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posted by: Alley Gator
09/26/11 3:40 pm
Pantheon of producers, songwriters, and others with greatest influence on Rock & Soul music
Tier -- Name(s) -- Role -- Notes
-- -- --
01 -- Holland-Dozier-Holland -- songwriter and producer team -- Eddie, Lamont, Brian (espec. Motown 1963-1966)
01 -- Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller -- songwriter and producer team -- independent contractors and sometimes label owners
01 -- Phil Spector -- producer and co-songwriter -- Philles Records, co-owned with Lester Still; others later
01 -- Ahmet Ertegun -- founded Atlantic Records -- wrote songs, produced records, deal maker extraordinaire
01 -- Leonard Chess -- founded Chess Records -- one of the giants of the 1950s record business
01 -- Sam Phillips -- founded Sun Records -- produced earliest rock & roll records; at the birth
01 -- Berry Gordy, Jr. -- founded Motown Records -- also co-wrote 13 Timeline singles
-- -- --
02 -- Norman Whitfield & Barrett Strong -- songwriter and producer team -- primarily the Temptations, but also "Grapevine"
02 -- Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff -- songwriter and producer team -- "Philadelphia Sound" – danceable, conscious soul music
02 -- Willie Dixon -- songwriter and producer -- Chess records, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, others
02 -- Jerry Wexler -- producer, company executive -- Atlantic Records, Ertegun partner, key to Aretha's career
02 -- John Hammond -- producer, talent scout -- "found" Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Bob Dylan, Bruce S. et al.
02 -- Alan Lomax -- folklorist, archivist, activist -- pre-eminent source of access to and analysis of folk music
-- -- --
03 -- Allen Toussaint -- songwriter and producer -- New Orleans music, primarily 1960s and 1970s
03 -- Smokey Robinson -- writer -- producer, Motown VP -- apart from Miracles: MWells,Temps,MGaye,etc 1960-66
03 -- George Martin -- arranger and producer for Beatles -- expanded musical horizons and assisted in achievements
03 -- Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil -- songwriting team -- You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' & On Broadway, 9 Timeline
03 -- Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich -- songwriting team -- Da Doo Ron Ron & Be My Baby, 9 Timeline
03 -- Carole King & Gerry Goffin -- songwriting team -- Will You Love Me Tomorrow & Up on the Roof, 8 Timeline
03 -- Doc Pomus & Mort Shuman -- songwriting team -- Save the Last Dance for Me, 8 Timeline
03 -- Otis Blackwell -- songwriter -- Don't Be Cruel, Great Balls of Fire, Fever, 8 Timeline
03 -- Alan Freed -- disk jockey and promoter -- appropriated the term "rock and roll" to market R&B music
03 -- Bill Graham -- concert impressario -- key concert promoter before rock became mass market
03 -- Leo Fender -- guitar design and sales -- unique role of Fender guitars in rock history

-- to be decided -- more recent candidates -- e.g., Dr. Dre, Rick Rubin, Timbaland, T-Bone Burnett

Does it work to add more recent nonperformers without some structure for time periods? Who else would you add and how would you handle the time period question?
barbara ann 1945 says:
04/21/12 2:48 am
Dick Clark seems to me to be a good addition to the Pantheon of Nonperformers. When I heard that he died a couple of days ago I immediately pictured myself flopped on my parent's double bed, after school, watching Bandstand. I did this every time I got home from school in time to watch it....which would've been about 3:45PM, EST. I was 13 and 14 in 1958 and ' 7th and 8th grades. The only TV we had was in my parent's bedroom. I loved Bandstand and wanted to know such daily participants as Justine Corelli, Bob Clayton and Pat Moliterri--regulars on the like me, just a little older and lucky enough to live in Philadelphia. Dick Clark was there, keeping it all going. I got lucky in the Spring and Summer of 1959, when a new friend of mine was the stepdaughter of a big exec at Beech-Nut. Her stepdad took us to 3 or 4 of the Saturday night Beech-Nut Shows in NY....hosted by Dick Clark. Being in those audiences was incomparably thrilling as I literally lived for Rock 'n Roll. So, as the conduit of deeply cherished memories, I have a huge soft spot for Dick Clark. I know that he was not the white bread guy he appeared to be. But he occupies a very personal spot in my early teenage musical heart. And, hey, for kickers, he was born in the same town my mother was born in: Mt. Versnon, NY. She used to tell me proudly that they both graduated from AB Davis High School, albeit she was a few years ahead of him. So RIP, brought me lots of smiles.