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We pick our favourite post-group solo artists. Click through the gallery to see them all.
With a career spanning over 40 years, Diana Ross is one of the best female singers of all time. Ross made her final appearance with The Supremes in January 1970. She then became a star in her own right with the release of her debut solo album 'Diana Ross' in May 1970, which included the singles 'Reach Out and Touch Somebody' and 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough', which was her first solo number one – it also won her the Best Pop Vocal Performance Grammy.
Lionel Richie's solo career began while he was still in the Commodores, as he wrote and sang (as a duet with Diana Ross) the theme to Endless Love, which became a bigger hit than any of the group's singles. This sparked Richie’s departure and his 1982 self-titled solo debut.
Paul McCartney's solo work might not be up to the same standard as his work with The Beatles, but it’s still pretty impressive.
Collins gained fame as both drummer and lead vocalist for group Genesis but it was as a solo artist that he achieved worldwide fame. His total worldwide sales as a solo artist are 150 million!
Michael Jackson was brilliant in the Jackson 5 but it was his releases as an adult that really showcased his phenomenal talent.
Now we love Wham! but you’d be hard-pressed to find somebody who doesn’t think Michael has gone on to greater things since going solo in 1986.
Dusty Springfield took the 1960s by storm as one third of the Springfields. However, her solo hits including "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" and "Son of a Preacher Man" brought her greater success and recognition.
Sting has built a range of work since leaving the Police. In September 1981, he made his first live solo appearance and performed solo versions of the group’s ‘Roxanne’ and ‘Message in a Bottle’.
During the 1960s, Stewart performed with a number of groups, including the Faces, who he joined in 1969. He continued to perform as a solo artist too and in 1971, scored his first big hit ‘Maggie May’.
Carlisle had already achieved worldwide fame as the lead vocalist of the Go-Go's, one of the most successful all-female bands of all time. The group sold more than seven million albums in just three years and she later went on to have a successful solo career with hits such as ‘Mad About You’, ‘Circle in the Sand’ and ‘Heaven Is a Place on Earth’.
John Lennon back catalgoue is incredible, both as part of The Beatles and by himself. His signature solo number, ‘Imagine’ is arguably one of his finest moments as a vocalist and songwriter.
Paul Simon wrote the majority of Simon & Garfunkel's back catalogue, so it was no surprise that he branched out as a solo artist. The duo split up in 1970 at the height of their popularity, and Simon began a successful solo career, recording three highly acclaimed albums over the next five years.