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Old 04-03-2009, 12:00 PM   #51 (permalink)
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For what he did to the genre they were put into, I think Issac Brock from Modest Mouse has been extremely influential to music, songwriting and so much more.
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Old 04-03-2009, 12:01 PM   #52 (permalink)
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mmm... Modest Mouse? I really must be ancient.
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Old 04-03-2009, 12:07 PM   #53 (permalink)
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For what he did to the genre they were put into, I think Issac Brock from Modest Mouse has been extremely influential to music, songwriting and so much more.
He's certainly a talented guy but do you really think he fits the OP's criteria of "the most influential person in music...EVER"?
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Old 04-03-2009, 12:25 PM   #54 (permalink)
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Maybe I'm just an old fart but I have a hunch that nobody in the last 10-20 (maybe 30) years has had enough time to really make a dent when considering THE MOST influential person EVER.
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Old 04-03-2009, 12:26 PM   #55 (permalink)
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Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Lennon/McCartney, Elvis and Miles Davis.
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Old 04-03-2009, 12:59 PM   #56 (permalink)
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As far as the individual that had the most influence in shaping the history of modern music I would say Louis Armstrong for sure.
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Old 04-03-2009, 01:12 PM   #57 (permalink)
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Jelly Roll Morton had just as big an impact, if not bigger, on the development of modern music as Armstrong. not suggesting he wasn't influential himself but it really was Jelly Roll that got the ball rolling.
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Old 04-03-2009, 01:22 PM   #58 (permalink)
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Jelly Roll Morton had just as big an impact, if not bigger, on the development of modern music as Armstrong. not suggesting he wasn't influential himself but it really was Jelly Roll that got the ball rolling.
If you're going to put Jelly Roll up there, how about Scott Joplin? He was an extremely influential figure in the shaping of 20th century music and, at least from the sound of his music, a direct influence on Jelly Roll.
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Old 04-03-2009, 01:24 PM   #59 (permalink)
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It go with Paul McCartney, cause the way I see it, The Beatles are the most influential group/artist ever, and he was on of the main songwriters to most of their songs, he also sang lead to a lot of them, and unlike Lennon who was always trying to find an excuse to break the band, he was the one who kept them together for the last few years.
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the first human that discovered by using their voice or hands they can produce music, and then put on a performance to entertain others, would probably be the most influential. Too bad we'll never know who that person is... what a crazy thought.

I read the earliest recording ever produced of a person singing was on April 9, 1860 on a device called the phonautograph invented by Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville... he would be pretty influential for music production in general.
^^^I pretty much agree that the most influential person or group preceded anyone that we even know. But, in terms of more contemporary influence, say last half of 20th century, and Western influence since this forum has a Western bias, I believe:
Velvet Underground had most early influence on rock.
Beatles had most early influence on pop.
Bessie Smith, Robert Johnson, and Muddy Waters had most early influence on blues; Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong had most influence on jazz vocalists; and Robert Johson had most early influence on blues rock.
Thelonius Monk and John Coltrane had most early influence on instrumental jazz and Miles Davis had most influence on later jazz and jazz fusion.
Kraftwerk had most early influence on techno/house.
Janis Joplin had most early influence on all female rock artists (probably later female pop, too).
Youssou N'Dour had most early influence on world music and introducing non-Western sound to Western music.
Hank Williams had most influence on country.
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