4 famous rock band frontmen who pursued solo careers



PAULMCCARTNEY1Too often, rock music fans get swept up in the extensive works of famous rock bands and don’t realize that many rock frontmen also pursued solo careers and produced some pretty hot hits. Here’s an essential list of some of the more famous ones, which the average music enthusiast may or may not have known:

1. Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam

This one may be less obvious, but the frontman of 90s sensation Pearl Jam led a very successful solo career outside his band. Vedder, known for his growly baritone vocals and luscious curly locks, released plenty of his own hits aside from his work with Pearl Jam, including singles “Society” and “Hard Sun.” Fun fact: his first solo album was the soundtrack for the 2007 film “Into the Wild.”

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2. Kurt Cobain of Nirvana

One can’t make a list of famous rock frontmen without giving Cobain his due. Despite his depression and heroin addiction, Cobain is widely considered to be one of the most influential artists of the 90s not only for his work with Nirvana but also for his own extraordinary talent as a singer-songwriter and composer. Twenty years after his death, Cobain was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. Check out one of his most famous solo singles, “And I Love Her.”

3. Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty

It’s no secret that the 90s produced exceptional rock musicians, and Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas is no exception. Although Thomas was the primary songwriter of the band, he also composed and performed solo. While “Lonely No More” is probably Thomas’ biggest hit, few know that he wrote and performed the surprisingly stellar credits song “Little Wonders” for the 2007 animated film “Meet the Robinsons.” Fun fact: Thomas also collaborated with Mick Jagger and Daughtry on the artists’ respective albums.

4. Paul McCartney of the Beatles

Who can forget the incredibly talented Paul McCartney of the Beatles? After the Beatles broke up in 1970, McCartney continued to songwrite, becoming one of the most successful composers of all time and being inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame twice: once as a Beatles member and twice as a solo artist. His Beatles song “Yesterday” has been covered by more artists than any other song in the history. Fun fact: most people know McCartney for his song “Wonderful Christmastime” still played on the radio nonstop during the Christmas season.

Photo credit: By Jim Summaria [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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