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Not only the superfamous ones like Dylan, Lennon/McCartney, Holland-Dozier-Holland, King/Goffin, etc...but some of the more obscure ones.

 

Any genre...

 

Oh yeah...why are they your faves? Great melodies? Lyrics?

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Ok, I know there'll be some yucks and blahs at this one, but I have to mention Tony Banks from Genesis. It's been so long since anything of quality has been heard by that band that I think people have either forgotten or flat out missed his (and their) ability to squeeze amazing melodies out of thin air. The band is really before my time and their stuff is sounding dated now, but I went through a big Genesis craze about ten years ago in college (regarding their 70's and early 80's stuff). I was studying music composition. I burned out on them around '95, but aside from Lennon n McCartney, I've never been as moved by someone's tunes as much as these guys. I'm not even going to get all worked up about naming tunes and such, cause I can hear the rebuttles already. I'll just leave it at that.

 

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Tough question. I think it would have to be Roger Waters. His lyrics are otherworldly and he writes some pretty good music(with the help of somme very talented friends).

 

Peter Gabriel is up there too. He may actually be more well rounded than Waters.

 

Not to mention some pretty terrific songwriting teams. Who were those guys who wrote all those hits in the 60's and 70's? John what's his name and Paul somebody ...

 

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Two songs each by 6 of my favorites:

 

Fred Eaglesmith "He's A Good Dog" "Livin' Out On The Road"

Richard Thompson "Bee's Wing" "1952 Vincent Black Lightning"

Todd Snider "That Was Me" "You Think You Know Somebody"

John Prine "Blue Umbrella" "Bruised Orange"(Chain of Sorrow)

Merle Haggard "Momma Tried" "Hungry Eyes"

Johnny Cash "Drive On" "Flesh And Blood"

 

These are songs with some meaning but, obviously, they do other, lighter stuff, up tempo & all...

 

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O.K. I know you said besides the biggies, but I got to say it, Dylan. He is it. I think you could put Dylan's words up to Shakespeare, a true poet, his lyrics come from that sublime realm. Melody lines are incredible as well. Alright, now that I've got that out of my system. Smokey Robinson is one of the best ever. For me, he's on the same level as Dylan, I just lean more to Dylan's works because he has a more versatile range of topics.

 

Now, a group of guys I believe are totally underrated as songwriters are Nash Kato, and "Eddie" King Roeser from Urgeoverkill. These guys write killer songs. The melodies, lyrics, themes, contrast, artistic balls, and emotional content. Did I mention the arrangements? man these guys are the shit. Oh yeah, Sting is a kick ass songwriter. And this new kid, Pete Yorn, I think we'll be hearing great things from this guy for sure.

 

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Leave it to Tedster... ;)

 

OK, if I had to just name a few:

 

John Prine - Major influence on my writing...I grew up on him...hell my Dad played on his first 6 albums his influence was unavoidable. I also met the guy several times and he is as real as he seems.

 

Cat Stevens - Morning Has Broken, Father and Son, Peace Train, Hardheaded Woman...the guy was/is a genius.

 

Carole King - "You've Got a Friend"...if that was the only tune she ever wrote it would be enough to put her on my best of list.

 

Ian Anderson - Wow...I love Jethro Tull, his lyrics astound me...even the newer stuff...have you read the lyrics for "Farm On The Freeway"?

 

Bob Dylan - You know.

 

Stevie Wonder - Very underrated as a writer...his catalog is unbelievable really.

 

Norman Whitfield - Another great writer I've had the pleasure of meeting...so many classic songs I can't just mention a few.

 

OK, there are many more...but these popped into my head first.

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I had once contemplated starting a thread with a similar theme on SSS(who writes most of their own material & is successful but isn't thought of foremost as a songwriter).

 

Tom Petty

Sheryl Crow

Todd Rundgren

 

Butif you want to know my favorite songwriter,it's Jackson Browne.

 

later,

 

Mike

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Originally posted by coolhouse:

I had once contemplated starting a thread with a similar theme on SSS(who writes most of their own material & is successful but isn't thought of foremost as a songwriter).

 

Tom Petty

Sheryl Crow

Todd Rundgren

 

Butif you want to know my favorite songwriter,it's Jackson Browne.

 

later,

 

Mike

Cool...our tastes are durn near exact. Wanna start a band? :D

 

Okay...Lennon McCartney for the obvious. Dylan as well.

 

Let's see...Todd Rundgren. Definitely...such a range of stuff, from Philly soul to surrealistic prog to pure pop...

 

Don Henley. Love his stuff. Well, most of it.

 

James Taylor

 

Elvis Costello. Quite a melodic guy...

 

On the down home side...Lyle Lovett, Bob McDill...

Shel Silverstein (for the humorous stuff)...

 

That's a few...

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Boy, it's hard to keep the list short. I'll leave out composers like Mozart and Bach, but they were songwriters too.

 

Duke Ellington: No one could ever say enough about this man to match his talent, volume of work and quality. I believe he's the best songwriter of all time. And he did it with class!!!

 

George Gershwin: George didn't get respect from the snobs of jazz or classical music, but that and his lack of formal training never stopped him. The public loved his music.

 

Lennon & McCartney: The reason I do what I do.

 

Weber & Rice: I'm into music theatre and these guys are the best.

 

Bob Dylan: Listen to "Hey, Landlord" and you'll know why. Yeah, right, like I have to convince you.

 

Jackson Browne: "and we'll fill in the missing colors of each other's paint by number dreams."

 

Neil Young: Simple and powerful. I love Neil.

 

Bruce Springsteen: "I gotta '69 Chevy with a 396." Bruce can make me feel like I can make it through anything.

 

Keith Green: Keith was the first Christian artist I ever heard that didn't sound whimpy. He floored me with his powerful lyrics, melodies and piano playing. He was awesome. Rest in peace, Keith.

 

Bryan Duncan: Another Christian artist. Bryan writes about what I struggle with. He can take complex feelings and emotions and compress them down to a single short verse or phrase.

 

James Taylor: "Frozen Man" says it all.

 

Cat Stevens: I almost didn't put Cat on the list, but I listened to him so much that I just have to. He did so much with so little.

 

It's bothering me that there are no women songwriters on my list, but none of them made the cut. I'll have to think about it some more. Paul Simon didn't make the cut either. I couldn't believe that.

 

Regards,

 

Dan Worley

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After Dylan and L & Mc, there are those families:

 

The Simons - Paul & Carly

 

The Williams - Hank (Sr.), Dar, and Lucinda

 

DNA tests are pending.

 

I'm off to Colorado.

 

Seeya next week.

 

.............

 

"He not busy being born is busy dyin.'"

 

"I've been in trouble ever since

I set my suitcase down."

 

Dylan, about four decades apart.

He not busy being born

Is busy dyin'.

 

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Originally posted by Sylver:

Tough question. I think it would have to be Roger Waters. His lyrics are otherworldly and he writes some pretty good music(with the help of somme very talented friends).

Yes, Roger Waters.

 

Then Lou Reed, Andrew Eldritch etc.

 

Oh, I forgot the Oscar-Winner:

 

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Originally posted by Tedster:

Wie geht's Imb...und willkommen...

 

Meine deutsch ist nicht gut......uh..that's why I don't go over to Dr. Walker's place...but it's nice to have you aboard!

Das Deutsch ist gut genug! Danke!

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Beside's the Fab Four guys; Buckingham & Nicks, Pagey & Plant, Paul Simon, Randy Neuman, Elton and Billie J., Rick Ocasik, Elvis C., Joni M., Mick and Keef, Bob Dylon., Ann and Nancy Wilson when they were writing with Roger Fisher, Richard Tompson, Roger Waters, Ian Anderson, Jeff Lynn, Steven Page and Ed Robinson, Ray Davies, Chrissy Hide, Sheryl Crowe, Tyler and Perry, did Anderson and Squire write all those Yessongs?, Neil Diamond, Albert Lee, EC, I know there's a bunch of good writers I'm leaving out...
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My favorite songwriters have always been Paul McCartney and John Lennon. But lately, I have gotten into Chris Carraba (Dashboard Confessional) He does all acoustics and the lyrics just have so much meaning in them. "Waiting here with hopes the phone will ring and I'm thinking awful things, Pretty sure that few will notice. And this apartment is starving for an argument. Anything at all to break the silence"
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Ooo, nice topic. Here are my faves with some album references.

 

Tom Waits: all of Rain Dogs shows his versatility and wacked out sense of humor

 

Keith Richards: love him, love him, love him

 

Lucinda Williams: gotta tip the hat to the Car Wheels on a Gravel Road album, just gorgeous

 

Mark Knopfler: Mr. Dire Straits really got it together with his last solo album, Sailing to Philadelphia

 

Van Morrison: Has he been mentioned yet? So many incredible tunes. You just have to ignore all the ones where he whines about how unfair the music industry is.

 

Mr. Dylan: Of course. His latest album is a beauty.

 

John Prine: We don't perform many covers, but "Unwed Fathers" made the list. He's great in concert, too.

 

Amanda

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