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The Top 3 American Contributions To Music  
User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8508 posts, RR: 12
Posted (10 years 11 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2642 times:

In no particular order, these are three uniquely American developments pretty much from the last century.

1). Collegiate marching bands
2). Black gospel choirs
3). Jazz

Obviously, these three owe a lot to what has gone on before, as I'll explain.

Marching bands:
As far as I know, the modern university marching band is only seen in the United States. Largely because we're the only ones who play American football, perhaps. They do stem from military bands that long precede the modern marching band, especially from places like the UK. The bands really add to the atmosphere of the football game, and some are worth going to see just for the bands themselves (examples: Ohio State's The Best Damn Band In The Land [TBDBITL], Texas A&M's Fighting Aggie Band, and Florida State's band). Seeing 200 to 400 people on the field doing all coordinated playing together ... it's pretty cool. Even though lots of people use the half to go pee or get a hot dog. And there are few things like hearing Amazing Grace performed by a band.




Majorettes too

Black gospel choirs:
If you've never been to a black church you may not understand what I mean and I probably can't explain it that well, but the atmosphere sometimes can get really charged up. It comes from Africa and historically from the spirituals that slaves used to sing (field hollars are now call and response music), but when they get going you're going to WORSHIP, Christian or non-Christian. It's also kind of a Southern thing, especially revivals. Not limited to the US, of course.

Jazz:
Obviously a genre of music, not a specific kind of group. Jazz is far too complex for me to be able to explain well, but I can say that I learned more about music by being in jazz band for four years in high school than I ever did in regular band.





But don't get me started on how sad it is that 50 cent is as popular as he is.

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User currently offlineCsavel From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1377 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2628 times:

The blues

Jazz

Rock n' Roll

2 1/2 out of the three were black contributions (Rock n' roll fused blues with bluegrass, country and celtic music, hence half black, half white) and were attempts to reconcile African musical heritage to European notions and traditions of music.



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User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7444 posts, RR: 62
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2602 times:
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a. The Allman brothers
b. Moby
c. Motown




















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User currently offlineBigphilnyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2599 times:

You forgot about those rednecks that play the "two spoons" on their laps.

Layin down a phat beat for the 0-4, WOOT!



Phil Derner Jr.
User currently offlineRockyRacoon From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 984 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2594 times:

Jazz

Bob Dylan

Napster


User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2594 times:

Contrary to popular belief, punk started right here in the good 'ole USA.

so:
Punk Rock
Maynard James Keenan
Electric Guitar

DLKAPA


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29841 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2592 times:

Jimi Hendrix
The Blues
Stu Phillips.



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User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8508 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2587 times:

mmmm Napster's not a bad choice...

I wasn't really thinking of genres though, I was thinking more of unique things that are still sort of uniquely American (with the exception of jazz/blues, of course).


User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2582 times:

One kind of music that comes to mind is Tejano. It has its roots in Texas. It's Mexican/Spanish music but the style originated in South Texas. I'm a big fan of Selena and just found this out recently.

User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 34
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2575 times:

The Electric guitar!

User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2568 times:

Rock and Roll is not American. Sorry Csavel.

User currently offlineSantosdumont From Brazil, joined Dec 2003, 1201 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2562 times:

  • Francis Albert Sinatra


  • Robert Johnson


  • James Marshall Hendrix



  • "Pursuit Of Truth No Matter Where It Lies" -- Metallica
    User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
    Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2554 times:

    Elvis
    The Doors
    Hendrix


    User currently offlineWannabe From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 677 posts, RR: 3
    Reply 13, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2548 times:

    1. The Broadway Musical (Oaklahoma, Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof, King and I, Camelot, etc.)
    2. The Gershwin Brothers
    3. FM Stereo Radio


    User currently offlineAa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 56
    Reply 14, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2549 times:

    Jazz, Jimi Hendrix, and CD's


    Go big or go home
    User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8048 posts, RR: 5
    Reply 15, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2545 times:

    There are actually three major forms of music that came out of the USA: blues, jazz and rock & roll.

    Blues music started in the 1860's in the southeastern USA. It provided the basis of jazz, which started in the same area in the 1880's to 1890's. Rock & roll started more or less in the Memphis, Tennessee area in the early 1950's, evolving out of certain types of blues music.


    User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
    Reply 16, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2542 times:


    1. The car radio. (Thank you Bill Lear.)

    2. Fillmore (West)

    3. The halftime show. (There has to be something bad to show how good the rest of music is.




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    User currently offlineProSimTec From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 17, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2523 times:

    I think if you mention the marching band, then John Phillip Sousa needs to be added to the list.

    Definitely ELVIS.

    Finally, Robert Johnson.


    User currently offlineBGR1962 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 95 posts, RR: 0
    Reply 18, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2506 times:

    No one touches the Man in Black, Johnny Cash!

    User currently offlineDLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 19, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2497 times:

    I invite KROC to prove that Rock and Roll is not american.

    DLKAPA


    User currently offlineDash8King From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 2743 posts, RR: 10
    Reply 20, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2489 times:

    The LA rock scene in the 80's.

    User currently offlineDelta717 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 457 posts, RR: 1
    Reply 21, posted (10 years 11 months 1 day ago) and read 2484 times:

    Really bad cover songs

    Simon Cowell's Mouth


    User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 40078 posts, RR: 74
    Reply 22, posted (10 years 11 months 19 hours ago) and read 2469 times:

    MD-90:
    But don't get me started on how sad it is that 50 cent is as popular as he is.

    Lord have mercy, the end of the world is cumin' because I agree with MD-90 for once.  Wow!

    I hate all the new garbage on the radio and TV. I've given up on Western music. The only new stuff I listen to is from the Middle-East, Latin America and Carribean.



    Another 'Lear' creation was the 8track tape!
    The 8 track tape is an important note in music history. It was the first portable audio format originaly designed to play in cars and private jets. It was also the first format that could be played from start to finish without having to flip over or re-thread.
    The Compact Disc, DAT, DCC and Mini-Disc are spiritual successors to the 8track tape.




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    User currently offlineRussophile From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
    Reply 23, posted (10 years 11 months 18 hours ago) and read 2463 times:

    Actually, jazz is not an American contribution at all. Jazz is to to America, what pizza is to Italy, or tea is to England.

    Jazz was a Jewish 'invention', and the origins of it are Russian -- i.e. Russian Jews. This style of music was later exported to America, where Americans claimed it as their own -- much like Italians do to pizza and English do to tea. Jazz is not an offshot of blues, contrary to misinformation out there.

    Also, the compact disc was 'invented' by both Sony and Phillips, which are Japanese and Dutch, respectively. Not American. The idea for it was Dutch in origin.


    User currently offlineTexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4287 posts, RR: 52
    Reply 24, posted (10 years 11 months 3 hours ago) and read 2437 times:

    BGR1962:
    Definitely agree with Cash, but would include the whole genre of country/bluegrass music (excluding today's pop country crap). People like The Hag, Willie and Waylon, The Possum, Hank Williams, Patsy and Loretta, Buck Owens, Gene Autry, Dave Dudley, and more would definitely belong in that group. And Tejano and the blues would be the other two I'd put in there.

    Texan



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