I was thinking about whether Elton John is anything approaching a good pianist by the standards of the Frazier Crane set, and that got me to thinking of whether there are musicians who have good reputations for writing, but are considered just bad at actually performing.
For many, Bob Dylan might qualify. I know that for many, the voice and slidy harmonica playing is all part of the “authenticness”, and part of Bob’s charm, but people like my mom would rather pull out a tooth with pliers than listen to him.
Anothers possibilitiy would be Neil Young. Any others?