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0-9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Picture     The roots of folk rock can be detected in a few pre-1965 recordings by the Seachers and Jackie DeShannon (who helped introduce the ringing, circular 12-string guitar riffs yhat become one of the music’s major trademarks), as well as the Beau Brummels, the Animals superb bluesy inerpretation of traditional folk standard „The House of the Rising Sun”, and Beatles’ own “I’m a Looser”. It took, the Byrds however, to really kick the movement into gear with their electric version of Dylan’sMr. Tambourine Man”, which topped the charts in mid-1965.[1]

    The “rock” in folk rock was always more prominent than the “folk”; all of the above acts had a highly commercial sense of melody, grafting, guitar patterns and somewhat more personal, topical lyrical concerns from folk music into their own superb pop/rock creations. Performers approaching the hybrid from the folk side were less frequent and less commercially successful, but singer/songwriters like Fred, Neil, Phil Ochs, Gordon Lightfoot, Ian & Sylvia, Richard & Mimi Farina, and others proved willing and able to electrify their sound with positive commercial and artistic results.[1]

 While folk rock’s commercial heyday was in1965 and 1966, in truth it has been a strong presence in rock ever since, fading only a marketing term for a sound that was initially perceived by the industry as a fad, not a permanent addition to the rock & roll lexicon. In 1967, L.A. bands Buffalo Springfield and Love would release classic recordings that drew upon folk rock as their core, adding elements of eclecticism and psychedelia.  In late ‘60s, British groups like Fairport Convention and Pentangle achieved perhaps the purest folk rock blend, with nearly equal balances, between the electric and the acoustic, and between modern compositions and traditional numbers.[1]

- Richie Unterberger

1. "All Music Guide to Rock. The Definitive guide to Rock, Pop, and soul". Edited by Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, Stephen Thomas. 3rd Edition. Publisher: Backbeat Books, ISBN 0-87930-653-X. p. 1334

Folk Rock bands starting with 'H': 7 bands in database

Ashley Hutchings (United Kingdom)Chris Hillman (United States)
Habibiyya (United Kingdom)Happy End (Japan)
Hard Times (United States)High Society (United Kingdom)
Hill, Barbata & Ethridge (United States)

Folk Rock artists starting with 'H': 73 artists in database

Alan HarrisAlberto Harms
Andy HellabyAshley Hutchings
Bernie HollandBill Hallmark
Bob HarmelinkBob Harvey
Bob HughesCelia Humphris
Charlie HarrisonCharlie Hickox
Chico HuffChris Hermann
Chris HillmanChris Holzhaus
Chris HuntDelisle Harper
Dick  HawkesDon Harrison
Doug HastingsEddie Hoh
Emmylou HarrisGerald Hartwig
Greg HarrisHal Tennant
HansHans Hartmann
Haruomi HosonoHeather Horsley
Heinz HabermannHoracio "El Negro" Hernandez
Ian HolderIan Hoyle
Ian HunterJózef Hajdasz
Jannie HøeghJeffrey Hammond
Joel Scott HillJohn Harrison
John HolbrookJuan Hernández
Judy HauffKarl Himmel
Keith HaleKeith Hinchcliffe
Kim HaworthLarry Hill
Leeja HerreraMick Hennessy
Mick HincksMickey Hart
Mitchell HolmanNed Hollis
Paul HansenPaul Harris
Peter HendersonPeter Herbolzheimer
Peter Hope-EvansPeter van Hooke
Richard HarveyRobert Hunter
Rod HarperRodney Holmes
Sérgio HindsScott Hammond
Sherman HayeSue Harris
Ted HepworthTim Hill
Tom HobsonTony Hall
Tony Hall

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