How Music Influence Changed Over the Years

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    Music Influencers

    Musicians who have influenced others over the years.
  • Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley
    He was born in East Tupelo, Mississippi. He was an American singer, actor, and sergeant in the United States Army. Dubbed the “King of Rock and Roll”. He was inducted into 5 Halls of Fame: Rock ‘n’ Roll, Country, Gospel, Rockabilly, and R&B. The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll describes Presley as "an American music giant of the 20th century who single-handedly changed the course of music and culture in the mid-1950s".
  • Bob Dylan

    Bob Dylan
    He was born in Duluth, Minnesota, USA. He is a singer-songwriter, actor, author, poet, record producer, DJ, and film director. He subverted the notion that radio tunes have to be three minutes long. He proved that songs with overtly political themes can be commercially successful.
  • David Bowie

    David Bowie
    He was born in Brixton, London, England, UK. He was an actor, painter, singer-songwriter, record producer, and film producer. His decades-spanning career and frequent musical reinventions have deeply shaped today’s pop-music landscape. His ability to transcend music, film, and fashion led to an improved version of these sections.
  • Elton John

    Elton John
    He was born in Pinner, Harrow, London, England, UK. He is a singer-songwriter, lyricist, record producer, pianist, voice actor, film producer, actor, and television producer. He is one of the earliest hit-recording artists of the rock and roll era to make his piano the lead instrument in his records. Influenced the LGBTQ community because he came out in 1976 and said it was okay for people to be who they want to be.
  • Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson
    Born in Gary, Indiana, USA. He was a record producer, model, singer-songwriter, philanthropist, dancer, film producer, and film Director. He set and broke records, challenged racial boundaries, and revolutionized the music industry. Michael Jackson's music and groundbreaking creativity changed the very infrastructure of the way music is produced and promoted.
  • The Beatles

    The Beatles
    The band was created in 1960. They are singers and songwriters. They spearheaded the shift from American artists' global dominance of rock and roll to British acts and inspired many young people to pursue music careers.
  • Led Zeppelin

    Led Zeppelin
    The band was created in 1968. They are singers and songwriters. Led Zeppelin was among the first artists to stage massive stadium shows, pioneering the use of sophisticated light and sound systems.
  • Missy Elliott

    Missy Elliott
    She was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, USA. She is a rapper, actor, record producer, singer-songwriter, composer, dancer, and lyricist. She influenced female singers and rappers. She also inspired the gay community to be proud of who they are and don’t ever change.
  • Eminem

    He was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, USA. He is a rapper, actor, record producer, sing-songwriter, lyricist, author, and film producer. He popularized hip-hop in middle America and is critically acclaimed as one of the greatest rappers of all time. Eminem's global success and acclaimed works are widely regarded as having broken racial barriers for the acceptance of white rappers in popular music.
  • K.I.S.S.

    The band was created in 1973. They are singers and songwriters. KISS is perhaps responsible for inspiring more kids to start a band than any other group in history.
  • Amy Winehouse

    Amy Winehouse
    She was born in Southgate, London, England, UK. She was a singer-songwriter, composer, music arranger, and jazz musician. She paved the way for British artists to surge in popularity in the United States.
  • Nirvana

    The band was created in 1987. They are singers and songwriters. They created music that was impactful against important world issues.