Ian Lloyd (b. Ian Buonconsiglio, 1947, Seattle) is an American rock singer and songwriter, best known as the lead singer of the band Stories, whose single "Brother Louie" was No. 1 on the Billboard Top 100 chart in 1973. Lloyd later sang backup vocals for the band Foreigner, among others, as well as developed a solo career.
Although Lloyd was classically trained on both piano and violin, he first reached international acclaim as lead singer for the band Stories, formed with Michael Brown of The Left Banke in the early 70s. Lloyd sang lead on Stories' songs like "I'm Coming Home" (played as an anthem during the return of the Iranian hostages) as well as "Brother Louie".
Rolling Stone praised Lloyd's songwriting, saying he displayed "a lyricist's most essential gift -- the ability to produce a verbal approximation of the music's ambiance.". He wrote songs for Elkie Brooks's 1975 album, Rich Man's Woman.
After a successful run, Stories disbanded and Lloyd pursued a solo career. His well-received albums include his 1976 self-titled debut, 1979's Goosebumps (which produced a Top 40 hit "Slip Away" written by Ric Ocasek of The Cars), Third Wave Civilization (1980), and Planet X (1997). He also formed the band Fast Forward with Canadian producer Bruce Fairbairn.
Lloyd continues to reside in New York City. His group, the Ian Lloyd Band, is composed of Lloyd, Dan Natelli (guitar), Antti Janhunen (bass) and John Ihle (drums), and performs in New York and around the United States. In addition to their repertoire of Stories' music and Ian's solo tunes, they are currently playing tracks from his new album, In the Land of O-de-PO, which was released in 2008.
In addition to his own projects, Ian Lloyd is a member of New York rock act Social Hero, alongside his son, frontman David Lloyd. He contributed vocals to Social Hero's first album, The Famous, released in 2008.