Before they were rockstars

Before they were rockstars 

Posted: 11:18 pm Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

By rockywbab

Every now and then I come across a band that had a now famous musician in it, makes for a good listen and watch, below you will find such bands! Before the were in Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple or The Doobie Brothers, they were in local bands trying to make it. Check out some of these early bands that one or two members became famous!


Jimmy Page, “She Just Satisfies,” 1965
It’s common knowledge that Jimmy Page was a prolific session guitarist before joining the Yardbirds and constructing Led Zeppelin from their ashes. But he was also a veteran of a few other bands (Carter-Lewis and the Southerners and Neil Christian’s Crusaders, for two), and cut a solo single. “She Just Satisfies” adds vocals to a rather blatant appropriation of a riff from the Kinks’ “Revenge,” perhaps just recompense for Page’s anonymous rhythm-guitar contributions to several of the Davies gang’s early classics.




Before being conscripted into Zeppelin duty, Plant recorded a couple of orchestral-pop singles that only slightly resemble his later efforts. But before those he sang for a group called Listen, whose energetic cover of a Rascals rocker was deemed commercial enough to gain an American release on Columbia.



Deep Purple was what would now be called a supergroup, of sorts, assembled from veterans of several British beat combos. After Jon Lord and Ritchie Blackmore deemed Purple’s first incarnation (the ones who hit with “Hush”) inadequate, they drafted bassist Roger Glover and singer Ian Gillan from the long-lived band Episode Six. The Eps were a versatile pop band, covering hard rock and soul tunes live but dabbling in harmony pop, classical-rock fusion, psychedelia and even hot-rod numbers (a rare British entry in this genre, “Mighty Morris Ten”). “Love, Hate, Revenge,” a thoroughly psychedelicized cover of an obscure tune by former Dion back-up vocalists the Del Satins, is one of Episode Six’s best.



The voice of the Doobie Bros. from 1975 onward, McDonald started his career in St. Louis, playing with local bands including the Guild, who made a record or two after he decamped for Hollywood fame and glory. These goals took a while to achieve, starting with the above RCA single—something of a latter-day favorite among U.K. soul enthusiasts—a couple more on Bell, and a stint singing backgrounds for Steely Dan before his joint pact to take over Doobies lead vocals from co-founder Tom Johnston.



As a kid in Upstate New York in the late ’50s, the young metallurgist wasn’t throwing horns. He was digging the hefty opera chops of Mario Lanza and, soon after, fronting local rock bands Ronnie and the Rumblers, and Ronnie Dio and the Prophets. Whether inspired by the similarity of their names or merely good taste in song selection, Dio sounded like every other singer back then, still kind of cool!