After the Beatles


This past week people having been giving homage to the Beatles and all they did for music.  They were the beginning of what was known as “The British Invasion.”  That invasion included groups like The Rolling Stones, the Dave Clark Five, the Kinks, the Who and others.  The Beatles deserve a lot of credit for helping to define music as we know it today.  Other artists, however, had been defining the new rock & role for some time.  Artists such as Bob Dylan , Carole King, Sam Cook, Ray Charles and others also greatly influenced the direction of popular music.

I want to add 10 artists who I think made huge contributions but who many people today have never heard of even though their music lives on.  The following list along with links to youtube are presented in no particular order.  I hope that some of the music will inspire those who have not heard it before to seek it out.

1. Steely Dan “Do It Again” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgYuLsudaJQ

2. Blood, Sweat & Tears “And When I Die” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vu7XWgczC7o

3. Carol King “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOyvYnkdEcc

4. Bill Withers “Ain’t No Sunshine” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIdIqbv7SPo

5.  Bob Seger “Old Time Rock & Roll” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQswfILThsY

6.  Jethro Tull “Aqualung” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8ZZ8QnUFVM

7. Stevie Ray Vaughn “Pride and Joy” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU0MF8pwktg

8. Eric Clapton “Layla” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fX5USg8_1gA

9. Freddie Mercury (Queen) “Bohemian Rhapsody” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3p4MZJsexEs

10. Gladys Knight “Midnight Train” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meaVNHch96o

11. John Lennon “Imagine” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLgYAHHkPFs

I put John Lennon at 11 because he was, of course, part of the original Beatles but this particular song he wrote after their demise and I consider this to be his greatest piece.  He was also the musical genius behind the group and wrote much more on his own.

I hope you enjoy my choices but please know, this is just an ad hoc list that could easily be expanded.

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