Top 13 Notable Songs with Vocal HARMONIES / Best Harmony Songs The Mamas And The Papas – California Dreamin' (1965) The huge 1965 hit that we cannot even imagine without those Echo & Response harmonies that made it so big. You’ve a friend a friend to me. The last chorus has the high bluegrass thang on the end as we call it. A basic chord is made up of a triad, therefore, to cover all three notes it needs three singers. The thing about bluegrass style harmony is that it's very close, all the time. Stephen plays guitar and sings with Sam Bush. Yes, while someone is singing the regular melody of All the Good Times Are Past and Gone, in the key of A, you can sing that E note along with the words. Classic country from the 1940s through the 1980s had some shining moments that laid the groundwork for all our favorite, feels-inducing and harmony-heavy songs today. In 2011, Compass Records released I’ll Take Love, an album of Louisa Branscomb songs featuring John Cowan, Claire Lynch, The Whites, Dave Peterson, Josh Williams, and Alison Krauss. Particularly because I like to hear the melody in the songs I’m playing. The reason that good bluegrass singers can sing harmony together on the fly is that bluegrass harmonies follow a few simple rules.