Masters Of Rock & Roll The Kingsmen: Term Paper

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THE KINGSMEN: Composed of Jack Ely on guitar and vocals, Mike Mitchell on guitar, Dan Gallucci on piano, Bob Norby on bass and Lynn Earton on drums, the Kingsmen are best known for their hit "Louie, Louie" and essentially began the form now known as the "garage band" sound in 1963. Also, the Kingsmen were one of the earliest bands from the Northwest, being Portland, Oregon, where many bands in the years to come would call home. One of their local rivals was Paul Revere and the Raiders who established the Northwest R& B. sound so popular in the mid to late 1960's.

PAUL REVERE AND THE RAIDERS: Like the Kingsmen, Paul Revere and the Raiders came out of the Northwest. Singer Mark Lindsay, along with drummer Mike Smith, created a new sound based on traditional classical music interwoven with boogie-woogie which resulted in their number one hit "Like Long Hair" in 1961. Paul Revere and the Raiders was also one of the first bands to wear elaborate costumes on stage, in this case dressed up in 18th century-style clothing, reminiscent of George Washington.

THE MONKEES: Made up of Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones and Mike Nesmith, the Monkees became one of the first bands to have their own television show in the mid-1960's. The Monkees were originally created to provide some competition with the Beatles and through the songwriting talents of professional musicians Nesmith and Tork, the Monkees went on to great success and became a true band despite the fact that on their TV show, they were not allowed to play their own instruments.

IRON BUTTERFLY: Headed by frontman/keyboardist/vocalist Doug Ingle in the mid-1960's, Iron Butterfly, one of the premier psychedelic bands, is best known for their hit "In A Gadda Da Vida" which featured blistering guitar solos, a Hammond B. organ and a drum solo almost three minutes long. This song brought Iron Butterfly to national recognition and virtually began the so-called psychedelic era, most closely associated with LSD and the hippie movement in San Francisco.

BOB DYLAN: As one of the first solo guitarists, Bob Dylan epitomized...


However, Dylan is best recognized as a songwriter instead of a musician and has come under much criticism for his singing style. Dylan also influenced a whole generation of singer/songwriters, such as Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton.

THE BYRDS: Headed by guitarist Roger McGuinn, the Byrds came out of California in the mid-1960's and is best known for their hit songs "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Turn, Turn, Turn." McGuinn was also one of the first guitarist to play very intricate musical compositions on the guitar. Along with the Doors, the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane, the Byrds brought the psychedelic era into the mainstream and influenced the musical styles of many bands in the late 1960's and early to mid-1970's.

JIMI HENDRIX: Best known for his band "Jimi Hendrix and the Experience," made up of Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding, Hendrix created his own style of guitar playing which out-shined all of his contemporaries. He brought new dimensions to the guitar through the use of Marshall amplification, the Fender Stratocaster guitar and the use of various pedals and effects. Hendrix was also one of the first guitarist to play left-handed with the guitar at times strung upside down. His contributions to the psychedelic era are unquestionable, due to his musical/songwriting style that incorporated many political/social issues so prominent during the mid to late 1960's.

THE DOORS: Headed by singer Jim Morrison, along with Ray Manzarek, John Densmore and Robbie Kreiger, the Doors are best known for their hit "Light My Fire" which was performed on the Ed Sullivan Show under much…

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ERIC CLAPTON: Best known for his involvement in the band Cream (Clapton on guitar, Jack Bruce on Bass and Ginger Baker on drums), Clapton was perhaps the first guitarist to successfully combine a free-from musical concept with mass appeal. He was also one of the first rock musicians to gain a large following based on his instrumental abilities and creative musicianship. Along with Jimi Hendrix, Clapton remains one the best examples of consistency as a lead guitarist in the rock field.

LED ZEPPELIN: In the mid-1960's, guitarist Jimmy Page joined the Yardbirds which soon led to the creation of Led Zeppelin, made up of Page, Robert Plant on vocals, John Paul Jones on bass and John Bonham on drums. As a band, Led Zeppelin exerted a profound and very recognizable influence on rock bands and guitar players both nationally and internationally. Page's carefully calculated guitar frenzy, engineered through the use of distortion, surrounded Plant's expressive vocals to create a tension and excitement rarely matched by Zeppelin's numerous emulators in the 1970's and beyond.

PINK FLOYD: Composed of original singer Syd Barret and later replaced by David Gilmour on guitar (along with original members Roger Waters on bass, Rick Wright on keyboards and Nick Mason on drums), Pink Floyd incorporated many new musical sounds based on the use of electronic effects and the synthesizer. Musically, the band created brand-new ways to express themselves on their various instruments and launched a very complex musical idiom based on experimentation and innovation. Their biggest hit album "Dark Side of the Moon," remained on the charts for more than twenty years and influenced a whole generation of experimental electronic composers.

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