It came to my attention recently that there are a lot of musicians throughout history that have been given not nearly enough credit. People have forgotten a lot of great musicians, or ridicule them, without realizing what they've done for music and without recognizing the talent they have or had. So I've decided to put up an article about who I think are the most underrated musicians of all time - musicians that truly are talented and deserve recognition. So turn up your music, relax, and start Google-ing! Capish?
01) Steve Clark is, in my opinion, one of the best guitarists of all time. He certainly was one of the most creative. Just listen to the album "Hysteria" by Def Leppard and tell me he wasn't. Not only did he play brilliantly, he was different and creative. Along with Phil Collen, they managed to intertwine a "twin guitar" sound into hard rock, and they own it to this day. Unfortunately, Steve Clark's life was cut short in 1991 when he died at just 30 years of age due to alcohol excess and prescription drugs. If you do not know who Steve Clark is, I strongly suggest you go to Youtube right now.
Key Tracks: "Switch 625", "Photograph", "Hysteria", "Die Hard The Hunter".
02) Chuck Berry must be one of the main reasons we got rock music in the first place. A key Blues and Rock 'N' Roll figure in the 50's, Chuck Berry revolutionized music along with Elvis, BB King and Muddy Waters. Yes, Chuck is mentioned quite a bit in Music History books and encyclopedias, but not nearly enough. Key musical figures throughout history including Slash, Keith Richards, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin (just to name a few), have pointed their fingers to Chuck Berry as being a major influence in their music. So what are you waiting for? Go check him out!
Key Tracks: "Maybellene", "Johnny B. Goode"
03) Janis Joplin is not mentioned nearly enough as she should be. Yes, she's a household name. But recently I was talking to a guy who was 23 years of age and when I mentioned who influential Janis Jolpin was to me, his reply was "Oh yeah, I've heard of her. Wasn't she an athlete or something?" I was horrified. This guy had prided himself on being a muso and he didn't know who Janis was? She was only The reason that women started singing true rock and blues music. A true musician and a true pioneer.
Key Tracks: "Piece Of My Heart", "Me And Bobby McGee".
04) Rick Allen is the one-armed drummer for Def Leppard. Yes, you just read that right. There's a reason they call him the Thunder God. And you know what? There are no words to describe him. So go and take a look or listen somewhere on the Internet.
Key Tracks: "Rocket", "Undefeated".
05) Taylor Swift. I'm sure you've heard of her, and you're probably thinking "what is this girl on? Everyone's heard of Taylor Swift, she's not underrated." But she is. She is mainly underrated when it comes to being a songwriter, singer and guitarist. She makes up her own chords and comes up with some of the most catchy melodies of all time. She is an amazing songwriter. And her falsetto's are out of this world live. So why is she constantly ridiculed by haters, or underrated by society? If you don't think she's a major player in the music industry then you are an idiot. There, I said it. Now go and seriously listen to her music without any judgments and tell me she's not great. Go on, I dare you.
Key Tracks: "Better Than Revenge", "You're Not Sorry", "Innocent".
So that's all I had time for today, But if you enjoyed this and want to hear more, feel free to let me know by rating, commenting or message me. I'd love to hear from you, and I hope you liked it.