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What musician stopped you in your tracks when you were a child?

Asked by TheProfoundPorcupine (2512 points ) January 18th, 2013

I happened to see Adam Ant on breakfast TV this morning and it reminded me how I loved his songs when I was a kid and I would stop playing and listen and watch if he appeared on television. I also did the same with The Police followed by different groups as I went through my school years.

So what musician, band, or group stopped you in your tracks when you were a child? Do you still listen to them? Would you go and see them if they were still performing?

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Shippy's avatar

I’d have to say Pink Floyd. They were so ahead of their time and I would certainly go and see them live today. (If they are alive?).

KNOWITALL's avatar

Donny & Marie, Captain and Tenille, and John Denver.

Um, no- lol

marinelife's avatar

The Beatles. They were fabulous. Later Led Zeppelin.

poisonedantidote's avatar

Garry Glitter, I was just walking through the park minding my own business.

ragingloli's avatar

There is none. I have never been raped by a musician.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Tubular Bells. Ok, it was a song, not a musician, but I thought it was sooo cool when I heard it.

tranquilsea's avatar

Bryan Adams and John Denver.

Shippy's avatar

@Dutchess_III Oh yes! Loved Tubular Bells

WestRiverrat's avatar

Jim Nabors, his singing voice after watching Gomer Pyle for years floored me the first time I heard it.

Pachy's avatar

The first one was Bill Haley (and the Comets), “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On.” I was like 12 or 13 and I can still remember how that song grabbed me. A bit later it was Elvis, whose early music I’ve recently revisited with great pleasure.

ucme's avatar

There were loads of bands I liked Madness-The Jam-Sex Pistols-Adam & the Ants, but I didn’t go out of my way to hear them play, playing out was way too much fun for that.
Only football on the tellybox would get me rushing back in…ahh, match of the day, jumpers for goalposts…marvellous!

bkcunningham's avatar

Linda Ronstadt was one of the first recorded voices that made me sit up and take notice.

Jeruba's avatar

You’ll think I’m nuts, but this is the truth. It wasn’t a musician, it was an instrument.

There had always been music around our house, classical on vinyl records, pop on the radio, and live at the piano my mother played. And plenty of church music as well. But one day my father brought home a recording of bagpipe music from the library. I’d never heard anything of the sort, not even close. I was about seven, and it literally stopped me in my tracks. I was enthralled. I felt it in my blood and bones.

Mt father said it must be his Granny MacNeill’s Scottish blood.

It wasn’t until more than 40 years later that I finally made my first visit to Scotland and satisfied a lifelong desire. It was festival time, and there were even pipers in full dress playing in the streets for coins. Still today, if there’s piping anywhere within hearing distance, I’m drawn to it like a magnet.

bookish1's avatar

My introduction to popular music and rock music in general was early Beatles. Boy band Beatles. “And I Love Her” is still a great song, in my opinion, although I’ve since discovered their post-Rubber Soul phase which is just beyond compare…

@Shippy : Some of them are still alive! I just saw Roger Waters interviewed on The Daily Show a few days ago!!!

blueiiznh's avatar

Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Janis, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Moody Blues, The Dead, The Velvet Underground, The Ramones, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, only to mention a few

bookish1's avatar

@blueiiznh : You got to hear Nirvana when you were a child? Lucky!!! I didn’t discover them until I was 13 or so.

Judi's avatar

This may sound crazy, kind of embarrassing, but I was in the other room and heard this beautiful sound coming from the tv. Johnny Carson was on and a new artist was singing. I thought it was the most beautiful voice I ever heard and thought she was destined for super stardom.
The song was “Torn Between Two Lovers” and the artist was Olivia Newton John.
I am still sad that she never really achieved what I thought at the time was huge potential.
I think I was either pre teen or a young teen at the time.

SABOTEUR's avatar

Roger Millers’s “King of the Road”.

Blondesjon's avatar

The Beatles, Floyd, and Zeppelin for sure. I was an eighties child that didn’t appreciate the current music trends of my time. I think the first song that really caught my attention at a very young age was Maxwell’s Silver Hammer by the Beatles. I remember hearing it when I was six or seven and thinking this sounds like a children’s song but I don’t get the lyrics.

i didn’t embrace the cure, public enemy, or metallica until my late ‘20s

Dutchess_III's avatar

That was a good song!
“King of the Road,” like @SABOTEUR said!!
And ”Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” by Mel Carter. That was WAY before my time, but what a song! It gives me goose bumps! Especially the line “But they never stood in the dark with you, Love, when you take me in your arms and drive me slowly out of my mind!” (First time I heard it, well aware it was from my parent’s era, I thought….“How would they know anything about that kind of stuff!) In fact, it came on the radio once when my kids were teens, and they started singing it. I said, “How do you know this song?”
My daughter said, “EVERYBODY knows this song!”
Some songs will never die. They’re too good or sung too well.

Rarebear's avatar

Earl Scruggs.

I now am a Scruggs-style banjo player.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Post please Berry Berry. Dr. Astronomer Banjo Playin’ Beer Making Bear Who Can’t Do Math For Shit!

Rarebear's avatar

I have no talent. Just volume.

bkcunningham's avatar

@Rarebear, brother Scruggs was proud of my fellow Virginians and friends Ben Eldridge his student Sammy Shelor. Please, enjoy.

SadieMartinPaul's avatar

The Beatles, my friend, and their music still stops me in my tracks.

DigitalBlue's avatar

As a kid, not a teen? The Beach Boys.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

As a kid, Dick Dale and his surf guitar.

cookieman's avatar

When I was about seven, my father sat me down, turned on the turntable, placed some jumbo headphones on my noggin and played these three albums for me:

Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers

Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and Eric Clapton: Live, Together

In one sitting.

Blew. My. Mind.

AshLeigh's avatar

Eve 6. They still get me. :)

YARNLADY's avatar

I thought the question said music, not musician.

SABOTEUR's avatar

@Dutchess_III I had a completely different answer…then I remembered the transistor radio I had when I was 7 or 8 years old.

680AM…WCAO…“Tiger Ra-di-o!”

…waiting for the DJ to play my song. Must have sung that song to myself a billion times.

nofurbelowsbatgirl's avatar

Ozzy , Aerosmith , U2 , Judas Priest , Lee Arron , Iron Maiden , Duran Duran , Toto , Thomas Dolby , Rush , Donald Duck my was my very first favorite and my very first record

I could keep going but I’ll stop, music was my life as a kid. Thanks for asking this great question :)

@Jeruba My husband did not play the pipes but he played awesome drums he even went to the worlds and won, one of these drummers is him , I agree with you I feel it in my blood also.

Earthgirl's avatar

Me and my siblings loved Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass! This album cover was the greatest!

Dutchess_III's avatar

,^^^^^What she said! Oh…The Baby Elephant Walk!

Dutchess_III's avatar

The opening drums in Hawaii 5O!

Arewethereyet's avatar

The Seekers I loved them but I think it was my father’s influence , also we didn’t have many classics records but my folks had Ravel’s Bolero!! Ha I wonder why ?

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