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Which performer's physical appearance didn't match your mental image the most?


Several of the "blue-eyed soul" artists come to mind. Dusty Springfield, Eric Burdon and probably Rick Astley. Wiki's complete list is here although it's easy to nitpick some of them. The Osmonds? Really? I know it's wiki and anyone can edit it but that's got to be some kind of joke.

I was shocked when I saw Red Bone singing Come and Get Your Love for the first time. I'd had no idea that they were a Native American band.

Rare Earth surprised me with "Get Ready. Not just because they're white but the lead singer is the drummer and looks just about the opposite as I had imagined.

I was a little surprised to find that Johnny Nash of "I Can See Clearly Now the Rain is Gone" was African American. Is there a non-racist term/phrase for the opposite of "blue-eyed soul"?
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I was pretty surprised the first time I saw a UB40 video.
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The great Ada Jones, the first female recording star: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZZ1ItQB76Q

Looked like this: http://www.superstock.com/stock-photos-images/4048-2556

No wonder she was a big hit on records!
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I thought Norah Jones was a middle-aged Black American woman. Boy was i wrong.

I thought Adele was a middle-aged Black American woman. Strike two.
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From the 70's: I am still convinced that Nick Gilder is a girl - Hot Child in the City.
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Old 04-18-2012, 02:36 PM
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Old 04-18-2012, 02:42 PM
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I think Elliott Yamin sounds black. He's not. Not even close.
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Old 04-18-2012, 02:53 PM
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Dobie Gray is black?!!?
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Old 04-18-2012, 03:54 PM
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Hey, there's Wayne Newton singing Danke Schoen a few years ago!
I wonder who sang the original version?
You know, the one from Ferris Buellers Day Off.
The one with the girl singing.
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WTF??
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Old 04-18-2012, 04:03 PM
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I always imagined Sheryl Crow as shorter and much cuter until I saw what she looked like.
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Old 04-18-2012, 05:03 PM
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I would say that John Popper of Blues Traveler was least like what I was expecting, because I don't expect people who are built like me to be famous musicians. Of course, he's not built like me any more, but still.

I would say the same thing of the lead singer for The Fabulous Thunderbirds, but I came to know their music through MTV back in the 80s, so there was never any time to form an idea of what he might look like before I saw him.
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Old 04-18-2012, 05:32 PM
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I always imagined Sheryl Crow as shorter and much cuter until I saw what she looked like.
I talked to her standing right next to me at a bar in Maui. She was gorgeous and couldn't have been more than 5'3.
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Another vote for Dusty Springfield. I was so sure she was a fat black American. El wrongo!
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I pictured the lead singer of Silversun Pickups as a tall, unconventionally pretty woman.

Turns out he's not.
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I thought Adele was a middle-aged Black American woman. Strike two.
I thought Adele was going to be too-skinny heroin-chic New Yorker. Reality lies somewhere in the middle of our two guesses

I though Eric Burdon (the Animals) was going to be a thin-white-duke-style like Bowie or Robert Plant. I didn't expect an overfed, long-haired, leaping gnome.

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Jim Croce.
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Old 04-18-2012, 05:50 PM
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Billy West. Somehow I had this image in my mind of a whip-thin, wiry redhead. Partly because he says that Fry's voice (Futurama) is a younger version of him, but not entirely - I've been a Billy West fan since I was a kid and he was doing Ren & Stimpy. I was really startled the first time I saw him on a DVD extra.
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The hub saw Joe Perry and Steven Tyler in a hotel lobby once years ago and expected them to be taller than the 5' and some change they appeared to be. He's 6'2".
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Johnny Rivers. Who knew? For some reason, I always pictured him more like this.
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Joe Cocker. Not sure what I thought he'd look like, but wow. Not like that.
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Johnny Rivers. Who knew? For some reason, I always pictured him more like this.
That is surprising to me too. I always pictured him like a more macho Frankie Avalon, which isn't far from Paul Anka.
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Everyone's always pretty surprised when they first see a picture of Kevin Clash, the puppeteer behind Elmo.

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He relates an anecdote about that. Starts at about 5:00, but the rest of the interview is good too.
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:08 PM
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13 year old me:

"Hootie's black? You're making that up!"
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:42 PM
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Laura Brannigan. Back when her first single came out (pre-video) we had pretty much immediately dropped her into the "scuzzy synthesizer dance queen" category.
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Gabriella Cilmi singing "Sweet About Me." I didn't think she was a little white girl.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvuyYj5ROmk&ob=av2e


As a child I thought Creedence Clearwater Revival must have been black too.

Does that make me terrible?
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Old 04-18-2012, 11:52 PM
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Aaron Neville. One of the sweetest male singing voices ever. I expected him to look something like Michael Jackson. But he's built like a longshoreman.
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I figured a group called The Troggs who sang a song like Wild Thing would be from the psychedelic, scraggly-beard, 60's, not the clean-shaven, matching-suits 60's.
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Anyone who listens to old time radio shows will have a lot of these. I was probably most surprised by Dennis Day, who didn't look much like the naive adolescent he played on radio. See also Ezra Stone as Henry Aldrich.
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If a radio DJ counts, then "Cousin Brucie" Morrow, who has appeared in a few films such as "Dirty dancing". I had pictured him as a short, dark haired chubby guy, probably because a classmate named Bruce was such a body type. Morrow looks to be tall, lean, brown hair type.

I remember my sister being shocked when she saw Gary Puckett of the Union Gap on TV---"But he's so....ugly!!!".
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Old 04-19-2012, 05:15 AM
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I was a little surprised to find that Johnny Nash of "I Can See Clearly Now the Rain is Gone" was African American. Is there a non-racist term/phrase for the opposite of "blue-eyed soul"?
Well, maybe Brown-eyed Schmaltz, but it doesn't have the same ring to it...
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Charlie Patton.
How could that face, on that body, with that guitar, make those sounds?

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Hey, there's Wayne Newton singing Danke Schoen a few years ago!
I wonder who sang the original version?
You know, the one from Ferris Buellers Day Off.
The one with the girl singing.
.....

WTF??
Fred Travalena used to have a joke where he'd imitate Wayne Newton. He'd sing a few lines of "Danke Schoen . . ." and sound just like Wayne. Then he'd announce his Brenda Lee imitation.

"Danke Schoen . . ."
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Listening to "Into the Mystic" or even "Moondance", even if you knew Van Morrison was Irish, you wouldn't really picture a pastier, doughier, Meatloaf, would you?
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My first awareness of these people was from the radio. When I first saw images of them, it was like "No way!"

Gregg Allman
Arthur Godfrey
William Conrad (Gunsmoke)
Frank Sinatra
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I don't recall what my mental image was of the singer of "Karma Chameleon" back in 1983. But I know it wasn't anything like the reality.
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I don't recall what my mental image was of the singer of "Karma Chameleon" back in 1983. But I know it wasn't anything like the reality.
It's even harder to imagine this guy singing it.
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I remember my mom showing me a picture of Bonnie Tyler back in her "It's a Heartache" days. Not how I would have pictured her.
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Steve Tyrell wasn't what I was expecting after hearing him on the radio.
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I thought the lead singer of Rush was female until I looked them up on YouTube.
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When the theme song from Neverending Story was getting a lot of airplay, I thought it was sung by a woman. And I was picturing a hot babe to go with that sensuous, sultry voice.

One day, I walked into a record store, and saw a poster, with the words "Limahl", "Neverending Story", and a picture of the ugliest chick I have ever seen in my life. A chick with an Adam's apple, and a five o'clock shadow.

It was not as bad as The Crying Game, but that is not a nice thing to do to a heterosexual.
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Sex advice columnist and radio show host Isadora Alman has an incredibly sexy voice. When I used to listen to her "Ask Isadora" show in the 80s, as a teenager, her voice gave me some pretty lusty thoughts.

When I saw her on a TV show I was surprised to see someone closer to my 2nd grade teacher than the bodacious hottie of my dreams.
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Steve Tyrell wasn't what I was expecting after hearing him on the radio.
What did you expect? He's very good-looking. Did you expect an ugly man? A black man? A younger man? I'm not being sarcastic; I really want to know, because I like him and have several of his CDs.
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I also was surprised to find out Limahl was a dude... Primarily from Neverending Story, but also his time with Kajagoogoo.

Also, I was shocked to discover Victor Brox, who sings Caiaphas in the original album of Jesus Christ Superstar was white - in my brain, he was a black guy (not surprising since Brox is a blues singer, really) - one of my favourite things about the 2000 movie was the casting of Frederick B Owens as Caiaphas, since he finally matched my mental picture!
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Listening to "Into the Mystic" or even "Moondance", even if you knew Van Morrison was Irish, you wouldn't really picture a pastier, doughier, Meatloaf, would you?
Not knowing who he was, I actually introduced myself to him at a function, he shyly replied "I'm Van" and a week later a friend told me who he was. I couldn't believe it.

And I could never approach him when I saw him again.

And he is one of my musical idols.

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When the theme song from Neverending Story was getting a lot of airplay, I thought it was sung by a woman. And I was picturing a hot babe to go with that sensuous, sultry voice.

One day, I walked into a record store, and saw a poster, with the words "Limahl", "Neverending Story", and a picture of the ugliest chick I have ever seen in my life. A chick with an Adam's apple, and a five o'clock shadow.

It was not as bad as The Crying Game, but that is not a nice thing to do to a heterosexual.
Actually, that IS a chick singing. Limahl did the music, but Beth Anderson sang the vocals.
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I have no idea why, but when I first heard "Get This Party Started" I pictured Pink as a young light-skinned black woman. The first time I saw a poster of her (shot in blue light with heavy shadows), I thought, "Man, that lighting effect makes her look really white. I wonder if it was deliberate."
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From the 70's: I am still convinced that Nick Gilder is a girl - Hot Child in the City.
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Paul Brandt doesn't look like he should be able to go as low he can.

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The Sensations (of Let Me In fame).

I would have expected this:

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_1u1upv75IF.../lovepeace.jpg

Rather than this:

http://www.classicurbanharmony.net/i...ns%20photo.JPG
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Actually, that IS a chick singing. Limahl did the music, but Beth Anderson sang the vocals.
No, Limahl sang lead, Anderson sang the chorus with him. You may be thinking of the fact that the video subbed in a different woman (Mandy Newton) in Anderson's place (but still had Limahl doing the lead).

Here's him performing it live, last year. His voice has changed some (it had been 27 years), but it's clearly still the same guy singing. (Oh, hey, here's him doing it live in 1996, on Norwegian TV.)
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