on Shower the People), and some of 2019 (Dorian Holley filled in at first & then both performed at Las Vegas & Tanglewood)

with Phil CollinsEdit

with Lyle LovettEdit

Film SoundtracksEdit


  1. ^ McCuller, Arnold (2008). "Biography: You May Not Know the Name, But You Certainly Know the Voice". Arnold McCuller Official Website. Retrieved September 16, 2009.

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