What competitive bands or musicians did John Lennon admire

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  1. Ephi82

    Ephi82 Still have two ears working Thread Starter

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    i did a search, and I don’t remember seeing this question before. I am I am wrong, as this is SHTV, but I had to ask.
     
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  2. Jerry c.

    Jerry c. Forum Resident

    Vanilla fudge
     
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  4. Platterpus

    Platterpus Forum Resident

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    He became a fan of the late 70s Ska revival prior to his death.
     
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  5. dkmonroe

    dkmonroe A completely self-taught idiot

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    I believe that he was fond of the B52's before his death and remarked that they were doing something similar to what Yoko did.
     
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  6. Spaghettiows

    Spaghettiows Forum Resident

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    Did he ever really dis The Stones in any way other in a than tongue-in-cheek or joking way?
     
  7. davebush

    davebush New Test Leper

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    Think I remember reading about him enjoying a Devo gig.
     
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  8. plentyofjamjars67

    plentyofjamjars67 Forum Resident

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    The Lovin' Spoonful
    The Mamas & The Papas
     
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  9. RedRoseSpeedway

    RedRoseSpeedway Music Lover

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    The Byrds? Or were they mostly admired by George and Macca
     
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  10. Chrome_Head

    Chrome_Head Forum Resident

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    “Ticket To Ride” sounds rather Byrds-influenced, as does George’s “If I Needed Someone”.
     
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  11. Spear and Magic Helmet

    Spear and Magic Helmet Forum Resident

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    I believe he like reggae quite a bit. So, Marley for sure.
     
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  12. bzfgt

    bzfgt Interesting and Copacetic Denizen

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    I think he was really into that song "Spirit in the Sky"
     
  13. paul62

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    He was a big fan of Bob Dylan.
     
  14. Chemguy

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    Competitive? Battle of the Bands? Music isn’t a competition.

    If you mean which of John’s contemporaries did he admire, well...Harry Nilsson was a big one. David Bowie. Elton John.
     
  15. drad dog

    drad dog Forum Resident

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    He liked Dave Edmunds I Hear You Knockin'

    Also it bears noting that he has said that he stopped listening to Dylan with both ears maybe sometime @ motorcycle crash time.

    My feeling is that he had a hard time hearing new sounds. It happens to all of us.
     
  16. sunking101

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    He liked A Whiter Shade Of Pale.
     
  17. D-rock

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    The Monkees

    He was friends with Michael Nesmith. He was in the studio for "A Day in the Life".

    He compared them to the Marx Brothers
     
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  18. mercuryvenus

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    What do you mean by competitive?
     
  19. 905

    905 Forum Resident

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    My first thought (in the 70s) was Elton John.
     
  20. 905

    905 Forum Resident

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    Back in the old days, musicians wanted to place high on the charts. Or have a lot of fans.
     
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  21. Ron Stone

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    Harry Nilsson would be the most obvious. Which is odd, since Nilsson actually did "granny music."
     
  22. Culpa

    Culpa Forum Resident

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    In his solo years I think the only people he considered to be peers were McCartney, Jagger, and Dylan, possibly Clapton and Keith. I think with Elton and Bowie he was more of a friend than a fan, though with Nilsson I guess he was friend and fan. He seemed to be into reggae and ska, and talks about Marley at one point on the 1980 vocal booth recordings.
     
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  23. pbuzby

    pbuzby Forum Resident

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    He made some admiring comments about Zappa/Mothers of Invention, and he and Yoko appeared with them in 1971.
     
  24. Lemon Curry

    Lemon Curry (A) Face In The Crowd

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    I think the OP's wording is fine. John was competitive. Especially with Paul.

    Paul/Wings would be my first pick.
     
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  25. mercuryvenus

    mercuryvenus Forum Resident

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    Umm ok ... so do musicians today.
     
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