An Oldies Music Education

A few weeks ago, a musician friend confided in me that he didn’t know about many musicians from the 1960’s-70’s that so much of the general population knows. This shocked me, and I took it upon myself to create a list of all the bands from the late 50’s to the late 70’s, that my friend should be educated about.

My pal did clarify to me that he was fortunate enough to grow up with a few of the black groups of the late 60’s, and he “does know Simon & Garfunkel,” but with that being said, here is my list for him of musicians to know from that time period. (I hope I’m not leaving anyone out; there’s a lot to know in my opinion.)

(In no order….)

  1. Buddy Holly
  2. The Kinks
  3. Creedance Clearwater Revival
  4. The Zombies
  5. Eric Clapton
  6. ABBA
  7. Jimmy Cliff
  8. Elvis Costello
  9. Patsy Cline
  10. Janis Joplin
  11. The Guess Who
  12. Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young
  13. The solo careers of: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison
  14. Jackson Browne
  15. Carol King
  16. Johnny Cash
  17. Elvis Presley
  18. Rolling Stones
  19. Bob Dylan
  20. The Everly Brothers
  21. Van Morrison
  22. Santana
  23. The Who
  24. The Beatles
  25. Traffic
  26. Elton John
  27. The Band
  28. The Allman Brothers
  29. Grateful Dead
  30. Queen
  31. Harry Belefonte
  32. Peter, Paul, & Mary
  33. Eric Burdon & The Animals
  34. The Mamas & The Papas
  35. David Bowie
  36. Sonny & Cher
  37. The Clash
  38. The Ramones
  39. Fleetwood Mac
  40. Jefferson Airplane
  41. Steve Miller Band
  42. Pete Seger
  43. The Eagles
  44. Blondie
  45. Lynyrd Skynyrd
  46. Bee Gees
  47. B52’s
  48. Three Dog Night
  49. Pink Floyd
  50. The Jackson 5
  51. Michael Jackson
  52. Led Zepplin
  53. Guns and Roses
  54. The Temptations
  55. The Four Tops
  56. Chuck Berry
  57. Otis Redding
  58. The Beach Boys
  59. Bob Marley
  60. Carl Perkins
  61. Jerry Lee Lewis
  62. The Doors
  63. Aretha Franklin
  64. The Isley Brothers
  65. James Brown
  66. Al Green
  67. Leon Russel
  68. Marvin Gaye
  69. The Monkees
  70. Stevie Wonder
  71. Ray Charles
  72. Sam Cooke
  73. Sly and the Family Stone
  74. Smokey Robinson (and the Miracles)
  75. Herbie Hancock



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