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Artists who left a successful solo career to join a group?

Who are artists who left a successful solo career to join a group? Super groups and reunions don't count. The only one I can think of is Sammy Hagar. It was a good career move for Sammy because Van Halen were huge at the time.

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That's actually a very interesting question. I can't think of any.

Normal Is A Myth.

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Nils Lofgren was a fairly successful solo performer before joining Springsteen's band.

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Joe Walsh

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Joe Walsh was a solo act before joining The Eagles. He was a member of the James Gang before going solo.

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Richie Kotzen had established a solo career before joining Poison. So did Blues Saraceno.

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Bowie did with Tin Machine.

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I can't believe I didn't think of that. Bowie had been huge as a solo artist. He joined Tin Machine to make the music he wanted to make. And it was marginally successful at best. I saw Bowie at Giants Stadium in 1987. He played theaters with Tin Machine.

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"Successful" being relative , I was thinking of Gowan and Styx
although, both acts joined force way beyond their popularity peak.

Maybe Adam Lambert and Queen, but I don't think they have released original material yet.

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Do the Travelling Wilburys count?

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I love the Wilburys. But they were a super group, not a group.

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Probably shouldn't count, because he didn't really leave his solo career--they were concurrent, but Todd Rundgren with Utopia. Especially the later 70s/80s version of Utopia Todd wanted to be a democratic band.

Bruce Hornsby with the Grateful Dead

Chick Corea with Return to Forever, as well as Wayne Shorter with Weather Report

Paul McCartney with Wings, although it's arguable just how much of a band they were at times

Robert Palmer with Power Station

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I believe John Mayer is touring with The Grateful Dead.

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Probably shouldn't count, because he didn't really leave his solo career--they were concurrent, but Todd Rundgren with Utopia. Especially the later 70s/80s version of Utopia Todd wanted to be a democratic band.

Paul McCartney with Wings, although it's arguable just how much of a band they were at times

Robert Palmer with Power Station


Wasn't Todd Rundgren successful with Nazz before starting his solo career?

I considered Wings a backup band. And their only constants were Denny Laine and Linda McCartney.

The Power Station were a super group, not a group.

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Wasn't Todd Rundgren successful with Nazz before starting his solo career?


They were moderately successful, yeah, but why would that matter? You gave Sammy Hagar as an example. He was in Montrose before his solo career.

Re Wings, right, and I'd agree, though most people argue that they were a group. Also, I don't know why it would matter if line-ups aren't consistent.

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Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham
Agneta and Anni-Frid pre ABBA

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McDonald joined the Doobie Brothers. Kenny Rogers and the First Edition.

You may be right, I might be crazy, but it just may be a lunatic you are looking for!

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Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham


Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham were a duo before joining Fleetwood Mac. They weren't a solo act. And their "Buckingham Nicks" album was not successful.

I am trying to think of successful duos who joined a group. That is a tough one. Flo & Eddie joined The Mothers of Invention. But they had been in The Turtles before that.

What are we going to do after IMDB closes their boards?

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I am trying to think of successful duos who joined a group


Geoff Downes and Trevor Horn from The Buggles joined Yes for their Drama album.

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Whilst not strictly speaking a solo artist he was a successful session musician; Jimmy Page.
He made enough off the back of recording with the likes of The Kinks, The Who, Van Morrison and the like prior to joining the Yardbirds and then using the cash he'd made to self finance the first Led Zeppelin record.

Where is everybody?

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If we count studio musicians, Duane Allman left Muscle Shoals to form a band with his brother.

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Does Nico count? She wasn't exactly "successful", but she did try to launch hersef with a little help from the Stones' old manager, but the Velvet Underground did add an "and" during her tenure with them.

Normal Is A Myth.

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Charlie Sexton became a fixture in Bob Dylan's band.



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Chris Farlowe had been a successful solo artist in the U.K. before joining Colosseum and Atomic Rooster.





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