Jake AshfordBlue 1Mrs. MooneyhanInfluence of music Throughout history there have been many different genres of music and artists that have shaped music into what it is today. Each genre including, The Blues, Early Rock & Roll, Folk Rock, Hard Rock/Heavy Metal, Glam Rock, Prog Rock, Funk, Disco, Punk, New Wave, Grunge, and Hip Hop/Rap all have their own effects and changes that they have made to music.
From the outfits to the performances they are all different in their own great way. Along with the outfits and performances some of the most influential artists have come from these genres that have changed the way we listen to music today. Starting with the Blues age artist Muddy Waters was born on April 4th, 1913 in Rollingfork, Mississippi. His mother died shortly after his birth which left him to be raised by his grandmother Della Grant. The name “muddy” comes from his grandmother because she could always find him playing in the muddy waters of a nearby creek. At the age of 17 he finally began to make a name for himself playing the guitar and harmonica together performing in little shows here and there when he could but mostly performing in the church singing in the choir.
In August of 1941 a man named Alan Lomax came to his hometown after getting word of his talent and recorded him for the first time. From then on Waters went to Chicago in hopes of becoming a full time professional artist. In his time there he recorded his most famous songs called, “Hoochie Coochie man” and “I just wanna make love to you” which incorporated his own deep blues swing to his music which will be carried on throughout music for many many years. Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in Missouri. He began his career singing in the town he grew up in and after high school signed and recorded his first song for the Sun Studios.
Sam Phillips carried him at this time and helped him record his first hit song “Heartbreak Hotel”. In 1956 he began his career as an actor as well. He was now being seen on the radio, television, and big screen. He then was drafted into the military but when he came back he picked right back up where he started. He is now known as the “King of Rock n’ Roll” and is still one of the most famous Rock n’ Roll singers of all time. Bob Dylan was born on May 24, 1941 in Minnesota. He began performing and playing his own type of Folk music at a very young age and carried this talent all the way through college. Bob signed for the first time in 1961 and was immediately known for his influential voice that became very popular in the American public.
Now Bob Dylan is known for having the absolute best songwriting of all time with some very powerful performances. Some of his most famous songs being “Knocking on Heavens Door” and “Blowing in the Wind”. Today he is still performing and taking tours all over the world and has received many Grammys, Academy, and Golden Globe awards. He influenced the future of songwriting more than anyone in history by helping the Beatles have more meaningful lyrics which really improved their fame because before he told them their lyrics were meaningless. The band Queen was formed during the Rock and Roll era and came together in Great Britain in 1970. With bands like Queen music really began to change along with the performances becoming much more entertaining for the audience and much larger in numbers than before. They rocked the sports world with their anthems “We are the Champions” and “We will Rock You” which are still used everyday for sporting events.
Their real musical geniusness came from their 1975 album A Night at the Opera which contained “God Save the Queen’ and their 6-minute masterpiece “Bohemian Rhapsody” which was at the top of the charts for 9 weeks which broke the record for longest time at the top. The band Queen really changed the way music was listened to because they turned all the sound barriers up and made it louder and louder every performance. Next there is the era of Glam Rock which had the band White Lion involved and quite well known.
White Lion was a Danish/American band formed in New York City in 1983. Being mainly in the late 80’s and early 90’s releasing their debut album, “Fight to Survive” in 1985. The band’s main success came from their No. 8 hit “Wait” and their No. 3 hit “When the Children Cry” topped the charts giving them all the fame they could imagine.
In 1992 the band disbanded after 4 platinum selling albums and would remain as such until Mike Tramp reformed White Lion with all new musicians in 1999 and again following a failed attempt to reform the original line up and several legal issues in 2004. The new White Lion released a live album in 2005 and a brand new studio album Return of the Pride in 2008. Progressive Rock or Prog Rock is next in the list with the famous band Genesis. Genesis was an English band formed at Charterhouse School, Godalming, Surrey in 1967 but did not start performing professionally until 1975. The band Genesis was arguably the most commercially successful and longest lasting lineup of all time.
Starting with playing Folk Rock there were many different musical changes from Hard Rock to a slight move of pop closer to the end of the decade. They incorporated just about every type of musical genre there was in their music to make it as appealing to the public as possible. With huge hits like, “Fotrox” and “Selling England by the Pound” they were instant hits in England and Great Britain. In 1979 they moved to the US and started touring here sharing their big musical intelligence with the US and leaving a grand impact. Funk Rock evolved the age of rock even more when it came into full swing. The band Fishbone is a American made band formed in 1979 and is known as one of the most electric and distinctive bands of the late 80’s.
Without going into the main light of the attention of audiences they made a strong name of themselves with a smaller but strong fan base. Having their own attitude on the scene of performing and backstage was their own way of being special and how people knew them. Their song “Sunless Saturday” was their first main hit and brought them to perform on MTV which would be the jumpstart to their career as a young band. Jayne County whose original name was Wayne Rogers, was born in 1947 in Georgia.
She is known as the first openly transgender singer and performer. She was a singer, songwriter, and actress for the past five decades. She is often known for her unpredictable and crazy stage performances. Jayne County has influenced the artist David Bowie, The Ramones, Patti Smith, Pete Burns, and Lou Reed. One of her most well known songs is “You Man Enough to be a Women”.The band The Cure was a new wave band originating in Crawley, West Sussex in 1981.
They sparked their entrance into the records with their debut album “Killing a Arab” which topped the charts and showed everyone who they were. This debut album started the “new wave” movement in the UK. Their beginning music was very dark and scary which started them thinking they would become a gothic rock type band but eventually changed into the band that they ended being.
The band’s future was uncertain at one point in their career because of some criticism from critics saying their music was too gloomy and dark for the big audience so they changed and came out with the hits “Lovesong”, “Just Like Heaven”, and “Friday I am in Love”. The band received massive commercial popularity which threw them right back into the mainstream music charts. Run DMC is one of the most influential and well known hip hop/rap group of all time. Coming into the spotlight in 1981 when the band was formed they were the first band of this genre to have a gold and platinum album, along with being the first to be nominated for the Grammy award. Being named the greatest hip hop/rap group of all time they showed the importance of the DJ and MC relationship along with the different ways of using records to be replayed and skipped all around creating their own new beats. Being active until 2002 they dropped many of famous songs all while changing the face of music into their own.
Based on the way music is going up to this point I think there is a very interesting future for music. Each new age of music has some remanence of the past many genres that show up in the way it is created. I feel that Rap and Hip/Hop will rule the musical world for many more years to come mostly because the age of it has just started and really gotten into full swing. After this age is over though I feel that with all of the fantastic technology we will have some sort of techno music will come into the spotlight, taking over for the many years that it will rule. No matter what comes into the mainstream media one thing is for sure and it is that whatever it is it will always have traces of influence from the past musical genres.