Geeky Music Geek Lists (For Geeky Music Geeks)

Listening to a lot of Uriah Heep lately has reminded me just how much I liked Ken Hensley’s Hammond Organ work, and that got me to thinking about other keyboardists I like a lot, and that got me to thinking about other instrumentalists that I like, and that got me to making lists, because that’s what geeky music geeks do when they start thinking about things, which is generally a bad idea for everybody involved.

But it happens, and since I made these lists, I now feel obligated to share them. Each name in each list is appended with the name of the band(s) with which that the player is most closely and clearly associated. I’m generally thinking about rock music when I’m thinking about these sorts of things, so I’m knowingly not including some titans on their instruments if they didn’t primarily within that idiom/genre.

And to cut off the person who generally comments (under a different name each time) whenever I post a music-related list . . . yes, I know, this is only my own opinion, and these lists don’t include some of your favorite jazz, classical, blues, Colombian cumbia, Bollywood film score, Tuvan throat singer, Bulgarian women’s choir, or Inuit ritual music. I’m sorry I’m not as deep as you are. Your mother must be so very proud!!

My five favorite keyboardists:
1. John Evan (Jethro Tull)
2. Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep)
3. Richard Wright (Pink Floyd)
4. Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake and Palmer)
5. Allen Ravenstine (Pere Ubu)

My five favorite drummers:
1. Keith Moon (The Who)
2. Charles Hayward (This Heat/The Camberwell Now)
3. Chris Cutler (Henry Cow/Art Bears/Pere Ubu)
4. Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake and Palmer)
5. Bill Bruford (Yes/King Crimson)

My five favorite bassists:
1. John Entwistle (The Who)
2. Paul McCartney (Beatles/Wings)
3. Chris Squire (Yes)
4. Tony Levin (King Crimson)
5. Glenn Cornick (Jethro Tull)

My five favorite guitarists:
1. Robert Fripp (King Crimson)
2. Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers)
3. David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
4. Steve Howe (Yes)
5. Adrian Belew (King Crimson)

My five favorite singers (male):
1. Nick Cave (Birthday Party/Bad Seeds)
2. David Bowie (solo)
3. Freddie Mercury (Queen)
4. Daryl Hall (Hall and Oates)
5. Peter Gabriel (Genesis/solo)

My five favorite singers (female):
1. Joni Mitchel (solo)
2. Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship)
3. Bjork (solo)
4. Dagmar Krause (Henry Cow/Slapp Happy/Art Bears)
5. Flatula Lee Roth (Tragic Mulatto)

Who would you include in these lists if you felt geeky enough to make your own?

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