Musical Legacies

How do you know when you’ve “made it” as an artist?  For some musicians, it would be enough to score a headlining slot at a local venue.  Others have their eyes fixed on a hit single or two.  For others, success means worldwide adoration and acclaim.  This seems to be about as far as most artists dare to dream, but for a select group of musicians, their art has permanently affixed their names to entire movements or genres.  Here are a few of the most recognized members of the Musical Family Tree/Royal Lineage.  There are certainly more out there—tell us who you’d include!

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The Godfather of Punk:  Iggy Pop

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The Queen of Punk:  Patti Smith

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The “Modfather”:  Paul Weller

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The King of Rock ‘n’Roll:  Elvis Presley

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The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll:  Wanda Jackson

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Godfather of Soul:  James Brown

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Father of Soul: Ray Charles

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The Queen of Soul:  Aretha Franklin

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The Queen of Pop:  Madonna

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The King of Pop: Michael Jackson

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Queen of Folk:  Joan Baez

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