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    Default 5 Greatest Non-classical Musicians (Read the First Post Please!)

    You may choose up to 5 non-classical musicians you believe to be the "greatest" (however you wish to interpret that), unordered.

    I suspect many members will want to select musical groups. Here is the deal:

    You may select musical groups. However, in order for your vote to be processed, you need to specify each of the members you are voting for in the group. It does NOT have to represent a full line-up.

    For instance, a valid selection might look like:

    The Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr) is a valid selection, as is The Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney). In either case you would have 4 more votes. Just writing The Beatles will not only invalidate the selection, it will invalidate your entire vote. I hope I do not have to repeat this too many times. In the end, we are primarily going after a list of individual musicians (I will keep track of the most often mentioned groups as well but the main result is for individual musicians).
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    Antonio Carlos Jobim
    The Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr)
    Stevie Wonder
    Bob Dylan
    Genesis (Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Phil Collins)
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    Good idea. Here goes.

    1. Rick Wakeman. Although he played with Yes, he’s an accomplished all-round musician, so I have no trouble singling him out.
    2. Rush. Geddy Lee (bass/keyboard/vocals), Alex Lifeson (guitars), Neil Peart (percussion). Singling out Peart for his lyrics as well as his percussion.
    3. Jon Lord. Organist with Deep Purple and one of the pioneers of group and orchestra.
    4. Jordan Rudess, pianist/keyboards, with a hat tip to Dream Theater.
    5. Freddie Mercury. I think we had only seen a fraction of his capability when he died.

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    Alphabetical:

    David Bowie
    Kate Bush
    Peter Gabriel (Genesis and solo)
    Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, No-Man, Blackfield, solo)
    Tori Amos

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    Louis Armstrong
    Duke Ellington
    Charlie Parker
    John Coltrane
    Jimi Hendrix

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    1. Miles Davis
    2. John Coltrane
    3. Ornette Coleman
    4. Anthony Braxton
    5. Wadada Leo Smith
    Last edited by Red Terror; Oct-14-2021 at 20:27.

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    Fela
    Tansen
    Donga
    James Brown
    Vindsval

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    Irving Berlin
    George Gershwin
    Paul Simon
    Dolly Parton
    Keith Green

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    Louis Armstrong
    Duke Ellington
    Hank Williams
    Bob Dylan
    Robert Johnson

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    The Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr)
    Radiohead (Thom Yorke, Johnny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Phil Selway)
    Robert Wyatt
    Brian Eno
    Genesis (Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks, Philip Collins)
    Last edited by Forster; Oct-14-2021 at 18:51.

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    In order of merit

    1.Don Van Vliet

    2. Can (Holger Czukay, Irmin Schmidt, Jaki Liebezeit, Michael Karoli, Damo Suzuki)

    3. John Lennon

    4. Jaco Pastorius

    5. Frank Zappa
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Terror View Post
    I am limiting myself to the Rock genre, otherwise such a list would be nigh impossible.

    1. Frank Zappa
    2. Robert Wyatt
    3. Soft Machine
    4. Gentle Giant
    5. Chuck Berry
    Please read the OP and modify, or these will not count.

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    Frank Zappa
    Randy Rhoads
    Vernon Reid
    Ronni le Tekrø
    Terje Rypdal
    ...the greatest guitarists influencing me in my youth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrahmsWasAGreatMelodist View Post
    Please read the OP and modify, or these will not count.
    List amended.

    1. Miles Davis
    2. John Coltrane
    3. Ornette Coleman
    4. Anthony Braxton
    5. Wadada Leo Smith
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    I'm keeping this with popular music - popular music and jazz are different enough that I don't really think they should be listed together, which is convenient because I don't have an affinity for jazz.

    Listed by historical import, which is my general "Greatness" criterion -

    Chuck Berry
    - Rock had no inventor, very few genres can be pinned down to a single moment - but Berry (and Little Richard) come the closest.

    James Brown -
    His influence on black music (and, by extension, popular music) is incalculable. He brought the primacy of rhythm into the mainstream.

    Kraftwerk (Rafl Hutter and Florian Schneider, but really Kraftwerk are a group package)
    - I've once heard it stated that virtually all popular music today bears the influence of either James Brown or Kraftwerk. Reductive (electronic, like rock has no single father), but not entirely untrue.

    Brian Eno
    - I don't know if Eno even needs any introduction here. The sheer amount of invention in his first few albums even before his pioneering work in ambient music is just humbling.

    Run-DMC (Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, Jason Mizell)
    - Not sure what artists I should have put as the forefathers of hip-hop (arguably both James Brown and- remarkably- Kraftwerk might jointly quality) but I think DMC are the ones who brought it into the mainstream as a mature, LP-based genre, rather than the rawer, live-performance hip-hop.
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