Tensions ran high during the recording of Fleetwood Mac's 1975 White Album, but you wouldn't know it from this photo, taken during a break at the recording studio. Something about a dog just puts everything in perspective. With that in mind, check out these 25 snapshots of famous musicians and their faithful companions.
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With Martha, his Old English Sheepdog, referred to in the title of the 1968 Beatles song "Martha My Dear."
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The Beach Boys' leader brought his dogs, Banana and Louie, to the studio and recorded their barking for his 1966 masterpiece, "Pet Sounds."
With her dog Meg in 1977, when she was still with the Runaways.
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With his girlfriend Pamela Courson and their dog Sage.
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At home with Bagel (perfect name for a New York City pooch) around the time Manilow recorded "I Write the Songs."
Twelve-year-old Michael posing for a portrait at his home in Los Angeles in 1971.
With his wife Priscilla and daughter Lisa Marie at Graceland. Over the years Elvis had quite a number of dogs, including Baba, Edmund, Muffin and Sweat Pea.
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On his English estate, 1978. Thirty-five years later, a reporter asked Daltrey to name his favorite song by The Who, and he singled out 1971's "Behind Blue Eyes" for the saddest of reasons. "I just remember the day—it was the day my dog got killed," the singer recalled, referring to another beloved pet. "I was very, very upset, to say the least. And it comes out. You can hear it in the vocal."
With her poodle Sadie during a photo shoot to promote the 1966 CBS special, "Color Me Barbra."
Clowning with his dog Lilly at home in Beverly Hills.
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He's obviously a believer.
With longtime girlfriend Dee Harrington and their dogs, 1973.
Sitting for a portrait with her pet at home in Laurel Canyon.
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Somehow we never imagined Soul Brother No. 1 having a toy poodle. Here he is in 1960, five years before "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag."
At far right, with his dog Jeep, in a photo taken for the cover of Derek and the Dominoes' "There's One in Every Crowd." The Weimaraner inspired Clapton's friend George Harrison to compose "I Remember Jeep" in 1970, around the time Clapton was falling in love with Harrison's wife Pattie.
In costume for the filming of the 1995 movie "The Grotesque." Today Sting has a pointer named Compass, who travels with him always.
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Her boxer, called Mister, became so excited when Holiday was released after a year in prison that onlookers feared she was being attacked.
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Arriving with a King Charles Spaniel under his arm, the day of a 1971 Rolling Stones concert. Several years earlier, Richards toured the U,S, with another beloved dog, named Ratbag. As bandmate Bill Wyman recalled, "Keith smuggled the puppy through Customs underneath his coat."
The Chili Peppers' lead singer is also famous for being a dog lover.
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Posing for the cover of his 1972 album "One Man Dog." Two decades later, he wrote "Copperline," a song about his beloved childhood pet Hercules.
No, that's not a plush toy. It's Carly's dog Molly, chilling in a store on Martha's Vineyard.
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At a U.K. airport with wife his Maureen and their fluffy pooch in 1972, a few months after Ringo released his Top 10 solo hit "Back Off Boogaloo."
Doing a photo shoot in connection with the release of his 1974 album "Diamond Dogs." Bowie's last dog was Max, a mix of Shih Tzu and poodle who—like his late owner—had mismatched eyes.
Enjoying canine companionship between takes during the filming of "Magical Mystery Tour." As a small boy, Lennon wrote a poem titled "Good Dog Nigel" about his first pet (opening line: "Arf, Arf, he goes, a merry sight").
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