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  • Jack E Martling
    started a topic The best singer/songwriter ever!

    The best singer/songwriter ever!

    Who is the best singer/songwriter ever?

    I'm going to cast 3 votes right off the bat for Merle Haggard. He's written so many great songs, his singing can't be beat, his bands have been great and he plays some pretty good guitar himself.

  • pauldconway
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    Big up for Joni Mitchell. Also Chuck Prophet and Richard Thompson (both of whom kick arse on guitar, also).

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  • Stringman
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    As I look through this thread, I'm struck by the absence of

    Jerome kern
    Irving Berlin
    Lerner and Lowe
    Rogers and Hammerstien
    Rogers and Hart
    George Gershwin
    George M Cohan

    I have to admit with the exception of Gershwin, I'm not crazy about the music these men produced myself. It's the product of an earlier era, and like everybody else here, I don't relate to it. But these people have all spent their entire lives making music, and as musicians, we should at least be aware of what they did.

    Just a thought.

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  • albacorky
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    man thats such a loaded question ..i read all the posts and only one guy mentioned warren zevon .. and he's from new zealand ..we oughta be ashamed of ourselves here in the states ..
    warren zevon
    don henley
    neil young
    billy joel
    john prine
    keb mo
    jackson browne
    karla bonoff
    and yeah i know zevon and prine and young too for that matter don't have the best voice but they can write a good song ..

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  • Sorted69
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    Jim Morrison.

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  • dblazer
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    Originally posted by ralphster007
    Joni Mitchell?


    I'll second THAT emotion, for sure. Good call.

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  • O.G.G.
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    Boxcar Willie



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  • Derelict King
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    My vote for the "best" singer/songwriter goes to...


    Neil Young


    Honorable mention goes to...


    Bob Dylan


    Van Morrison


    Nick Drake

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  • Terje
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    Originally posted by ChiGirl
    Deceased - Bob Dylan


    That's not so nice of you

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  • ChiGirl
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    Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Lucinda Williams, Trey Anastasio

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  • Delilah
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    Robert Hunter
    John Popper
    Bernie Taupin

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  • IAmTheStrings
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    Tough, but just off the top of my pointy little head:

    Elvis Costello
    Pete Townshend
    Hank Williams

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  • jerry_picker
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    Originally posted by Jack E Martling
    Five pages into this thread and no one has my back on "Merle the Pearl." That makes me sad, especially sad considering that today "I Started Loving Her Again," even though my "Mama Tried." Don't forget boys that "I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am." I haven't had dinner yet so you'll have to look into my "Hungry Eyes." I'm hitting the road tommorow behind the wheel of a big rig which makes me a "Ramblin' Man." After I pop a few bennies I'll get that old "White Line Fever." My sweet "Farmers Daughter" left me, but I'm strong and "I'll Leave The Bottle On The Bar."

    For a modern twist I'd add Ben Harper to the list.


    Here's one for Merle Haggard.

    "First thing I remember knowin',
    Is a lonesome whistle blowin',
    and a young'un's dream
    of growin' up to ride..."

    I found Merle through the Dead.

    Ben Harper is all clever and good,
    but he AIN'T NO MERLE HAGGARD.

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  • Jack E Martling
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    Five pages into this thread and no one has my back on "Merle the Pearl." That makes me sad, especially sad considering that today "I Started Loving Her Again," even though my "Mama Tried." Don't forget boys that "I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Am." I haven't had dinner yet so you'll have to look into my "Hungry Eyes." I'm hitting the road tommorow behind the wheel of a big rig which makes me a "Ramblin' Man." After I pop a few bennies I'll get that old "White Line Fever." My sweet "Farmers Daughter" left me, but I'm strong and "I'll Leave The Bottle On The Bar."

    For a modern twist I'd add Ben Harper to the list.

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  • Mucktunes
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    John Hiatt

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