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Subject: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: troy88 on 11/22/11 at 7:25 pm

I think the board needs a thread like this. In the glory days of radio this was a very big issue - you didn't know how the face behind the song looked like. What singers you thought looked different? I thought Baccara was not a duet, but a solo singer, a teen girl, looking like Velma from Scooby Doo. I thought the group behind 'Lolipop' - The Chordettes were black. I thought the Velma-like singer behind Baccara songs also sang "Porque te vas" by Jeanette. Any similar stories?

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: fusefan on 11/22/11 at 9:22 pm

I always thought Tony Joe White the guy who sang "Polk Salad Annie" was a black guy until recently.  

And the first time i heard "I Gotta Get Through This" by Daniel Bedingfield I thought a woman was singing it. lol.

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: yelimsexa on 11/23/11 at 7:54 am

I see a similar concept nowadays with cartoon/commercial voice actors, and even too a degree radio DJs today. Who thought as a kid growing up that Bart Simpson, Tommy Pickles, and Ash Ketchum were actually voiced by women and not young boys as most kids like myself thought (though I'll admit that since Bart didn't go through puberty after I went through it, I definately suspected something). Or about an old/young character where the actual voice actor is much different in real life age? Or that the voice actress for Penny on most Inspector Gadget episodes is of a different race than the character?

But for singers, this thought doesn't usually last unless you're listening to Top 40, and even then exposure comes pretty quickly; in fact many probably recognize the face before they recognize the songs they do!

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: troy88 on 11/23/11 at 1:11 pm

Yeah, that's why prefer video to radio. I hate being disillusioned lol.

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: AL-B Mk. III on 11/23/11 at 10:52 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raJWuz7qQVc

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: bookmistress4ever on 11/23/11 at 11:19 pm

I thought Rick Astley was black,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmgB7qVh0-w
and Curtis Stigers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20Nh-de3CA4&feature=related
and Michael McDonald
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2iFqcFcdBU&feature=related

What do I know?  :-[

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: AL-B Mk. III on 11/23/11 at 11:34 pm


I thought Rick Astley was black,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmgB7qVh0-w
and Curtis Stigers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20Nh-de3CA4&feature=related
and Michael McDonald
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2iFqcFcdBU&feature=related

What do I know?  :-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep7FWnbAaCI

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: bookmistress4ever on 11/23/11 at 11:40 pm


Not much more than me apparently... ;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep7FWnbAaCI


One of my and my hubby's favorite songs.  :)

I see your Looking Glass and raise you a Climax Blues Band.   ;) ;D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgjSEbyWDeI

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: bookmistress4ever on 11/24/11 at 5:31 am


I thought Rick Astley was black,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmgB7qVh0-w
and Curtis Stigers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20Nh-de3CA4&feature=related
and Michael McDonald
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2iFqcFcdBU&feature=related

What do I know?   :-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=621Nk3Ubz4A

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: whistledog on 11/24/11 at 6:57 am


I guess I should add Dan Hartman - I can dream about you to my list too.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=621Nk3Ubz4A


I thought so with that one too.  In the film 'Streets of Fire', the song is performed by the fictional group The Sorrels.  The most commonly shown music video of it is just footage of The Sorrels performing the song on stage, but the actual music video is that one above showing Hartman in a bar with The Sorrels on TV in the background

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: whistledog on 11/24/11 at 7:04 am

The big one for me is the Canadian folk-Alt rock group Crash Test Dummies.  Their first hit was in 1991 called Superman's Song and their deep barritone voiced lead singer Brad Roberts certainly did not look like I pictured him to be.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihUIPlLw2ZE

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: apollonia1986 on 11/25/11 at 11:38 pm

I totally thought Rick Astley was a big , Barry White-like black man when I first heard him and when I saw that he looked Clay Aiken, I almost fainted. I couldn't beleive that big, booming voice was coming out that little body.

I also thought Joss Stone was black. I pictured her something like Lauren Hill, like a neo-soul chick with an afro and I was surprised to see Joss. She was still like hippie-chic, but I has assumed she was black.

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: danootaandme on 11/26/11 at 4:56 am

You should have seen the look on the face of a guy I know when he said he would go on his knees and do anything for the "girl"  who sings "Money To Tight To Mention", because of that voice.  Then I told him that it was a guy named Mick Hucknall.  ;D ;D 

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: troy88 on 11/26/11 at 8:41 am

to me F. R. David in "Words Don`t Come Easy" sounds just like Annie Lennox: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nStlMDx3ZeM  ;)

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: bookmistress4ever on 11/27/11 at 4:23 am


You should have seen the look on the face of a guy I know when he said he would go on his knees and do anything for the "girl"  who sings "Money To Tight To Mention", because of that voice.  Then I told him that it was a guy named Mick Hucknall.   ;D ;D 


I remember when Hanson was just becoming popular and how alot of guys thought the drummer "girl" was so cute.  ;D

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: Martin on 09/26/12 at 3:22 pm

A long-awaited update.
What's strange is that I've found out that a female singer that covered 'Yes Sir, I Can Boogie' in Czech looks almost exactly like I imagined Baccara (save for the glasses):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llYQK73SurA

Do you get annoyed/disappointed when you find out that the mental image of a singer/radio presenter you had is very different than the reality? I hate this and that's why I no longer look up singers I heard on the radio online. I don't have a problem if I've seen the music video *before* listening to the song on the radio. However, most often than not I'm disappointed when I see the music video to a song I got to now through the radio. It's like my idea about the video is totally different to reality and even the artists never look the same way they do in my mind. Anyone can relate?

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: Howard on 09/27/12 at 7:05 am

I always thought Dan Hartman was a black guy but turns out when I finally saw him he was white.

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: Starde on 10/04/12 at 9:08 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laStiu_sUd4

I grew up listening to this song, and I always thought Bobby Caldwell was black. My mouth practically dropped when I discovered he wasn't a couple years ago. Still love that song to this day.

I had the same reaction to the following when I discovered they also weren't black:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9wotiDai5U

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ud6sU3AclT4

Love these songs as well!

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: warped on 10/04/12 at 9:10 pm


I always thought Dan Hartman Micheal Jackson was a black guy but turns out when I finally saw him he was white.


fixed  :D ;D

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: Howard on 10/05/12 at 4:05 pm


fixed  :D ;D


HEY!  >:(

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: Katluver on 10/06/12 at 9:00 pm

When I first heard Adele's "Rolling In the Deep," I thought she was black.

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: Jock on 01/09/13 at 7:45 pm

That's the reason why I prefer discovering new music and artists via a music video. I hate it that every single time I hear an unknown artist on the radio and look them up on the Internet, they turn out nothing like I thought. Sometimes I even mistake races and gender. And I mistake between groups and soloists, too. It's so annoying and I can never enjoy radio again. :-[

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: tv on 01/16/13 at 5:10 pm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laStiu_sUd4

I grew up listening to this song, and I always thought Bobby Caldwell was black. My mouth practically dropped when I discovered he wasn't a couple years ago. Still love that song to this day.

I had the same reaction to the following when I discovered they also weren't black:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9wotiDai5U

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ud6sU3AclT4

Love these songs as well!
You thought Taylor Dayne was black? Thats funny. I remember somebody asking on the net if she was half-black. I used to love her music in 1999-2000 I just liked listening to her songs from the late 80's at the time.

Bobby Caldwell I think he hid that he was white for awhile when "What Won't You Do For Love" was popular in 1978.

Teena Marie-Even one of her best friends growing up thought she was 100% Black mostly because of the way Teena talked. Her friend was shocked to  see she had a white mom though her father was white too. I saw that on a documentary about Teena Marie I think it was on "TV One" a few months after her death.

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: apollonia1986 on 01/16/13 at 9:54 pm

I thought Taylor Dayne was black too, just light skinned. It was YEARS before I got hip to it she was white. The same went for Eddie Money. (I looked him up cause someone said Apollonia was in oen of his music videos) and I was shocked. I mean with the name Eddie Money, I really saw a black guy in my head.

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: whistledog on 01/16/13 at 10:52 pm

Terri Gibbs - Best known for the 1981 hit Somebody's Knockin'
http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ9z12XJca5E9LxMPToE2kpAiHQduykl47iUtPZmW0iYvZa5opZxvknvpWHIA

Cindy Bullens - She had a few minor US hits in the late 70s/early 80s. 
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-iQ-RighYFgU/TW_Sm8uPkaI/AAAAAAAAA9Q/6tuuF3OSPLw/s1600/3f55c060ada0433f75de8110.L.jpg

Let's just say when I learned what both looked like, I still wasn't convinced
(for the record, both are females)

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: apollonia1986 on 01/16/13 at 10:57 pm

That Cindy chick looks like Leif Garrett. You know, before the drugs, alcohol and police fists hit him.

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: Howard on 01/17/13 at 7:32 am

You thought Taylor Dayne was black? Thats funny. I remember somebody asking on the net if she was half-black. I used to love her music in 1999-2000 I just liked listening to her songs from the late 80's at the time.


I believe Taylor Dayne is Jewish but she does sound black.

Teena Marie-Even one of her best friends growing up thought she was 100% Black mostly because of the way Teena talked. Her friend was shocked to  see she had a white mom though her father was white too. I saw that on a documentary about Teena Marie I think it was on "TV One" a few months after her death.

Maybe she grew up listening to R & B music during her childhood.

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: warped on 01/20/13 at 1:47 pm

Christopher Cross 

With that voice, thought he might have looked like a heatthrob.

http://img1.bdbphotos.com/images/orig/w/b/wbkcjrv7p0bnp7bj.jpg


Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: AL-B Mk. III on 01/20/13 at 1:55 pm


Christopher Cross 

With that voice, thought he might have looked like a heatthrob.

http://img1.bdbphotos.com/images/orig/w/b/wbkcjrv7p0bnp7bj.jpg


Holy crap. He looks nothing like I thought he would.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNOn6enPC7U

He almost looks like a hippie.  ;D

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: AL-B Mk. III on 01/20/13 at 2:02 pm

Walter Egan.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7DAHi_Cks8

Am I the only one who thinks this creepy?  :o

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: Howard on 01/20/13 at 7:48 pm


Holy crap. He looks nothing like I thought he would.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNOn6enPC7U

He almost looks like a hippie.  ;D


He does look like a hippie in a way.

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: Howard on 01/20/13 at 7:50 pm

The Osmonds and New Edition, kinda sworn both of them sounded like Michael Jackson when he was young.

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: tv on 01/21/13 at 6:25 pm


The Osmonds and New Edition, kinda sworn both of them sounded like Michael Jackson when he was young.
New Edition was thought to be the second coming of Jackson 5 back in the early to mid 80's. Thats what their manager at the time who was Maurice Starr had in mind. Maurice Starr later managed "New Kids On the Block" as well.

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: Starde on 01/24/13 at 8:27 pm


New Edition was thought to be the second coming of Jackson 5 back in the early to mid 80's. Thats what their manager at the time who was Maurice Starr had in mind. Maurice Starr later managed "New Kids On the Block" as well.


Yeah, I remember when I first heard "Candy Girl" by New Edition, I thought it was a young MJ in his Jackson 5 days.

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: Butterball on 01/24/13 at 11:27 pm

Thought these song's were sung by women...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UVOPfotYRs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uec35ppYLIc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-5Y5PX2qHQ

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: Howard on 01/25/13 at 6:52 am


Yeah, I remember when I first heard "Candy Girl" by New Edition, I thought it was a young MJ in his Jackson 5 days.


or maybe MJ collaborated with New Edition.

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: Howard on 01/25/13 at 6:55 am


Thought these song's were sung by women...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UVOPfotYRs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uec35ppYLIc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-5Y5PX2qHQ


why does Nick Gilder remind me of Tom Petty in some sort of way? ???

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: warped on 01/25/13 at 7:03 am


why does Nick Gilder remind me of Tom Petty in some sort of way? ???

The hair.

Both Nick Gilder & Bryan Adams were in a band called "Sweeney Todd" (but not at the same time)

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: tv on 01/26/13 at 5:35 pm

I thought for like 5 years  "Starpoint" had Spanish People in their group. Then I saw the music video for "Object Of My Desire" a few days ago and and the members were black. I was surprised.

I didn't really know about Starpoint until like 5-6 years ago. I did know about Stevie B. and Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam when I was younger because I remember hearing their songs when they were popular back in the day. "Starpoint" sorted of sort of sounded like Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam maybe poppier though.

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: Howard on 01/26/13 at 7:57 pm


I thought for like 5 years  "Starpoint" had Spanish People in their group. Then I saw the music video for "Object Of My Desire" a few days ago and and the members were black. I was surprised.

I didn't really know about Starpoint until like 5-6 years ago. I did know about Stevie B. and Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam when I was younger because I remember hearing their songs when they were popular back in the day. "Starpoint" sorted of sort of sounded like Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam maybe poppier though.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPAaWPcKoYI

What a great dance jam.  :)

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: Katluver on 01/26/13 at 11:45 pm


Thought these song's were sung by women...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UVOPfotYRs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uec35ppYLIc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-5Y5PX2qHQ


Totally with you on that one, especially with the second clip---after learning that it was Neil singing, for months I was puzzled.

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: Katluver on 01/26/13 at 11:52 pm

And here's another song that I got mixed up about the gender:

http://www.apartmentinfo.ca/apartmentrentals/bc/victoria.htm

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: Katluver on 01/26/13 at 11:54 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2ozuCXpVJY

Try that again!  I used to think it was a 16-year-old girl singing this song...

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: fredrickthe94guy on 01/27/13 at 6:51 am

By any means I beat you all with the shocker!!

as a 5 year old and having no idea who cher was, I thought this song was sunged by a drag queen

Cher - Believe

this became the most nostalgic song ever for me and I was surprised to find out it was sunged by an old lady of 52 at the time it was released!!

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: Howard on 01/27/13 at 6:56 am


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2ozuCXpVJY

Try that again!  I used to think it was a 16-year-old girl singing this song...


Justin by day Justin(e) by night  :D

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: Howard on 01/27/13 at 7:07 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYpNQXK6lpM

I always this song was sung by a guy.

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: NullandVoid on 01/31/13 at 7:59 pm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laStiu_sUd4

I grew up listening to this song, and I always thought Bobby Caldwell was black. My mouth practically dropped when I discovered he wasn't a couple years ago. Still love that song to this day.




mind BLOWN.

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: Bobby on 02/02/13 at 8:37 am


One of my and my hubby's favorite songs.  :)

I see your Looking Glass and raise you a Climax Blues Band.  ;) ;D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgjSEbyWDeI


Climax Blues Band was a definite weird one for me because I always believed they were American. They actually came from just up the road from where I was born, Stafford in England. The mind boggles...

Erm...Nick Gilder, the person who sung 'Hot Child in the City'. I couldn't believe he was anything other than a woman.

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: Howard on 02/02/13 at 7:53 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJ3DWa_QLO4

I thought the guy who sang was black.

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: smittykins on 02/27/13 at 7:52 pm

I concur on the Terri Gibbs song posted upthread.  I totally thought that was a dude.

Not me personally, but I've read of people who initially thought Chicago singer/guitarist Terry Kath was black.

Btq4MnwvQgM

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 02/27/13 at 9:32 pm

The two main guys in OMD were Paul Humphreys and Andy McCluskey.  I had the two of them mixed up until I saw them on American Bandstand in 1985. 

http://musicblog.merseyblogs.co.uk/omd.jpg
l. Andy, r. Paul

When I saw them on stage, I thought, "Wow, they're even dorkier than in the magazines!"
;D

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: Butterball on 07/11/13 at 1:28 am

I thought for sure this was a woman...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhxKwVPuumE

Subject: Re: Singers you thought looked different

Written By: c_keenan2001@hotmail.com on 07/30/13 at 11:51 pm

Mark Holmes from Platinum Blonde looks different.  Possibly because he has been without his signature spiky platinum blonde hair and hasn't worn any make up since he was in his mid-late 20s.  :(

http://bp3.blogger.com/_I2PhZDEXSaY/R6Uh7nQK8-I/AAAAAAAAAyw/7GYb3tsQhTk/s400/Platinum+Blonde+2.jpg http://blu.stb.s-msn.com/i/3C/D7A613F33FD13A2856DDBCA4233E9.jpg

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