I'm glad that this list is going to be revised, because it needs a major overhaul. As it stands, it's very unrepresentative of rock as a whole. Unless I missed something, there is nothing pre-1964 on the list, and the only black artist represented is Stevie Wonder, and none in the top 100. Since keyboards were more important to rock in the early days than at any time since, and black artists have been at least as inclined as white artists to use keyboards, it would seem that at least 1/3 of the list should either be pre-1964, by a black artist, or both, and maybe closer to half. I'm glad to see you're planning on adding a Jerry Lee Lewis track, but he should probably have more than one. Some other artists who are missing are Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Little Richard, Huey "Piano" Smith, Ray Charles, Booker T. Jones, and Aretha Franklin, to name just some of the more obvious ones.
I really want to add more black artists, but I couldn't think of any definitive tracks by these guys. What would you recommend? The only one that really sticks out to me is Tutti Frutti by Little Richard. Not sure about individual stuff from Longhair, Fats, Smith, Ray Charles, and Aretha.
For Booker T. and the MGs, what do you think? Green Onions? And why don't you think St. Alphonzo's is eligible if it's part of a studio album? Yes, I know it's part of an overall suite, but it makes no sense to leave out a good performance because it's part of a concept album.
The comment on St. Alphonso came from KeithMoon, not me.
For me, the main thing is that the list should be representative and balanced. Precisely which performances are the best choices for each artist and style is a more difficult question. I'll try to get back to you soon on that, and in the meantime, I recommend that you also look into the question of which pre-1964 and which R&B, soul, and funk recordings do best in the criteria. But I wouldn't let the difficulty in determining the best choices for these styles stand in the way of including something
from them, especially since those same questions arise for all styles.
Another thing at least worth considering is that the organ was frequently used on records by garage bands form the '60s, so there might be something there that could also be included.
The pianist on "Moondance" (#95) is Jeff Labes.