The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 966: Piano Heroes

By | November 25, 2022

Rock’n’roll is constructed on the electrical guitar. Effectively… principally. And not likely at first. In reality, the electrical guitar as we all know it has little to do with the start of rock.

Earlier rock developed from rhythm and blues combos that emerged within the aftermath of World Battle II. Within the early Nineteen Fifties among the electrical guitars featured, however the horn and rhythm got here from saxophones and pianos that have been slowly hammered into matches.

The piano introduced in bits of jazz, boogie-woogie, barrel and juke-joint power. Just about the one actual guitar hero of these early days was Chuck Berry. As an alternative, the early pioneers have been piano heroes: Little Richard, Jerry lee Louis, Ray Charles, Huey “Piano” Smith and some others.

However when the guitars obtained louder, began to sound dirtier, and began moaning with extra energy, the piano was rapidly overtaken and the piano heroes started to fade. Not totally, nonetheless. Elton John, Billy Joel and Carole King had large careers based mostly on piano songs. The Beatles, notably Paul McCartney, additionally served the trigger. Freddie Mercury wrote lots of Queen’s biggest piano songs.

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There are others: Leon Russell, Mike Garson (who performed with Bowie for years), Chuck Liddell (a Rolling Stones favourite), Dr. John, Billy Preston, Stevie Marvel, Ray Manzarek of The Doorways, Rick Wakeman from Sure, and all kinds of synth gamers.

However what’s lacking from this listing? All of the piano heroes of the choice rock world. Does such a creature even exist? In reality, sure. They is perhaps slightly laborious to identify, however they’re there. We’ll have a look.

Songs heard on this present:

  • Kate Bush, Wuthering Heights
  • Tori Amos, Crucify
  • Fiona Apple, felony
  • Ben Folds 5, the ballad of Who May Care Much less
  • Coldplay, Clocks
  • Keane, someplace solely we belong
  • New radicals, you get what you give
  • 9 inch nails, one thing I may by no means have

Here’s a playlist of Eric Wilhite. The story continues new music will be heard on the next stations:

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