I bet if a young Robert Plant were to be transported from the mid-1970s to the present day and entered in one of these competitions, he'd be thrown out at the first round because his vocals were just so different.
There are several singers whose voice is like chalk on a blackboard to me. Principle amongst those is Robert Plant singing with Led Zeppelin. I just can't take it. It took me till 1992 to get to hear "Stairway to Heaven". I have several oldies stations on the presets in my car and every time they play Led Zeppelin (which is way to often) I switch channels. I often wander if I could put a negative request in- when someone requests Led Zeppelin, my request would cancel it out!
Following close is on my chalk-o-meter are Rush and AC/DC
He wouldn't be the guy referred to in The Beatles "St Pepper's LHCB" song, would he?
"So let me introduce to you The one and only Billy Shears And Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."
Did he ever get ribbed about that while he was still with us?
Re Led Zep....unlike my fellow Zimbabwean Antedeluvian I am a big Led Zep fan and would love to have seen this concert. (Aubrey - don't hold it against me :-) "Tangerine" is probably my favourite but it's probably the shortest song they ever did. Think it's off LZ III.
@David: He wouldn't be the guy referred to in The Beatles "St Pepper's LHCB" song, would he?
You got it in one -- but it was sort of a twisted tale. His real name was Mark Burkinshaw -- at high school we started to call him "Billy Burkinshaw" -- then thsi became "Billy Shears" after the character in the Beatles album, and eventually we dropped the "Billy" and he was known to everyone as "Shears" (apart from my dad, who used to call him scissors).
@David: Your Dad sounds like he had a good sense of humour :-)
He did -- it was a very dry sense of humor, but he was a really great guy. He wasn;t one for long jokes -- he used to love one-liners -- he used to collect them and write them down so he had a quip for every occasion.
I knew a guy who could come out with a topical joke at any time, he was incredible. Anything from one-liners to shaggy dog stories. And all in his head I think. He has also passed on, and I miss him.
One saying that I got from him, and use frequently, he'd come out with if you had had a tough day or job and were bemoaning it. He'd nod sagely and say "Yes, I know what you mean. Everything in your favour was against you!"
BTW I am looking forward to those brres. I didn't know you were a cheese afficionado.... :-)
Many of the artists of the 60's and 70's would never make it on American Idol or similar shows. Their lack of conformity to the mainstream would likely have kept them from getting past the auditions and in front of the camera, the celebrity judges, and audience. I not thinking just about rock and roll. Would Johnny Cash or B. B. King have been a winner?
Would Johnny Cash or B. B. King have been a winner?
Good question. The 70's was a smorgasborg of appearance and talent. And autotune did not exist. I prefer raw voice to autotune. And as kid, I didn't have a tv, so appearance didn't matter a bit. It was all the sound that was so good.
Speaking of Johnny Cash, I was surprised to learn that at his prison concert at San Quentin, prison inmate Merle Haggard was there. As they say, it's a small world and things can work in mysterious ways.
I think one of my favorite Robert Plant songs is Twenty-Nine Palms. If Robert Plant were twenty today, I wonder what kind of music he would be singing? If Steven Tyler were the American Idol judge, it is possible he might survive. If Mariah and Nicki were judging, who knows what would happen?