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posted by: Alley Gator
09/26/11 3:40 pm
PANTHEON OF NONPERFORMERS
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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?