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    Rare Lead Vocals

    Give examples in which a member of a band who is not one of the usual lead singers gets a rare shot at lead vocals on a song.

    Chicago - horn player Lee Loughnane on "Song of the Evergreens" from Chicago VII

    Humble Pie - drummer Jerry Shirley on "Only a Roach" from the s/t album from 1970

    Be Bop Deluxe - bassist Robert Bryan sang "Rocket Cathedrals" on the debut "Axe Victim" album

    Rolling Stones - bassist Bill Wyman sings "In Another Land"

    The Monkees - a few by Peter Tork that I can think of - "Shades of Grey", "Lady's Baby", "Prithee", "Tear the Top Off My Head"

    The Beatles - eleven by Ringo

    Kiss - Peter Criss on "Beth" and probably a few others but I'll defer to the Kiss expert Gruno to name the rest

    Queen - Roger Taylor on "I'm in Love with my Car". Apparently he sang a few others and so did Brian May but I'll defer to a Queen expert to fill us in
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    Jeff Beck - Hi-Ho Silver Lining (OK, it was a solo single but still, only time he ever sang lead as far as I know). I read about him doing this as an encore and letting the audience take the vocals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garden Dreamer View Post

    Chicago - horn player Lee Loughnane on "Song of the Evergreens" from Chicago VII
    X and XI had both Loughnane and James Pankow singing lead on one song each.

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    Stewart Copeland did "On Any Other Day" and first verse on "Does Everyone Stare", and Andy Summers sang "Mother". "Sally" was spoken word, so not really counting that one.

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    Phil Collins began to ruin Genesis when he sang "More Fool Me".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Obscured View Post
    Phil Collins began to ruin Genesis when he sang "More Fool Me".
    They should've let Tony sing more, as on the Shepherd!

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    Ron Howden sang the title track of Magic is a Child.
    Keith Moon sang (co-)lead on "Bell Boy" from Quadrophenia. Also the Who's cover of "Barbara Ann."
    Of course, Dave Davies on "Death of a Clown..."
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    Trower - "Poor Mohammed"
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    Ginger Baker - "Pressed Rat And Warthog"
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    Todd Rundgren sang lead on "Kiddie Boy" by Nazz, and afaik Stewkey sang lead on every other song on all 3 Nazz albums (we all know who wrote almost all of it).
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    R.E.M. - Mike Mills (bass) - Lead Vocals on the singles "Superman", "Near Wild Heaven", bridge of "Fall On Me", a few others

    E.L.O. - Kelly Groucutt (Bass) - Lead Vocals on "Down Home Town", "Poker", first and second bridge of "Sweet Is The Night", parts of "Nightrider" and "Waterfall", parts of "Above The Clouds", others

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    Sabbath: Bill Ward sings "Swinging The Chain" and "It's Alright"

    I thought he did "Solitude" as well but maybe not.
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    Tony Hicks only ever had a few lead vocals in The Hollies that I can recall...one of the verses in 'Carrie Anne', 'Pegasus' and 'Born A Man'.

    Roger Taylor actually sang on most of the earlier Queen albums. 'Modern Times Rock And Roll', 'Loser In The End', 'Tenement Funster', 'Drowse', 'Fight From The Inside' etc. I think he has quite a strong lead voice, actually. It's also usually him doing the really piercing backing vocals in Queen.

    Quote Originally Posted by frinspar View Post
    Stewart Copeland did "On Any Other Day" and first verse on "Does Everyone Stare", and Andy Summers sang "Mother". "Sally" was spoken word, so not really counting that one.
    Here's a case of 'rare' that should have been 'never'. With the possible exception of 'Does Everyone Stare' what an atrocious bunch of songs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garden Dreamer View Post
    Kiss - Peter Criss on "Beth" and probably a few others but I'll defer to the Kiss expert Gruno to name the rest
    "Hard Luck Woman" was a pretty big hit that Criss also sang

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    Quote Originally Posted by zravkapt View Post

    I thought he did "Solitude" as well but maybe not.
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    Man, I've seen some dudes almost come to blows over who sang this damn song. Some said Ward, some Iommi, and some said Ozzy. I just said that I didn't care as the song wasn't that great.
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    Does it count that Happy The Man was a mostly instrumental band, except for a couple tunes where, who was it,Whittaker? sang?

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    Eagles knocked it out twice with the "token bass player" songs "Take It to the Limit" sung by Randy Meisner and "I Can't Tell You Why" sung by Timothy B. Schmit.

    I always thought it was cool the band were able to pull this off, like, I imagine Glenn Frey saying "Don, Randy quit the band so let's write a hit for Timothy, maybe he has some ideas."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerjo View Post
    Jeff Beck - Hi-Ho Silver Lining (OK, it was a solo single but still, only time he ever sang lead as far as I know). I read about him doing this as an encore and letting the audience take the vocals.
    He also sang the next single, Tally Man, as well The Yardbirds' "Nazz Are Blue" and "Psycho Daisies". Later he sang Black Cat Moan on the BBA album, and She's a Woman (with effects) on Blow by Blow.

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    Are lead vocals "rare" when they're the opposite of "well done"?

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    Television is a medium because anything well done is rare.

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    GG, John Weathers vocals on Friends from Giant For A Day
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    Maureen Tucker - Velvet Underground - on Afterhours on their s/t 3rd album.

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