The Sidekick has a long history in other pop culture forms. Robin. Tonto. Dr. Watson. Mindy. Ginger Rogers.
But not so much in rock & roll.
When I first thought of this I figured there had to be plenty and yet I could only come up with a handful. I’m counting on Rock Town Hall to expand my list.
Here’s what defines a rock & roll sidekick to me:
- Never the leader
- Almost solely known for his sidekick role
- Long-standing stint in this role
I don’t think Keith Richards qualifies. Mick is definitely top dog, but Keith is too much a part of the mythos and music to be a mere sidekick. Feel free to argue this point.