I don’t have to fear it and I want to rock your gypsy soul
Just like way back in the days of old
And magnificently we will flow into the mystic
—Into the Mystic, Van Morrison
In an earlier post, I mentioned my top three favorite songwriters of the rock, folk and blues era. I wanted to do a top ten but could not get it to less than eleven. I then thought, well let me list all the remaining ones here. But the list was too long!
So this is part two, part three next.
John Fogerty – Creedence did one great song after another.
Glenn Frey/Don Henley – I’m not the biggest Eagles fan. But what I like of theirs I really like.
Joni Mitchell – Jimmy Page said, “I have to do a lot of hard work before I can get anywhere near those stages of consistent, total brilliance. I don’t think there are too many people who are capable of it. Maybe one. Joni Mitchell.”
Chuck Berry – The man, the king, the legend. Nothing more need be said.
Neil Young – My favorites aren’t necessarily the big ones but songs like “The Loner,” “Helpless,” “I’ve Been Waiting for You.”
Laura Nyro – “And When I Die,” “Stone Soul Picnic,” “Stoney End,” “Wedding Bell Blues.”
Smokey Robinson – Early R&B, Motown – “Shop Around,” “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “My Guy.” John Lennon wanted to BE Smokey.
King/Goffin – Carole King and Gerry Goffin (pictured above) wrote “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “Chains,” “One Fine Day,” “Up On the Roof.” And Carole King wrote or co-wrote much of Tapestry.
Jagger/Richards – I don’t think I realized just how extensive and great their considerable output was till I did a post on them.
Becker/Fagen – Have there ever been two sicker more twisted fucks writing great tunes? I ask you.
George Harrison – Even back when John was disparaging of his output, George was writing good stuff.
Brian Wilson – I didn’t really “get” the Beach Boys for a long time. “Good Vibrations” changed that. Paul McCartney says “God Only Knows” is his favorite song of all time. High praise indeed.
Bob Marley – Every time I hear the live version of “No Woman, No Cry,” I’m back in the Seventies.
Buddy Holly – Lennon/McCartney worshiped Elvis as a pop star. But they really loved Buddy because he wrote great stuff.
Billy Joel – Sure, Billy does some schmaltzy stuff. But his songbook is terrific. Have to see him at Madison Square Garden someday.
John/Taupin – Bernie Taupin writes lyrics, drops them on Elton who then makes up music. To this day. Awesome!
Van Morrison – Van inhabits a space all his own. No one approaches it quite like he does.
5 thoughts on “My Favorite Songwriters of the Rock, Folk and Blues Era (pt. 2)”
Agree almost entirely with that list. Favourites among it being Van Morrison, Brian Wilson, Becker and Fagen and Neil Young. I’ve never been able to get into Elton’s music in depth (i.e; album by album), but my god, he and Bernie Taupin are the closest knit songwriters partners in the land ;). Never had a single disagreement apparently in all their time writing together.
Cool stuff 😉
Elton had some great stuff, especially first 3, 4 albums. Not all of it hits per se. “Burn Down the Mission,” “Take Me to the Pilot,” “Amoreena,” “Come Down in Time,” “Honky Cat.” And “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” may well make my Songs I Love post one day.
To big to tackle for CB. But I like looking at other people lists just to see what they dig (I kind of know a little of your varied tastes). Some good choices on there.
Why too big to tackle? Topic not a pool you typically swim in? You seem like a pretty knowledgeable guy. Just curious.
.So many. I guess it’s kinda what i’m doing with my CB blog thing. Knowledgeable? Thanks. After listening to music all this time I kinda have an idea what I like. You and I share a lot of the same tastes. Some music does it for CB and some just doesn’t. (“Brilliant CB”).
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