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Aug 6, 2020 - 7:42:09 AM
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5317 posts since 9/16/2004

Who are / were the great songwriters during your lifetime?

Love songs dominate the list.    When I think of songs that predict the future, I'm reminded of a certain Canadian

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xu8u9ZbCJgQ

Aug 6, 2020 - 8:31:31 AM
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1663 posts since 2/21/2011

I think I'd have to go with another Canadian... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pqttl9aWm0

Aug 6, 2020 - 8:37:31 AM
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chuckv97

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Another one by GL in a moment of pessimism
youtu.be/s-l6Bx3futM

Aug 6, 2020 - 8:43:14 AM

chuckv97

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Another one by a Canuck (we’ve got too much time to brood during long winters, methinks)
youtu.be/siIN-kxbY8c

Aug 6, 2020 - 8:52:03 AM
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Originally posted by chuckv97

Another one by a Canuck (we’ve got too much time to brood during long winters, methinks)
youtu.be/siIN-kxbY8c


I'll see your Canuck and raise you with this Canuck:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfZJ6sHeA6k

Aug 6, 2020 - 9:00:05 AM
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chuckv97

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Hah....out of the Saskatchewan plains came this gal
youtu.be/pyFcz0kPoGc

Aug 6, 2020 - 9:09:42 AM
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I'm suprised Bob Dylan hasn't been mentioned until now. Lot of good song writers but as far as singers go some can't carry a tune very well. Willie Nelson anyone? Great song writer but kinda sings on the back beat. Kris Kristopherson(sp)

Edited by - 5B-Ranch on 08/06/2020 09:10:16

Aug 6, 2020 - 9:25:53 AM
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chuckv97

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I was thinking more along Fred’s line of soothsayers/protest songs.
I wore this one out,,,powerful to this 15 year-old kid back in 1964.
youtu.be/T5al0HmR4to

Aug 6, 2020 - 9:29:11 AM
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430 posts since 10/9/2017

If we're just doing Canadians, i'd nominate this guy:

Bruce Cockburn

Aug 6, 2020 - 9:49:49 AM
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1663 posts since 2/21/2011

One of my favorite Canadian singer/song-writers, Stan Rogers, who died tragically at the age of 33.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6Nl3PaTimA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fhop5VuLDIQ

Edited by - Stu D Baker-Hawk on 08/06/2020 09:59:46

Aug 6, 2020 - 10:07:28 AM
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I guess it depends on what you call great...as far as writing #1 hits, there's McCartney and Lennon - then there's Max Martin, unfortunately. Jagger and Richards wrote a ton of great tunes (the Mick Taylor era was my favorite). Johnny Cash, Kristofferson, Hank 1,2 and 3. Shel Silverstein. There are lots of great songwriters. Lots of successful songwriters, and tons of crapmakers.

Aug 6, 2020 - 10:24:33 AM
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Songs listed in this thread brought back memories, both good and bad.  

Sor instance...

....while thinking of Canadian songwriters like Hank Snow,  the memory of an obscure songster from across the border in Buffalo came to mind. Paul Siebel wrote a song that can hurt you If you're not tightly wrapped  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAX3uuun_Ls

Aug 6, 2020 - 10:43:50 AM
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If we're just doing Canadians, i'd nominate this guy:

Bruce Cockburn


I'd agree. There's a lot of good Canadians.

I'm going to naminate a Brit. Perhaps our greatest folk rock singer songwriter and the driving force behind the two greatest folk rock albums (In my opinion) Rise Up Like The Sun by The Albion Bnad and Alright Jack by the Home Service.

Ragged Heroes

His solo albums are none to shabby either.

Hearts of Coal

I think Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull fame deserves a mention as well.

Aug 6, 2020 - 11:44:37 AM
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chuckv97

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My UK pick is this guy,,,
youtu.be/yKYRWzudQ14

Aug 6, 2020 - 2:03:52 PM
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Paul R

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I grew up in Montreal. Cohen's city, first saw Lightfoot at Expo 67. met Cockburn (and was at the "Circles" concert and his concert filming) and McLauchlan, at Massey Hall for the recorded Young concert in '71, Joni wouldn't play my guitar at the TFC, saw lots of others. Canada had a much smaller population back then - must have been something in the water ... or beer.

From Murray, my favourite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOxmM3t_pxI&feature=emb_logo

Live version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=34&v=8hUGjplj7Es&feature=emb_logo

This couple made their mark. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3m7ckGhnsc&feature=emb_logo

Here's my favourite song by our own Canadian Willie - two versions, live and first album. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=85&v=odUMSeuTE8o&feature=emb_logo 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKU1ysSZWok

Not to mention this guy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccaWR3CfYBQ&feature=emb_logo


Aug 6, 2020 - 6:09:44 PM

3506 posts since 7/8/2010

Wow. Such a flood of memories at the mention of a lot of these wonderful writers and singers.
My favorites have to be Dylan, Donavan and Norman Blake.

Aug 6, 2020 - 7:56:27 PM
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A Canadian from the fifties,

"from old Montana

down to Alabama"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGBEIUFkEMA 

Aug 6, 2020 - 8:57:21 PM
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chuckv97

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Snow was influenced big time by this guy .....
“Carter left home at the age of 15 after a falling out with his father, who was a Baptist minister.[1][2]

In 1923, after working as a lumberjack and singing with hobos in boxcars, Carter moved west to Calgary, Alberta, where he found work as a cowboy. He made extra money singing and playing his guitar at dances, performing for tourist parties, and traveling throughout the Canadian Rockies.“

https://youtu.be/8RKAq6gbAGo

Edited by - chuckv97 on 08/06/2020 20:58:06

Aug 6, 2020 - 9:33:21 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by chuckv97

Snow was influenced big time by this guy .....
“Carter left home at the age of 15 after a falling out with his father, who was a Baptist minister.[1][2]

In 1923, after working as a lumberjack and singing with hobos in boxcars, Carter moved west to Calgary, Alberta, where he found work as a cowboy. He made extra money singing and playing his guitar at dances, performing for tourist parties, and traveling throughout the Canadian Rockies.“

https://youtu.be/8RKAq6gbAGo


These depression era railroad songs are heart breaking... Carter's version of Hobo Blues is a perfect example. 

Here's another railroad ballad from those bad old days...  Woody Guthrie's, "East Texas Red"  performed by his son Arlo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NvL540VYq4 

Aug 6, 2020 - 9:47:39 PM
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765 posts since 11/27/2005

John Prine.

Aug 7, 2020 - 5:32:22 AM
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5703 posts since 9/5/2006

i guess my top 3 would be

GRAM PARSONS
GORDON LIGHTFOOT
LENNON & McCARTNEY

Edited by - 1935tb-11 on 08/07/2020 05:33:11

Aug 7, 2020 - 6:15:39 AM
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Back when I was heavily into New Wave, I always felt this guy stood out from the crowd. This particular song grabbed me by the guts and shook me when I heard it; it still does:
 

Graham Parker: You Can’t be too Strong

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