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Can you name some former rockers from a band who turned into a solo singer songwriter?

Asked by whitecarnations (1635points) March 6th, 2012

I find it interesting that the contrasts of the switch in musical styles exist and would love to know of some artist you know about that have done this. Thanks!

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srmorgan's avatar

John Lennon, for a start

Brian1946's avatar

Paul McCartney.

Rod Stewart was with the Jeff Beck Group before he went solo.

Jumpin’ Jiminy Hendrix was with Curtis Knight and then the Experience, before he went solo.

deni's avatar

Paul Simon

Kardamom's avatar

Michael Nesmith of The Monkees. He wrote a couple of Monkees tunes, but when they broke up, he took up a solo singing career that was more country in style, but he wrote all of his own songs.

One of my favorite songs of all time, which was written by Papa Nez, as he’s often called, is Joanne

blueiiznh's avatar


Robert Plant

Neil Young


Gwen Stefanni

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Lou Reed
Bruce Dickinson

chyna's avatar

Billy Joel.

MilkyWay's avatar

Noel Gallagher.

Trillian's avatar

Chris Cornell

linguaphile's avatar

David Lee Roth of Van Halen went solo for a while. George Michael of Wham! went solo—his music definitely changed.

Justin Timberlake (N’Sync), Beyonce (Destiny’s Child), Michael Jackson (Jackson 5), Sting (The Police), Ricky Martin (Menudo), Natalie Merchant (10,000 Maniacs), Lauren Hill (Fugees)... didn’t Simon LeBon of Duran Duran try to go solo, too?

filmfann's avatar

Pete Townshend has spoken about the challenge of writing solo songs after doing band songs with the Who.

dappled_leaves's avatar

Eric Clapton
Peter Gabriel

dappled_leaves's avatar

@filmfann I really enjoyed Pete Townsend’s solo stuff. I should dig that out again.

King_Pariah's avatar

Serj Tankian from System of a Down

Duece from Hollywood Undead

Kardamom's avatar

@MilkyWay Yes, I love me some Noel Gallagher. I saw Oasis once, it was amazing, but I realized it was Noel, not Liam that really has the heart and the soul of the music.. I almost wept outloud when I heard Talk Tonight

stratman37's avatar

donald fagen. steve winwood. henry rollins. natalie merchant.

Bellatrix's avatar

Phil Collins
Rob Thomas
Robbie Williams

Fluthyou's avatar

Alexander – edward sharpe
courtney love – hole
all 4 of the strokes
jack white
Rain Mada
Jay Malinowski

MilkyWay's avatar

@Kardamom I love Noel Gallagher, that song’s great. You should listen to his latest
track too :)

whitecarnations's avatar

Noel Gallagher is a pompous son of a bitch. In a SPIN Magazine article, he bashed Radioheads, “In Rainbows.” and criticized Radioheads lack of realization of reality. What a prick. He just needs to make music and shut up. Aside from that he does make bright sounds.

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