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The Top 3 American Contributions To Music

Tue Feb 03, 2004 8:59 am

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.





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RE: The Top 3 American Contributions To Music

Tue Feb 03, 2004 9:12 am

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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RE: The Top 3 American Contributions To Music

Tue Feb 03, 2004 3:15 pm

a. The Allman brothers
b. Moby
c. Motown




















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RE: The Top 3 American Contributions To Music

Tue Feb 03, 2004 3:19 pm

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

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RE: The Top 3 American Contributions To Music

Tue Feb 03, 2004 3:33 pm

Jazz

Bob Dylan

Napster
 
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RE: The Top 3 American Contributions To Music

Tue Feb 03, 2004 3:36 pm

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

so:
Punk Rock
Maynard James Keenan
Electric Guitar

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RE: The Top 3 American Contributions To Music

Tue Feb 03, 2004 3:39 pm

Jimi Hendrix
The Blues
Stu Phillips.
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RE: The Top 3 American Contributions To Music

Tue Feb 03, 2004 4:06 pm

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).
 
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RE: The Top 3 American Contributions To Music

Tue Feb 03, 2004 4:30 pm

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.
 
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RE: The Top 3 American Contributions To Music

Tue Feb 03, 2004 6:40 pm

The Electric guitar!
 
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RE: The Top 3 American Contributions To Music

Tue Feb 03, 2004 8:27 pm

Rock and Roll is not American. Sorry Csavel.
 
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RE: The Top 3 American Contributions To Music

Tue Feb 03, 2004 9:13 pm

  • Francis Albert Sinatra


  • Robert Johnson


  • James Marshall Hendrix
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    RE: The Top 3 American Contributions To Music

    Tue Feb 03, 2004 11:28 pm

    Elvis
    The Doors
    Hendrix
     
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    RE: The Top 3 American Contributions To Music

    Tue Feb 03, 2004 11:59 pm

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

    Wed Feb 04, 2004 12:01 am

    Jazz, Jimi Hendrix, and CD's
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    RE: The Top 3 American Contributions To Music

    Wed Feb 04, 2004 12:18 am

    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.
     
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    RE: The Top 3 American Contributions To Music

    Wed Feb 04, 2004 12:50 am


    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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    RE: The Top 3 American Contributions To Music

    Wed Feb 04, 2004 4:17 am

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

    Definitely ELVIS.

    Finally, Robert Johnson.
     
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    RE: The Top 3 American Contributions To Music

    Wed Feb 04, 2004 9:16 am

    No one touches the Man in Black, Johnny Cash!
     
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    RE: The Top 3 American Contributions To Music

    Wed Feb 04, 2004 10:04 am

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

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    RE: The Top 3 American Contributions To Music

    Wed Feb 04, 2004 11:32 am

    The LA rock scene in the 80's.
     
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    RE: The Top 3 American Contributions To Music

    Wed Feb 04, 2004 11:56 am

    Really bad cover songs

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    RE: The Top 3 American Contributions To Music

    Wed Feb 04, 2004 4:57 pm

    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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    RE: The Top 3 American Contributions To Music

    Wed Feb 04, 2004 5:38 pm

    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.
     
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    RE: The Top 3 American Contributions To Music

    Thu Feb 05, 2004 9:15 am

    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.

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