This week’s survey will require some critical thinking. Who is the most underrated member of a big band?
Let me give you a couple of examples.
- Mick Jagger and Keith Richards get all the glory in the Rolling Stones, but if it wasn’t for Charlie Watts holding down a rock-steady beat, the whole band would fly apart. (You can also make an argument that Ron Wood’s rhythm guitar playing keeps Keith on the straight-and-narrow.)
- Speaking of rhythm guitarists, the late Malcolm Young allowed his brother Angus to be the big guitar hero in AC/DC.
- And when it comes to The Verve, the attention inevitably went to singer Richard Ashcroft and guitarist Nick McCabe. But if you listen carefully, you’ll realize that without the inventiveness of drummer Pete Salisbury, the band would be much more ordinary. Listen to this to see what I mean.
I could go on, but you get the idea. Let’s shine some light on the musicians who deserve more credit for their band contributions than they get. Leave your comments below.