The most versatile front man in rock ?

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  1. JIMMY JAZZMAN

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    Here goes, John Mayer. Thought he was "bubblegum" at first, but his Live in LA album put me wise
    to his versatility. Can do it all, no doubt. OH, I'm 68 so it's not an "age" thing.
     
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    Maybe I'm just being nostalgic today, but how about Eddie Money?

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    Another vote for Prince. He is a colossus. I am in my 50s and have been going to concerts since I was a teenager, and have seen a lot of bands. The Prince concert I saw around 10 or 15 years ago was far and away the best live show I have ever seen in my life. Just jaw-droppingly great. He was effortlessly great as singer, multi-instrumentalist musician, and frontman, not to mention his songwriting. I can't think of too many others who have blended different styles (blues, funk, rock, pop) to create something utterly new. What he meant to music cannot be overstated. His band cooked, too. And I am a british invasion/classic rock guy at heart.
     
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    Robin Zander of course.
     
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    How about Peter Gabriel not so well know as some of the above, but he could change his vocals to suit any song and also within a song to suit the characters he was portraying

    He has to be mentioned as versatile in that respect i feel.
     
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    In today's world - Warren Haynes. After all he's done (Almans, Govt Mule, etc.) now he's toruing "The Last Waltz" with Don Was.
    I described him to a friend recently as: "What's the tune? OK. Do you need me to sing it?"

    Yesteryear:
    I second that. Steve Marriott! Greatest front man ever!
     
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    Fun Marriott fact: The first show Small Faces played in the US was in Philly. Marriott loved the crowd so much, every tour he did after that opened in Philly.

    The only show I ever saw where anyone gave Steve a run for his money was a show at The Spectrum that J. Geils was on the bill. That Peter Wolf guy was no slouch, either.

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    I'm glad to see Mike Patton mentioned a few times. I don't think there's a more versatile singer in rock music at the moment.
     
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    So many great names! Love that Bowie has gotten lots of love here as he is my personal favorite, although my vote is for Prince hands down.

    About Prince, it occurs to me that some of the difference in opinion is based on whether you were fortunate enough to have seen him live or not. For lack of a better description he simply rocked out way harder live than on record. No matter how much he dipped into electronic music on record, when it came to his concerts he was going to bust out that guitar and flat out slay for 2-3 hours.

    Needless to say, Bowie and Prince both dying in early 2016 was a gut punch, what a godawful year
     
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    Jimi
     
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    I was at that show! 74, 75? Yea man!
    I've often said that there have been two entertainers I've see that had the ability to "Wip a crowd into a frenzy".
    That would be Steve Marriott and Hulk Hogan.
    I was fortunate enough to see the Pie 4 times back then, all in the old Spectrum. As openers for Black Sabbath, and as head liners.
    Those were the days! Orange Barrels Baby!
     
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    Frank Zappa... Of course.
     
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    Tom Johnston.
    wrote great rockers (china grove) great ballads, played many memorable guitar solos/riffs, covered the gamut of country, rock, soul, blues... lasted.... entertained... self effacing... and a great great distinctive voice. plays several instruments and is soulful.

    can sing harmony like crazy too.
     
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    No one has mentioned Van “The Man” Morrison! Blues, R&B, Rock, Pop, Soul, Jazz, County, and Celtic. He had a great vocal range at one time. He plays guitar, harmonica, saxophone, keys, ukulele, drums, and tambourine. Wrote all his own music mostly.

    And, he did it without all the schtick that many frontmen were doing.

    There is your true winner!

    Honorable mention:

    Rundgren, Zappa, Cooper, Bowie, Rodgers, Lynott, Jagger, Young, and Holly.
     
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    Ya have "entertainers" and then ya have "musicians".
     
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    Yup! I've never seen so much talent on a stage at the same time, and he was one man!!!
     
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    Can you point us to some Prince tunes that aren't electric?
     
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    Well, that's more like it!
     
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    Another Jack-of-all-instruments whom I don't think anyone's mentioned yet: Steve Winwood. When I saw Traffic in '69, it was just a trio, with Steve running from instrument to instrument.

    And his self-reinventions - from AM rock 'n' roll to album rock in the sixties and from album rock to new wave dance music in the eighties - appeared effortless, though it couldn't have been.

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    PS - No, I haven't read every page of the thread. Sorry. Life's short!
     
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