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The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Posted on: December 29, 2008 3:21 pm
 
Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the original blog post.  There was sufficient interest to get the ball rolling.  So here are the requirements:

1. Nominate 10 American Rock and Roll bands that you believe are worthy of being in the discussion of The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band.  I know musical taste is subjective, but please keep the following in mind when nominating a band: musicianship, innovation, influence on other musicians/pop culture, popularity, and commercial success

2.  Keep nominations to American Bands, no solo acts please.  As it pertains to this contest, an American Band will be considered any band that has a minimum of 51% American-born musicians at the time the band was formed.  In addition, the band needs to have been formed in the US.   Any nomination of a band that does not meet this requirement will be invalidated.  Nominations for bands like The E Street Band and The Heartbreakers will be accepted.

3.  Depending on the results the bands receiving the the most nominations will be placed in brackets based on the time period in which their first official release was issued.  (60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond).  In the event that some bands need to be moved to a different bracket to balance them out, I will try to move bands into a bracket that contains bands similar in genre.  Bands receiving more votes will get higher seedings. 

4.  The initial voting period will end on January 4th.  I will then need some time to get the brackets set up. 
5.  Feel free to add commentary to your choices. 
6.  Respect is important.  We won't all agree on the choices, but be respectful of other people's musical taste.  No flaming please. 

Have fun and check back often.

Jonnyteach
Comments

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2008 4:21 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

I doubt the Beatles, Yes and Def Leppard comply with the rules of this listing.. american bands only... Neither one of the 3 even have an American playing in them...



Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2008 4:18 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Here's mine

  1. Lynyrd Skynryd
  2. AC/DC
  3. Doors
  4. Beatles
  5. Def Leapod
  6. Blue Oyster Cult
  7. Rare Earth
  8. Steppenwolf
  9. Dobbie Brothers
  10. Yes



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2008 1:33 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Great list nine.  We have quite a few similarities.  Thanks for sharing. 



Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2008 1:15 pm
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Here is mine in no particular order.

  1. Metallica
  2. Nirvana
  3. Van Halen
  4. The Doors
  5. Lynyrd Skynryd
  6. The Eagles
  7. The Ramones
  8. CCR
  9. The Beach Boys
  10. Grateful Dead



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2008 8:52 am
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

#1. The Allman Brothers Band - does it get anymore American than the ABB? The blues, jazz , country fusion of the Allmans invented Southern rock! Duane Allman was one of the greatest guitarist ever if not the very best. The Allmans were one of a very first intergrated bands also. Almost 40 years they have percivered most any tragedy you can think of. Twice or more. From Duane Allman and Dickey Betts to the current guitar tandem of Warren Haynes and phenom Derek Trucks,  they still put on the best live show there is imho.

Skydog, great dissertation on The Allmans.  A lot of the same arguments can be made for The Grateful Dead as far as the fusion of blues, jazz, and country.  Both bands sport two drummers and two distinctive guitar sounds.  I give the musicianship edge to The Allmans, but to me, the Deads huge following, the songs, and the commercial success put them slightly ahead of The Allmans in my book.  But that's what makes this forum so great. 

Also, nice job getting Booker T and The MGs in there.  Duck Dunn and Steve Cropper are indispensible for their work in The Blues Brothers movie alone. 



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2008 8:43 am
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Hey Bricktop.  How have you been?  I love your list.  You introduced The Marshall Tucker Band to our list.  Thanks for stopping by.  As always, your input is always appreciated. 



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2008 8:40 am
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Hey DomN8.  Your list has the first mentions for REO and Kansas.  Thanks for stopping by. 



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2008 8:39 am
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Thanks Writer.  You've put together a very diverse list.  You also get to put Motley Crue on your list since Fleetwood Mac is a British Band.  I wrote a lengthy (for this blog) explanation of the origins of Fleetwood Mac.  Long story short:  the band was formed in England as an off-shoot of John Mayall's Blues Breakers. 



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2008 8:34 am
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

IGetNoRespect, great list.  Thanks for contributing.  I do have one slight problem with #3.

3. The Jimi Hendrix Experience2/3 of the members of The Experience were British, and since the band was formed in England, they are not considered an American band for the sake of this contest.  If you want to make another submission, feel free. 



Since: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2008 7:32 am
 

The Greatest American Rock and Roll Band

Hey Jonny T! Great idea. Props for all the time and effort its going to take to do this.

#1. The Allman Brothers Band - does it get anymore American than the ABB? The blues, jazz , country fusion of the Allmans invented Southern rock! Duane Allman was one of the greatest guitarist ever if not the very best. The Allmans were one of a very first intergrated bands also. Almost 40 years they have percivered most any tragedy you can think of. Twice or more. From Duane Allman and Dickey Betts to the current guitar tandem of Warren Haynes and phenom Derek Trucks,  they still put on the best live show there is imho.

Booker T and the MG's
Little Feat
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Grateful Dead
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Frank Zappa & Mothers of Invention
The Doors
Blue Oyster Cult - yeah. I know, but its my decision. 
I'm saving my final choice. Too close to call right now.






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