Coronavirus Edition Part 5
So just yesterday, or maybe the day before, or was it last week, son-the-younger hit me up with one of his questions. It was a very good question.
”Would Jimi Hendrix be just as famous if he had had a lead singer?”
In my (not so humble) opinion, no he would not have been as famous. Generally speaking only the front man of the band get’s the headlines. Without “googling” it, name the lead guitar player for The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, or The Animals. See? Not that easy. (Robby Krieger (The Doors), Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane), and The Animals was a trick question, they had more guitarists wander in and out you’d have to read the Wikipedia page for all the names).
Not that Jimi didn’t deserve his fame. He was a brilliant musician, and is a member of my “Guitar Gods” list (I really, really need to actually put that list in writing). My thought was since he died so young (a founding member of the 27 Club), he would not have had enough time to get out of the shadow of a really good front man. Of course, we’ll never know. Feel free to leave your response to the question as a comment!
Before you go thinking that this is a Hendrix post, read on.
The next (semi) logical step in our conversation was who else fit in this category. We threw lots of names around. Naturally, the whole discussion started looking for a rabbit hole. As we were on our second Tequila drink (not sure exactly what we were drinking, something from son-the-younger’s warped mind) it didn’t take long to find said rabbit hole.
We ended up discussing front men that really couldn’t sing. Sometime during the course of the back and forth of throwing out names and laughing, I mentioned Roger McGuinn. Since Earth Day and Arbor Day is right around now, this song has been getting a bit more airplay. And when I played it for the boy, he had never heard it. But we both agreed that Roger is not a singer. A great song writer and guitar player, but we’ll leave it at that.