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Success with 2 different lead singers

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Chains, Nov 3, 2020.

  1. Chains

    Chains Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I realize that the word “success” is subjective (sales, hits, touring, etc) but what bands have had success with two different lead singers?

    More specifically, where singer 1 was fired, left, died....and singer 2 came in and the band reached the same level of success. I can think of only a few.
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  2. Driver8

    Driver8 Forum Resident

    Van Halen
  3. keifspoon

    keifspoon Forum Resident

    New Jersey, USA
    A certain hard rock band from the land of down under.
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  4. Mylene

    Mylene Senior Member

    Three Dog Night
  5. Emilio

    Emilio Forum Resident

    Doobie Brothers
  6. keifspoon

    keifspoon Forum Resident

    New Jersey, USA
    Deep Purple
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  7. JakeKlas

    JakeKlas Impatiently waiting for an 8-track revival

    United States
    Black Sabbath
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  8. WMTC

    WMTC Forum Resident

    Bread! David Gates and Jimmy Griffin traded lead vocals throughout Bread's catalog, but David's leads almost always were picked for single releases. That's part of why the group split - all 11 of the group's charting singles were written and sung by Gates. That said, Griffin made many invaluable contributions to the group's catalog.
    A great Bread track with Griffin on lead vocals:
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  9. Dhreview16

    Dhreview16 Forum Resident

    London UK
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  10. Instant Dharma

    Instant Dharma Get Ry Cooder to sing my eulogy

    But they were all lead singers in the band concurrently.
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  11. sound chaser

    sound chaser Forum Resident

    North East UK.
  12. Instant Dharma

    Instant Dharma Get Ry Cooder to sing my eulogy

  13. bob_32_116

    bob_32_116 Forum Resident

    Perth Australia
    First two that came to mind.

    Ironically, Van Halen were originally called Genesis.
  14. bob_32_116

    bob_32_116 Forum Resident

    Perth Australia
    Fairport Convention - though I guess "success" is a relative term.
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  15. Moggio_4K_Ultra_HD

    Moggio_4K_Ultra_HD Forum Resident

    Vancouver, BC
    The criteria for this question is a little too wide open because of how success is measured, not only in different eras but in different parts of the world. But anyway...

    INXS (Michael Hutchence & JD Fortune)
    Kansas (Steve Walsh, John Elefante & Ronnie Platt...yeah, I know it's 3)
    Fates Warning (John Arch & Ray Alder)
    Genesis (Peter Gabriel & Phil Collins)
    King Crimson (Greg Lake, John Wetton & Adrian Belew...yes, I know it's 3 again)
    Journey (Steve Perry & Arnel Pineda)
    Toto (Bobby Kimball, Fergie Frederiksen & Joseph Williams...yes, I know it's 3 once again)
  16. Mylene

    Mylene Senior Member

  17. erikdavid5000

    erikdavid5000 Forum Resident

    With them it’s also “success” with a different .... everyone! Lol
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2020
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  18. erikdavid5000

    erikdavid5000 Forum Resident

    That little cult band called Iron Maiden.
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  21. MikeM

    MikeM Senior Member

    Youngstown, Ohio
    The Hollies

    During the period when Allan Clarke left the band and Mikael Rickfors replaced him, they didn't have the level of success they'd had with Clarke, but still managed to place some singles and albums in the charts — though more commonly elsewhere other than the US and UK.

    Clarke returned after a couple of years, but The Hollies at least kept going in his absence, with tours and well as albums and singles.
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  22. MikeVielhaber

    MikeVielhaber Forum Resident

    Memphis, TN
    Some of these really depend on how you define success.
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  24. MikeM

    MikeM Senior Member

    Youngstown, Ohio
    The Mindbenders

    Hit singles with Wayne Fontana, and others after he left and Eric Stewart took over lead vocal duties.
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  25. MrCJF

    MrCJF Best served with coffee and cake.

    United Kingdom
    No way they had "the same or similar level of success" after Hutchence. They went from big album sales stadium fillers to Where Are They Now status .

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