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Initial post: Dec 15, 2012 9:00:49 AM PST
Underated/under appreciated lead singers in rock -all time

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 9:19:32 AM PST
Steve Vrana says:
How 'bout Keith Richards: "You Got the Silver," "Happy," "Before They Make Me Run." That's the problem when you also have Mick Jagger in the band.

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 9:27:46 AM PST
Dr. Mikey says:
Mike Smith of the Dave Clark Five. Fabulous voice. Sadly, he succumbed to illness as a result of his paralysis due to an accident.

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 9:35:27 AM PST
D. Mok says:
Eric Bloom (Blue Oyster Cult)
- Great showman, great songwriting, and unique voice.

Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath)
- So many people get hung up on his lack of technical skill that they don't realize, Ozzy Osbourne's lead vocals are impossible to imitate or replace. Even technically superior singers like Ronnie James Dio and Ian Gillan fall flat on their faces when they try to sing Osbourne-era Black Sabbath. His high range is blood-curdling, and at his peak he projects a sense of danger and insanity no other rock singer can do.

Polly Jean Harvey (PJ Harvey)
- Possibly the best female rock singer of the past 20 years. Still doesn't get enough props.

Shannon Wright (Crowsdell)

Phil Anselmo (Pantera)
- He's known for his screams, but most people don't realize how versatile he is, and how much nuance he puts into his phrasing.

Nina Gordon (Veruca Salt)

Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney)

Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots)

James Hetfield (Metallica)
- Live, he is playing incredibly difficult rhythm guitar at the same time, and unlike Dave Mustaine or Tom Araya, his singing is still very good as he's doing it.

Johnny Rotten (The Sex Pistols)
- His style is really, really hard to do, and fits the music perfectly.

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 9:38:47 AM PST
James Dewar from Robin Trower
Phil Mogg from UFO

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012 10:10:02 AM PST
Steve Vrana says:
Dr. Mikey,

I couldn't agree with you more. Mike Smith had an amazing rock 'n' roll voice. I don't know why I didn't mention him--I even started two DC5-related threads earlier this morning!

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 10:23:48 AM PST
K. Carter says:
Doug Gray
Robin Zander
Roger Hodgson

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 10:26:00 AM PST
Henry Paul
Colin Blunstone
James Dewar
Lord Sutch

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 10:48:14 AM PST
Zaplightning says:
James Dewar
Lizzy Borden
Tony Martin

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012 1:23:15 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 15, 2012 1:24:03 PM PST
Dr Mikey , he would be one of my top choices. What a soulful singer and performer. (Mike Smith)

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 5:39:50 AM PST
Jeff Lynne

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2012 12:50:54 PM PST
Two Tub Man says:
Robin Zander (Cheap Trick)
Gary Brooker (Procol Harum)
Joey Ramone (Ramones)
Jimi Hendrix
Levi Stubbs (The Four Tops)
Colin Blunstone (The Zombies)
Mickey Dolenz (The Monkees)
Buck Dharma (Blue Oyster Cult)
Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad)
Dave Falkner (The Hoodoo Gurus)
Chris Bailey (The Saints)
Gregg Allman
Rod Evans (Deep Purple/Captain Beyond)

Neko Case
Kate Bush
Annie Golden (The Shirts)
Lisa Kekuala (The BellRays)
Kelly Hogan
Kim Longacre (The Reivers)
"Baby" Jean Kennedy (Mother's Finest)

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 2:26:59 PM PST
Johnny Bee says:
Terry Reid was rather good.

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 5:34:14 PM PST
eastrich2010 says:
john garcia from kyuss and unida.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 2:00:19 PM PST
B L T says:
John Kay - Steppenwolf

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 2:28:39 PM PST
B L T says:
Candy Givens - Zephyr

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 2:45:29 PM PST
John Waite from The Babys/solo/Bad English/solo

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 6:03:04 AM PST
Hip O Critic says:
The Small Faces Steve Marriott and Uriah Heep's David Byron were brilliant vocalists but their bands were not all that popular in the USA during their peak.
Pete Townshend had a great voice in his prime. His vocals on "Song Is Over" were sensational.
Last but not least both vocalists from Canned Heat, Bob Hite and Al (Blind Owl) Wilson. I think Blind Owl was also the most underrated musician of all time period. He was a great vocalist, slide guitarist and harmonica player. Adding to that I think Canned Heat were the most underrated and unappreciated band of all time.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 7:27:45 AM PST
zlh67 says:
Definitely Robin Zander of Cheap Trick. Not just for the voice and range, but the ferocity and versatility he brought to Rick Neilsen's songs. I love the contrast between "Gonna Raise Hell" closely followed by the lush sounds of "Voices" from their "Dream Police" album. I like guys like Plant, Daltrey, Jagger and many of the other more popular "best rock vocalist" choices too, but for me, after Freddie Mercury, it's Robin Zander.

Also... Lou Gramm of Foreigner. I think he's dismissed/overlooked because Foreigner as a whole went kinda schlocky after their first few albums to where even their early stuff doesn't get the respect it deserves, but that guy had some pipes with plenty of soul too.

And then there's one of my all time faves, Ms. Johnetta Napolitano from Concrete Blonde. Such a voice, and she always brought the passion, which to me is even more important than a good voice.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 11:24:52 AM PST
Noah Hunt-Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
Eric Wagner-ex Trouble
Josh Homme-QOTSA

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 11:51:55 AM PST
Zaplightning says:
Hip O,

excellent choice with David Byron.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 12:25:52 PM PST
M. C. Jones says:
My first choice has not been mentioned...

Burton Cummings

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 12:42:08 PM PST
G. Hayes says:
Abalooly!
I'd add Glenn Hughes, Paul Rodgers, Phil Lynott, Elvis Costello, Chris Robinson, Gregg Allman.
The list is long, but my 1st thought was Moog and Dewar.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 12:43:23 PM PST
Lou Presley says:
Mike Harrison
Mike Patto
Delbert McClinton
Frankie Miller

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 12:51:36 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 18, 2012 12:55:24 PM PST
vivazappa says:
Here's another vote for the most underrated rock singer ever...JAMES DEWAR!!!
2-Brent Mydland
3-Michael Anthony
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