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Old 08-22-2011, 03:50 PM   #31
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Well, people bought tickets for Elvis performances. Therefore, I would hope for their sake that Elvis stood out; they would need new glasses otherwise. That's why solo acts should be discounted from this discussion...stand out from what? The backing band full of stock session players?
Okay, but how then does Bowie, whom you mentioned earlier, fit into this equation? I doubt that many people went to see a Bowie show for Mick Ronson, awesome though he was.

However we define "frontman," I think that the influence of Elvis on rock performance cannot be denied. Almost all of the frontmen that we have mentioned cite him as an inspiration - Plant and Daltrey especially.
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I was joking because Cobbler said Liam Finn.

Friggin Yuppie.
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I was joking because Cobbler said Liam Finn.

Friggin Yuppie.
Oh. I obviously missed that one. Your humor is getting too wry for your own good.
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Ok well then James Brown and Frank Sinatra where really good frontmen then
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However we define "frontman," I think that the influence of Elvis on rock performance cannot be denied. Almost all of the frontmen that we have mentioned cite him as an inspiration - Plant and Daltrey especially.
Oh, and I totally agree with this, for what it's worth. Every frontman alive directly or indirectly learned to carry themselves on stage and hold a mic stand through Elvis.
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Old 08-22-2011, 04:00 PM   #36
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Ok well then James Brown and Frank Sinatra where really good frontmen then
I just think that the distinction is ultimately meaningless. Take Morrissey, for example. He was clearly frontman for The Smiths, but did he then cease to be a frontman when he went solo and started billing his group as "Morrissey"? He was still functioning in the exact same capacity.
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Elvis' "band" was called Your Woman Wants To Fuck Me.
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I just think that the distinction is ultimately meaningless. Take Morrissey, for example. He was clearly frontman for The Smiths, but did he then cease to be a frontman when he went solo and started billing his group as "Morrissey"? He was still functioning in the exact same capacity.
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I thought maybe she meant Elvis Costello? Ha.

THE Elvis .... well, he had the Jordainnaires, but they were a group of backing vocalists. I don't think he belongs in this conversation, because he's known as a solo artist.
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Sinatra was never in bass/drums/guitar band. Nor was James Brown.
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I think that the "frontman" tag certainly applies to Elvis. He sang in front of a band; whether or not he billed them in the name is inconsequential. If U2 decided to play one night as Bono Vox, would we say that Bono was no longer a frontman? It's a purely semantic distinction.
well that would put bruce springsteen immediately into the conversation... who is more of a front man than elvis ever was, considering the e street band is an actual, ya know, band. i consider bruce to me more of a band leader though, in the vein of james brown or even sinatra, despite the fact that they play the geetar.

elvis had backing musicians... certainly not the same thing. incredible performer, but not a "frontman" in the sense of being the lead singer of a band. the blue moon boys were no more prevalent than james brown's "JB's" were. probably less so.
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The creator of this thread really needs to set some rules
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people remember Elvis for his moves, his charisma, the crooning, the whole package right? so he has to be right up there. trailblazer. i'm amazed he never gets discussed here.
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Okie dokie.

Lead singer must be in a band and not a solo act like Sinatra or Yanni lol.

any other rules?
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Okie dokie.

Lead singer must be in a band and not a solo act like Sinatra or Yanni lol.

any other rules?
Yanni?!
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people remember Elvis for his moves, his charisma, the crooning, the whole package right? so he has to be right up there. trailblazer. i'm amazed he never gets discussed here.
Exactly.

And he was in a band (unlike the hired musicians in his Vegas years), he was only billed as Elvis later on precisely because he stood out live.

And Bruce owes a lot to a great backing band.
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