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  • Who in your opinion was a musical prodigy?

    I'm posting this in the Rock, Pop and Soul section as that is my primary musical area of interest.

    Of all the music and musicians you've heard, who are the artists you would consider a prodigy or something close to it. No one would deny that Stevie Wonder certainly fits that description.

    I addition to Stevie I would add Aretha Franklin, Steve Winwood and Michael Jackson. Surely there are others and I almost want say Frank Marino who at 16 could play Hendrix like Hendrix. Ok, that's a bit of stretch, but I think you get the point. Is there a case to be made for Kate Bush?

    Usually prodigies are defined as children under age 12, but lets open it up a little bit.
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    Bob Weir should be on that list. One could also make an argument for George Harrison.
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      • #4
        Jonny Lang started playing the guitar at age 12.
        Jimi Hendrix started at age 15.
        Stevie Ray Vaughan started at age 7.
        Madonna hit the scene when she was 19.
        Rickie Lee Jones started playing clubs when she was 21.
        Celine Dion hit the world stage when she was 14.
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        • #5
          Fiona Apple. She began work on Tidal when she was 16. Still maybe the finest album of her career. Fiona Apple has not been widely available on Vinyl (except Extraordinary Machine) but Tidal is being release exclusively by Vinyl Me Please. Master cut to 45 RPM.
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          • Joe Pittman
            Joe Pittman commented
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            I was pissed when she lost Grammy's Best New Artist to Jewel...

        • #6
          Dylan
          Christian
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          • Boltman92124
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            Bob Weir! Lol. I think he was 16 when they started the Warlocks. Although prodigy might be taking it too far there.

          • rockitman
            rockitman commented
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            He doesn't cut if from a radio charts perspective back in the day. Dylan on the other hand....

        • #7
          Janis Ian (Society's Child at age 14). Brenda Lee (singing professionally before the age of 10), Judy Garland (performing with her sisters at age 2 1/2 - starred in Wizard of Oz at age 17 - after her many movies with Mickey Rooney).

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          • MylesBAstor
            MylesBAstor commented
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            Yeah I was thinking Janis Ian too.

        • #8
          Bruno Mars, Lenny Kravitz

          Too bad where these ladies ended up as far as musical direction goes but if we're just talking chops then Carey, Aguilera, Grande

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          • #9
            Neil Young & Van Morrison. Both have remained viable for decades
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            • #10
              Elvis
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              • #11
                Time brings perspective to greatness. Are there any rock, pop or soul prodigies with the talent of prodigies in other genres?

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                • #12
                  Here is a real child prodigy:
                   
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                  • #13
                    That girl I cannot spell her name from Americans got talent she songs opera.
                    You guys to me did nail all the ones I was thinking of.
                    Hiw old was robin trower ?
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                    • Steve Lefkowicz
                      Steve Lefkowicz commented
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                      Jackie Evancho? Pretty amazing voice.

                  • #14
                    Yes that's her. She is a very talented girl. Gifted
                    thanks
                    analog stuff.
                    otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 made new by soren
                    otari mtr 10 2 track 1/4 1/2 combo made new by soren
                    sota sapphire used eminent tech ver 2 arm
                    new sota nova table has magnetic levitation platter and full speed control and latest motor same arm as above
                    thorens td124 sme ver 2 arm
                    thorens td125 sme ver 2 arm
                    kenwood direct drive sme ver 2 arm
                    phono preamp Ml no 25 all re capped
                    speakers cust infinity IRS V , new caps and LPS , magnets etc.
                    mark levivson pre no 26 amps no 33
                    digital three cust servers , win ser 2016 , AO
                    Dacs lampi various

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                    • #15
                      Rachel Flowers - and she's blind.

                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsjiEKVzkBA

                      Many youtube videos of her ELP and other prog rock interpretations, from memory. She put out an album last year which is much more jazz. Very good stuff in that one.

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                      • Steve Lefkowicz
                        Steve Lefkowicz commented
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                        She got to play at the Kieth Emerson Memorial concert. Amazing talent.
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