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List updatePosted Monday, July 6, 2009, at 8:48 AM
Last week, I put together my "all-time" list of the greatest performers in the entertainment industry.
The Beatles topped my list, with Michael Jackson coming in second and Elvis Presley coming in third. I have always referred to them as the "Holy Trinity" of music.
I had researched the all-timer performers on the Internet shortly after the death of Michael Jackson and came across a list called, "The Immortals," which had been published by Rolling Stone in 2004.
In going through such a difficult "list," I also asked readers to participate. I asked if they could think of anyone I may have forgotten or left out.
A total of five people responded to the possible challenge.
One reader commented I left out The Pogues, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Kiss and Genesis.
Touche. I would agree. On three of those.
Kiss, for example, ushered in an entire new brand of entertainment for people. Before they graced the stages of the country, "shock rock" consisted of Alice Cooper and a few others.
Kiss, however, made "shock rock" safe for everyone. Those entrepreneurs brought the level of shock down enough for children could check it out.
Remember, "Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park," the made-for-television movie starring the four?
I actually have that movie on DVD. Crazy but true.
Peter Gabriel and Genesis probably should have been considered as well. Gabriel, however, was a one-time member of Genesis and I tried to leave off performers from other bands on my list. For example, John Lennon and Paul McCartney were also omitted from my list. But The Beatles were at the top.
Still, Genesis -- with Phil Collins as vocalist -- should have been considered and Gabriel as a solo artist. His videos were groundbreaking.
Another reader suggested B.B. King and I couldn't agree more. I probably should have found room for the guitar legend on my list.
One reader suggested Wilson Pickett as well. Again, I probably should have found room for him as well. "Mustang Sally" is arguably one of the most covered songs of all time.
Another reader suggested I should have limited the list to specific genres of music.
Thank you for the suggestions and I welcome anymore that might have been left off. I'm sure there were plenty more that I may have overlooked or simply forgotten.