Top 10 Unsung Heroes of Popular Bands
Those band members who were/are very important but are overlooked or underrated.
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1George Harrison - The Beatles George Harrison was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.
I do think more modern era fans and history buffs give George his rightful appreciation. - Billyv
This was very true especially in The Beatles active years and in the 70s. Musicians knew, the other Beatles knew, mainstream fans not so much. - Billyv
2Aleksander Lifeson - Rush
3John Paul Jones - Led Zeppelin John Baldwin, better known by his stage name John Paul Jones, is an English multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, arranger and record producer.
4Richard Wright - Pink Floyd Richard William "Rick" Wright was an English musician, composer, singer and songwriter. He was the main keyboardist and a backup vocalist for the psychedelic and progressive English rock band, Pink Floyd .
He really made Pink Floyd what it was and gets almost the least credit - GillisL
5Alex Van Halen - Van HalenAlexander Arthur "Alex" Van Halen is a Dutch-born American musician, best known as the drummer and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen.
6Jason Newsted - MetallicaJason Curtis Newsted is an American metal musician, known for being the third bass guitarist with the band Metallica from November 1986 until his departure in January 2001, he was also a part of Voivod and Flotsam and Jetsam.
7Ray Manzarek - the Doors
I think The Doors were unique in that all three non-Morrison members could be considered the "unsung hero". But Ray's keys are what give them their sound--even moreso than Jim's voice. - PetSounds
Great choice and reasoning. Again, you pick with your head while I picked somewhat with my heart. - Billyv
8Chad Smith - Red Hot Chili Peppers Chadwick "Chad" Smith is an American musician and current drummer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, which he joined in 1988 and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
9Nick Mason - Pink Floyd Nicholas Berkeley "Nick" Mason is an English musician and composer, best known as the drummer of Pink Floyd.
10Bob Weir - Grateful DeadRobert Hall "Bob" Weir is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, most recognized as a founding member of the Grateful Dead.
11John Densmore - The Doors
12Richie Furay - Buffalo SpringfieldPaul Richard "Richie" Furay is an American singer, songwriter, and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member who is best known for forming the bands Buffalo Springfield with Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Bruce Palmer, and Dewey Martin, and Poco with Jim Messina, Rusty Young, George Grantham and Randy Meisner.
13Pat Smear - NirvanaGeorg Albert Ruthenber, professionally known as Pat Smear was the rhythm guitarist for the Grunge band Nirvana, and the Post-grunge band Foo Fighters..
14Kevin Moore - Dream Theater
He wrote a lot of the material on their first three albums. - IronSabbathPriest
15Gene Clark - The ByrdsHarold Eugene "Gene" Clark was an American singer-songwriter and founding member of the folk rock band the Byrds.
McGuinn's 12-string Rickenbacker deservedly gets a ton of praise for their sound, but Gene Clark actually wrote the majority of their songs, and sang lead on many of them too. When that jerk David Crosby finally succeeded in chasing Gene out of the band, they were still good, but never quite the same.
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