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Singers Who Started Out as Instrumentalists

Examples:

George Benson

Karen Carpenter

Nat "King" Cole

Louis Armstrong

Others?

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Diana Krall Allison Kraus.

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Phil Collins

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Sylvia McNair

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Robert Cray

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Billy Preston

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Nina Simone

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Chet Baker.

Blossom Dearie did both, wound up mostly singing, but I don't know how she started.

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The great singers Carmen McRae and Sarah Vaughan -- both pianists.

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Harry Connick, Jr.

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Herb Alpert?

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Sheila E.

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Half of the Motown stable. They had to work their way up from writing/playing some instrument/back-up vocals to stars.

Barrett Strong - piano

Smokey - songwriter

Stevie - always a vocalist but his harmonica was his thing at first

Marvin - drums

Martha - secretary/back-up singer

Diane, Mary & Flo - Hand claps

Four Tops - back-up singers

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Annie Lennox-flute

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Elton John... wasn't he a session pianist?

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Ray Parker Jr.

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Melissa Manchester

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Karen Carpenter

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Lorraine Hunt (Lieberson) started out as a last stand violist in the Boston Ballet orchestra.

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Gee, R17. What about Nat "King" Cole, Louis Armstrong and George Benson? You're either lazy or a racist.

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Annie Lennox-flute

she at the guy, David, whatever, went to RCM

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Herb Alpert?

Herb Alpert sand a few times, but he was hardly a singer.

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Stevie Ray Vaughan

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Philippe Jaroussky

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Jimi Hendrix

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Madonna - drummer in "The Breakfast Club"

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Glen Campbell, legendary session guitarist.

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Barry M.

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Vince Gill

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Mel Torme (drummer in Chico Marx's band)

DL fave Kaye Ballard (flautist with Spike Jones)

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Robert Cray. Was he though? Cray?

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Barry Manilow started out as a pianist, including a stint as Bette Midler's accomanist.

I heard him interviewed on NPR's "Fresh Air", and he was oddly proud of his years as an accompanist, like it was the only real job he'd ever held.

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Peter Gabriel started out as, "a bad drummer".

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Mary Banilow

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Maurice White Phil Collins

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