We are continuing our theme of unsung musical heroes. They're people who have been, or are, fantastically gifted and talented musicians. However, for whatever reasons fame or proper recognition has eluded them. These exact things eluded them either in their own lifetimes, or altogether.
First up is John Paul Jones. And no, if you are thinking it, I am not speaing frankly about the Pope. John Paul Jones was the bass player, keyboard, and all-around instrumentalist for the 1960s and 1970s super group Led Zeppelin. Jones had the good fortune, and in ways, the misfortune of being in Led Zeppelin. He was overshadowed by flamboyant front man Robert Plant, iconic rock guitarist Jimmy Page, and wild man and legendary drummer John Bonham. Jimi Hendrix Slots
Jones had a submit writing a few of the bands best songs. He wrote the memorable guitar riff for Black Dog. By the way it has a chromatic run in it. In the event that you hear chromatic riffs in Led Zeppelin songs, it absolutely was Jones and not Page who created them. Jones also had a submit writing Kashmir (which many, including me, consider to be their finest song), No Quarter, and All of My Love, just to mention a few. Beyond Zeppelin, Jones continued to be very active writing and producing. In the event that you shredded his resume you might probably throw a ticker tape parade in New York City.
Okay, next up is Phil Keaggy. I would bet dollars to doughnuts that Phil Keaggy is the greatest guitarist you have never heard of. Part of the Keaggy myth is that Jimi Hendrix said Keaggy was one of the greatest guitarists he had ever heard. (That myth was debunked. Hendrix never said it. However, Hendrix did complement the playing of Billy Gibbons of later Z.Z. Top fame.) Part of the issue with Keaggy is he hasn't had a Top 40 hit, and he has mainly been associated with the Christian or Gospel genre for nearly all of his career. He is in the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
Other guitar players have recognized Keaggy's brilliant playing. At times, he has been voted one of many premiere finger picker or electric guitar players in the world. He is also a great electric guitarist. Keaggy includes a mastery of the instrument and numerous playing techniques. His playing is very fluid and smooth. He has been doing over 50 albums, so he has a lot of material to pick from. If you wish to have a look at Keaggy, I will suggest listening to Beyond Nature. Beyond Nature is an audio album.
The next slot goes to bass player Michael Manring. I bet you have never been aware of Manring either. Manring has played on over 100 albums. He has released some solo material, but was also a facility player for Windham Hill records, among other things. He is my own favorite bass player. When Manring is in the groove, it's pure bliss. Element of his trademark sound is finger slides on a fretless bass and a vibrato that is angelic. Jimi Hendrix Slot
He can also rip it up with tapping and other pyro-techniques (like playing three basses at exactly the same time). But my favorite is simply listening to him play and making his bass sing just like a David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) solo. I have a couple of his solo albums (Unusual Weather, Drastic Measures) that I have practically worn out. They've one of those rare musical traits. As opposed to getting tired and bored from listening in their mind over and once more, they still sound better every I time I hear them.
Well, I believe there are numerous other unsung musical heroes out there. You may well be among them. You understand when buying art they say you must only buy that which you personally like. Don't buy art for any reason. Well exactly the same advice can be utilized with music. If you like listening playing and/or listening to music, just do it because you like it. Fame and fortune can come, or it could not. Just remember that fame and fortune cannot really compare to the priceless gift we've in music anyway, manages to do it?