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November 13th, 2008
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I can only think of two
I tend to not like singing drummers. I can only think of two that I like. Levon Helm from The Band and Pete Rivera from Rare Earth

Can anyone think of any others? The first person to utter the "K" word gets made fun of in a very cruel and obscene manner ...

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From:shsilver
Date:November 13th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
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Phil Collins?
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From:ericcoleman
Date:November 13th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
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He is a drummer who also sings, not a singing drummer.
From:powersalad
Date:November 13th, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
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Keith Moon??!!??!! Kuwait??? Krispy Kritters??? Keanu Reeves??

Moulty from The Barbarians.
Micky Dolenz!!!

Agreed on Levon Helm fer sher.
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From:ericcoleman
Date:November 13th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
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I don't think we can call what Keith did singing ...
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From:ericcoleman
Date:November 13th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
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WATCH IT !!! YER THAT CLOSE !!!

Ok, sorry ... Phil sang and played when Pete was in Genesis, but as a harmony singer (when he sang More Fool Me live, he came out front) . He has rarely done so since. Roger will sing lead occasionally, but rarely live. Don Henley is a good example though.
From:pooh27bear
Date:November 13th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
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Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz!
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From:ericcoleman
Date:November 13th, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC)
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What band has he "fronted" as a singing drummer? I'm talking being the lead singer of a band, while being the drummer.
From:markiv1111
Date:November 13th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)

Obscure, but....

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The one time I saw the hippie band "The Strawberry Alarm Clock" on TV, the drummer was singing lead, and doing so marvelously well. I cannot remember if they were singing their hit "Incense and Peppermints" or the follow-up "Tomorrow." Also, the Standells, whose hit was "Dirty Water," had a drummer who sang excellent lead. My first wife and I had a nightclub trio, Caryl and Company, for which she played bass and sang half the lead, I played guitar (2 1/2 sets) and keyboards (1 1/2 sets) and sang mostly harmony, and we needed a series of lead singing drummers to keep gigging. There were four we used regularly, a couple more we would like to have used if things had gone just a little bit differently, and even one (the unfortunate late Tom Nystrom, one of the top musicians in town with the Underbeats and the Accents) whom I would have moved heaven and earth to work with if there had been any possibility whatever. But none of these would have been a national star. (Didn't Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys sing lead on some songs? It's worth checking their wikipedia article.)
And if harmony vocal counts, the drummer for Grand Funk Railroad was an excellent harmony singer.
Nate B.
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From:ericcoleman
Date:November 13th, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC)

Re: Obscure, but....

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Harmony doesn't count.
From:mike46
Date:November 13th, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
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Hmmmm ... I can't seem to think of the 'K' word ...

How about -

Dave Grohl
Don Henley
Roger Taylor
Kelly Keagy
Don Brewer

I know there's more, but I don't want to be made fun of ... nope, not me.
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From:ericcoleman
Date:November 13th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
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Only one of those really was the lead singer while he was playing drums, and that was Don Henley.

I refuse to admit the existence of ... well ... the band that the 4th one was in ...
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From:bathtubnz
Date:November 13th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
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Roger Taylor?
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From:ericcoleman
Date:November 13th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
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He sang lead on a couple of songs, but rarely live. Freddie was the lead singer of that band
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From:gundo
Date:November 13th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
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I think I've figured out your K word...Buddy Rich actually praised that person's drumming
From:mike46
Date:November 13th, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
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Voted best Rock Drummer of 1975 ... by Playboy, but still.
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From:barondave
Date:November 13th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
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Post-Beatles Ringo sangs lead.

Since I mostly know groups from recordings, not concerts (or pictures), it's hard to visualize who plays what. I would imagine that for most rock bands, miking a drum and a vocal that close together would be tricky.
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From:ericcoleman
Date:November 13th, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
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It's not that hard actually ... stage mikes are very directional

Ringo is a so-so example ... mostly cause I don't think of him as a singer really ...
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From:rowangolightly
Date:November 13th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
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Don Henley.

Just had the pleasure of being at the Eagles concert night before last. That's a singing drummer if I ever saw one.

As someone who plays bodhran while singing (and no, I'm not claiming to be a drummer) I fully understand how hard that can be. My proudest moment so far as a musician in QG is being able to sing "Rocky Road to Dublin" and play the bodhran well and consistently throughout AND Bruce tacks an instrumental on after it!
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From:ericcoleman
Date:November 13th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
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Henley has come up several times ... he's a good example. I'm not much of an Eagles fan ... but some of the stuff he did was excellent. Good drummer too.
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From:wwetuesday
Date:November 13th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
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Bud Sharpe?
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From:philady
Date:November 14th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
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That's what I was gonna say. :)
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From:jcw_da_dmg
Date:November 14th, 2008 12:12 am (UTC)
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Gotta say, Pete Rivera kicked serious ass on both duties.
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From:braider
Date:November 14th, 2008 12:30 am (UTC)
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Tommy McDowell of Immigrant Soul.
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From:stevieannie
Date:November 14th, 2008 08:24 am (UTC)
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My husband! Tends not to do it much as most bands he is currently in have more singers than drummers, so his skills are usually called for elsewhere. However, he is perfectly capable of it, and has done it on several occasions. He'd love the opportunity to do it more often.
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From:starstraf
Date:November 20th, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
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