With Richard home for the weekend and Russell home for the summer, we’ve had a few discussions about the best American band of the rock ‘n’ roll era. A few boundaries for the discussion — it has to be a band in which members (except for the singer) play musical instruments. So singing groups like the Temptations, the Supremes, and the Four Seasons, and individual singers or performers are out. And, it has to be a band, not a duo. So, acts like Simon and Garfunkel are out, too. And, it has to be purely American in its membership, so the groups of the British invasion and other performers who came to America from elsewhere, like Neil Young, can’t be considered.
In the next few days I’ll write about some of the bands that I think should be ranked toward the top, and maybe the boys, who disagreed vehemently with my initial observations in that regard, may add a word or two about their selections. We’d be happy to take suggestions from our vast readership, too.
Edited to add: Time to Vote for your choice for Best American Band!