The Best American Band

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!

2 thoughts on “The Best American Band

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  2. Wow – What a tough question !

    My favorite American bands in college were the Doors, Eagles, Journey and Aerosmith so I could make a case for any of these. I think what makes a band great or the best is the whole package not just their music so I would have to say the Doors win because of their music and Jim Morrison !

    If you were to include the English bands my favorites were the Stones, Beatles, Queen and Led Zeppelin. Once again if you look at the whole package then I would say Queen because the best singer all time in a R & R band in my opinion was Freddie Mercury. He could flat out sing !

    I can’t wait to see your list and please include why R & R (Richard and Russell) so vehemently disagreed with them.


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