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Best Keyboardists In Music - Round 1 REVISED

Posted on: July 1, 2008 11:27 am
Edited on: July 1, 2008 11:29 am
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Welcome to The Bakery!  For those of you who posted in the preliminary round, welcome back!  To those of you here for the first time, we are deciding the title of "Greatest Keyboardist Ever - As Chosen By The Members Of The CBS Sportsline Community."  A big thank you to everyone who participated in the first round!

In the preliminary round, 85 different keyboardists were mentioned.  Every keyboardist mentioned in someone's top ten received one vote.  Other "Honorable Mentions" received 1/2 a vote.  To see the preliminary round blog, click here: http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/blogs
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Knoxvillepat, Rhino3434, and iamayanksfan have very kindly pointed out mistakes that I made.  These mistakes change almost all of the matchups, so I am starting Round 1 over.  Sorry for the inconvenience.  Changes are in bold.  Without further ado, here are the results of Round 1:

Rick Wakeman received 14 votes,

Stevie Wonder received 10 votes,

Keith Emerson received 9.5 votes,

Ray Manzarek received 7.5 votes,

Elton John received 7 votes,

Herbie Hancock received 6 votes,

Al Kooper and Jon Lord received 5.5 votes,

Steve Winwood and Jerry Lee Lewis received 5 votes,

Billy Preston, Tony Banks, and Leon Russell received 4.5 votes,

Chick Corea received 4 votes,

Ray Charles received 3.5 votes,

Richard Wright, Roy Bittan, and Nicky Hopkins received 3 votes,

Bill Payne, Billy Joel and Diana Krall received 2.5 votes,

Billy Powell, Greg Allman, Garth Hudson, Warren Zevon, Eddie Van Halen, George Gershwin, John Paul Jones, Dave Brubeck, and Johann Sebastian Bach received 2 votes,

John Evan and Tori Amos received 1.5 votes,

Little Richard, Floyd Cramer, Mickey Gilley, Jimmy Smith, Ken Hensley, Chris Stainton, Chuck Leavell, Bob Van Camp, Rabbit Bundrick, Dave Brubeck, Vince Guaraldi, Thomas Dolby, Allen Evans, Brian Eno, Ed Harsch, Ian Stewart, Edgar Winter, Clifford Carte, Jan Hammer, Seth Justman, Bob James, Stan Kenton, Beethoven, Jordan Rudess, Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner, Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarrett, Joey DeFransesco, Glenn Guild, Stanislav Bunin, Bill Bryne, Lyle Mays, Roger Hodgson, Kerry Minnear, Joni Mitchell, Greg Rollie, George Duke, and Joe Jackson received 1 vote,

and Vince Clark, Andrew Fletcher, Alan Wilder, Donald Fagen, James Newton, Johnie Johnson, Robert Fripp, Michael Pindar, Ian Hunter, Bryan Ferry, John Locke, Leo Lyons, Vince Welnick, and Michael Cotton received .5 votes.

The Muffin Man also received one vote...

I must admit that I've never even heard of about half of the keyboardists mentioned.  Therefore, if I made a mistake tallying votes (due to multiple names, etc. or any other reason) please notify me so I can fix it (again).


Since 32 keyboardists received 1.5 votes or more, these 32 will enter the elimination rounds.  Seeding is based on total # of votes.  I broke all ties by choosing the keyboardist who I thought was more important towards making music what it is today.  Here are the Round 1 matchups (seeding in parenthesis)

(1) Rick Wakeman vs. (32) Tori Amos

(16) Richard Wright vs. (17) Nicky Hopkins

(8) Al Kooper vs. (25) Greg Allman

(9) Jerry Lee Lewis vs. (24) Billy Powell

(5) Elton John vs. (28) Warren Zevon

(12) Tony Banks vs. (21) Diana Krall

(4) Ray Manzarek vs. (29) Eddie Van Halen

(13) Leon Russell vs. (20) Billy Joel

(6) Herbie Hancock vs. (27) Garth Hudson

(11) Billy Preston vs. (22) Johann Sebastian Bach

(3) Keith Emerson vs. (30) John Paul Jones

(14) Chick Corea vs. (19) Bill Payne

(10) Steve Winwood vs. (23) Dave Brubeck

(7) Jon Lord vs. (26) George Gershwin

(15) Ray Charles vs. (18) Roy Bittan

(2) Stevie Wonder vs. (31) John Evan


 

 

Note: I'm not sure if this is like the other music - related vote offs on here, but this tournament will be set up "March Madness Style" as opposed to, say, "Stanley Cup Playoff Style."  This means that the above matchups should be envisioned as if in a bracket and the best seed remaining does not necessarily play the worst seed remaining.

Once again, I will only vote if there is a tie.  Voting for Round 1 will close on Monday, July 7, at 11 AM EST.

Happy Posting! (and sorry for the mistakes)

-The Muffin Man

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Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: July 7, 2008 12:58 pm
 

Best Keyboardists In Music - Round 1 REVISED

The voting for Round 1 is now closed.  Thank you to everyone who voted!



Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: July 7, 2008 3:47 am
 

Best Keyboardists In Music - Round 1 REVISED

-Sorry to see that you had to re-do things here, MM, but kudos for your dilligence in having done so!!

-Here goes:

(1) Rick Wakeman 

(16) Richard Wright

(8) Al Kooper

(9) Jerry Lee Lewis  -If it hadn't been for that succession of PR disasters, we might be calling him "The King" rather than "The Killer", IMO...

(5) Elton John

(21) Diana Krall

(4) Ray Manzarek  -I don't really consider Eddie to be a keyboardist as such...

(13) Leon Russell  -Shhhhh!  Don't tell the missus!  Lol...

(6) Herbie Hancock  -Tough choice, as I love The Band, but I'd argue that Herbie is one of the better keyboardists around today.

(22) Johann Sebastian Bach  -Gotta ride this horse-  I love ol' J.S.

(3) Keith Emerson

(14) Chick Corea  -This one really "Payned" me (sorry...), but Chick is better...

(23) Dave Brubeck  -I'd vote for a great jazz musician in almost any matchup...

(26) George Gershwin

(15) Ray Charles -Brother Ray gets my nod here...

(2) Stevie Wonder

-Again, MM, great job!  I'll see ya next round!




Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: July 6, 2008 4:05 pm
 

Best Keyboardists In Music - Round 1 REVISED

  1. Rick Wakeman
  2. Nicky Hopkins
  3. Greg Allman
  4. J. Lewis
  5. Elton John
  6. Tony Banks
  7. E. Van Halen
  8. Billy Joel
  9. Herbie Hancock
  10. Billy Preston
  11. Keith Emerson
  12. Bill Payne
  13. Steve Winwood
  14. Jon Lord
  15. Ray Charles
  16. Stevie Wonder

Great blog muffin man




Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: July 5, 2008 6:32 pm
 

Best Keyboardists In Music - Round 1 REVISED

Muffin,
No inconvenience for us.
I'm sorry for you that you had to redo it.
Thanks again for doing this.
Here are my votes:

(1) Rick Wakeman

(16) Richard Wright

(25) Greg Allman

(9) Jerry Lee Lewis

(28) Warren Zevon

(12) Tony Banks

(4) Ray Manzarek

(20) Billy Joel

(6) Herbie Hancock

(11) Billy Preston

(3) Keith Emerson

(14) Chick Corea

(10) Steve Winwood

(7) Jon Lord

(18) Roy Bittan

(2) Stevie Wonder




Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: July 5, 2008 10:55 am
 

Best Keyboardists In Music - Round 1 REVISED

Where is Geddy Lee? I could have swore I voted for him. Oh well

Wakeman

Wright

Allman

Lewis

Zevon

Banks

EVH

Russell

Hancock

Preston

Jones

Corea

Winwood

Lord

Charles

Wonder




Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: July 4, 2008 11:52 am
 

Best Keyboardists In Music - Round 1 REVISED

(1) Rick Wakeman vs. (32) Tori Amos

(16) Richard Wright vs. (17) Nicky Hopkins

(8) Al Kooper vs. (25) Greg Allman

(9) Jerry Lee Lewis vs. (24) Billy Powell

(5) Elton John vs. (28) Warren Zevon

(12) Tony Banks vs. (21) Diana Krall

(4) Ray Manzarek vs. (29) Eddie Van Halen

(13) Leon Russell vs. (20) Billy Joel

(6) Herbie Hancock vs. (27) Garth Hudson

(11) Billy Preston vs. (22) Johann Sebastian Bach

(3) Keith Emerson vs. (30) John Paul Jones

(14) Chick Corea vs. (19) Bill Payne

(10) Steve Winwood vs. (23) Dave Brubeck

(7) Jon Lord vs. (26) George Gershwin

(15) Ray Charles vs. (18) Roy Bittan

(2) Stevie Wonder vs. (31) John Evan




Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: July 3, 2008 8:07 pm
 

Best Keyboardists In Music - Round 1 REVISED

1) Rick Wakeman

(16) Richard Wright

(25) Greg Allman

(9) Jerry Lee Lewis

(5) Elton John

(12) Tony Banks

(29) Eddie Van Halen

(20) Billy Joel

(27) Garth Hudson

(11) Billy Preston

(30) John Paul Jones

(14) Chick Corea

(10) Steve Winwood

(26) George Gershwin

(15) Ray Charles

(2) Stevie Wonder




Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: July 3, 2008 3:48 pm
 

Best Keyboardists In Music - Round 1 REVISED

(1) Rick Wakeman   The master!!!   I first started listening to him on Elton John's earliest albums!!!

(17) Nicky Hopkins    I a huge Stones fan, but this is more than a homer pick. Hopkins is maybe the most demanded sessions player of the last 40 years.  His credits are a who's who of great moments in rock and roll. 

(8) Al Kooper     Much as I like the Almans,  Kooper's  presence on "Like A Rolling Stone" wins this if he never had another credit.

9) Jerry Lee Lewis    I have four Skynyrd albums and no Jerry Lee albums but this is still easy.  He's "THE KILLER!!!"

(5) Elton John    I first heard Rick Wakeman when he was playing backup to this guy!!!!

(21) Diana Krall   I keep reading about the love for the jazz players but everyone skips the girl when they vote!!!!  AMG said this: It also was the first jazz album to be nominated for Album of the Year in twenty-five years.  So how can you tout the jazz players and not her???

(4) Ray Manzarek   Eddie already got more love on the guitar boards  than he deserved.   Ray Manzarek  was as much responsible for the Doors as Jim Morrison.  He provided the bass via keyboard as well as the regular  keyboard parts.

(13) Leon Russell    Bad break for Billy, but Leon and I go back to grade school. I even have a guitar he autographed!!!

(27) Garth Hudson    Herbie deserves the vote, but Garth touches my heart every time I listen to "THE BAND."

(11) Billy Preston    Most of these rockers started out as classically trained pianist. While their is no denying who the better composer is, Preston is my favorite here.

(3) Keith Emerson   
Bad draw here. I never liked Emerson's excessiveness, but there is no denying his talent.

(14) Chick Corea  OK, Nitro. The Grammy argument wins my vote here.

10) Steve Winwood   I'm just not familiar enough with Bruback to vote against Winwood.

(7) Jon Lord     Deep Purple was my favorite Band from 1970-1975. How else would I vote?

(15) Ray Charles   I'm picking Ray until he runs into Leon Russell.

(2) Stevie Wonder    Stevie's musicianship is overshadowed by his own need to micromanage.  But he is still a great Keyboardist first and foremost.

Thanks for the great job you are doing Muff. You have to do a blog to realize how much work is involved, and your blog is excellent!!




Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: July 3, 2008 2:29 pm
 

Best Keyboardists In Music - Round 1 REVISED

Rick Wakeman

Al Kooper-  If Greg Allman would have been a better keyboard player, The Allman Brothers would have never needed Chuck Leavell

Jerry Lee Lewis

Elton John

Tony Banks- gave early Genesis that haunting quality

Ray Manzarek

 Billy Joel- Eventhough I prefer Leon Russell's music

Herbie Hancock -12 Grammy's hard to beat

Bach- based on  the sheer complexity of his music

Keith Emerson

Chick Corea- 14 Grammy's even harder to beat

Steve Winwood-with all due respect to Dave

George Gershwin- ah, Rhapsody in Blue

Ray Charles

Stevie Wonder




Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: July 3, 2008 2:36 am
 

Best Keyboardists In Music - Round 1 REVISED

(1) Rick Wakeman  I really like Tori Amos, but no way against Wakeman. The rock 'n roll homer strikes again.

(16) Richard Wright

(8) Al Kooper

(9) Jerry Lee Lewis

(5) Elton John

(12) Tony Banks  This was another rough one, I dig Diana Krall but no way against Tony Banks. Another rock 'n roll homer.

(4) Ray Manzarek

(20) Billy Joel  Ugh. Another rough one, but I've gotta go with Billy.

(6) Herbie Hancock

(11) Billy Preston

(3) Keith Emerson

(14) Chick Corea

(23) Dave Brubeck  This time, the homer bows to greatness.

(26) George Gershwin  Ditto.

(18) Roy Bittan  This was the killer. I agonized over this one, but I've gotta agree with Nitro. Jungleland tips the scales to Roy. Sorry, Ray.

(31) John Evan  Salve for the wound caused by the last choice. For my benefit.

I didn't think the new matchups would change my votes much. Shows you what I know.



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