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Old 04-05-2011, 07:51 PM   #1
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Best singer/songwriter ever

So many that come to mind...Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Gordon Lightfoot...

This one's on my top ten list for sure

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Old 04-05-2011, 08:15 PM   #2
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Most definitely Carole King.

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Ellie Greenwich was not a great singer but one of the best song writers ever.
Check this link to see some of the songs she wrote, you'll be amazed.

http://elliegreenwich.com/musicography.htm
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Ellie Greenwich was not a great singer but one of the best song writers ever.
YES!! She wrote some wonderful songs.
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While Bob Dylan is one of my personal favorites, I think some like Lennon and McCartney probably impress me more with the sheer variety and number of their songs. You still hear their music everywhere.
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Most definitely Carole King.
There was a recent "American Masters" program covering singer/songwriters that had a lot of material on Carole King and was really, really good.
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While Bob Dylan is one of my personal favorites, I think some like Lennon and McCartney probably impress me more with the sheer variety and number of their songs. You still hear their music everywhere.
It's really that whole band. It's like there should be two categories: "them and everyone else".

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Completely agree, W2R--I too was going to post a video of her singing that same song! Even today I could sing the whole Tapestry album from memory.
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Brian Wilson is amazing. Truly. Amazing.

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Old 04-05-2011, 09:24 PM   #10
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I have the Tapestry ALBUM, too. Love that cover.
I'll throw in a newer guy, even though you know I never pass up a chance to post Sweet Baby James Taylor.

Chris Knight is my favorite singer songwriter out there touring the "small time". He's the real deal with some powerful lyrics. This is from his first album.

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Here is Ellie with her first singing group, she's the blonde.


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Billy Joel or Neil Diamond - talk about long careers that spanned generations of music listeners.
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Here's Ellie with the Jellybeans

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That one brings back such great memories!! "I know his name, his name is Jim. I can't be blamed for loving him." We used to sing along with it, back in the day.
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This is an easy choice for me, too.
Male: Bob Dylan
Female: Carole King
Group: Beatles

Those folks are in a class by themselves.
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Best?

Worth a mention: John Prine, Neil Young, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Robert Earl Keen, maybe Jackson Browne...
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Best?

Worth a mention: John Prine, Neil Young, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Robert Earl Keen, maybe Jackson Browne...
All good ones in my book. Also a huge James McMurtry fan. I've been less impressed with REK's latest albums. Maybe I just prefer the darker stuff he did earlier, which is why I'm drawn to McMurtry and Chris Knight.

But Prine, now--here's my anthem:
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Worth a mention: John Prine, Neil Young, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Robert Earl Keen, maybe Jackson Browne...
Others worth a mention: Frank Zappa, Tom Waits, Captain Beefhart, Patti Smith...
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Most definitely Carole King.
Amen (still have her "Tapestry" album, on tape)...

BTW - we're showing our age (nuthin wrong with that )...
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