The most versatile front man in rock ?

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  1. Chunkocaster

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    I think Richie Kotzen has a very versatile vocal range. Although not recognised in main stream because the industry doesn't promote him he can sound like Rod Stewart gravelly all the way to Terrence Trent Darby or Dio hitting high clear notes and sustaining them.

    He's constantly compared to Chris Cornell although that's mostly by people who listen with their eyes. His voice is more powerful, versatile and consistently solid than Cornell's.

    Top that off with the fact that he's a killer guitar player, multi instrumentalist and songwriter and it makes him hard to beat. Some of his 24 plus albums have been written and recorded by him alone with him playing all instruments and vocals..
     
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    Lotta specs to consider, many already listed, but I'd add and emphasize indelibly imprinting their voice on the masses.
    I liked some of the candidates, maybe a little too much in the old guy perspective though.
    The masses of today would have a different list.
    I can recall Plant, Jagger and Mercury but their voices were replaced over the years.
    They weren't versatile in the ways we seem to be assuming though?

    Chris Cornell is right up there IMO.
    And Trent Reznor.

    Prince is a pretty strong contender, but his voice has no home in my head.
    Cobain is indeed a solid runner as are Steve Winwood and Hendrix.
    Noticing that most are dead, and the IMO regrettable music Winwood made later; never mind, sorry.

    Can't really answer the question I guess.

    By the list in the OP of singers who didn't do much else, I'd add Billy Corgan.

    For being all about '60s Rock well into the '80s I'm pretty modern it seems...
     
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    Actually I think Hendrix can't be topped for singer songwriter rhythm & lead style innovator stage presence showman pop icon and studio wizard.
    Add followed and copied.
    Nobody did as much as all encompassingly and lastingly.

    Should have noted Bowie in the last post, hard to top his work.
     
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    I agree that he was great at what he did but he didn't venture far from his own style and was limited in vocal range.
     
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    So you read versatile as meaning wide range of styles more than wide range of skills?
    Going from Blues to Pop to progressive Pop was a pretty wide range for the times.
    I was mixing Kotzen up with I'm not sure who and really can't recall his work.
    Hard to separate how an artist personally affects us with how good they were.

    WRT venturing far from your own style, IMO Winwood shouldn't have ventured into the pop crap he did later.
    What the hell happened to him?
    Even with water on the brain Ozzy kept hitting hard.
    Steve went all limp and mushy...
     
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    I love them both, I was meaning that if Hendrix covered a song you would know it was Hendrix and it would be adapted to his style and to suit his abilities. I couldn't imagine him covering a Iron maiden song and playing Fusion with sweep picking etc.

    Kotzen.





     
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    Well yeah, but he died so damn soon just when he was maybe ready to do his best work.
    Still, that's what we have to look at, and he did indeed not get terribly far.
    To be fair we'd have to compare another we think was more versatile, just looking at their body of work up till age 27.
     
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    Frank Zappa!
     
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    Have you ever seen any of those frontmen ride a midget ? pull some nunchaku and do some hillbilly kung fu ? put their tongues in a fan ? No. Then look no further.
     
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    Right! Could Plant, Jimi, etc., play accordion?
    I’m not saying they couldn’t but I don’t know that could.
    I can’t stop laughing. Didn’t expect this answer.
     
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    Robin Zander is the man of 1000 voices, that seems versatile. Plus, ~40 years of touring/recording and still hits high notes as needed, still releasing albums.
     
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    Tom Petty? Cobain? Versatile?
    Phil Collins, a great frontman?

    Really?

    Are you guys even trying?
     
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    I'll toss in Steve Miller, just because
     
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    I like the McCartney answer, and I’ll toss Jeff Lynne into the mix.
     
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    David Lee Roth.

    Went from super rock singer with Van Halen, to bluegrass, to working as an EMT in New York.

    Now that's versatile!
     
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    Versatile front man? If one notes the word versatile in the question, imho it has to be Prince. Composer, could and did play almost every instrument, fantastic guitarist, great singer, and could dance as well as anyone....And commanded the stage.
    Jagger could be impressive...he can play a decent rhythm guitar, blow some harp, do that chicken strut, and knew how to relate to an audience.. he could also sing more off key while entertaining the crowd than most!
     
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    This is a band with a FRONTMAN! the most energy I've seen, outside of the guy from Hillbilly Casino. Seeing live shows by both bands, their frontmen blew me away
    Don't know about versatile, though
     
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    I vote Paul Rodgers.
     
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    I respectfully suggest many of you need to look up "versatile" in a dictionary. Applied in this context, it means having the widest range of skills applicable. Most of the "frontmen" noted have generally one or two skills.(and do them extremely well) About the only guys mentioned who fit the label of "versatile" are Prince or McCartney.....maybe a couple others. But this simply demonstrates the futility of trying to rank or list musical performances. ;)
     
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