Re: Your Twenty Favorite Artists
First slow dance. First kiss. "Can't Fight This Feeling" from Wheels Are Turning. Awe. Some.
"Have You Seen Her?" First bubblegum pop harmonies. Tight still.
Mom heard my New Edition and turned me on to her record collection. Motown got some serious play.
Remarkably consistent and innovative. World-changing. And they blew my 12-year-old mind with "I Wanna Hold Your Hand", then my 16-year-old mind with "Hey, Jude", then my 21-year-old mind with "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". What other band (beside possibly U2) can claim that?
Sustained brilliance for 40 years. The Stardust album is truly genius.
Could "become" Atlantic jazz, Big Band, country, gospel, and everything in between.
True to himself no matter what. "Rusty Cage" was as awesome as "Folsom Prison Blues." The only difference between "I Walk the Line" and "Hurt" is 50 years of life experience. And you hear it.
Black music from a matinee idol.
"Change Is Gonna Come" may be the most perfect song ever. Phenomenal voice.
"If Cooke's voice isn't the greatest, Orbison's was. Every high school breakup was followed by a few nights of Orbison's "Crying".
"I Wish It Would Rain" and "Poppa Was a Rollin' Stone" are great travel music.
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
If Johnny Cash's "I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die" isn't the greatest line in music history, then Robinson's "just like Pagliacci did/I'll try to keep my sadness hid" is. Remarkable talent.
Similar to Beatles. in that his early music was great, but his later music was both toe-tapping and had a message. "What's Going On" is one of the best songs ever and still sounds fresh.
A band I got to play with in college. Fun experience.
CCR/ John Fogerty
"Fortunate Son" and Centerfield" are both great, but "Candle in the Window" is a beast.
No one's mentioned her yet, but that voice. "Mercedes Benz changed my entire musical ouvre.
Really listen to gospel only now and got hooked on "Just a Closer Walk With Thee" and the rest of their stuff fairly early. Great harmonies.
Again, Mom's record collection rears its head. Great stuff.
"Good Vibrations" changed the way rock and roll was recorded forever. It's still a great album.
Is there a better song than "Sympathy for the Devil" while driving 100 mph on a Saturday night?
Played the trumpet in high school and in a couple bands in college. Love his Dixieland Jazz stuff and his later New York recordings with Ella Fitzgerald. "Summertime" is THE American classic, IMO, and no one does it better than Satchmo and The Queen.
Best rainy day music ever.
Billie Holliday without the drug problems.
Early stuff with Art Garfunkel is fun, but his later stuff, IMO, is better. "Me and Julio" to "Kodachrome". Great.
Love that voice. Perfect harmonies and a great song phraseologist.
Really went wild for folk music after seeing him in college. 80-year-old could play guitar better than anyone I'd ever seen. And I loved his voice. Sounded like America.
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