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Subject: RE: 5 greatest artists of all time?
Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018
Time: 11:12:51 AM
Remote Address: 126.96.36.199
Message ID: 317511
Parent ID: 317510
Thread ID: 317505
5 best artists? I've thought of that question myself many times.
In my head I've tried coming up with a top-ten greatest artists --- forget it, I couldn't do 10.
Top dozen? ---- didn't help.
So I decided to emphasize on who I think are the pioneers of music genres or sub genres, from 1955 on.
Obviously The Beatles and The Rolling Stones are right on top, and for many many reasons, not the least of which are the Beatles' incredible vocal harmonies.
So here are, in my opinion, 5 of the best artists, in no particular order:
--- Chuck Berry = Rock & Roll was around before Chuck, but just a little. C.B. was certainly a main founding father of the R&R Era. (Perhaps THE founding father?)
--- Elvis Presley = for taking R&R popularity a huge step further with his great arsenal of showmanship, excitement, and a perfect singing voice to do it all with. A founding father and was a major player for sure!
--- The Byrds = for being highly influential on the hybrid music genre Folk Rock. Granted, they didn't play their own instruments on their early hits, except for Roger McGuinn's 12-string guitar, but those great harmonies were theirs. The Byrds paved the way for other folk acts to go electric and Folk-Rock enjoyed quite a run in the sixties, and they continued to influence later acts like Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and REM.
--- Bob Dylan = for taking folk music to a whole new level, incredible songs, influenced many others, and a prolific songwriter ~~ geez how many years now, and still comes out with new material. When Bobby went electric, that was not Folk-Rock, it was Rock. Otherwise I would have listed HIM as a pioneer of Folk-Rock. Songs like 'Like A Rolling Stone', 'Positively 4th St.', & 'Rainy Day Woman' were Rock.
--- The 13th Floor Elevators = Psychedelic Rock pioneers, from the great state of Texas, Austin to be exact. The first such band. Member Tommy Hall coined the term Psychedelic Rock. Hall actually took an old jug, 'electrified' it somehow, and turned it into a musical instrument.
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