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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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  • 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.

    • But they all were, weren't they. You can also forget about the Who from Tommy onwards, imo.

    • Couldn't agree more ! Steve Marriott, was a fine musician/writer and as a front man he had no equals ! Out on his own by a huge   distance ! 

  • Bit reluctant with this,  but ........ I have to go along with Jagger ! - not a massive Stones fan, but they,ve definitely had their moments ! Freddie, again  a front man supreme, but not to my taste - also( now we,re talking!!) Steve Marriott they don't,t come any better ! And not forgetting "The Boss", yep Springsteen brings It every time true talent !!

    • Fair comment re Springsteen, William seen him many times and he is superb as are The E Street Band. many other front men are good but I stand by my original comments but that's not to say I don't welcome other views I do. However I may take stick and so be it however I think Jagger, is a fraud. I don't think he is a great front man and in the true sense of the word he can't sing. What proved very fortunate for him was to hook up with four guys who could actually play in addition he achieved huge success at being supposed anti establishment yet when was offered a  knighthood he couldn't accept quick enough ! Ok nothing to do with music I acknowledge but you get my point.

    • Springsteen is all heart as an artist and as a performer. Love his acoustic versions of his own material,

      not the greatest voice, but it doesn't,t to be ,he still makes it happen.I totally "get" , Bruce great material

      delivered with panache and enthusiasm, great band rocking out behind him too !!

  • Being the front man is not, necessarily the same as being the leader or song writer in a band. As the "front man" you need to work with the audience and be a showman. People such as Sir Mick, Freddie and Roger stand out for me. I suppose it may help not to have to play guitar, but some do that too. As a singer and Front man I'll go with Roger. Of course he didn't write all the songs or provide the driving influence and all bands are a collaborative effort but he's up front and doing it, big style lol
  • He may not be Mod and each of the Beatles did sing, but without John Lennon, there'd be no Beatles. Still my favorute Beatle.

    • Couldn't have put it better you may be a Goddess but John was God to me.

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