Singer Songwriters who should be household names....

by hillary_step 178 Replies latest social entertainment

  • Burger Time
    Burger Time

    Jimmy Cliff is awesome, of course every time someone says his name The Harder The Come is the only song that comes to mind.

  • Sparkplug

    Amicus~ Yes he is timeless. It is a delight to hear and watch him. I just watched the film and was a bit amazed at how racy it was for its time. Funny, the things they are and were avoiding still exist and well not such has changed.

  • avishai
    Jimmy Cliff is awesome, of course every time someone says his name The Harder The Come is the only song that comes to mind.

    Well, since he and Willie nelson have both been mentioned on here.. Willie's Cover of the harder they come...

  • fifi40

    Amicus.................oh i was trying to remember Paul Brady's last name............thank you.............he is so cool

  • VoidEater

    Colin Hay

    Still working, still evolving, still easily identifiable (especially after fronting Men At Work). Love 'im:

    How about Dan Hill? Not my favorite tune of his, but I bet it's recognized (Sometimes When We Touch):

    The "Hold On" album (long out of print) is quite a presentation of the singer/songwriter style.

    I'd mention Gordon Lightfoot, but he's pretty well known (if not necessarily in vogue...)

  • Burger Time
    Burger Time

    John Darnielle from the Mountain Goats is pretty awesome.

    I've really gotten in to Your Heart Breaks

  • Burger Time
    Burger Time

    Oh and how could I forget Kimy Dawson, though she got popular because of Juno she has been around for years!

  • Sparkplug

    Avishai~ With a kiddo...Surely you know this one:

  • hillary_step


    Yeah, Tim Buckley. I tuned his guitars for his London concert way back when, badly as it turned out, at least for the twelve string. Have you heard his 'Star Sailor"? Surely his finest hour, but a commercial failure (always a good sign of creative brilliance when it comes to popular music).

    Another band who did actually have some very brief commercial success was LOVE. They are probably the most copied band in the history of modern music and yet you seldom hear them mentioned, unless the rhythm guitarists are drunk. Here is one of their love songs from 'Forever Changes':

    LOVE 'Softly To Me'.


  • Open mind
    Open mind

    Robyn Hitchcock made it onto the David Letterman show once. Does that make him a "household name"?

    He's something of an acquired taste, but I like him.

    Good thread HS.


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