Best front man ever?

It was recently brought to my attention that the local radio station down here in south devon  conducted a poll for best front man evaaah and the 3rd was Freddie Mercury, ok good performer but personally cant stand queen, overblown poncy nonsense in my book! 2nd was Bono, give me a break the planet saver in chief swanning off to another summit in a jumbo jet.........

And no.1 was Liam Gallagher, now I like old mono brow his attitude kinda chimes with me, but please there really is only one no.1 surely? Mick Jagger invented the whole concept of the front man and the old bugger is still at 50 years down the track!!! Come on guys and girls shout for the real talent!!

Anybody got a different slant on this?


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  • Unfortunately never got to see him live as he died so tragically young, and there are no videos of his performances left, but by all accounts Little Willie John was not only one of the greatest vocalists ever but also one hell of a showman, who influenced the likes of James Brown & Otis - which puts him in a different stratosphere from most of the pop performers mentioned, for me   :)


    • Great call on Little Willie John.

  • Probably not cool to say it but I have to agree with number 1 on the list liam gallagher. I've seen a lot of good frontmen but no one holds my gaze and attention like this man. At least I've found someone who finally agrees with my views on queen one of the most overrated British bands ever. One good performance at live aid and the plaudits never stopped coming.

  • I think Alex Harvey has to be up there amongst the best 

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  • I'd have to say either Paul Weller or Ian Page. Two of my heroes.

    • Additionally, I'd have to include Dennis Greaves on my list, especially after seeing NBZ live. 

      Furthermore, I don't just look for people who can "work the crowd with a wave of their hand", I also look at the attitude and (for want of a better word) just how cool they are and (in my opinion) that's not something Springsteen or Mercury can pull off really. Mick Jagger can sometimes, but he's got nothing on Dennis Greaves. I don't really know enough about Robert Plant to comment on him.

      No offence intended.

    • Sorry to say I don't think you can compare Weller and page to people such as Mick Jagger, Robert Plant , Freddie Mercury or even Bruce Springsteen . If we are really talking about front men who can work the crowd with a wave of their hand. Just being objective .

  • Sadly... a fairly obvious choice but have always been a massive Steve Marriott fan.  Absolute ace front man, not just with SF but also Humble Pie

    • There is a dearth of live recordings of the Small Faces. Most of what I've seen has been mimed to, like their performance on Color Me Pop. However, Marriott's performance with Humble Pie at the Fillmore shows what a great front man he was live. I love his opening to I'm Ready.

      I have read that some prefer the Small Faces and don't really care for Humble Pie. I don't really understand that, I like both. Listening to the late Small Faces releases like Wham Bam Thankyou Mam seem to imply that they were headed in a heavier direction anyway.

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