When Lead Vocalists Go Solo (Part I/Letters A-D)

A list of Lead Vocalists from known (or less known) bands and their Solo works.

(In alphabetical order, according to their Last Names)

1) Angry Anderson (Buster Brown)

Although neither Buster Brown nor Rose Tattoo (his next band) didn't have any significant hit single, his song Suddenly was a Top 10 hit in both Australia and UK as well. Another big hit from him was Bound For Glory reaching #11 in the Australian chart.

2) Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull)

Although not famous for his solo works, his album Walk Into Light is pretty overlooked. Unfortunately it peaked only #78 in the UK charts.

3) Jon Anderson (Yes)

He didn't have any significant solo hit, but his solo albums weren't bad at all. Especially his Animation album. He has also collaborated with other popular artists, like Mike Oldfield (In High Places) or Toto (Stop Loving You).

4) Adam Ant (Adam And The Ants)

Since Adam And The Ants split-up, he followed a pretty successful solo career, scoring a #1 UK hit single, Goody Two Shoes, which was a Top 20 US hit as well peaking at #12. But his best solo album would be Strip in my opinion.

5) Russ Ballard (Argent)

Argent's song Hold Your Head Up reached #5 in both UK and US charts in 1972. Apart from it, there were no other significant hits, so it's an one-hit wonder band in other words. Russ Ballard career wasn't so successful though. His most recognizable solo hit is Voices, mostly known from the Miami Vice TV Series. He has a good reputation as a Rock songwriter though. He has written songs for artists like Rainbow, Kiss or America.

6) Daryl Braithwaite (Sherbet)

Although Sherbet were popular in Australia during 70s, they weren't popular to the rest of the world. Perhaps only their song Howzat is most known in other countries, which reached #4 in the UK charts. He also had a solo album called Edge which reached #1 in the AUS chart.

7) Gary Brooker (Procol Harum)

Although, Procol Harum's A Whiter Shade Of Pale reached #1 in many countries, their later works and band members' solo works were overlooked. Whilst not commercially successful, Gary Brooker's solo album Echoes In The Night is a very good and unique album. Its sound is like 60s meets the 80s.

8. Eric Burdon (The Animals)

Since The Animals first break-up in 1969, Eric Burdon had a successful solo career either under his own name or under the names Eric Burdon & The War or The Eric Burdon Band, with his albums Survivor, Darkness Darkness and Power Company.

9) David Byrne (Talking Heads)

Since Talking Heads' break-up, he followed a solo career with moderate success, with a different musical direction than the one with his band. Also known for his collaborations with Brian Eno.

10) Belinda Carlisle (The Go-Go's)

I guess her solo career overshadowed the works during her The Go-Go's days. Her most known song is Heaven Is A Place On Earth which reached #1 in many countries, and during 80s and 90s she had many Top 10 hits, especially in UK.

11) Eric Carmen (The Raspberries)

The Raspberries were one of the most popular bands among Glam Rock culture, although they're more like a cult band. Eric Carmen scored several Top 10 hits during his solo career, with All By Myself reaching #2 in the US charts.

12) Paul Carrack (Ace)

Apart from Ace, he was a singer in Squeeze (Band's biggest hit Tempted was sung by him) and in Mike + The Mechanics as well. His song Don't Shed A Tear, was his biggest solo hit reaching at #9 in the US chart.

13) Peter Cetera (Chicago)

Lead singer of Chicago, during their most successful period (1969-1984). Since he left Chicago's career took a downfall. His album Solitude/Solitaire is definitely his best solo work, featuring the song Glory Of Love from the movie Karate Kid II.

14) Edwyn Collins (Orange Juice)

Orange Juice had a Top 10 UK hit, with the song Rip It Up. As a solo artist he had another Top 10 hit, with his song A Girl Like You.

15) Julian Cope (The Teardrop Explodes)

The Teardrop Explodes had a Top 10 hit in the UK called Rewind, but as a solo artist he was one of the few among the Post-Punk genre, who made it in the US charts peaking at #1 in the Mainstream Rock charts, with his song Charlotte Anne.

16) Hugh Cornwell (The Stranglers)

Main vocalist of The Stranglers during their most commercially successful period (1977-1990). His solo work didn't meet any success though. One of his finest solo works (during The Stranglers' peak), is Nosferatu. A collaboration with the drummer Robert Williams.

17) Cherie Currie (The Runaways)

Although The Runaways weren't commercially successful (they might be considered one-hit wonders in Japan though, since their song Cherry Bomb reached #1 there) they remain popular as being an all-female Punk Rock band, whilst every other Punk Rock band of the time were males. As for her solo career, it wasn't successful either, still her debut album Beauty's Only Skin Deep, is the best example of her work.

18) Roger Daltrey (The Who)

Obviously, his work with The Who, overshadowed his Solo career, but he had some good stuff there. Especially in the albums Parting Should Be Painless and Under A Raging Moon.

19) Willy DeVille (Mink DeVille)

Mink DeVille were a rather bizarre band. In their discography you could find stuff from Punk Rock to Latin in the same album. Although not much successful in the US, they were pretty successful in Netherlands. Still popular mainly in Netherlands during his solo years, but in a smaller degree than his Mink DeVille years.

20) Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)

Apart from his work with Iron Maiden, his solo career isn't unknown, and it wasn't much different than Iron Maiden's sound. Particularly the album Tatooed Millionaire was his most successful one, and the title track made it in the UK Top 20.


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  • 3mo

    Rob Halford from Judas Priest.
    There are some great songs from his "Halford" albums.