They say that your favorite music will almost always be the music of your youth. Honestly, I'm not big on nostalgia. Leaving sentimentality out of the equation, however, I can't get past the genius of Hank Williams, Elvis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley or the Beatles.
Of course I could quickly add a thousand names to that list. How do you write about genius and not mention Ray Charles?
Intellectuals don't go on about Beethoven or Jimmie Rodgers or Toscanini because they played the junior prom. Sometimes the music just overshadows the music business. Some of us are lucky.