Influential Musical Artists

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Call him Black Francis, Frank Black or Charles, the Boston-born Pixies frontman/guitarist/singer-songwriter is turning 58 on Thursday. Many have called him and the band “influential indie icons”, Kurt Cobain included. Let’s celebrate and hear FAVORITE SONGS FROM MUSICAL ARTISTS CONSIDERED MORE INFLUENTIAL THAN COMMERCIALLY SUCCESSFUL.

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“Influence? This about says it all. Muddy Waters with ‘The Blues Had a Baby and They Named It Rock and Roll'”

Mimi Weedleone Roach

“Let’s not forget this local group that was openly acknowledged as an influence by such diverse acts as Big Brother And The Holding Company, The Sir Douglas Quintet, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Jesus and Mary Chain, ZZ Top, Jefferson Airplane, Lou Ann Barton and REM.” referring to 13th Floor Elevators

Bruce Burns

“Scott Walker comes to mind. His original version of ‘Duchess’, which Neko Case covered years later, is really great. For years I thought he was a British singer because so many UK artists I liked always cited him as a big influence on their songwriting.”

Aron Polasek

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