Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Band's Namesake Was Not The Singer: The Alan Parsons Project

While not a band per se, The Alan Parsons Project fits our category of the band’s namesake not being the singer. The membership of The Alan Parsons Project was rather fluid and it changed as necessary. A multitude of guest vocalists were used for their numerous albums including one of the Project’s main collaborators Eric Woolfson. Outside of some vocoder processed vocals and background vocals, Parsons did not sing lead.

From their fifth album “Turn of a Friendly Card,” “Games People Play” was their fourth most popular single charting at #16 on the Hot 100. Guest vocalist Larry Zakatek, who sang on 24 of the Project’s recordings including “I Wouldn’t want to be Like You” from “I Robot” that I previously had featured.

The Alan Parsons Project’s 1980 album “Turn of a Friendly Card” was the bands third most popular album in the US. It charted at #13 on the Top 200 albums chart and was certified platinum. Only “Eye in the Sky” and “I Robot” performed better.

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