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10 most important figures in 20th century music

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Steve Pereira, Apr 16, 2020.

  1. Steve Pereira

    Steve Pereira Nutbush Unlimited Thread Starter

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    Who do you feel are the ten most important people or bands who have had a significant impact or influence on 20th century music?

    My list is not definitive, and if I asked myself next week, it would be different, but today it is:


    Woody Guthrie

    Frank Sinatra

    Chuck Berry

    James Brown

    Bob Dylan

    The Beatles

    Eric Clapton

    Smokey Robinson

    Phil Spector

    Brian Eno


    I feel I can explain my rationales for each one if challenged.


    Those that were close, but not picked are

    Neil Young

    The Velvet Underground

    The Sex Pistols

    Led Zeppelin

    Michael Jackson
     
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  2. Goggen

    Goggen Forum Resident

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    Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington
     
  3. detroit muscle

    detroit muscle Senior Member

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  4. Maggie

    Maggie funky but chic

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    Why do I somehow doubt most lists will include Grandmaster Flash?
     
  5. Charles Adams

    Charles Adams Forum Resident

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    Beach Boys
     
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  6. snigglefritz

    snigglefritz Forum Resident

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    Miles Davis
     
  7. jfire

    jfire Forum Resident

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    Multiple genres, nations, genders. There'd be a lot of things to consider for me to come up with a list.
     
  8. breakingglass

    breakingglass Forum Resident

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    um ...

    Elvis Presley
    Igor Stravinsky
    Robert Johnson
    Michael Jackson
    Jimi Hendrix

    need to be added to any conversation of "significant impact or influence"
     
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  9. jomo48

    jomo48 Forum Resident

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    Claude Debussy
    George Gershwin
    Louis Armstrong
    Duke Ellington
    Charles Mingus
    Everly Brothers
    Muddy Waters
    Howling Wolf
    Chuck Berry
    Bob Dylan
     
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  10. Hiraeth

    Hiraeth Forum Resident

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    Igor Stravinsky
    Arnold Schoenberg
    Duke Ellington
    Robert Johnson
    Frank Sinatra
    Hank Williams
    Chuck Berry
    Elvis Presley
    Bob Dylan
    The Beatles
     
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  11. Fender Relic

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  12. obcbobd

    obcbobd Forum Resident

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    Louis Armstrong
    Duke Ellington
    Les Paul
    Chuck Berry
    Muddy Waters
    Bill Monroe
    Hank Williams
    The Beatles
    Bob Dylan
    Bob Marley
     
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  13. vinylontubes

    vinylontubes Forum Resident

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    Igor Stravinsky
    George & Ira Gershwin
    Robert Johnson
    Louis Armstrong
    Duke Ellington
    John Cage
    Aaron Copeland
    Black Sabbath
    The Velvet Underground
    The Beatles
     
  14. MarcS

    MarcS Forum Resident

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    A lot of the above but my list would definitely have Charlie Parker on it.
     
  15. ALAN SICHERMAN

    ALAN SICHERMAN Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, NY

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    Any list (IMHO) would have to include the amazing Louis Armstrong and the great Charlie Parker.
     
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  16. We may need a qualifying test of musical knowledge before even answering.
     
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  17. Stone Turntable

    Stone Turntable Dedicated Listener

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    Among my many qualms about the importance of importance is the fact that importance sure don't seem to dig the chicks.
     
  18. ShockControl

    ShockControl Bon Vivant and Raconteur!

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    In no order:

    Duke Ellington
    Sun Ra
    Stravinsky
    Schoenberg
    Morricone
    Monk
    Jobim
    Morton Feldman
    Charlie Parker
    Miles
     
  19. Thing Fish

    Thing Fish The plural of vinyl is vinyl

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    David Hasselhoff
     
  20. jeddy

    jeddy Forum Resident

    obviously the O.P. doesn't like jazz or orchestral music so.....
    how can his list mean much? just sayin'

    no Stravinsky?
    doesn't the op know anything about the significance of Stravinsky?

    or Miles Davis?
    really?
    the single most influential jazz figure of the 20th century
    That can't be debatable considering all the sub-genres he was instrumental in spearheading and all the
    legendary musicians that went through his bands

    even Duke Ellington can't say that!
     
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  21. Philo Beddoe

    Philo Beddoe Mechanic at Joe’s Garage

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    The Carter Family
    Jimmie Rogers
    Louis Armstrong
    Chuck Berry
    Little Richard
    Tupac Shakur
    Elvis Presley
    The Beatles
    Bing Crosby
    Miles Davis
     
  22. 3coloursbeige

    3coloursbeige Forum Resident

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    Bing Crosby
    Elvis Presley
    Buddy Holly
    Frank Sinatra
    Lennon/McCartney
    Robert Johnson
    Miles Davis
    Bob Dylan
    Jimi Hendrix
    Kate Bush
     
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  23. jeddy

    jeddy Forum Resident

    and I think you could substitute Brian Eno with Erik Satie (the real father of minimalism and ambient music)
     
  24. NettleBed

    NettleBed Forum Resident

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    The ask was for musicians, not "bands" so I'm only listing people (which makes sense; otherwise, it's not apples to apples).


    Stravinsky
    Schoenberg
    (any list without these two pretty much disqualfies the list-maker, IMO)
    Maurice Ravel
    Debussy
    Duke Ellington
    Louis Armstrong
    Miles Davis
    John Coltrane
    Bob Dylan
    Jimi Hendrix
     
  25. WilliamWes

    WilliamWes Forum Resident

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    I'll take that challenge.
    -I think limiting something like this is too exclusive and 10 is too arbitrary and small of a number. Way too much is missing and leaves out too much of a 100 years.
    -To not see one woman anywhere? Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin possibly
    -I don't see Smokey Robinson, Brian Eno or Eric Clapton in a top 10 - Berry Gordy is more vital than Smokey, Clapton no - Jimi Hendrix yes - but even then that's for one instrument only.
    -Jazz was enormous for the first 60 years - you need Miles Davis, Duke Ellington or Louie Armstrong on this
    -Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley are absolutely mandatory. I mean really Brian Eno over Presley and Jackson?
    -Yes there is plenty of electronic music for the last 50 years but many trace it back to multiple people besides Eno like Kraftwerk

    ----
    Let me say though it is a great challenge and a very good idea for a thread. Sorry if I'm coming off harsh.
     

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