Who Are Your Favorite Musicians Of All Time?

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Mine are Marvin Gaye and Teddy Pendergrass. I don't think there's anyone who can compare to the two of them. Sure, there may be people who may sound, look or even act similar to them, but those are two legends that will never be replaced.

What about you all? Who are your favorite artists, and why?
  • Profile picture of the author Patrician
    Just read that Teddy died recently.

    My favorites of all time are the Ramones.
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  • Profile picture of the author AwesomePossum
    The Beautiful Girls, John Mayor, Jack Johnson, and The Maine just to name a few.
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    • Profile picture of the author larry1204
      My favorite musicians are A.R Rahman and Michael Jackson............
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  • Profile picture of the author bravo75
    Jimi Hendrix
    Bob Marley
    Frank Zappa
    John Lennon
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  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    Just to start...
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    • Profile picture of the author bravo75
      After listening to Hendirx for the past 20 years or so, Clapton stands completely and utterly in the shadows. He even admits this himself

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    • Profile picture of the author Trey Walter
      Mine are Micheal Jackson, Louis Armstrong and 2Pac.
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      • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
        Favorite Musicians

        Wouldn't even attempt to name them.

        There has been so much talent in this world in just the 50 some odd years
        that I have been on this planet that picking out favorites would be futile.

        Think about all the different categories you have, just in the main stuff.

        Male vocalists
        Female vocalists
        Keyboardists
        Guitarists
        Drummers
        Bass players
        Singer/Songwriters

        And then you have so many genres

        Rock
        Blues
        Pop
        R&B
        Alternative
        Experimental
        MOR

        And of course you have sub genres of each genre.

        Favorite musician?

        I'd have a better shot at telling you what woman I'd want to sleep with
        in all of history if I weren't married.
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        • Profile picture of the author lcombs
          Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

          Favorite Musicians

          Wouldn't even attempt to name them.

          There has been so much talent in this world in just the 50 some odd years
          that I have been on this planet that picking out favorites would be futile.

          Think about all the different categories you have, just in the main stuff.

          Male vocalists
          Female vocalists
          Keyboardists
          Guitarists
          Drummers
          Bass players
          Singer/Songwriters

          And then you have so many genres

          Rock
          Blues
          Pop
          R&B
          Alternative
          Experimental
          MOR

          And of course you have sub genres of each genre.

          Favorite musician?

          I'd have a better shot at telling you what woman I'd want to sleep with
          in all of history if I weren't married.
          Exactly!

          I could give a few names but, what he said.
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  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    "I'd have a better shot at telling you what woman I'd want to sleep with
    in all of history if I weren't married. "

    Ok, tell us that!
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Originally Posted by KimW View Post

      "I'd have a better shot at telling you what woman I'd want to sleep with
      in all of history if I weren't married. "

      Ok, tell us that!
      That's easy...the babe I grew up with drooling over...Raquel Welch.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jimdens
    Curt Cobain... he made a lot of great music.
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    Randy Rhoads
    Jerry Garcia
    Elvis
    Kurt Cobain
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  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    Rachel was awesome...but Sophia Loren also had the eyes of almost every teenage boy back then!
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    • Profile picture of the author sligon00
      John Coltrane , Miles Davis

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      • Profile picture of the author TimPhelan
        Two great ones Steve. Miles is my all time favorite musician because he was an incredible trumpet player, a great band leader, hugely influential, created new musical genres himself and had more great albums than anyone else I can think of.

        I would also add Elmore James, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan and Louis Armstrong.

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        John Coltrane , Miles Davis

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  • I love all types of music, but a few of my favorite musicians/groups include:
    1) Grateful Dead
    2) Bob Marley
    3) Bob Dylan
    4) Pink Floyd
    5) Sam Cooke
    6) Bettye Lavette
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    • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
      man...how the heck do you choose just one?

      So top 5 in no particular order:

      Led Zeppelin
      Heart
      Moody Blues
      Queen
      Yes

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      • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
        Originally Posted by Karen Blundell View Post

        man...how the heck do you choose just one?

        So top 5 in no particular order:

        Led Zeppelin
        Heart
        Moody Blues
        Queen
        Yes

        IMO, here is the problem with naming whole groups.

        Take Queen.

        Are you saying that Roger Taylor (Queen's drummer) was as good as
        a musician as Freddie Mercury, who was the heart and soul of that
        group?

        You could argue that Brian May, with his incredible guitar riffs was a
        driving force and maybe on the same plane as Mercury, but Roger Taylor?

        That's like putting Ringo Starr in the same category as Lennon and
        McCartney.

        Too many "artists" ride the coattails of the true leaders of the bands
        they were in. Doesn't make them great musicians.

        Put it this way.

        If they replaces Roger Taylor with any other professional drummer, would
        it have made a snow ball's difference?

        Anyway, it's just my opinion and the reason why I'd never classify a
        whole "group" as my favorite musician.

        Had the OP asked, "What's your favorite group of all time" then that's a
        different story.

        For these groups you mentioned:

        Led Zeppelin
        Heart
        Moody Blues
        Queen
        Yes

        I'd pick Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and Jon Bonham, Ann and Nancy Wilson,
        Justin Hayward and John Lodge, Freddie Mercury and Brian May, and for
        Yes, Jon Anderson. I wouldn't even include any of the keyboard players
        because obviously, whether it was Wakeman or Moraz or whoever, they
        were all world class keyboardists. Anderson was the voice of Yes and the
        reason that band was what it was.

        Of course this is just my opinion so take it with a grain of salt.
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        • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
          Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

          IMO, here is the problem with naming whole groups.

          Take Queen.

          Are you saying that Roger Taylor (Queen's drummer) was as good as
          a musician as Freddie Mercury, who was the heart and soul of that
          group?

          You could argue that Brian May, with his incredible guitar riffs was a
          driving force and maybe on the same plane as Mercury, but Roger Taylor?

          That's like putting Ringo Starr in the same category as Lennon and
          McCartney.

          Too many "artists" ride the coattails of the true leaders of the bands
          they were in. Doesn't make them great musicians.

          Put it this way.

          If they replaces Roger Taylor with any other professional drummer, would
          it have made a snow ball's difference?

          Anyway, it's just my opinion and the reason why I'd never classify a
          whole "group" as my favorite musician.

          Had the OP asked, "What's your favorite group of all time" then that's a
          different story.

          For these groups you mentioned:

          Led Zeppelin
          Heart
          Moody Blues
          Queen
          Yes

          I'd pick Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and Jon Bonham, Ann and Nancy Wilson,
          Justin Hayward and John Lodge, Freddie Mercury and Brian May, and for
          Yes, Jon Anderson. I wouldn't even include any of the keyboard players
          because obviously, whether it was Wakeman or Moraz or whoever, they
          were all world class keyboardists. Anderson was the voice of Yes and the
          reason that band was what it was.

          Of course this is just my opinion so take it with a grain of salt.
          agree, except for in Yes the outstanding performer in that group, in my opinion, and highly under-rated is Chris Squire. He's a fantastic bass guitarist. I had the pleasure of seeing Yes live in Vancouver in 1976 and was just blown away!
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          • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
            Originally Posted by Karen Blundell View Post

            agree, except for in Yes the outstanding performer in that group, in my opinion, and highly under-rated is Chris Squire. He's a fantastic bass guitarist. I had the pleasure of seeing Yes live in Vancouver in 1976 and was just blown away!
            I agree, Chris was amazing. Listen to his solo album and one song in
            particular "Hold Out Your Hand" and you can hear just how amazing.

            But sadly, bass guitarists don't really carry groups, even prog rock groups.

            But yeah, he didn't get the credit he deserved.

            Oh, and I saw Yes live as well. One of my favorite concerts ever.
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            • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
              Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

              I agree, Chris was amazing. Listen to his solo album and one song in
              particular "Hold Out Your Hand" and you can hear just how amazing.

              But sadly, bass guitarists don't really carry groups, even prog rock groups.

              But yeah, he didn't get the credit he deserved.

              Oh, and I saw Yes live as well. One of my favorite concerts ever.

              ooh, I'll have to check that out, Steve.
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  • Profile picture of the author KimW
    I also saw Yes in the early 70s. If memory serves me correct, they opened for Jethro Tull.
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    • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
      Originally Posted by KimW View Post

      I also saw Yes in the early 70s. If memory serves me correct, they opened for Jethro Tull.
      oh wow! that must have been some concert! I'm a huge Jethro Tull fan too.

      Gentle Giant opened for Yes at the concert I was at. I'll never forget that concert ever. Yes used a revolving stage. It was so cool because everyone could see everything that was going on. I remember vividly that Chris Squire had on this amazing cape.
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        Originally Posted by Karen Blundell View Post

        oh wow! that must have been some concert! I'm a huge Jethro Tull fan too.

        Gentle Giant opened for Yes at the concert I was at. I'll never forget that concert ever. Yes used a revolving stage. It was so cool because everyone could see everything that was going on. I remember vividly that Chris Squire had on this amazing cape.
        Sometimes my 70 memories are not as good as they should be, but it was at a roller rink and the bands were about 10 feet from us........this was just before concerts became major affairs.I had gone to see Tull, with Aqualung having just come out, and had never heard of Yes, but afterwards went out and got The Yes Album, which is what they were touring promoting.

        I'm pretty sure I still have both albums upstairs.
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  • Profile picture of the author havefreak
    you guys are crazy trying to pick one musician among them all...

    for me, one of my real top bands at the moment is GROUNDATION.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sumit Menon
    1) Billy Ray Cyrus
    2) Toby Keith
    3) Tim McGraw
    4) Kenny Chesney
    5) Taylor Swift
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
    Originally Posted by sgtwhite View Post

    Ben Turpin

    Sarge

    P.S. I put Ben Turpin in to see if any of you know who Ben really was.
    Ben Turpin was a silent comic from a very long time ago. I used to watch
    his shorts when they used to also show the Charlie Chaplin shorts on
    channel 13 when I was a kid.
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    Mark Knopfler from Dire Straits a legend why vocals and lead guitar.
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    • Profile picture of the author nehaluck11
      A.R.Rahman's music directly touches to my heart.With Slumdog Mellionere he has made a high position in music industry.
      Late Michel Jaction is also admirable for me.
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      Originally Posted by Mega B View Post

      Mark Knopfler from Dire Straits a legend why vocals and lead guitar.
      Here, here, brother. Dire Straits are one of my favourite bands of all time (hence the username) and Knopfler is my favourite guitarist. I also love his vocals and just his music overall.

      Can't wait to see him im Manchester in May!!!

      I've also become very partial to the Counting Crows recently -- they've suddenly become one of my favourite bands.
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      • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
        Okay, I thought I'd come back to this thread and actually give this a shot.

        Here are my favorite musicians of all time and why.

        Guitar - George Harrison. He wasn't the greatest player in the world, but
        there was something so wonderful about his melodies. And of course that
        unmistakable George Harrison sound.

        Keyboards - Keith Emerson - Nobody could play like him...period. He actually
        has a doctorate in music so it's no surprise. Ever watch him play 2 keyboards
        at one time without looking at either one? Amazing what this guy can do.

        Drums - Carl Palmer - I've tried playing ELP songs on the drums. One tune
        and I was exhausted. Carl Palmer was a magician with the drumsticks. He
        could lose a stick and pluck a new one out of his bag in a split second.

        Male Vocalist - For sheer power, I'd have to say Meatloaf in his prime.
        His "Bat Out Of Hell" album gave me chills. Of course he had great material
        to work with.

        Female Vocalist - Annie Haslam - Of Renaissance. Nobody had a more
        beautiful voice or a bigger ranger with the exception of Julie Andrews in
        her prime. Annie was one of a kind and when she retired from music (way
        too early) it was a real loss.

        Bass - Chris Squire - Of Yes. Listen to him playing on "Hold Out Your Hand"
        from his solo album and you'll see why I picked him. He was truly amazing
        with the bass and a thrill to watch in concert.

        Trumpet - Herb Albert - He and the Tiajuana Brass turned the trumpet
        into a cool instrument. Their tunes were some of the most popular of the
        era during a time of hard rock and distorted guitars.

        Flute - Ian Anderson - Of Jethro Tull. Like Albert, this guy made the flute
        a cool instrument. You could spot his playing a mile away.

        If I think of more, I'll post them later.
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        • Profile picture of the author lcombs
          Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

          Okay, I thought I'd come back to this thread and actually give this a shot.

          Here are my favorite musicians of all time and why.

          Guitar - George Harrison. He wasn't the greatest player in the world, but
          there was something so wonderful about his melodies. And of course that
          unmistakable George Harrison sound.

          Keyboards - Keith Emerson - Nobody could play like him...period. He actually
          has a doctorate in music so it's no surprise. Ever watch him play 2 keyboards
          at one time without looking at either one? Amazing what this guy can do.

          Drums - Carl Palmer - I've tried playing ELP songs on the drums. One tune
          and I was exhausted. Carl Palmer was a magician with the drumsticks. He
          could lose a stick and pluck a new one out of his bag in a split second.

          Male Vocalist - For sheer power, I'd have to say Meatloaf in his prime.
          His "Bat Out Of Hell" album gave me chills. Of course he had great material
          to work with.

          Female Vocalist - Annie Haslam - Of Renaissance. Nobody had a more
          beautiful voice or a bigger ranger with the exception of Julie Andrews in
          her prime. Annie was one of a kind and when she retired from music (way
          too early) it was a real loss.

          Bass - Chris Squire - Of Yes. Listen to him playing on "Hold Out Your Hand"
          from his solo album and you'll see why I picked him. He was truly amazing
          with the bass and a thrill to watch in concert.

          Trumpet - Herb Albert - He and the Tiajuana Brass turned the trumpet
          into a cool instrument. Their tunes were some of the most popular of the
          era during a time of hard rock and distorted guitars.

          Flute - Ian Anderson - Of Jethro Tull. Like Albert, this guy made the flute
          a cool instrument. You could spot his playing a mile away.

          If I think of more, I'll post them later.
          OK.
          I'm with you about making the attempt.
          And, responding to your choices.

          Harrison doesn't get the credit he deserves.
          After all, he jammed with Clapton. My #1.
          (Although, been listening to some Hendrix lately. Have to say, I may be second guessing Clapton. Then, there's Robert Cray and George Benson)

          Drums - Keith Moon.

          Bass- Paul McCartney. Although John Entwhistle weren't half bad.

          Meatloaf is another underrated vocalist.
          Paradise By The Dashboard Lights is great.
          But, I think Roger Daltry had the quintessential rock voice.

          Female vocalist- Tuff to choose here. Might have to say Linda Ronstadt.
          But, Patti Smith was powerful and Pat Benetar would get some votes.

          Ian Anderson on flute.

          This is impossible.

          Too many styles, too many instruments, too many angles.

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          • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
            Harmonica - Bob Dylan - I'd wait till the end of his songs to hear him play
            that thing...always a trademark finish for him. And nobody could play it like
            he could.
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        • Profile picture of the author TimPhelan
          LOL Steve. First of all it's Alpert. Second, the trumpet was cool way before him. Have you heard of Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, and Dizzy Gillespie? Now, THEY were the definition of cool.

          Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

          Trumpet - Herb Albert - He and the Tiajuana Brass turned the trumpet
          into a cool instrument. Their tunes were some of the most popular of the
          era during a time of hard rock and distorted guitars.
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          • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
            Originally Posted by TimPhelan View Post

            LOL Steve. First of all it's Alpert. Second, the trumpet was cool way before him. Have you heard of Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, and Dizzy Gillespie? Now, THEY were the definition of cool.
            Cool...wrong word. Top 40 popular was what I meant.

            Look up the careers of all these guys. They were, first of all, before the
            era of rock and roll and top 40 radio. Armstrong did have a big hit with
            Hello Dolly, but as a singer, not a trumpet player.

            The Brass was the first to break the top 40, though some would say that's
            not a big deal.

            Point is, rock era kids who didn't listen to Miles, Dizzy and Louis (because
            they were too busy listening to The Doors) DID listen to Herb because
            his tunes were top 40 catchy.

            In other words, he brought the trumpet to a new audience.

            This, of course, doesn't at all diminish the careers of all the one who came
            before him and were, admittedly even in my opinion, better artists.

            But Herb did something that those other guys couldn't do.

            If you think I'm wrong, try to find hit singles from Miles, Dizzy and Louis
            (besides Hello Dolly) during the 60s. They don't exist.

            Kind of like what Gentle Giant did for classical music in the late 60s and
            early 70s.

            Sure, they weren't the best classical musicians in the world, but they,
            along with a few others, brought classical music to the rock generation.

            In retrospect, that was no small feat.

            Anyway, just wanted to clarify what I meant by cool.
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            • Profile picture of the author Liam Hamer
              As Steven said, there are so many variables that this is an almost impossible question to answer. I'll give it a shot though. (all in no particular order)

              All round musicians

              Prince
              Steve Vai
              Frank Zappa

              Guitarists

              John Sykes
              Neal Schon
              Ritchie Blackmore
              Stevie Ray Vaughan
              Jimi Hendrix
              Joe Satriani
              Richie Sambora
              Slash
              Albert Collins

              Singers

              Ronnie James Dio
              Freddie Mercury
              Robert Plant
              David Coverdale
              Steve Perry

              Bassists

              Billy Cox
              Flea
              Andy Fraser

              Drummers


              Stewart Copeland
              John Bonham

              I could go on and on, but that's a pretty decent taste of people I have admired for a long time now
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            • Profile picture of the author TimPhelan
              Wait a minute Steve. :-) So you are basically saying that you don't think Herb was the best artist/musician, but because he may have been more popular, for a few short years, in the 60s, he is your favorite? That's how you determine who is your favorite artist? :-)

              Yes, cool doesn't equal top 40. Top 40 doesn't necessarily equal quality either.

              Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

              Cool...wrong word. Top 40 popular was what I meant.
              Miles had some of his greatest years during the 60s and 70s. He wasn't after getting into top 40 lists. These guys were great musicians, who are still influential to this day. Anyways, what does it matter if someone came before rock?

              Look up the careers of all these guys. They were, first of all, before the
              era of rock and roll and top 40 radio.
              This is your opinion. Maybe you weren't into non top 40 music, but Miles was doing amazing things in the late 60s and early seventies and attracted a very young audience. Not because of being catchy, but because he was creating a new style of music. Bitches Brew went Gold in 70 and was listed in the top 100 albums ever by Rolling Stone Magazine.

              "Bitches Brew gained recognition as one of jazz's greatest albums and a progenitor of the jazz rock genre, as well as a major influence on rock and funk musicians." Wikipedia

              Point is, rock era kids who didn't listen to Miles, Dizzy and Louis (because
              they were too busy listening to The Doors) DID listen to Herb because
              his tunes were top 40 catchy.
              Why just the 60s? I don't get it. Plus, Miles had 30 and 60 minute songs during one period. You think he was trying to get a hit single? :-)

              If you think I'm wrong, try to find hit singles from Miles, Dizzy and Louis
              (besides Hello Dolly) during the 60s. They don't exist.
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              • Profile picture of the author Lawrh
                Originally Posted by TimPhelan View Post

                This is your opinion. Maybe you weren't into non top 40 music, but Miles was doing amazing things in the late 60s and early seventies and attracted a very young audience. Not because of being catchy, but because he was creating a new style of music. Bitches Brew went Gold in 70 and was listed in the top 100 albums ever by Rolling Stone Magazine.

                "Bitches Brew gained recognition as one of jazz's greatest albums and a progenitor of the jazz rock genre, as well as a major influence on rock and funk musicians." Wikipedia
                I remember Bitches Brew when it came out. Very popular amongst the acid heads during my teen years. Looking back, it wasn't at all unusual to find Miles and Chick Corea on the same shelf with Led Zeppelin and Ten Years After.

                Seems like a thousand years ago...
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              • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
                Originally Posted by TimPhelan View Post

                Wait a minute Steve. :-) So you are basically saying that you don't think Herb was the best artist/musician, but because he may have been more popular, for a few short years, in the 60s, he is your favorite? That's how you determine who is your favorite artist? :-)

                Yes, cool doesn't equal top 40. Top 40 doesn't necessarily equal quality either.



                Miles had some of his greatest years during the 60s and 70s. He wasn't after getting into top 40 lists. These guys were great musicians, who are still influential to this day. Anyways, what does it matter if someone came before rock?



                This is your opinion. Maybe you weren't into non top 40 music, but Miles was doing amazing things in the late 60s and early seventies and attracted a very young audience. Not because of being catchy, but because he was creating a new style of music. Bitches Brew went Gold in 70 and was listed in the top 100 albums ever by Rolling Stone Magazine.

                "Bitches Brew gained recognition as one of jazz's greatest albums and a progenitor of the jazz rock genre, as well as a major influence on rock and funk musicians." Wikipedia



                Why just the 60s? I don't get it. Plus, Miles had 30 and 60 minute songs during one period. You think he was trying to get a hit single? :-)

                Not going to argue with anything you said above because it's all fact.

                What I find odd is that you're ripping me a new one because I like Herb
                Alpert.

                Since when is opinion wrong?

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                • Profile picture of the author TimPhelan
                  I wasn't ripping you a new one Steve. I was just defending my guys and putting in my two cents. Sorry if it came across that way. I tried using the old smiley faces to make it not seem like I was. :-)

                  Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

                  Not going to argue with anything you said above because it's all fact.

                  What I find odd is that you're ripping me a new one because I like Herb
                  Alpert.

                  Since when is opinion wrong?

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  • Profile picture of the author Xichen
    I'm a big fan of classical music actually.

    ESPECIALLY LISZT AND CHOPIN.
    Favorite song's Liszt's (transcribed from Paganini) La Campanella. Go check out the li yundi version on youtube... Just amazing.

    Apart from that I really like music involving female operatic leads, such as Nightwish and the Phantom of the Opera original soundtrack.
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    Oasis - the Gallagher brothers!

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    • Profile picture of the author decentmarketwork
      my favorte musician is A.R. Rehman he is really a nice musician.
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      • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
        Hmmm,

        Having lived through many different decades, that's a hard choice!

        Can I choose a decade? Like the 70's for classic Rock and Love Ballads?

        Ooops, I already did!

        MissTerraK:p
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  • Profile picture of the author trevor75
    AC/DC, Van Halen, Eric Clapton, Sammy Hagar, 1980's rock I guess. Im just old school, but those guys all had major hits and they're still good today, Rock on!
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  • Profile picture of the author bravo75
    Can't believe nobody is mentioning this "more than a human" supernatural being. Lord, his music almost makes me want to believe in a God

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWffXaMUius
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    • Profile picture of the author TimPhelan
      I did mention Bob Marley among my top five. I hadn't seen that video before though, that was cool.

      Originally Posted by bravo75 View Post

      Can't believe nobody is mentioning this "more than a human" supernatural being. Lord, his music almost makes me want to believe in a God

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWffXaMUius
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  • Profile picture of the author bravo75
    Have to agree with the George Harrison comment. Being a scouser myself, Old Georgie boy has a very special place in my heart
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  • Profile picture of the author longdrv4u
    So many choices but I have had great times with
    CCR
    Motley Crew
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  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    Pretty much in order:

    Jeff Beck
    Johnny Winter
    Jimi Hendrix
    John Lee Hooker
    Stevie Ray Vaughn
    Roy Buchanan
    Howlin Wolf
    Elmore James
    Hound Dog Taylor
    Alvin Lee/10 Years After
    George Thorogood
    Albert Collins
    Frank Zappa
    Chuck Berry
    Ledbelly
    Rolling Stones
    ZZ Top

    To follow Steven's lead:

    Guitar - Jeff Beck

    Keyboards - Little Richard, Professor Longhair

    Drums - Not big on drums...Probably the original drummer for Booker T and the MGs.

    Male Vocalist - Howlin Wolf, Kim Wilson (Fabulous T Birds), Jim Morrison

    Female Vocalist - Etta James

    Bass - Willie Dixon, Stanley Clark

    Trumpet - Doc Sevrenson, Dizzy Gillespie

    Flute - Ian Anderson and the flute player from the funk band "Brick". Are there any others?

    Clarinet - Benny Goodman
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    • Profile picture of the author bravo75
      Don't really know you, but I think we could be mates

      Originally Posted by Kurt View Post

      Pretty much in order:

      Jeff Beck
      Johnny Winter
      Jimi Hendrix
      John Lee Hooker
      Stevie Ray Vaughn
      Roy Buchanan
      Howlin Wolf
      Elmore James
      Hound Dog Taylor
      Alvin Lee/10 Years After
      George Thorogood
      Albert Collins
      Frank Zappa
      Chuck Berry
      Ledbelly
      Rolling Stones
      ZZ Top

      To follow Steven's lead:

      Guitar - Jeff Beck

      Keyboards - Little Richard, Professor Longhair

      Drums - Not big on drums...Probably the original drummer for Booker T and the MGs.

      Male Vocalist - Howlin Wolf, Kim Wilson (Fabulous T Birds), Jim Morrison

      Female Vocalist - Etta James

      Bass - Willie Dixon, Stanley Clark

      Trumpet - Doc Sevrenson, Dizzy Gillespie

      Flute - Ian Anderson and the flute player from the funk band "Brick". Are there any others?

      Clarinet - Benny Goodman
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      • Profile picture of the author All Night Cafe
        Dog Night
        Jophin
        Eagles
        Who
        Z Z Top
        Rolling Stones
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        • Profile picture of the author All Night Cafe
          McCartney
          Lennon
          Starship
          Hank Williams
          Willie Nelson
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        • Profile picture of the author mootz
          Cowboy Junkies and Metallica would be among my favorites.
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  • Profile picture of the author nturgeon
    U2...

    ...but mainly only anything they've made in the 80s and 90s. Nothing beats "Achtung Baby!".
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    • Profile picture of the author BricknMortar
      Originally Posted by nturgeon View Post

      U2...

      ...but mainly only anything they've made in the 80s and 90s. Nothing beats "Achtung Baby!".
      OH YEA - I've been to every so-cal U2 concert in the last 10 years and will do so as long as they keep going!!!
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      • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
        To Tim and Kurt:

        See, now you guys just named a bunch of artists that I either never got
        into or, never even heard of.

        That just goes to show you how huge the music universe is. There are
        genres out there that I don't know the first thing about such as Reggae.

        Bob Marley...that's it!

        I'm sure there are acts I've heard over the years that would raise a few
        eyebrows on most people as well. Hardcore death metal freaks could have a
        field day here naming groups that most people didn't know existed. This is
        not a commentary on whether or not death metal is music.

        As big as disco was in the mid 70s, do you know how many disco bands
        never made it mainstream and were only known inside the smaller club
        scene?

        When Skynyrd took Southern rock to the charts, know how many Southern
        rock bands never made it that were actually quite good?

        Of course there then came a time when you couldn't get a gig as a
        southern rock band...it was so saturated.

        And classical rock?

        For all the ELPs, ELOs, Yes's, Genesis's and Kansas's their were, you
        had groups like Renaissance, Starcastle, Triumvirat and so many more
        that never put a dent in the charts.

        I could keep going but I think you get the point.

        There is a world of music that, if you took just a segment of it, you could
        wrap yourself up in it for a lifetime and never come out the other side.

        If you think I'm kidding, try and find Turner and Kerwin of Wexford's
        "Absolutely And Completely" on anything other than an old vinyl record,
        if you can even get THAT anymore.

        The music that has been lost probably outnumbers what has been "popular"
        by 100 times, if not more.

        Let me put it this way.

        If I was on death row about to be executed and given one last request,
        it would be to listen to every prog rock band's albums from 1969 to 1979.

        I'd die of old age.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jay_Mueller
    My favorite musicians are:
    Kenny Chesney
    AC/DC
    Who
    Beatles
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  • Profile picture of the author Raw-Nation
    Guitar-Van Halen, Jimmy Page, Tony Iommi, Doyle Bramhall II, Mark Tremonti, Myles Kennedy so many Greats out there
    Bands- KISS, Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Alter Bridge, Alice in Chains, Eagles, Thin Lizzy, Metallica, Michael Jackson, Triumph, Boston, The Who, Stones, Kinks, Cars, George Strait, Alalbama, Waylon, Cream, Incubus, Hendrix and much more!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author fypnlp
    I think it's quite a hard question as there's are so much good music.

    I like everything from the Pixes...to ODB...Rachid Taha (french pop musician worked with led zeplin) to serge gainsbourg ..I might have to continue scratching my head and get back to you about this question later.
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  • Profile picture of the author drwhogoesthere
    Queen
    Cheap Trick
    The Angels
    Adam Ant
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  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    Sorry Tim and Steven...But you're both "wrong".

    If you want "cool" and "popular", plus versatile and technically great, it's Doc. More people watched Doc play on the Tonite show than saw/heard your guys put together. Doc played with everybody, from ZZ Top to Beverly Sills. And he was truly great....

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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Originally Posted by Kurt View Post

      Sorry Tim and Steven...But you're both "wrong".

      If you want "cool" and "popular", plus versatile and technically great, it's Doc. More people watched Doc play on the Tonite show than saw/heard your guys put together. Doc played with everybody, from ZZ Top to Beverly Sills. And he was truly great....

      YouTube- Broadcast Yourself.
      Know what? This is hard to argue with.

      I completely forgot about Doc.

      Oh and Tim, don't get me wrong. I like your guys too, plus many others.

      I guess being a 60s child and growing up with the Beatles and top 40
      radio, I'm going to be prejudiced towards Herb. As I said, I don't even
      feel he was the best musician, but as the title of the thread asks, "Who
      Is Your Favorite Musician?"

      As good as I thought Miles Davis was, may he rest in peace, his music
      didn't hit me. I could recognize what a great musician he was (blows
      Alpert away) but it left me cold, while Herb made me smile. Maybe it
      was the musical style. I don't know. If I try to analyze it I'll go nuts, but
      Miles and Dizzy and Louis just didn't do it for me. And don't get me wrong,
      when Louis sang "Wonderful World" and that song finally got rereleased
      in 1990 something, it was my favorite song that year...hands down.

      Same thing with some pianists. I've heard some that could play rings
      around Keith Emerson (Rubinstein, Berman, Harrowitz, saw them all play
      towards the end of their lives) they didn't do for me what Keith does.
      Maybe it's the music. Again, maybe it's the era I grew up in. Not going
      to try to analyze it.

      Anyway, it's all good. I've probably listened to more music in my lifetime
      than Imelda Marcos had shoes.
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  • Profile picture of the author kezz08
    Mark Knopfler for me.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
      Tim, and I think Kurt might agree with me here, I feel the 60s were probably
      the most interesting era musically. Take a look at Kurt's favorite guitarist,
      Jeff Beck. He's a product of the 60s.

      Honestly, since the explosion of rock and roll, and more specifically, the
      British Invasion, how much has really been different and revolutionary?

      I strongly believe that the 60s were the greatest era of popular music,
      even though I do like a lot of stuff since.

      Kurt, what's your thought on this?
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      • Profile picture of the author TimPhelan
        I don't think the 60s had any more great music than any other decade. People sometimes say the 70s or 80s sucked but there was great music made in those decades also. To me Rock and Roll is over rated and that comes from someone who was a big rock fan.
        Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

        Tim, and I think Kurt might agree with me here, I feel the 60s were probably
        the most interesting era musically. Take a look at Kurt's favorite guitarist,
        Jeff Beck. He's a product of the 60s.

        Honestly, since the explosion of rock and roll, and more specifically, the
        British Invasion, how much has really been different and revolutionary?

        I strongly believe that the 60s were the greatest era of popular music,
        even though I do like a lot of stuff since.

        Kurt, what's your thought on this?
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        • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
          Originally Posted by TimPhelan View Post

          I don't think the 60s had any more great music than any other decade. People sometimes say the 70s or 80s sucked but there was great music made in those decades also. To me Rock and Roll is over rated and that comes from someone who was a big rock fan.
          Well, if you're a musical purist (classical, blues, etc.) then yes, rock and roll
          is going to be inferior in your eyes. My mother, may she rest in peace, took
          nearly a lifetime to finally appreciate rock music, but still preferred the
          classics.

          A lot has to do with what you're brought up with. I for the life of me can't
          see what kids see in rap, but look at how big it is.

          That's what makes musical appreciation so wonderful.

          Nobody is right or wrong...it's all just taste.
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        • Profile picture of the author Kurt
          Originally Posted by TimPhelan View Post

          I don't think the 60s had any more great music than any other decade. People sometimes say the 70s or 80s sucked but there was great music made in those decades also. To me Rock and Roll is over rated and that comes from someone who was a big rock fan.
          Sorry Tim, but the 70s and 80s did suck.

          Blues was almost totally dead...The only black blues band that could get a gig in the 70s was Hound Dog Taylor, and he never had a hit or cold pack a huge stadium. Greats like Howlin Wolf and Muddy had to be opening acts for the Stones or Clapton to get a job.

          It wasn't until the 80s and Thorogood and SRV helped bring blues back somewhat.

          Same for country/western. The one bad side effect the Brittish Invasion had on American music is the affect it had on blues and c/w. My step dad was a c/w singer and couldn't get a job after the invasion.

          And don't get me started on disco... LOL

          Sure, there was some great music in the 70s, but you had to look hard to find it. In the 60s it was everywhere. The 70s is the decade I went "retro" and discovered that I like older music better. While my high school friends listened to the Outlaws or Blue Oyster Cult, I prefered Hank Williams and Howlin Wolf...And they all thought my taste in music sucked and thought Muddy Waters was a river in Texas.
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          • Profile picture of the author TimPhelan
            I guess it depends on where you look to find the music. If you are looking to top 40 stations then yeh, the 70s and 80s sucked. If you just go by what was released and judge the music on it's own merits, then, no the 70s and 80s didn't suck.

            Just a few of the great 70s blues albums: Albert Collins - Ice Picking ( 1980 Frostbite ), Buddy Guy - Play the blues, Jimmy Johnson - Johnson's Whacks 1979 ( as good a blues album as you will ever hear from any era IMO ), Otis Rush - Right Place Wrong Time 1976, Jimmy Dawkins - Blistering 1976 ( great album ), Clifton Chenier - Boogie and Zydeco 1976, Fabulous Thunderbirds - Girls Go Wild 1979, Son Seals - The Son Seals Blues Band - 1973, Jr Wells - On Tap 1974, the list goes on and on. Yeh, they may have not made the top 40, but you have to remember that the top 40 format was dying around this time as FM radio and tapes became more popular.

            Plus, the 70s was the golden age for Reggae, there was a ton of great jazz, world music had some great music, ect... The 70s and 80s only sucked if you listened to what everyone else did.

            I also went "retro" in the 70s, but I brought a lot of friends along for the ride.

            Originally Posted by Kurt View Post

            Sorry Tim, but the 70s and 80s did suck.

            Blues was almost totally dead...The only black blues band that could get a gig in the 70s was Hound Dog Taylor, and he never had a hit or cold pack a huge stadium. Greats like Howlin Wolf and Muddy had to be opening acts for the Stones or Clapton to get a job.

            It wasn't until the 80s and Thorogood and SRV helped bring blues back somewhat.

            Same for country/western. The one bad side effect the Brittish Invasion had on American music is the affect it had on blues and c/w. My step dad was a c/w singer and couldn't get a job after the invasion.

            And don't get me started on disco... LOL

            Sure, there was some great music in the 70s, but you had to look hard to find it. In the 60s it was everywhere. The 70s is the decade I went "retro" and discovered that I like older music better. While my high school friends listened to the Outlaws or Blue Oyster Cult, I prefered Hank Williams and Howlin Wolf...And they all thought my taste in music sucked and thought Muddy Waters was a river in Texas.
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            • Profile picture of the author Kurt
              Originally Posted by TimPhelan View Post

              I guess it depends on where you look to find the music. If you are looking to top 40 stations then yeh, the 70s and 80s sucked. If you just go by what was released and judge the music on it's own merits, then, no the 70s and 80s didn't suck.

              Just a few of the great 70s blues albums: Albert Collins - Ice Picking ( 1980 Frostbite ), Buddy Guy - Play the blues, Jimmy Johnson - Johnson's Whacks 1979 ( as good a blues album as you will ever hear from any era IMO ), Otis Rush - Right Place Wrong Time 1976, Jimmy Dawkins - Blistering 1976 ( great album ), Clifton Chenier - Boogie and Zydeco 1976, Fabulous Thunderbirds - Girls Go Wild 1979, Son Seals - The Son Seals Blues Band - 1973, Jr Wells - On Tap 1974, the list goes on and on. Yeh, they may have not made the top 40, but you have to remember that the top 40 format was dying around this time as FM radio and tapes became more popular.

              Plus, the 70s was the golden age for Reggae, there was a ton of great jazz, world music had some great music, ect... The 70s and 80s only sucked if you listened to what everyone else did.

              I also went "retro" in the 70s, but I brought a lot of friends along for the ride.
              I never said all music from the 70s suck. "Suck" is a relative term. I believe the 70s sucked when compared with other decades.

              I NEVER listened to pop radio stations, even as a kid. I went out on my own at age 15 and worked my way through high school so buying albums wasn't an option for me much of the time.

              The truth is, the blues artists you named starved during the 70s.

              I'll address a few of your 70s artists:

              Albert Collins - Ice Picking ( 1980 Frostbite ) - 1980 isn't the 70s. The 80s did get better. But is Ice Picking any better than Frosty, recorded in 1961? Plus, I like Albert's stuff from the 80s even better.

              Buddy Guy - Play the blues - I prefer It's My Life Baby, recorded in the 60s and his more raw stuff like when he played with Big Moma Thorton.

              T Birds are cool, Kim Wilson is at the top of my favorite male singers (see my first post on this thread) but there's plenty of 60s blues bands just as good, if not better...I'm not a big fan of Jimmy Vaughn on guitar.

              Son Seals - Liked his 80s stuff better.

              Reggae - I'm not a big reggae fan. I do listen to it some, but it's too limited in form to play a lot...Plus, I grew up with Calypso, my Grandmother's favorite. Dayo!

              Jazz...While I liked some of the fusion, I'm not a big jazz fan. I prefer music with a bigger beat, that you can stomp a foot to. Jazz has great musicians, phrasing, etc, but it doesn't have a beat.

              While I do enjoy the blues from the 70s (and all eras), my favorites are, and have always been, Muddy, Hooker, Wolf, etc. And if I'm "stuck" in the 60s, I'll always have Hendrix for "modern" blues.

              I'm in the mood for some "Jelly"!

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      • Profile picture of the author Kurt
        Originally Posted by Steven Wagenheim View Post

        Tim, and I think Kurt might agree with me here, I feel the 60s were probably
        the most interesting era musically. Take a look at Kurt's favorite guitarist,
        Jeff Beck. He's a product of the 60s.

        Honestly, since the explosion of rock and roll, and more specifically, the
        British Invasion, how much has really been different and revolutionary?

        I strongly believe that the 60s were the greatest era of popular music,
        even though I do like a lot of stuff since.

        Kurt, what's your thought on this?
        Hey Steven (and Tim and All),

        There's no doubt the 60s are my favorite decade for music, followed by the 50's. The only thing I'd disagree with is the use of "popular". There was also some great "unpopular" music during thta time...But I'd have no problem only listening to 60s music for the rest of my life.

        There was a collision of cultures, with American music like blues, country, jazz and rock and roll that met with the UK culture. Music started blending during that era. Is it rock? Folk? Blues?

        And I don't think the use of drugs and the effect it had on music of that era can be dismissed. Would Hendirx or the Beatles have made the music they did without drugs?

        Not all of the music worked, but it was an era time of great experimentation and change. I love to listen to guitar players in a time-line type fashion. IMO, there's a "pre-Hendrix" era and a post-Hendrix era. I've studied Beck, Clapton and Page. You listen to their very early stuff, then listen to them AFTER Hendrix, and the change is amazing.

        Now if you're talking only pop music, I was checking out 1954 because of some comments by Kim and Sal on another thread...That may be my all-time favorite year for songs that made the Top 100. That was a great year for pop music...Elvis, Bill Haley, Howlin Wolf, even Professor Longhair had a Top 100 hit in 1954.
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        • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
          Kurt, you pretty much said what I was thinking. The 60s were truly
          revolutionary and we'll never see a time like them again. At least it's very
          unlikely.

          Anyway, thanks for the great explanation...couldn't agree more.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Motley
    Eric Clapton. I think i could listen to him nonstop because he has such a wide range of sounds
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  • Profile picture of the author dubhlinn
    1.singer-Leonard Cohen oh yeah man
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  • Profile picture of the author JaiJay
    Ah, now my taste is very eclectic. I like a lot of old bands that were around before I was even born, The Who, AC/DC, Def Leppard and the like. More recently, people like Paulo Nutini, The Xx, The Streets, NWA, Daft Punk, Deadmau5, Just Jack and Animal Collective are all on my iPod playlist.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nathan Busby
    I would have to say Micheal Jackson and Also in the UK the Beatles they where amazing back in there day.
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  • Profile picture of the author f4ll3rs
    This might sound cliche, but my favorite artist of all time is Michael Jackson. Now that one will never be replaced by anyone. Ever.
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  • Profile picture of the author Frank Ayres
    Best bass player in my opinion is Mark King from Level 42

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  • Profile picture of the author samcollins
    I salute and admire Michael Jackson despite all the negative feedbacks about him.
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    My favorite musician all the time is - A.R.Rehman.
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  • Profile picture of the author chestmary
    Funkadelic - live shows are still serious
    Frankie Beverly and Maze - again, live shows are serious
    Louis Armstrong - his early horn is crisp and raw, makes me smile
    Ella Fitzgerald - she can sing anything period
    Count Basie - One O'clock Jump makes me wish I was a teen during the 30's
    Donny Hathaway - He epitomized the 70's for me
    Jackie Wilson - first show I saw at 4 years old, I fell in love...
    Mandrill - Afro-Cuban, Funk, R&B and Jazz the whole enchilada, baby!
    Diana Washington - Sassy and Bluesy
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