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My Generation - Solo Superstar Frontmen

On My Generation this week Jonesy and Amanda put the spotlight on Feature Year 1985 - the year that frontmen from the world’s biggest bands had their first solo hits!

Even though they'd been releasing solo music since the Eagles disbanded, 1985 was the first year Glenn Frey and Don Henley scored Top 5 hits.

Glenn Frey with The Heat Is On:

And Don Henley with The Boys of Summer....

A year after The Police called it a day, Sting released his first solo work in July 1985. The more jazz inspired Dream of the Blue Turtles album went straight to Number 1.

If You Love Somebody Set Them Free was the opening track and first solo hit for Sting in 1985:

1985 was a huge year for former Creedence Clearwater Revival singer/songwriter/guitarist John Fogerty. After a long hiatus he put out the chart topping Centrefield album. Lead single Old Man Down The Road was a Top Ten smash. His former record company head Saul Zaentz thought the chorus was too similar to 1969's Creedence hit Run Through The Jungle and sued Fogerty for plagiarism. It was the first time an artist was sued for plagiarizing his own song. Fogerty won the case.

It was the year Ultravox vocalist Midge Ure co-organised the mammoth Live Aid concert project with his good friend Bob Geldof.  In October he released his first solo album The Gift along with the Number 1 single If I Was....

The late Jim Diamond had major chart success in 1981 as a member of PHD with I Won't Let You Down. Four years later, his first solo single I Should Have Known Better became a Number 1 hit...

After Van Halen's biggest selling album 1984, flamboyant frontman David Lee Roth surprisingly quit the band for a solo career.  In 1985 he released an EP called Crazy From The Heat.  The lead single was a cover of the classic California Girls. It reached Number 3 on the charts same as The Beach Boys original 20 years earlier.  MTV was having a major effect on the charts by 1985 adding visuals to your favourite hits. David Lee Roth's music video for California Girls was basically him and a bunch of bikini clad babes on the beach.

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