Boz Burrell

King Crimson produced enough alumni, amid their myriad membership changes, breakups, and reassemblies over the decades, to fill a decent-sized symphony orchestra. Robert Fripp may be the Crimson mastermind, and Greg Lake their most familiar ex-member as a singer, but singer/bassist Boz Burrell was right up there with Lake as the most successful ex-member. Born Raymond Burrell and known simply as Boz for much of his pre-1970s career, he became a progressive rock hero as a member of Crimson and one of the most famous bassists in the world as a founding member of Bad Company. For a decade before any of that, however, he paid his dues, working in a succession of promising but unsuccessful '60s bands as a vocalist, mostly in a rock and white British soul idiom.