Musicians that work a day job...

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  1. rickcard71

    rickcard71 Member

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    I'm curious of some one-hit wonders or one-time successful musicians (music on the radio or a record contract) that had to get a "regular day job" after things went dry had to find a job.
     
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    treeofpain Supporting Member

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    I am sure there are tons of them. Pretty much by definition, any "one hit wonders" would need to have an income once they enjoyed their 15 minutes of fame.
     
  3. TheoDog

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    Not sure about 1 hit wonder, but ever hear of Skunk Baxter's storied career with the U.S. government?
    How do you think Skunk Works at Area 51 got its name?
     
  4. gpro34

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    David Lee Roth became an EMT for a while after his VH fame.
     
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    Singer for Tesla was a garbage man before he made it.
     
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    He didn't have to get a job, he enjoys it. He is certainly not a one hit wonder.
     
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    I remember that. I wonder why he did that. He wasn't broke. He's made a lot of money over his career, and has beautiful properties.
     
  8. wstsidela

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    Everybody's gotta eat
     
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    Wes Montgomery worked for the Postal Service.
    Tal Farlow was a sign painter.
    Sammy Hagar became a Tequila distiller
     
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    Vanilla Ice flips houses.

    Dan Spitz of Anthrax makes high end watches.

    Paul McCartney became a cardiologist.





    Ok I made that last one up.
     
  11. Tonekat

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    You may be joking, but not quite unless Mr. Baxter is Reincarnated from a previous life:

    You'll have to scroll down to the bottom.

    http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/aeronautics/skunkworks/origin.html
     
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    I remember seeing a where are they now with the singer for Tommy TwoTone/JennyJenny fame an he was working as an IT guy, not like a master of tech but like a line level support guy.
     
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    My tongue in cheek didn't translate.
    Merely made the connection that Baxter had a "day job" outside of music. So much awesome music.
     
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    James Williamson from the Stooges got an EE degree and was in charge of tech development at Sony for quite a while.
     
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    I believe it's because Dave stems from a long line of surgeons. Jack Roth (heart surgeon) in Houston, his grandfather, his uncle Dave, his uncle Marty, and several others. He probably wanted to see what that side of the coin was like.
     
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    I saw Tupac working at a walmart.
     
  17. gpro34

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    Wow, now that's gangsta.
     
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    i'm sure everyone knows about Sheb Wooley and his one hit "purple people eater" but his other gig was acting so, AFAIK, he was never reduced to menial labor after being a success.
     
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    I know two people that were huge in the 80s that worked for GTE and Verizon doing IT around 2000. I worked with them for almost a year before I realized it. Now they are touring again.
     
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    I think i remember reading that Walter Egan of "Magnet & Steel " fame is now a schoolteacher. I was surprised, as you still hear that song a lot, and i figured he was raking in the royalties (unless he signed away his publishing...)
     

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