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10 most important figures in 20th century music

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

  1. RSteven

    RSteven Forum Resident

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    Elvis's taste in music was amazingly wide and eclectic. He loved everything from opera (Mario Lanza) to Hank Williams Sr., and Dean Martin to Nat King Cole). His influence on current and very young members of the pop culture are still pretty dramatic to this day. Everyone from Millie Bobby Brown to Dua Lipa have been to Graceland recently, and a ton of current country music artists today count him as a major influence on them as singers or entertainers. Oh yeah, some pretty big director is making a motion picture about his life (Baz Luhrhmann).
     
  2. CaptainFeedback1

    CaptainFeedback1 Forum Resident

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    I think his 'influence' was intense for a short period, relatively speaking. I mean, he died 44 years ago and any real influence he had in the 50s/possibly 60s had all but disappeared before he even died.

    And I don't feel that being a conduit, a gateway, makes him the influential one. YMMV, I fully appreciate that.
     
  3. Slipperbisk

    Slipperbisk Active Member

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    Igor Stravinsky
    Erik Satie
    Steve Reich
    Miles Davis
    The Beatles
    Bob Dylan
    Joni Mitchell
    David Bowie
    Captain Beefheart
    Chuck Berry
     
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  4. CaptainFeedback1

    CaptainFeedback1 Forum Resident

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    Fine, I guess I'm not up on that necessarily, but I do not hear it in their music particularly, which is what I took from the thread title.

    I don't have a beef with/about Elvis, by the way. There's plenty of decent stuff in there, but when I think of the lasting influence of Elvis, the actual music is pretty low down the list. That's just me, which is why I posted as I did. I guess if we extended to 20, he still wouldn't be on my list....
     
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  5. angelo73

    angelo73 field dweller

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    to clear up any past ambiguity/confusion,

    my definitive list for the thread :

    dans aucun ordre particulier ..

    Billie Holiday
    Duke Ellington
    George Gershwin
    Charlie Parker
    Munir Bashir
    Claude Debussy
    Igor Stravinsky
    Pierre Boulez
    Maurice Ravel
    Cole Porter
     
  6. RSteven

    RSteven Forum Resident

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    Fair enough, my friend. We all have our own musical biasses and we also have some blinders on at times. I pretty much ignored the significance of The Beatles music for a very long time. I was stuck in my Elvis and country music genre period. I always liked a lot of The Beatles songs, but somehow I saw them as some sort of competition to Elvis when I was younger, and I was always more into vocalists than bands for many years. I now have The Beatles stereo album box set and I love it.
     
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  7. speedracer

    speedracer Forum Resident

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    Tall order. Big world, vast panorama that I have only viewed through a pinhole. Through my glass, darkly :

    Scott Joplin

    Florence Mills

    Maria Callas

    Anton Webern

    Igor Stravinsky

    John Coltrane

    Ravi Shankar

    Fayrouz

    Jimi Hendrix

    Wendy O. Williams
     
  8. LennyC.

    LennyC. Forum Resident

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    Louis Armstrong
    Frank Sinatra
    Chuck Berry
    Elvis Presley
    Patsy Cline
    James Brown
    Leonard Cohen
    The Orb
    Underworld
    Lana Del Rey
    Bonus: The Beatles, Joy Division, Radiohead, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen
     
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  9. AlexDelarge

    AlexDelarge Forum Resident

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    Robert Johnson
    Frank Sinatra
    Elvis Presley
    Chuck Berry
    The Carter Family
    Hank Williams
    The Beatles
    Jimi Hendrix
    Bob Dylan
    Eddie Van Halen

    I'm not really versed in jazz or classical so I know I'm omitting some influential people.
     
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  10. Bowie1979

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    Choosing rock/pop music as the only genre I would be able to comment on. I realise there’s plenty of pioneers I’ve skipped over (you don’t get X without Y), but these have had a seismic impact on rock/pop music I think:

    Muddy Waters
    Chuck Berry
    Elvis Presley
    Bob Dylan
    The Beatles
    The Rolling Stones
    David Bowie
    Madonna
    Michael Jackson
    Kate Bush
     
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  11. ModernBingFan0377

    ModernBingFan0377 Crosby ‘Connoisseur’

    This 100%.
     
  12. Mickey2

    Mickey2 Forum Resident

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  13. Jo B

    Jo B Forum Resident

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    Lots of great lists. One person I haven't seen mentioned that I would seriously consider, Leroy Anderson, in particular his contributions of instrumental special effects.
     
  14. Emperor of Mount Victoria

    Emperor of Mount Victoria Well-Known Member

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    Shostakovich
    Gustav Holst
    George Gershwin
    Louis Armstrong
    Bing Crosby
    Miles Davis
    Frank Sinatra
    Billie Holiday
    The Beatles
    Bob Dylan
     
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  15. AlexDelarge

    AlexDelarge Forum Resident

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    ^^^THIS
    Anybody that denies his influence on those icons to come and does not honestly put him in the ten most influential is, as Andy Dufresne said, being "obtuse".
     
  16. Dovetail7

    Dovetail7 Pragmatic Purist

    As an alternative to the likes of crooners such as Bing Crosby, he was quite significant: Elvis broadened the definition of singing, pop and otherwise, to a broad audience.
     
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  17. Zappateer

    Zappateer Forum Resident

    Carter Family
    Robert Johnson
    Louis Jordan
    Elvis Presley
    Chuck Berry
    Bob Dylan
    Beatles
    Frank Zappa
    Muddy Waters
    Hank Williams
     
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  18. Rob Hughes

    Rob Hughes Forum Resident

    Abba: the model for a lot of teen pop to come.
    Bob Marley: the model for world music to come.
     
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  19. jackfruits

    jackfruits Forum Resident

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    From a commercial standpoint I more or less agree with the popular choices: Elvis, Dylan, The Beatles, Miles Davis, Brian Wilson, Joni Mitchell, Madonna, Chuck Berry, Kurt Cobain, The Rolling Stones. Less overt choices might include The Stooges, Grace Slick, Django Reinhardt, Burt Bacharach, Serge Gainsbourg, Maurice Ravel, The Sex Pistols or Charles Calello.
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  20. elaterium

    elaterium Forum Resident

    Stravinsky
    Webern
    Schoenberg
    Ives
    Cage
    Stockhausen
    Varese
    Copland
    Xenakis
    Cowell
     
  21. motownboy

    motownboy Senior Member

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    Louis Armstrong
    George & Ira Gershwin
    Billie Holiday
    Richard Strauss
    Gustav Mahler
    Frank Sinatra
    Elvis Presley
    Bob Dylan
    The Beatles
    Joni Mitchell
    Michael Jackson
    Nile Rodgers

    12 is a better number....
     
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  22. Geee!

    Geee! Senior Member

    If you don't include Igor Stravinsky, just forget it. Never post again claiming to know a lick about music.
     
  23. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    John Lennon
    Paul McCartney
    George Harrison
    Bing Crosby
    Elvis Presley
    Buddy Holly
    Frank Sinatra
    Bob Dylan
    Jimi Hendrix
    Kate Bush
    Dean Martin
    Hank Williams
    Doc Watson ...started them all!
    Gordon Lightfoot
    so I added a few...I left out more.
     
  24. DocShipe

    DocShipe Forum Resident

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    Chuck Berry
    Robert Johnson
    Miles Davis
    The Beatles
    Little Richard
    Bob Dylan
    Prince
    Joni Mitchell
    Aretha Franklin
    Grateful Dead
     
  25. bluesky

    bluesky Forum Resident

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    south florida, usa
    Robert Johnson
     

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