This is not a "coolest" band name list. Or a "my favorite" list. This list is for historical importance to the history and growth of rock n roll. The only rule is....there is no rules! Instead of a rule...I just have a request...tell us a little bit about why your choices are your choices.
5 - Elvis ... no need to add Presley. Yes, he borrowed from R&B/Motown artists, but for me, he is still the real beginning of rock n roll stage performance. A band or artist needs to provide energy and excitement to the audience...not the other way around. Screaming girls INDEED!!
4 - Fender ... if this list was being made in the 60's or 70's, Fender would be higher. The Fender Stratocaster is an iconic guitar. I have no facts on this, but I would be willing to bet that the Fender Strat was used more in the 60's and 70's than any other guitar. The Fender Telecaster is also a very popular guitar, especially for those who prefer a little cleaner sound over a more distorted tone.
3 - Gibson ... Being single again in my old age has allowed me to be a "night prowler". I go see more shows on the local level than anybody I know! Not touring concerts, but shows on the local level (way more affordable, and very enjoyable). But at least here in Atlanta, the guitar of choice for hard rockers right now is none other than the veneable Gibson Les Paul. Ask anyone who plays a Les Paul, and they will tell you about it's "fat, thick sound". And Gibson makes them in so many colors/finishes, you have a great deal of choice with this guitar. And you can put, say, two Les Pauls in Cherry Sunburst finish, side by side, and they still look different. Or Tobacco Sunbursts....or the new Gibson "Desert Sunburst" finishes....beautiful, beautiful guitars, and no two sunburst finishes from Gibson ever seem to look exactly the same. And that is a very cool thing for guitar players and collectors. And dont forget the very popular Gibson SG's, played exclusively by the likes of Angus Young and Tony Iommi. And dont forget the "OH SO COOL" Gibson Flying V's or Gibson Explorer guitars.
2 - Hendrix ... number 1 on Rolling Stones list of 100 greatest guitar players of all time. He is still influencing guitar players...over 40 years after his death. Amazing player, awesome live performer, and a true legend whose legacy will never die. The name Van Halen could also be on my list, but Hendrix still holds more historical importance, in my opinion.
1 - The most important name in all of rock n roll history is this one...Marshall. For me, if you want to rock and rock hard, there is no other amplifier. Period. There are plenty of other amplifiers that sound good...but why not play the best? Not only do they sound good, but I think they look good too. I love the Marshall logo, and it is easliy recognized by musicians the world over.And back in the day of 1980's excess....who has not seen a rock band live, with a vertiable WALL of Marshall stacks behind the band? Sometimes, like Judas Priest....they would have double-headed stacks of Marshalls. Twice the power driving the speaker cabinets. May he rest in peace, but Jim Marshall's amplifiers will always be in demand, as long as there is rock n roll, and the distorted guitar, there will be Marshall amps driving them.
After almost 3 months, I'm closing this Top 5 list. In fairness to Gordon, he asked me a couple of weeks ago to close it for him and I forgot...until now. Anyway, as a side note, I did not account for Jon's list b/c he did not put it in order, but I don't think it would have affected the outcome anyway. Here's your CRB Top 5 Most Important Names In Rock And Roll History:
1. Beatles - 44 pts
2. Elvis - 37 pts
3. Les Paul - 25 pts (tie)
3. Hendrix - 25 pts (tie)
5. Marshall - 18 pts
Oh, I didn't number mine. It was ranked from top to bottom, but you're right. No affect on the outcome. Story of my life.
Thanks RJ! Nice to see the final list. Everyone had some great choices, and I enjoyed it. Personally, I hated leaving the Beatles and Eddie Van Halen off the list, but we only had 5 spots....
Hope everyone is doing well, and I hope to find some time to check out this week's 2 albums posted. I'm sure I'll like them both. I am way behind in hearing the NMC posts, too.
Dang it, being busy at work keeps me employed, but is sure keeps me from enjoying music as much...
As a side note (and I dont know, because I have not had time lately)...anyone started a topic on the new Kiss album yet? I bet Jon started one...NOT!! But I like it!
I wouldn't say "waiting".
The waiting is the hardest part. However, that same wait is now over.
I wasn't even gonna post it, but since Scott and Jon begged for it...