Barbed-1 wrote:"Mary" of Peter, Paul, and Mary died a day or two ago. The group was before my time, but they were real, they had talent, they thought beyond themselves, and they're still worth a listen.
Peter, Paul & Mary weren't before my time. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but they were a group manufactured to take advantage of the folk-pop boom of the early '60s. They were put together by mega-agent Albert Grossman (Dylan's agent) to cash in on ground broken by Canadian duo Ian & Sylvia. Noel Stookey had to change his name to Paul to make it fly. That's not to say they weren't an enjoyable, thoughtful group, and I liked them a lot back in the day (though IMHO they - especially Peter - took themselves a little too seriously, but that may have been marketing too).
I'm not normally a conspiracy theory guy, but count me in on the Kanye West-Taylor Swift thing being a set-up. Nothing that happens in front of a television camera is real.
And I don't see where Kanye West is so great either, but my parents' generation didn't see much in PP&M - or Dylan for that matter.
And one more thing, since this seems to have turned into an all-purpose counter-rant: point taken, Beasley, about LeAnn Rimes. Now she's had to resort to the old marital discord gig to jump-start her career again. It's too bad. I think she's a terrific singer in spite of the syrupy pop-country crossover stuff she does. Taylor Swift isn't even in the same ballpark. She's more the heir apparent to the Faith Hill-Carrie Underwood line of country divas.
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