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Initial post: Jul 10, 2011 3:38:19 AM PDT
L. Renninger says:
Hey music lovers---Do you have a favorite singer or musician that never reached "well-known" status? When you mention this person or group do you receive blank stares in reply? Well, I have one and although I know that Jeff Buckley was/and still is adored by his fans, his name and music are not common knowledge but are mostly in the realm of "musician's musician". His singing was unparalleled as was his guitar work. A film is being made of his life and I wish that everyone could be aware of this most remarkable and beautiful man.

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 4:51:12 AM PDT
L. Renninger says:
gee, renninger, guess everyone listens to the same stuff everyone else listens to--guess we're all conformists,lol!
Just couldn't bear to see "0" posts on my own topic!! Oh well, guess it will take a while for anyone with an original thought to respond...patience,patience...

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 4:54:35 AM PDT
L. Renninger says:
Oh, I had another original thought--A group called the Red Elvises is coming to an outdoor summer venue in my community.. I had never heard of them, but looked them up on Youtube and found quite a lot of videos--they sounded like accomplished rock'n'rollers and i am looking forward to checking them out further.

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 5:37:19 AM PDT
Tero says:
Symphony 5 is not working for me.
6 works. I guess I like strings when used as a group and the winds are fine too.

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 6:46:49 AM PDT
For me.....there are a lot of artists I get the blank stare from...I have hundreds of artists I routinely listen are some more obscure ones

Jonny Lang, Rodney Crowell, Joe Bonamassa

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 7:37:29 AM PDT
Gena Chereck says:
One of my all-time favorite artists is the late, great Kirsty MacColl -- she had some minor success in her native UK, but outside of her guest vocal on the Pogues' "Fairytale of New York," she's been fairly obscure here in the US.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2011 8:02:35 AM PDT
King Pleasure

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 8:45:33 AM PDT
7 & 7 IS says:
Humberto Tito Larriva:

(The Plugz-''electrify me'';''better luck'';''live from the world famous kit kat club'';''repo man''soundtrack
Cruzados-''cruzados'';''early 1983 recordings'';''after dark'';''live at the roxy''
Tito & Tarantula-''desperado''soundtrack;''from dusk till dawn'' soundtrack;''tarantism'';/the psychotic aztec's-''santa sangre''/
''hungry sally + other killer lullabies'';''little bitch'';''andalucia'';''back into the darkness''

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 11:40:33 AM PDT
A customer says:
I can't of any artist in my collection that no one's heard of...
Okay, I just don't feel like listing my entire collection.
One band I can't believe didn't get bigger: Talas

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 12:15:01 PM PDT
GaryLL says:
Marc Cohen - Although I am down on him for giving a concert at the Birchmere (Va.) while I was out of the country.

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 4:04:46 PM PDT
Rick Emmett of Canadien rockers TRIUMPH. They were not a poor mans Rush. They were just as good. Rick Emmett was in the ranks of great guitarists such as Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. He could sing every bit as great as Steve Perry of Journey. Best vocal/guitar combo I have ever heard in my entire life. He can play everything from heavy metal,jazz,blues,classical and you name it. He has played it. And I spend too much time listening to many types of sofisticated music in rock and outside of rock. This dude ranks much higherer than most rock legends.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2011 8:28:57 PM PDT
L. Renninger says:
to Michael D., I will have to check out Rick Emmett of Triumph to see if he can equal Jeff Buckley!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2011 8:37:45 PM PDT
Elliott Murphy is the best that most people have never heard of. Been around since the 70's and is still making music.

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 8:47:11 PM PDT
Triumph was my first concert when I moved to GA, so I'll always remember that. They seem to be forgotten on the radio here. Check Rick out on Youtube trying to keep pace with fellow Canadien folk-rocker Bruce Cockburn. "Deer Dancing Around a Broken Mirror". Other than Bruce Cockburn, Nick Drake & Eva Cassidy come to mind.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2011 8:50:30 PM PDT
L. Renninger says:
Gregory P--thanks for the Elliott Murphy mention-just listened to him and love him!--there are 100 videos on the YT playlist-looking forward to spending some time with him.

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 8:56:16 PM PDT
Slobberbone from Denton, Texas.

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 9:16:10 PM PDT
Geez, if you get a blank stare when you mention Jeff Buckley, I'd say it's more to do with the people you are discussing music with.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2011 9:21:40 PM PDT
L. Renninger says:
Michael D--Rik Emmett certainly does have an extraordinary voice-so did whoever was singing backup for him in Lay It On the Line. So in that way, at the very least, they were better than Rush--Geddy Lee's voice brings to mind an old witch vocalizing--no manly sex appeal to speak of.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2011 10:00:08 PM PDT
L. Renninger says:
Yes,Buck,I'd have to agree with you. I can't seem to find anyone who is a true,wideranging music lover among my friends and acquaintances. Some say they love music,but it turns out they have a very narrow range of interest. What I love about Jeff Buckley is that he explored so many genres, and always improved on originals in expression and in beauty. He took the song in, then gave it back in a better form. People who only know him from Hallelujah are experiencing him from behind a fence with just a crack.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2011 10:07:04 PM PDT
L. Renninger says:
Excellent bluesy sound with the organ and steel guitar from Slobberbone--unfortunate name but I like the band. Thanks .

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 10, 2011 10:15:09 PM PDT
L. Renninger says:
GaryLL-you mean Cohn? yeah, he's very easy on the ears

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 10:19:04 PM PDT
check out their song "I Believe" on YouTube
I'll have to check out those other artists all of you've mentioned.

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 10:48:09 PM PDT
Hinch says:
Folk-rock singer/songwriter/musician P.F. Sloan, the Sloan of the Sloan-Barri songwriting team, seen on many records in the 60s. He made some great recordings of his own. His second album Twelve More Times by P.F. Sloan. Vinyl LP, is one of my all time favorites. Here's Where I Belong - The Best of the Dunhill Years 1965-1967 is a good compilation.

He wrote many songs for other artists, including The Grassroots(Where Were You When I Needed You), Barry McGuire(Eve of Destruction), The Turtles(Let Me Be, You Baby), Jan & Dean(From All Over The World), Herman's Hermits(She's A Must To Avoid) and Johnny Rivers(Secret Agent Man, to name a few. We was sometimes be referred to as "the poor man's Bob Dylan".

He was the lead falsetto singer on Jan and Dean's "Little Old Lady From Pasadena" Writing the guitar hook and intro to "California Dreaming", lead him to became a regular player on The Mamas and The Papa's recording sessions, as well as others. He usually played lead guitar on songs he wrote, including "Secret Agent Man" by Johnny Rivers.

"You're old enough to kill, but not for voting" from Eve of Destruction, was the rallying cry to change the voting age from 21 to 18.

He will be 66 this year. He has only released a total of 7 albums, one as recent as 2006.

Posted on Jul 11, 2011 5:11:37 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 11, 2011 5:14:38 AM PDT
James Warner says:
Bill Nelson - Supremely good guitarist with around 100 albums to his name (including Be Bop Deluxe in the 70s) with another 5 or 6 lined up for release this year.

Charlotte Hatherley - A fine guitarist with a warm vocal style and a wonderfully quirky songwriting talent.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 11, 2011 6:42:00 AM PDT
L. Renninger says:
James Warner, Thank you for your post. I am amazed and angered by the fact that this artist has 100 albums yet is not commonly known. The music industry puzzles me by its longstanding practice of playing God with the American public's right to make,appreciate and buy a wide,wide variety of music. It is a crime against creativity that the true disc jockey doesn't exist anymore. We the people stood by and let a source of happiness--the diversity of our American musicians-be kept away from us. Does anyone remember the TV show Northern Exposure set in Alaska? The citizens of this small town had a wonderful fountain of audible joy to keep them sane in the form of an unfettered radio station that played everything from opera to Cajun to soul. I bought that CD back in the 80s--I guess that is my ideal music library--EVERYTHING. And also, your post makes me wonder how recording labels can put out 100 albums without publicizing this artist--was the label content with a small dedicated audience? Joni Mitchell's song 'Free Man in Paris' articulates the bondage of music executives in America and it's a damn shame.
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