The most versatile front man in rock ?

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  1. nojazzhere

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    I was going to respond to PlainAllman's post, but Larry beat me to it, and did a much better job of it as well. I still took the original question NOT to mean our favorite, charismatic frontman ('cause in my mind there's no competition.....it's Freddie Mercury) but the one that has the WIDEST RANGE OF SKILLS. I originally said McCartney or Prince, but on more consideration, I'd have to add Steve Winwood to the list.....but, again, this is a rather pointless subject of argument. They're ALL good.....and I'm grateful they've shared their talent and skills with us. ;)
     
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    Bob Seger
     
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    Add to that list Maria Bartiromo…!

     
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    Honestly I don’t really care for Jagger or McCartney much. I do prefer the Stones over the Beatles or whatever over incarnation Paul has been associated with. I just think the comparison is interesting. Personally I put Tom Petty far and away above both of them. But like has been said its not about personal preference. If multi instrumentalist, vocal range, and producing etc. needs to be considered then how about other forms of performance? Perhaps a frontman who is also an actor. This topic really does fall into the too subjective to call category. Incidentally Lenny Kravitz possesses all the said qualities and then some. :D
     
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    That guy with the girl's name , Alice Cooper . If there will be a discussion of frontmen , he needs to be mentioned .
     
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    Really. Five pages in before anyone mentioned Bowie?
     
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    Someone mentioned Bowie on the first page of replies.

    I've avoided this one because it's really deep/almost intimidating.

    I love Bowie.

    Maybe...

    Bowie

    Petty

    Bowie and Petty are my two favorite human beings so I tilt toward them.

    Depending on the generation...... David Grohl

    "Front Man" - I think of Alice Cooper and David Lee Roth. They pumped up crowds. Paul Stanley could lump into that category.

    There are guys who may not have been artistic miracles but they could light up a crowd.

    I saw Black Oak Arkansas in the 70's twice and Jim Dandy convinced hundreds or woman to take their tops off. People were crazy when he spoke. I was 16. It was an amazing thing to behold. Goodness! Rock and Roll!

    This is a great topic. This is a really great topic. Thanks OP.
     
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    I mentioned Bowie in post #10. But I still voted Prince. And would again.

    As for Jim Dandy was it to get them to stop? I keed, I keed. Sorta.

    Agree, great topic, interesting perspectives.

    Cheers,
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    I think Bowie would be disqualified because he falls more in the realm of solo artist that collaborated with many but wasn’t really the frontman of any one in particular. JMHO
     
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    At my age and from what this thread seemed to query, it's all subjective. However the older I get the more I appreciate the front man that doesn't wear pantsuits or far out costumes, 9" heels, flaunts a scarf, does a chicken walk and modern dance, breaths fire etc. Just gimme some of that 'ole time rock and roll, run with the pack and be a jukebox hero.
     
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    Actually thats a good suggestion. Bob Seger is much more prolific than a lot of people give him credit for these days.
     
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    He always fronted a real band though, as opposed to hired a local backup band in each town or whatever a solo act does.

    Might even say he had a 30 piece band but only called certain members for each project.
    I'm not sure a front man band leader could qualify as most versatile if they used the same players their whole career.

    Otherwise Bowie really is hard to top in terms of multi instrumentalist singer songwriter and forger of new styles that seem to often mark the cutting edge of music of the times.

    Some of my other names I now wonder what I was thinking.
    Trying to figure out what versatile was confused me I guess.
     
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    Here are some - along with some hard funk thrown in.... there's heaps more...























    https://youtu.be/UZOhskMsqzI



    https://youtu.be/sdPfWOxcl-I
     
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    As for Prince being rock or not. He certainly had soul influences, and did stuff that might best be classified as funk, but if the bits that weren’t hard funk aren’t best lumped in as rock I’m not sure what else you’d call them other than Prince.

    I think he had a very wide range of influences, including some stuff outside the rock umbrella like standards and jazz, plus the soul and funk stuff. But, mostly, other than some funk stuff I think most of his stuff fits in with the rock designation. YMMV.

    cheers,
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    good one
     
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    I think you folks gotten all.
    OP started the thread with what I would consider three of the top 10, 15, or 20 or so folks that qualify.

    I come from a much earlier era than most of you Whipper Snappers...

    So I'm going to throw you a blast from the past, especially his earlier work

    Jim Morrison - Doors
     
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