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Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Sun Oct 02, 2016 7:34 am
  • On a recent road trip, my girlfriend and I were talking about music. I came up with the idea to try to figure out who would be on the Mount Rushmore of American music. I am nearly certain that I am the first person in the whole wide world to ever come up with this incredibly original idea.
    Anyway, no one cares about "rules" in fun thought experiments like this, but my thought is that it should be limited to four and that it should be people, not bands.
    Do you judge based on popularity or talent? I leave that up to those who wish to participate. Personally, I go with talent. No disrespect to people who like Elvis, but if you ask me, he doesn't hold a candle to someone like Bob Dylan when it comes to talent.
    Anyway, what do you guys think?
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Sun Oct 02, 2016 1:19 pm
  • For me it's Eddie Vedder, Jim James, Josh Homme, and Ryan Adams.
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Sun Oct 02, 2016 1:48 pm
  • I saw Queens of the Stone Age live once. Years and years ago. Nobody I knew had ever heard of them at the time. Myself included. Their sound guy was shit, but the music shone threw and I really liked them. Never enough to call myself a fan exactly, but it's cool when a new band's music can leave a mark despite certain disadvantages.
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Sun Oct 02, 2016 6:53 pm
  • That's tough - so many genres and styles within those

    Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Robert Johnson, and George Gershwin, maybe?
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Sun Oct 02, 2016 7:42 pm
  • John Williams?
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Sun Oct 02, 2016 8:52 pm
  • I'd have Bob Dylan and Paul Simon on there.
    My girlfriend brought one up, though, that I think is a no-brainer.
    Michael Jackson.
    He's probably the biggest deal in American music ever.
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Sun Oct 02, 2016 9:13 pm
  • Like Riley said, lots of genres. I'm an old school R&B guy so I'm taking, Robert Johnson, Chuck Berry (The true king of R&R!), and Dylan & Simon for writers.
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Sun Oct 02, 2016 10:36 pm
  • too many genres..youd need to do a Mt Rushmore of Pop, of Rock, Jazz, etc..because seriously..how do you even compare, say, Michael Jackson and Charlie Parker..?
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Mon Oct 03, 2016 2:05 am
  • Personally, it would look something like...

    Jimmy Hendrix, Aretha Franklin, John Williams and Bob Dylan.
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Mon Oct 03, 2016 7:02 am
  • Vetamur wrote:too many genres..youd need to do a Mt Rushmore of Pop, of Rock, Jazz, etc..because seriously..how do you even compare, say, Michael Jackson and Charlie Parker..?

    We thought of this. Frankly, it's a much easier task. I wanted the more difficult task of encompassing all genres.
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Mon Oct 03, 2016 11:44 am
  • I'm not a "country" fan but shouldn't somebody like Hank Sr. be on there.
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Mon Oct 03, 2016 12:40 pm
  • LargentFan wrote:I'd have Bob Dylan and Paul Simon on there.
    My girlfriend brought one up, though, that I think is a no-brainer.
    Michael Jackson.
    He's probably the biggest deal in American music ever.


    Michael Jackson was the first name that popped into my mind.

    I'll go Michael Jackson, Elvis, Johnny Cash and Aretha Franklin.
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Mon Oct 03, 2016 1:27 pm
  • Jimi Hendrix
    Frank Sinatra
    Miles Davis
    Elvis
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Mon Oct 03, 2016 2:53 pm
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Mon Oct 03, 2016 4:58 pm
  • The real question is what is the Mount Rushmore of Mount Rushmores? :stirthepot:
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Mon Oct 03, 2016 5:33 pm
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Mon Oct 03, 2016 5:44 pm
  • Tom Petty
    Freddie Mercury
    Axl Rose
    Eminem
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Mon Oct 03, 2016 5:46 pm
  • Michael Jackson, Elvis, James Brown, Johnny Cash
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Mon Oct 03, 2016 8:27 pm
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:58 pm
  • Zebulon Dak wrote:Drake
    Kanye
    Rihanna
    Beyonce


    :irishdrinkers:

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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Tue Oct 04, 2016 7:23 pm
  • Jimi Hendrix
    Bob Dylan
    Chuck Berry
    Elvis
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Wed Oct 05, 2016 7:17 am
  • Well..if we are doing it the hard way...

    Michael Jackson
    Charlie Parker or Louis Armstrong
    Johnny Cash
    Bob Dylan

    ......and then have Robert Johnson's ghost, Elvis revenant come after me..and send sincere apologies to Bob Dylan..
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Wed Oct 05, 2016 7:33 am
  • Seanhawk wrote:For me it's Eddie Vedder, Jim James, Josh Homme, and Ryan Adams.



    You and I are on the same page... but not a Mt. Rushmore

    Dylan, Presley, Ella and Miles Davis I'd say
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Wed Oct 05, 2016 8:04 am
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Wed Oct 05, 2016 8:28 pm
  • From a pure talent standpoint? I'd put John Mayer up there against anyone. Never really liked his music but just watch him go toe to toe with the likes of Clapton and BB King. Dude's an unreal guitarist.
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Wed Oct 05, 2016 8:45 pm
  • John Mayer shreds.
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Thu Oct 06, 2016 6:06 am
  • What just happened?

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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Thu Oct 06, 2016 8:27 am
  • Can't believe nobody has mentioned Stevie Wonder yet. Dude is pure genius. Someone else mentioned Freddie Mercury. I would agree with this one, but the topic is "American" musicians. I'd go Stevie Wonder, Elvis, Michael Jackson. Not sure about the 4th one though. Not sure if there's anyone quite in the same class as these 3.


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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Thu Oct 06, 2016 12:18 pm
  • I've got it. Sinatra. Duh.

    Elvis
    Michael Jackson
    Stevie Wonder
    Frank Sinatra


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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Thu Oct 06, 2016 12:22 pm
  • James in PA wrote:Can't believe nobody has mentioned Stevie Wonder yet. Dude is pure genius. Someone else mentioned Freddie Mercury. I would agree with this one, but the topic is "American" musicians. I'd go Stevie Wonder, Elvis, Michael Jackson. Not sure about the 4th one though. Not sure if there's anyone quite in the same class as these 3.


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    Stevie is in my "next group" along with Jackson, Cash, Little Richard, James Brown, Miles, Aretha, Don Henley, Sinatra, etc. Remember, we were only allowed 4.
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Thu Oct 06, 2016 3:13 pm
  • James in PA wrote:Can't believe nobody has mentioned Stevie Wonder yet. Dude is pure genius. Someone else mentioned Freddie Mercury. I would agree with this one, but the topic is "American" musicians. I'd go Stevie Wonder, Elvis, Michael Jackson. Not sure about the 4th one though. Not sure if there's anyone quite in the same class as these 3.


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    I missed the American part.....oops
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Thu Oct 06, 2016 3:39 pm
  • James in PA wrote:I've got it. Sinatra. Duh.

    Elvis
    Michael Jackson
    Stevie Wonder
    Frank Sinatra


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    Obviously this is all just bar stool opinion stuff..but a list like that..and those are all WONDERFUL artists (though I agree with someone elses thinking that Id probably put Stevie Wonder in the next tier, especially in light of his later day musical crimes).. anyway, a list like that excludes two entire GENRES of music that are thoroughly American.. jazz and country. Im not a fan of country music, but its so influential..and jazz..well.. JAZZ!
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Fri Oct 07, 2016 4:21 pm
  • I can't name four, but one guy who is definitely on mine is Scarface. The true GOAT.
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Fri Oct 07, 2016 4:25 pm
  • hahaha, when i used to send/trade mix tapes (metal) to my friends around the world, i would always mix in scar face or ghetto boys rants in between songs :D
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Fri Oct 07, 2016 4:41 pm
  • I could see Scarface on the hip hop Mt Rushmore. He probably wouldn't end up on mine but I wouldn't fault the choice.
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Mon Oct 10, 2016 1:52 am
  • Well, it is an easy choice, folks.

    Leif Garrett
    Shaun Cassidy
    Andy Gibb
    Britney Spears

    The core of Essential American Music! :sarcasm_off:

    EWWWWW! I vote that the moderators should kick me off the list for this horrible post...
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Mon Oct 10, 2016 1:06 pm
  • Aussie Seahawk wrote:Well, it is an easy choice, folks.

    Leif Garrett
    Shaun Cassidy
    Andy Gibb
    Britney Spears

    The core of Essential American Music! :sarcasm_off:

    EWWWWW! I vote that the moderators should kick me off the list for this horrible post...

    Andy Gibb was born in England but grew up in Australia just like his brothers. How do you not know that considering your name?

    BTW, I did LOL at your post.
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Mon Oct 10, 2016 2:00 pm
  • I'm picturing something like this:

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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Mon Oct 10, 2016 2:08 pm
  • Incredibly difficult as there are as many musical tastes as there are Americans.
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Mon Oct 10, 2016 4:07 pm
  • Bruce Springsteen! Just met him last week in Seattle at his book signing. He is just pure class.
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Mon Oct 10, 2016 4:18 pm
  • BB King
    Elvis
    Michael Jackson
    Yo Yo Ma
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Tue Oct 11, 2016 6:24 pm
  • Hawksfansincedayone - I stand corrected. Brain lapse, as I of course did know Andy was born in England and raised in Oz, as was I. I'll try to think of a suitably unsuitable fourth statue... :P
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Tue Oct 11, 2016 6:29 pm
  • Elvis and Michael are the kings. Any list without them is utter nonsense. I probably go Frank and Ray next. Aretha, Jimmy, Stevie, Alicia and a few others are also gods. You could make a case for Dr. Dre and Russell Simmons very easily. Props for the Ryan Adams reference.
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Wed Oct 12, 2016 9:11 pm
  • i5roadrunner wrote:Bruce Springsteen! Just met him last week in Seattle at his book signing. He is just pure class.

    I have a cousin that met him too and she said the exact same thing. Happily posed for a pic with her, was very engaging and pleasant (she's attractive but by no means a hottie).
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Wed Oct 12, 2016 9:12 pm
  • Aussie Seahawk wrote:Hawksfansincedayone - I stand corrected. Brain lapse, as I of course did know Andy was born in England and raised in Oz, as was I. I'll try to think of a suitably unsuitable fourth statue... :P

    Just messin with you.

    Bobby Sherman?
    Dinny Osmond?
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Mon Oct 24, 2016 8:07 pm
  • I'll put John Fogerty in the mix.
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Tue Oct 25, 2016 1:00 pm
  • I would so have Prince over Michael Jackson. And if any hip hop representatives are on it, it should NOT be Eminem. It should be DJ Cool Herc; the father of the genre.
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Tue Oct 25, 2016 1:13 pm
  • Joe Satriani
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    Ray Charles
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Re: Mount Rushmore of American Musicians
Tue Oct 25, 2016 7:17 pm
  • Billy Joe Armstrong
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