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Old 05-12-2015, 09:39 AM   #71 (permalink)
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The Beatles, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, etc., as others have already mentioned. I skimmed the first few pages of the thread and didn't see Frank Zappa's name anywhere, which surprised me. Brians Eno and Wilson come to mind as well.
Yeah, the Eno Twins were really great!

Look, you know I'm all gonna say it, so I'm gonna say it.
Waits has used everything from German carnival music to jazz and from electronica to folk and gospel to barber shop, almost inventing some new genres along the way. He's made his own instruments and made things work together that have no right to, so if he isn't an innovator I don't know who is.

Surprised you haven't mentioned the Captain, Frownland, and yes of course Zappa, but I'd also like to mention JMJ, who pioneered the use of synthesisers in the seventies and almost single-handedly invented ambient electronic music. That's obviously an overstatement, but he was certainly instrumental (hah) in making such music popular...
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Old 05-12-2015, 10:18 AM   #72 (permalink)
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I think somebody mentioned Zappa somewhere along the way. I'd say that Beefheart is the most innovative as far as rock music goes, but I'm sticking with my original answer of John Cage as the overall most innovative.
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Old 05-12-2015, 10:22 AM   #73 (permalink)
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Zappa, Beatles, Beach Boys, Cage, Bowie, Les Paul, Waits, and Hendrix are all way up there.
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Old 05-12-2015, 04:44 PM   #74 (permalink)
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^she changed music for ever
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