Fleetwood Mac's Drummer Could Be Nicknamed Mick the Stick with the Sticks
Cincinnati's local classic rock station, for its daily lunch special, played songs by singers shorter than the average man. Since that mark is 5 feet and 9.3 inches, the dee jay selected three singers who fall short of it.
During the segment we heard from the 5'6” Bono of U2, the 5'4” Angus Young of ACDC, and the 5'4” Ronnie James Dio of Black Sabbath. Omitted from the set, probably for the better, was Randy Newman's big Seventies hit “Short People.”
Perhaps another day can be reserved for the opposite end of the spectrum, singers or musicians who stand taller than the average male. Here are ten of the most well-known musicians who are at least six feet high, none of whom played on the Burton Cummings hit “Stand Tall.”
1. Joe Jackson
The 6'3” singer-songwriter has five decades worth of material to choose from, but most fans of classic rock would probably be happy to hear him represented by his first hit “Is She Really Going Out With Him?”
2. Mick Fleetwood
At 6'6” the drummer has been in music for nearly as many years as his inches in height, so the dee jay could pick a cut from the Buckingham Nicks era such as “Go You Own Way” or a more bluesy example from the BobWelch years such as “Hypnotized.”
3. Davey Johnstone
He is familiar as the 6 foot two guitarist in the Elton John Band, whose repertoire is highlighted by the title track of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and its album mates “Bennie and the Jets” and “Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting.”
4. Mike Nesmith
When standing beside fellow Monkee Davy Jones, the songwriting guitarist appeared even taller than his 6' 2” frame. Were I to pick one Nesmith song for the lunchtime radio show, it would be either “Papa Gene's Blues” or “Sweet Young Thing.
5. Gilson Lavis
His 6'3” figure was seated at the drum kit behind Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford of Squeeze, best represented by “Take Me I'm Your” or “Pulling Mussels from the Shell.”
6. Dennis Dunaway
He and Vincent Furnier were childhood friends before the 6'2” bassist and his front man formed Alice Cooper, whose “School's Out” and “I'm Eighteen” are already in regular rotation at most classic rock stations.
Moz is listed at 6'0” on early press releases on the Smiths, whose “Reel Around the Fountain” might be played during the lunch segment, but some of his solo info has him listed at five feet ten inches.
8. Gene Simmons
Black heels reaching six inches adds to the already 6' 2” body of the Kiss bassist, best known for “Rock and Roll All Nite” and a tongue that extends almost the same distance as his heels.
9. Ric Ocasek
If the Cars were indeed what their name implies, this singer of the hit “You Might Think” would be like the antenna, given his 6'4” stature
10. Christopher North
A founding member of Ambrosia, the 6'1” keyboardist showed off his talent on the ode to Chopin called “Danse with Me George” on the second album Somewhere I've Never Travelled.