The list author says: "If you enjoy rap and hiphop, you won't find any of your favorite performers here. This is a list of MUSIC artists(teehee). I also confess that I have only superficial interest and knowledge of jazz and blues, though I'm starting to explore the latter more. I enjoy Doo-Wop,Motown, R&B, and what used to be called 'Soul' moderately(all were VERY popular LONG before Michael Jackson), though no individual artist(s) enough to be included here. There are those who may be critical of my commenting at all on 'black artists' specifically, as opposed to just including them in a discussion of musical artists in general(which I do in other Listmania). However, many of the same critics want to champion 'Black History Month'. I just think we should do both. Find reasons and categories for which to celebrate and praise the achievements of as many people we can whenever we can. (This does NOT include PRAISING the achievements of a kid who loses 48 to 3 in T-Ball...unless he created his team's 3 runs). But for those who wish to be critical because of some racial 'perspective', I just want to say that one of the most annoying things on the planet is people(black or white) who go out of their way to try to show they are less racist or more culturally aware than others. Pretentious and pathetic. So why am I doing this list?? First, making such lists is fun. Second, they organize my thoughts. Third, it beats doing a late income tax return on a hot summer night. Adios for now. Cheers!"
"My fave of their songs is DONUT AND A DREAM(Youtube), only on vinyl LP five years after their comeback hit CAB DRIVER. Add a collection of their biggest hits. I hear that Brian Wilson studied their harmonies in writing many Beach Boys songs. One reason why the Beach Boys are my favorite group perhaps???? See my BEST OF THE MILLS BROTHERS."
"Terrific gospel artist. One of those rare CDs: a pleasure throughout.My favorites of her songs here: GOD ON THE MOUNTAIN,IF THE LORD WASN'T WALKING BY MY SIDE, DOWN AT THE CROSS, I'M FREE. Her other best CD: HYMNS.See my 'Christian Music For Those Who Often Find It Boring'."
"Magical otherwordly voice. SO talented. Wish he chose more interesting songs. My fave is his version of Leonard Cohen's BIRD ON A WIRE, Christian lyrics added.But this is my fave CD of his. Like his covers of others' hits: NEVER CAN TELL,UNDER THE BOARDWALK,SAVE THE LAST DANCE,SUCH A NIGHT, I SAW THE LIGHT,WHY WORRY,RUBY BABY."
"I accidentally left Sam off this list for awhile. Not because I didn't think of him. Just because I thought I had included him and hadn't. Obviously so since I have him at #5. Not only his hits but several other albums of good songs, even gospel."
"The first musical artist who 'grabbed' me, just before the Beach Boys and the Tijuana Brass.(eclectic kid or what?) His politics are obnoxious, his interviews pretentiously pseudo-intellectual, but his early music was exhuberant. Soft husky voice but his UNcalypso efforts are often dreary."
"WHO DO YOU LOVE is my favorite. Hawkins usually performed with only his guitar. Good double CD collection.(Note:track listed here as Chrystal Chandeliers is actually Merle Haggard's 'Today I Started Loving You Again.'."
"No doubt the most influential music artist of the past 3 decades. A great dancer and even if he didn't invent the Moonwalk, he made it more stylish and famous. But I'm just a moderate fan of his music."
"2 more icons near the bottom of my list. Both had songs I like, but despite their voices, rather than because of them. Stevie is especially shrill and squeaky.My faves: I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU, PART TIME LOVER, FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE."
"Brief popularity. A 'discovery' of Harry Belafonte. She toured with him for awhile. A different, exotic musical experience but her voice was too sharp and piercing for prolonged listening. Best song: RING BELL."