Whitfield Crane

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Whitfield Crane
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Whitfield Crane in 2002.
Background information
Birth nameWilliam Whitfield Crane IV
Born (1968-01-19) January 19, 1968 (age 51)
OriginPalo Alto, California, USA
GenresRock, hard rock, heavy metal
Years active1987–present
Associated actsUgly Kid Joe, Life of Agony, Medication, Another Animal, Mass Mental, Richards/Crane, Yellowcake, Motörhead

William Whitfield Crane IV (born January 19, 1968) is a founding member and lead singer of the rock band Ugly Kid Joe, which was formed in 1987 and disbanded in 1997, reforming in 2010.

Early life[edit]

Whitfield Crane was born on January 19, 1968 in Palo Alto, California, USA as William Whitfield Crane. His father left the family when he was little. After his leave he started to be interested in rock music.[1]

Work outside Ugly Kid Joe[edit]

During Ugly Kid Joe's inactivity, Crane went on a year-long tour with New York hard rock band Life of Agony before forming Medication with ex-Machine Head guitarist, Logan Mader. Due to a series of internal issues, Medication disbanded in February 2003.

Over the years, Crane has performed guest vocals on several songs, including "Reaching Out" with Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray (from the Lynn Strait tribute album Strait Up), "Born to Raise Hell" by Motörhead (also featuring rapper Ice-T) and "Voodoo Brother" by Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest.

Crane's filmography includes Ellie Parker, in which he has a cameo appearance as an acting student, and Motörhead's 25 & Alive Boneshaker, where he appears as himself.

In 2006, former Ugly Kid Joe bandmate Shannon Larkin asked Crane to join a side project he formed with members of Godsmack (minus Sully Erna) called Another Animal, as primary vocalist. Crane accepted, and the band released its self-titled debut album in 2007. In support of their debut, the band went out on tour, opening for labelmates Alter Bridge. However, they have suffered poor record sales, and the future of the band is currently unknown.

In 2011, he performed with metal tribute band Hail! in Istanbul, Turkey. He made regular appearances with Motörhead - the last being at the O2 Academy Glasgow on 9 November 2012 singing "Killed by Death".

In 2016, Crane collaborated with Lee Richards, formerly of Godsmack, to form a band called Richards/Crane. The band released an album titled World Stands Still. [2]

Compilation Credits[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.newrocktimes.com/news/2016/4/6/i-was-raised-by-rock-n-roll-says-whitfield-crane
  2. ^ "UGLY KID JOE Frontman's RICHARDS/CRANE To Release Debut Album In May". Blabbermouth. February 23, 2016.

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