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Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?

05 Jan 99 - 09:54 PM (#52177)
Subject: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: McMusic

Has there ever been a thread giving 'Catters a chance to voice their opinion(s) as to their favorite songwriters, or who they think the greatest were? I can start the ball rolling with, in my humble opinion, the two Titans from the USA: Stephen Foster and Woody Guthrie.


05 Jan 99 - 10:11 PM (#52181)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: Tim Jaques tjaques@netcom.ca

Always a matter of taste and opinion. I like the two above, too.

I like Stan Rogers, early Gordon Lightfoot, Archie Fisher, Leon Rosselson (although I don't always agree with his politics), Lennon/MacCartney, Irving Berlin, early Willie Nelson, John Prine, Jimmie Rodgers (the singing brakeman, can't recall if he is the one with the "d" or not), Hank Williams, Sr., Hoagie Carmichael, James Taylor, Dougie MacLean, Gordon Bok, and whoever wrote the songs on the Simpsons CD my niece has.


05 Jan 99 - 10:24 PM (#52183)
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From: Roger in Baltimore

It is easier to chime in on songwriter's than individual songs. If I like a writer, I will usually learn a ton of their songs. By that criteria, in order of discovery, there is Loudon Wainwright III (first five albums or so), John Prine (before his drinking got bad and after he got sober), and Joel Mabus. I do so like a sense of humor.

Roger in Baltimore


05 Jan 99 - 10:28 PM (#52184)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: Sheye

add:

Leonard Cohen, Kris Kristopherson (what can I say), Paul Simon, Sting, Jim Steinman...

Sheye


05 Jan 99 - 10:35 PM (#52186)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: Bill D

Anon McTrad....followed by Bruce Phillips, Craig Johnson, the early Eric Bogle, Jean Ritchie, a few others...


05 Jan 99 - 10:40 PM (#52187)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: Big Mick

Bogle, Woody, Brendan Nolan, Ralph McTell....and I could keep going for quite a while.

All the best,

Mick


05 Jan 99 - 11:13 PM (#52192)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: Don Meixner

My favorites? Tom Paxton, Gordon Bok, Patrick Sky, Bruce Murdock(anyone remember him?) some Gordon Lightfoot, Percy French, Tommy Makem, Ewan Macoll, Stan Rogers, U. Utah Phillips, Jim Ringer, and P. Domain.

I realise there are no women on this list. No good answer for that other than I find it interesting to note. Maybe Kate Wolf, but for every bit of brilliance from her I usually had to wade through a hundred bits of introspective treacle. And even the treacle weren't that bad.

Don


05 Jan 99 - 11:39 PM (#52199)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: Bill Cameron

Along with other luminaries already mentioned, Guy Clark would be near the top of my list. Also Ian Tyson. James Keelaghan and Lennie Gallant are fine current Canadian writers, and Murray McLauchlan has turned out an impressive body of work over the years.

I think fewer women come immediately to my mind because, to generalize horribly, not as many of them write in the traditional folk idiom that interests me. Marychapin Carpenter is quite wonderful, so I think is Cheryl Wheeler, and Laura Smith.

Bill


06 Jan 99 - 01:29 AM (#52224)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: Musicman

I could repeat alot of the names of the above mentioned. But no-one has mentioned the name of Bill Staines!! (All God's Critters, River, Roseville Fair, Sweet Wyoming Home.) There's a fellow who has a way with a melody!


06 Jan 99 - 08:58 AM (#52258)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: Aldus

I'd have to go with Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Richard Farina and Stan Rogers. I suppose the "Classic" pop writers should be included..Lennon and Macartney, Lerner and Lowe and Irving Berlin...so on. I agree about Stephen Foster.. Wonderful songs, many of which have now been declared politically incorrect. However, we still are free to enjoy the tunes.. Great thread, thanks all.


06 Jan 99 - 10:57 AM (#52277)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: Kris

I was going to post to the 'I wish I had written..' thread, but everytime I thought of such a song I thought of all the others by the same artists. So ... Fave songwriters are:

Elvis Costello Joe Jackson Paul Weller Annie Lennox/Dave thingy Ian Dury Jacky Wilson Rolling Stones

& various more, but phones ringing

Kris


06 Jan 99 - 12:08 PM (#52286)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: The Shambles

Richard Thompson.


06 Jan 99 - 01:13 PM (#52296)
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From: SteveF

Every so often I discover that one of my favorite old tunes was written by Johnny Mercer. What!? Him again?! That guy must have turned out well over a thousand familiar tunes! Rack up one for Johnny Mercer, at least for sheer quantity.

-- SteveF.


06 Jan 99 - 01:39 PM (#52302)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: catspaw49

GREAT THREAD!!! I join lots of others in Woody, Dylan,Patrick Sky, A.P.Carter, early Lightfoot, John Prine, Harlan Howard, Paul Simon {says he writes around rhythms, but what a "wordsmith"}, Stephen Foster, Jean Ritchie, Tom Petty, Leonard Cohen, Richard Farina, Arlo, James Taylor.....

Also, Jim Croce wrote a tremendous number of good songs prior to getting famous {and killed}. And if the only song Emmylou Harris ever wrote was "Prayer in Open D" that's enough to be included. Also ran across a listing for "Turn, Turn, Turn" crediting it to Pete Seeger and God. Interesting pairing...did HUAC and the McCarthy committee also blacklist God? catspaw49


06 Jan 99 - 01:51 PM (#52304)
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From: schmuze

Me, well I have to go with Dylan/Prine/Dougie Maclean/Christie Moore/ Jim Herd/ the McTrad guy (!) and many many more, it's like when someone says, play a song and your mind goes blank, Lennon/McCartney always, Ray DAvies, ooooooo loads!!!!!!!


06 Jan 99 - 06:04 PM (#52332)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: Ralph Butts

I guess most of my favorites have been mentioned,

except Jerry Jeff Walker and Jimmy Buffett.

....Tiger


06 Jan 99 - 06:18 PM (#52334)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: Reta

Nice thread McMusic!

I agree with all the afore mentioned but at the very top I would have to place LOREENA MCKENNITT.

What can I ad to that?

Reta


06 Jan 99 - 06:26 PM (#52335)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: Tim Jaques tjaques@netcom.ca

I forgot Steve Goodman and Tom Waits.


06 Jan 99 - 07:08 PM (#52351)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: Dan Keding

Great thread! My votes go to Steve Goodman (I know he's already been mentioned but I like him enough to say it again), Stan Rogers, Jez Lowe, and Bill Caddick. Also just about eberyone mentioned so far. Dan


06 Jan 99 - 07:51 PM (#52365)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: Dave T

Most of my favourites have been mentioned: Steve Goodman, John Prine, Guy Clark, Stan Rogers, Bob Dylan, etc. All those aside, Townes Van Zandt has to be there and I think Nanci Griffith too.
Funny, I haven't noticed any blues artists mentioned, so... Robert Johnson, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters.
Dave T


06 Jan 99 - 07:55 PM (#52367)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: Tim Jaques tjaques@netcom.ca

Muddy Waters deserves to be here just for writing that song about his girl running away with the garbageman.


06 Jan 99 - 07:57 PM (#52368)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: Joe(the other one)

What about John D Loudermilk, Pee Wee King, Mickey Newberry.


06 Jan 99 - 11:53 PM (#52422)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: rich r

I love about half of the people listed already,and would like to sneak John Denver into the list, but I would guess my true favorite for the past 35 years has been Tom Paxton. Almost all of his songs fit nicely in my voice range.

rich r


07 Jan 99 - 12:17 AM (#52429)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: CarterNut

Great thread. My favorites are A.P. Carter, Johnny Cash, Maybelle Carter(she did write many songs), Grandpa Jones, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, Lester Flatt, Bill Anderson, Roy Acuff, and the early song writers of that line. I like writings that speak to me, and these always have been a source of inspiration, particularly A.P.

John J.


07 Jan 99 - 01:01 AM (#52445)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: Rasta

Well Dylan goes without saying but back in the real world John Stewart of Kingston trio fame was always a big influence on me for song awarness and more and more I like to hear Ian Tyson. Has anyone heard the (Gift) I think Ian wrote that one it sure equils John Stewarts (mother Country) --both great Americana songs---The Gift is about Chaarles Russel the cowboy artist from the turn of the century or so------Its on Ian Tysons album Cowboy Ography.------ Rasta-----


07 Jan 99 - 02:22 AM (#52465)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: Mountain Tyme

John Prine has the power, Hank Snow for chioce of words and presentation, Hank Williams covered many others good lyrics/melodys and sang them with passion, but for penning original tunes and lyrics sang from the heart, Carter Stanley and Brother Ralph for the best and the most, hands down.


07 Jan 99 - 03:40 AM (#52480)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: Joe Offer

My, don't we have good taste?
All of my favorites have been mentioned, I think, except for Tom Russell and Rodgers & Hart.
But my absolute favorite is Johnny Mercer.
-Joe Offer-


07 Jan 99 - 09:20 AM (#52522)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: Wolfgang Hell

definitively missing: Brian McNeill

Wolfgang


07 Jan 99 - 09:50 AM (#52525)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: Earl

Most of the good ones have already been mentioned. I'll add a few blues guys I never get tired of: Blind Willie McTell, Bo Carter, Gus Cannon. Of contemorary songwriters I like Michael Hurley. Since we are not limiting it to folk I will add Randy Newman, Leiber&Stoller, and Lowell George. And the best songwriter on television, Red Green.


07 Jan 99 - 10:33 AM (#52533)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favourite Songwriters?
From: ALDUS

I was interested to see someone choosing Loreena MacKennit. She makes absolutely gorgeous albums. I was not aware that she actually wrote very muvh from scratch. It appears to be a lot of excellent arrangements of tradition things. I realize she does some writing but I didn't think it was all THAT much. As to the shortage of ladies on the list...how about Tracy Chapman, Mary MacCaslin ,Suzanne Vega, Laura Smith,Dolly Parton, sylvia tyson,Jann Arden, ..so on. Also, while I'm here.. How about Bruce Cockburn...


07 Jan 99 - 10:51 AM (#52537)
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From: Mad Dog

Don Lange (also my favorite winemaker)


07 Jan 99 - 11:58 AM (#52549)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: Observer

Loreena MacKennit sure polarizes the populace! Some praise her to the skies, others snarl phrases like "breathing heavily to music" to refer to that sort of pseudo-celtic navel-gazing.


07 Jan 99 - 12:11 PM (#52557)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: Bruce O.

Laurence Price wrote 3 of the Child ballads, and a few other songs that became traditional, all in the 1650's. See the file on him on my website for these.


07 Jan 99 - 01:05 PM (#52566)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: Sheye

more girls:

Ani Defranco, Michelle Shocked


07 Jan 99 - 03:22 PM (#52585)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: Steve Latimer

Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters.

Diverse perhaps, but I never tire of listening to them. Oh, and how could I forget Susan Latimer?


07 Jan 99 - 03:57 PM (#52590)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: Barbara

Women: What about the McGarrigle sisters? Anne Lister (fairly new on the scene, but she has some amazing lyrics). Peggy Seeger. Malvina Reynolds.
Elizabeth Cotton only has one song I know of, but we all know it.(grin) does that count?
I'm sure there's a ton more, I'm just brain dead from too much singing and too little sleep. (but what a way to go) Give me a week or so.
Blessings,
Barbara


07 Jan 99 - 05:18 PM (#52609)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: folk1234

I kinda' like "Traditional", "Anonymous", and "Public Domain".


07 Jan 99 - 07:16 PM (#52637)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: Stubs

Most have been mentioned. One of my all time favourites is Roy Forbes AKA "Bim" from North Vancouver via Dawson Creek. Let's not forget Stompin' Tom Connors, Bob Snider, Sarah McLaughlin, Fred J. Eaglesmith,David Wilcox, Bob Ruzika, David Wiffin........Why not list the bad ones..it's shorter 'cause we never pat attention to them(although we hear their songs on the pop stations every day).


07 Jan 99 - 11:21 PM (#52700)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: Songbob

Favorite songsters (present company excluded)?

Jez Lowe
Tom Paxton
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Eric Bogle
Bob Zentz
Bob Franke ('cept his latest ablum, which has fewer good 'uns than it orter)
Gordon Bok
Lennon/McCartney
Tom Petty
Bob Coltman
Andy Razaf
Fats Waller
Louis Jordan
and others too fierce to mention.


There's probably lots more, but these are the ones which come to mind, except that my mind has just reminded me of:

Berrigan & Berrigan
Tom Lehrer
Shel Silverstein
Steve Allen
Hoagy Carmichael
Johnny Mercer
Buddy Holly
Don, Phil, and Ike Everly
Jimmie Rodgers

That's all for now.


08 Jan 99 - 12:09 AM (#52711)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: Jack mostly folk

John Stewart at the top, Guy Clarke, Robert Earle Keen, Ian Tyson and Tom Russell. I can't leave out the late Kate Wolfe or Townes Van Zant or Jim Ringer. As I read the thread I was elated to find so many of my heros noted. So many great music makers and mudcatters have the intelegence and good taste to know who they are.


08 Jan 99 - 11:32 AM (#52777)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: Dan Keding

Almost forgot Steve Gillette, Si Kahn, John Tams, and Michael Smith. Dan


08 Jan 99 - 10:06 PM (#52925)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: McMusic

catspaw49, Actually, the HUAC and the remnants of the McCarthy people renamed themselves the Christian Coalition, bided their time, and, 40 years later, now believe that they invented God!


08 Jan 99 - 10:45 PM (#52946)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: catspaw49

McMusic...Verily I say unto you, tho the truth be spoken through your lips, thy breath brings shivers to the depths of my soul. Or...yep, what a bummer!catspaw49


08 Jan 99 - 10:50 PM (#52948)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: dick greenhaus

Interesting that nobody's mentioned two of my favorites: Henry Clay Work and Shel Silverstein.


08 Jan 99 - 11:12 PM (#52953)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: harpgirl

Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, and Townes Van Zandt...


09 Jan 99 - 01:05 AM (#52980)
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From: Wally Macnow

There's no doubt that the songs that Bob Coltman wrote moved into the tradition with fewer people being aware that they were not traditional than anyone else that I know of. My other favorites are Craig Johnson, Billy Edd Wheeler and Hazel Dickens.


09 Jan 99 - 01:21 AM (#52984)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: tonyweathers@worldnet.att.net

Dylan is king of modern songwriters. end of discussion


09 Jan 99 - 03:01 PM (#53051)
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From: Earl

I forgot to mention Lou & Peter Berryman.


09 Jan 99 - 08:34 PM (#53086)
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From: Rue

And let me add Phil Ochs, Arlo Guthrie, Donovan, Eric Anderson, Greg Brown, and Joel Rafael!


10 Jan 99 - 12:07 AM (#53117)
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From: Uncle Fred

I'm impressed that so many mentioned Trad.Anon. It's intriguing to the mind that somebody wrote/rewrote those songs. Also note that some songs have been published under Anon and the author got shafted.(Carl T Sprague/ When the Work's All Done this Fall.)Or, published under some name that didn't belong there such as what happened to most of Louis Jordan's stuff. I would also include Robert Hunter both with Jerry Garcia and otherwise. Dylan recorded two of Hunter's on one of his latest albums. Also Doc Pomus, Felice and Boudeleaux Bryant, Roy Orbison, Jimmy Driftwood, J.J.Cale, and Huddie Ledbetter.


10 Jan 99 - 08:00 PM (#53255)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: Len N

I agree with many of the above but feel the need to add David Bromberg to the list. Yea, he is a fine interpreter of traditional songs, but his own material has a way of knocking me out as well.

Len N


10 Jan 99 - 08:24 PM (#53262)
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From: blisspoint

I don't see a mention of Robbie Robertson or Smokey Robinson or Lucinda Williams. And just one of Randy Newman. But Dylan is King. And Carole is too. And Cole Porter takes some beating.


10 Jan 99 - 09:58 PM (#53296)
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From: Bill D

my, how tastes do differ

for the Dylan fans


10 Jan 99 - 10:17 PM (#53301)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: McMusic

So glad to see some folks add two that I didn't, but should have (for I admire them muchly): John Stewart and Gillian Welch. Catspaw, didna mean tae shiver ye so; be strong of heart though, for the new dawn is coming, the worm shalleth be turning, and they whut udders the Lord's name in such vain fashions will go out of fashion; i.e., they shall truly show they believeth, that practises what they preacheth--which means ME, too!


20 Mar 01 - 02:37 PM (#421763)
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From: chessell

My two favourite would have to be Stan Rogers and Johnny Cash.


20 Mar 01 - 02:44 PM (#421768)
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From: chessell

Oh wait...I forgot to add Shane MacGowan and Eric Bogle.


20 Mar 01 - 04:09 PM (#421839)
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From: Jim Krause

My favorite songwriters are
  1. Thomas Moore (1779-1852)
  2. Henry Clay Work
  3. Stephen Foster
  4. Woody Guthrie
  5. Jimmie Rogers
  6. Hank Williams (THE one and only)
  7. Phil Ochs
  8. Ian Tyson
  9. Bill Staines (who should probably be listed at #1)
  10. Cheryl Wheeler (what a voice!)

These aren't ranked in any specific order, I just wrote 'em down as fast as I could think of 'em.
Jim


20 Mar 01 - 04:20 PM (#421852)
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From: BEK

Think I'd have to break this up some. I've had some long-time favorites whose music still carry me through, but have matured and changed somewhat.

EARLY: Jimmy Webb Laura Nyro Rupert Holmes Janis Ian James Taylor CSN&Y Carole King Bob Dylan

NOW: Harry Chapin James Keelaghan Stan Rogers Brian McNeill Richard Thompson Chip Taylor Steve Tilston

ALWAYS: Trad./Anonymous Weird Al Yankevic

Thanks for this thread, you've all given me new writers/performers to look out for!


20 Mar 01 - 04:54 PM (#421884)
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From: Midchuck

I can't believe that on a thread this long, only two people mentioned Tom Russell. He is the best now writing in the US. And Ian Tyson is the best now writing in Canada. And when they collaborate, the results are the best songs of all. IMO. No "H."

If Stan Rogers had lived, "best now writing in Canada" would be too close to call.

I'm also fond of Utah Phillips, Guy Clark, Jim Ringer (R.I.W.) (Rest in Whiskey - that's what he would have wanted), Chris Shaw (Adirondak songwriter out of Averill Park, NY), Andrea Cady (see "Wrangling Dudes" on our "Fill One Room" CD)...

Peter.


20 Mar 01 - 06:05 PM (#421952)
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From: Jim the Bart

Many of the afore mentioned and

Alan Fraser
Buddy Holley
Bruce Cockburn
James House
Radney Foster
Brian Wilson
They Might Be Giants
Al Jolly
Jerry Lee Davidson
Shake Russell
Al Green
Rosanne Cash
Dusty Springfield
Kostas


20 Mar 01 - 08:46 PM (#422050)
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From: rube1

Angry Johnny


20 Mar 01 - 08:54 PM (#422055)
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From: KS4460

Hi everyone! With all of those great names that have already been mentioned, don't forget Tim Buckley. Once I Was, Morning Glory, etc. Those are so beautiful!


20 Mar 01 - 08:57 PM (#422060)
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From: Murrey

Jez Lowe,James Keelaghan,Lui Collins,Kate Wolf,Anne Lister all favorites and probably more but I'm new at this computer stuff and my brain gets on overlowed very quickly Murrey


20 Mar 01 - 09:29 PM (#422078)
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From: Bert

ME


21 Mar 01 - 01:56 AM (#422191)
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From: Peg

Rabbie Burns

Neil Finn

John Lennon/Paul McCartney

Tori Amos

Loreena McKennitt

Brendan Perry

Ian Anderson

Justin Hayward

Cole Porter

Rodgers and Hammerstein

Paul Giovanni

The Indigo Girls

Joni Mitchell

David Bowie


21 Mar 01 - 02:05 AM (#422193)
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From: Shouter

Hey all, my two cents:

Bob Dylan Pete Townsend Ian Anderson Van Morrison Tim Buckley Woody Guthrie Antonio Carlos Jobim Lennon/McCartney


21 Mar 01 - 02:07 AM (#422194)
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From: BEK

Dan Fogelberg Christine Lavin

Anyone remember Wendy Waldman and Jimmie Spheeris?


21 Mar 01 - 02:16 AM (#422197)
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From: Peter Kasin

A great list, Peg. Ditto on Rabbie Burns!

In the rock/pop/soul categories, I'd have to add Smokey Robinson. He's put out so much beautiful stuff, that strikes such universal chords.

-chanteyranger


21 Mar 01 - 07:40 AM (#422245)
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From: Tiger

Interesting change of style in the rebirth of this thread.

I don't think anyone has mentioned Steve Earle.


21 Mar 01 - 08:16 AM (#422265)
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From: Whistle Stop

Tiger, I was just about to make the same point -- in my opinion Steve Earle is the best songwriter out there today. Other favorites (most already already mentioned) are Dylan (my eternal favorite), Lennon/McCartney, John Prine, Elvis Costello, Pete Townshend, Bruce Springsteen, Brian Wilson, Richard Thompson, Carole King, Burt Bacharach/Hal David, James Taylor, Tom Waits, Gillian Welch/David Rawlings, Randy Newman, Robbie Robertson.


21 Mar 01 - 08:52 AM (#422292)
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From: GUEST,Midchuck upstairs

I don't think anyone has mentioned Steve Earle.

I didn't, but I should have.

Peter


21 Mar 01 - 09:06 AM (#422304)
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From: Jo King

I'll add a couple other Canadians - Stephen Fearing, and Heather Bishop.

Bruce Cockburn has produced a staggering number of great songs. He is still going strong. I think it would be difficult to dispute that BC is in the midst of one of the greatest singer/songwriter careers in the folk/rock genre. Time will tell. This statement is not intended to take anything from all the other great songwriters, past and present. I just don't think that BC has received the credit he has earned, and his career is still developing.

Be well,

JK


21 Mar 01 - 09:19 AM (#422313)
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From: Mooh

Jagger and Richards (remember the songs of Beggar's Banquet, Let It Bleed, and Exile on Main Street?), Nancy White, Ian Anderson (of Jethro Tull)...

Anomynous has writen some great stuff over the years too.

Mooh.


21 Mar 01 - 09:40 AM (#422329)
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From: Peg

I am not that familiar with Steve Earle's music yet; but I did talk to him recently for an interview about his work on a benefit CD for the West Memphis Three; very cool guy...I have heard his work with Sharon Shannon and it si great!

I should have mentioned Smokey Robinson, too...


21 Mar 01 - 09:49 AM (#422333)
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From: GUEST,Indy lass

Loreena McKennitt tops my list with what shes written instrumentally and her arrangements, but I'd also like to mention Tish Hinojosa and Nancy Griffith both from Texas I think. I discovered them while living in Austin.


21 Mar 01 - 10:08 AM (#422355)
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From: Steve Latimer

I think that Sinead O'Connor and the woman from Concrete Blonde (Help me here, Janette Napolitello?)have written some wonderful songs.


21 Mar 01 - 10:09 PM (#422868)
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From: GUEST,Arne Langsetmo

Ditto pretty much everyone mentioned above.

Don't leave out:

Adam McNaughtan ("Oor Hamlet" and sundy others just as clever).

Robin and Linda Williams

Claudia Schmidt

Mark Graham(!!!)

Fred Small

John McCutcheon

Probably a ton I'm forgetting. Ain't it nice to have such a wealth of _real_ talent in our own small corner of musicdom? :-)

Cheers,

-- Arne Langsetmo


22 Mar 01 - 07:48 AM (#423045)
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From: Firecat

Here we go then:- George Michael (Careless Whisper, *sigh*)
Lionel Bart (As long as he needs me *sigh*)
Tim Rice (Eva's Lament *sigh*)
Lennon/McCartney (The Long And Winding Road, *sigh*)
Benny Andersson/Bjorn Ulvaeus (I Know Him So Well, Chiquitita *BIG sigh*)
TECT 2 (wrote a lot of North And South's stuff) (Breathing *sigh*)
The BeeGees (Woman In Love, How Deep Is Your Love, Heartbreaker, Chain Reaction *HUGE SIGH*)

Is that enough?? There's probably some more but I can't think of them.


22 Mar 01 - 08:01 AM (#423051)
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From: John Hardly

Pierce Pettis

Chris Smither


22 Mar 01 - 01:16 PM (#423304)
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From: BEK

Oh, Whistlestop, good to remember Randy Newman! Who else has such a wry way with words.

Let us not forget:

Matt McGinn Robin Laing


22 Mar 01 - 02:15 PM (#423387)
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From: Amergin

Well, let's see.....Eric Bogle, Jez Lowe, Tom Paxton, Woody Guthrie, Stan Rogers, Bill Staines, Nathan Tompkins, Harry Chapin, Pete Seeger....and the list goes on.....


22 Mar 01 - 06:34 PM (#423583)
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From: jofield

1. Hank Williams

2. Jimmie Rodgers

3. Tom T. Hall

4. Hank Williams


22 Mar 01 - 06:38 PM (#423586)
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From: mousethief

Bruce Cockburn.
Al Stewart.
Bob Bennett.
Paul Simon.
Tom Paxton.

Not necessarily in that order.


23 Mar 01 - 08:49 PM (#424662)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: GUEST,Arne Langsetmo

Hmmm. Forgot to mention:

Mike Cross

Tommy Thompson

Tom "Harley" Campbell

But I have to say that if the measure of an artist's worth is the number of other people who record their songs, I'd have to believe that the greatest _living_ _folk_ artist (leaving out such as the Beatles and Dylan) is Bruce "Utah" Phillips. By my count, he has over twenty of his songs recorded by other people, right up there with Woody Guthrie, and Malvina Reynolds. And I'd have to agree with that assessment if anyone put a gun to my head and forced me to pick one amongst the many, many fine ones we have.

Cheers,

-- Arne Langsetmo


23 Mar 01 - 09:43 PM (#424681)
Subject: RE: Greatest/Favorite Songwriters?
From: Little Hawk

Bob Dylan.

And then there's...

Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Gordon Lightfoot, Willie Nelson, and Al Stewart.

Joni Mitchell is pretty great, but not exactly on my wavelength, I suppose.

Loreena McKennitt and Enya are superb at what they do.

Van Morrison has done some great stuff.

Tanita Tikaram wrote a bunch of songs that don't sound like anyone but her. I still can't figure out how she came up with those lyrics.

That should do for now.

- LH