Top 10 Unsung Heroes of Popular BandsLizardKing99 Those band members who were/are very important but are overlooked or underrated.
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I do think more modern era fans and history buffs give George his rightful appreciation. - Billyv
George is my favorite guitarist of all time. - Pony
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
He really made Pink Floyd what it was and gets almost the least credit - GillisL
Jason Newsted was amazing in my opinion. The guy had a lot of potential and getting a part to be a member of Metallica is a dream come true. Unfortunately, the band members mostly treated him unfairly and he responded in the fairest, yet saddest way possible; quitting the band. Because he didn't get to write many songs, unlike Cliff Burton (RIP), his bass-playing skills were never truly played to his full potential (Although he wrote "Blackened", my favorite song in...And Justice for All and even then, his sound was muted). And alongside being a great bass player, his vocals are aggressive and brimming with attitude, something which gave Metallica concerts an edge on being among the greatest concerts ever played (Live Seattle 1989, enough said). If he was in Metallica by 1983, I think he could have been lead vocalist (James Hetfield is legendary, don't get me wrong), but that's just my opinion. - CrimsonShark
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. - BillyvV 1 Comment
Grossly underrated member of Queen. - bzsuzsi0128
Sure he is the number one.
He wrote a lot of the material on their first three albums. - IronSabbathPriest
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.
He's the core - holds it all together. And his background enhancements are often subtle and overlooked. - Billyv
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2. George Harrison - The Beatles
3. Aleksander Lifeson - Rush
2. Aleksander Lifeson - Rush
3. Richard Wright - Pink Floyd