The Ongoing History of New Music Episode 696: The Second Voice

If you’re the lead singer of a band, you tend to get most of the attention. After all, you’re the audio and visual focal point of the group.

But there are occasions where someone other than the lead singer gets some time in the limelight. Think Keith Richards singing “Happy” for the Rolling Stones or Peter Criss delivering a huge hit for KISS with “Beth.”

What about in the alt-rock world? Which non-lead-singing band members have stepped forward to sing a song that became a hit? That’s what this week’s episode is all about: the second (or in some cases, the third or even fourth) voice in a band. Let’s give these other people some props.

The Ongoing History of New Music runs at 7pm Sunday and 11pm Monday on both 102.1 the Edge/Toronto and FM96 in London. More stations across the country are adding the show every week.  I’ll have an updated list of affiliates for you shortly.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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