Most Important People In the Rock and Roll IndustryBeatlesboy9
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I'm not sure that the top-selling music acts are (necessarily) the most important people in the industry. The top-selling music acts should be on a different list (Top-selling music acts). Just saying.
The most important people in the industry are those musicians who did something revolutionary. There are also inventors, producers, and so on. How about Jim Marshall? Can you imagine contemporary rock music without amps? - Metal_Treasure
I Love MJ But He's Not A Rock Musician - BeatlesFan1964
Lennon/McCartney are the only names that should be at the top of this list, as the Beatles are by far the top-selling music act of all time.
Elvis Presley should be #2, since he is in second place for all-time sales.
MJ is in third place for sales, but has sold less than half of what Elvis and The Beatles have each sold.
There is some argument about who is in 4th place, with Led Zeppelin, Madonna, and Elton John the most likely contenders.
Don't joke around; its Lennon/McCartney [the Beatles] at #1, and Elvis Presley at #2, with nobody else even visible in the distance.
MJ is not close in the race, he has sold less than half of what the Beatles and Elvis have each sold.
Mercury is not even in the running.
I am sorry,Freddie should be number 1
40 years after his dead about 50.000 people have paid hommage at Graceland and you think that he is less important for the rockindustry than Freddie Mercury, Richie Blackmore, John Lennon, Chuck Berry and Jim Marchall? His impact on a social cultural level and in rock's history is so important that this rank on this list is just ridiculous. None of the above would be there playing important roles in rock's industry if Elvis would never have existed.
Should definitely be #2 behind L/Mc, with MJ a distant 3rd. FM et al not even in the running for top 10.
He should be number 1 on this list - christangrant
A pioneer of heavy metal and hard rock.
He was the first one who wrote rock songs based on scales typically used in classical music, now known as heavy metal. So sad that people know only Smoke On The Water (killer riff though). - Metal_Treasure
Have you ever heard of Marshall Amplification?
Jim Marshall aka The Father of Loud - pioneer of guitar amplification. - Metal_Treasure
The guy from The Kinks who famously split the speaker cone of his amplifier with a single-sided Gillette razorblade and invented a louder and more biting guitar sound. - Metal_Treasure
What he did is not really that difficult; high-school kids can play all of his solos these days.
How he thought of it is absolutely impossible, Hendrix has been gone for over 40 years, and nobody has caught up with him yet.
Record producer and songwriter - innovations in multitrack recording. He has produced albums for artists such as AC/DC, definitely Leppard, Foreigner, Bryan Adams, Billy Ocean, Shania Twain, Outlaws, The Cars, The Corrs, Maroon 5, Nickelback, Muse. - Metal_Treasure
A professional songwriter/composer (several Grammy winners). Play these songs and feel his touch - more than 50 great hits of this calibre:
Bon Jovi - Livin' on a Prayer, You Give Love a Bad Name, Bad Medicine, This ain't A Love Song, Keep the Faith, Diamond Ring, and many more.
Aerosmith - Crazy, Dude (Looks Like a Lady), Angel, What it Takes, Hole in My Soul, etc.
KISS - I Was Made for Lovin' You, Heaven's on Fire
Joan Jett - I Hate Myself for Loving You
Alice Cooper - Poison
Cher - Just Like Jesse James, Does Anybody Really Fall In Love Anymore?
Ricky Martin - Livin' la Vida Loca, She Bangs, Nobody Wants to Be Lonely, Shake Your Bon-Bon
… and so on. - Metal_Treasure
Broke down the barriers against singers writing and arranging their own material.
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