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A meme, from its onlie begetter rubytuesday5681 - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
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A meme, from its onlie begetter rubytuesday5681
Whom I quote as follows: ‘The 7-10 most influential contemporary bands/artists in your life. Contemporary = making music during your lifetime! For example, if you are under age 40, you can’t say The Beatles. You don’t have to put them in any order.’
 
As it happens, I am over the age of forty. What constitutes ‘influential’ is, I notice, cannily left undefined. It certainly needn’t mean music I liked – and here, in fact, doesn’t, by and large.
 
Additionally, it is clear that the idea of the meme is pop, and I answer accordingly – first. Thus, in no real order…
 
  1. the Beatles
  2. the Dave Clark Five
  3. the Stones
  4. Small Faces
  5. Jethro Tull
  6. the Who
  7. Van Morrison
  8. the Hollies
  9. 10cc
  10. Cliff Richard / the Shadows
 
Now. If we assume that we are NOT limited to pop….
 
  1. Frank Sinatra
  2. Elvis Presley (without whom there’d have been no Beatles)
  3. Sir Neville Marriner & ASMF
  4. Tony Bennett
  5. Ella Fitzgerald
  6. Louis Armstrong
  7. Count Basie
  8. Herbert von Karajan
  9. Duke Ellington
  10. Maybelle Carter
 
Your quibbles, ripostes, and gasps of shock, please?

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sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: November 19th, 2011 07:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

The American Version

In the first list, I'd have the Beach Boys, the Jackson Five, Aretha Franklin and the Four Seasons in there someplace.

The second list needs a few opera singers: Leontyne Price or Maria Callas, somebody like that, and a tenor or two. And the sexiest voice of the era, Dietrich Fisher-Dieskau!
wemyss From: wemyss Date: November 24th, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

The actual influence of any opera singer -

- it seems to me, is hard to judge, due to the constraints of form.

For similar reasons of sheer influence alone, I'd put Mahalia before 'Retha. But it really is complex.
kestrelsparhawk From: kestrelsparhawk Date: November 19th, 2011 11:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Huh. We share one name in common: Ella Fitzgerald.

I've been thinking about what I'd answer, and the only pop person I'd include would be Bruce Springsteen. Come to think of it, I don't think Ella was actually around during my lifetime... oh well. Nice to see names of artists I wholly approve of on someone else's list, anyway -- people would simply start saying, "Jim Reeves? Peter, Paul and Mary? Leonard Bernstein and Sondheim? Whoever wrote Cabaret? What kind of weirdo music person were you?"

wemyss From: wemyss Date: November 24th, 2011 05:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ignore the uncouth.

And I did really try to pick for influence in music over personal preference. That list shd be different to this in some ways.
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wemyss From: wemyss Date: November 24th, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

Indeed.

And, ha!
steepholm From: steepholm Date: November 20th, 2011 10:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm just wondering why "The Stones" but not "The Tull"? What degree of fame is required for familiar abbreviation to become legitimate in lists of this sort?

Also, how I wish there were a Wordsworthian R&B combo called "The Moss Gatherers"!

And I did wonder about von Karajan, at least divorced from the name of an orchestra. If you mention St Martin in the Fields for Marriner, the omission of the Berlin Philharmonic looks pointed. But also, a conductor sans performers seems rather naked, and more to the point, silent. The sound of one hand tapping, as it were.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: November 24th, 2011 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ah.

HvK was influential as a conductor tout court. Sir Nev's influence was indissolubly tied in with ASMF's as a consort.

Or so I believe.
From: optasia Date: November 20th, 2011 01:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
For several days I have been trying to decide who did the better version of Summertime from Porgy and Bess, Ella Fitzgerald or Janis Joplin. I love both versions but perhaps you would like to try your hand at deciding. :)
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong:


Janis Joplin with Jimi Hendrix on guitar:

sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: November 20th, 2011 02:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Porgy & Bess

Well, huh. I guess the Gershwins would have to go in my list, then.
From: optasia Date: November 20th, 2011 08:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Porgy & Bess

Mischief Managed! :)
From: optasia Date: November 20th, 2011 11:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I did your meme on my journal. :)
wemyss From: wemyss Date: November 24th, 2011 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Saw that.

Fun, isn't it.
From: optasia Date: November 24th, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Saw that.

Yes! :)

Edited at 2011-11-24 07:35 pm (UTC)
wemyss From: wemyss Date: November 24th, 2011 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Why not LHR?

From: optasia Date: November 24th, 2011 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Why not LHR?

I had not heard that version before. Very nice.
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