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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 bands starting with 'S': 12 bands in database

Bill Schwartz Quartet (Canada)Cat Stevens (United Kingdom)
Les Sauterelles (Switzerland)Rod Stewart (United Kingdom)
Santana (United States)Santana Blues Band (United States)
Silly Sisters (United Kingdom)Siloah (Germany)
Stackridge (United Kingdom)Stackridge Lemon (United Kingdom)
Stealers Wheel (United Kingdom)Stephen Stills (United States)

Folk artists starting with 'S': 93 artists in database

Andrea "Bunky" SkinnerAndrew Steele
Andrew Szuch Jr.Andy Sneddon
Aurero De SouzaBerry Sarluis
Bill SuttonBobby Simms
Boz ScaggsCalvin "Fuzzy" Samuel
Carlos SantanaCharles Stepney
Chris SmithChris Solberg
Clive ShepherdComrie Smith
Curtis SalgadoDanny Stradling
Darby SlickDave Sheen
Dave SmithDavid Sancious
David StolzDon Stevenson
Doni SharbonoErb Swanigan
Frank "Poncho" SampedroFrank St. Peter
Günther SohrGlenn Schwartz
Grace SlickHeinrich Stricker
Jürg StockerJózef Skrzek
Jack SundrudJeff Steele
Jerry SlickJim Sutherland
Jo ShawJohn Seiter
John ShepherdJohn Steel
Jomac SuazoJon Seagroatt
Jon StocklinKevin Savigar
Kostas SkokosLucas Sideras
Luiz Paulo SimasMarek Surzyn
Martin SnellMichael Shrieve
Mike "Mutter" SlaterMike Scott
Mike ShippMike Snow
Mike StoffnerNeal Schon
Nick SouthPatricio Salazar
Patsy SeddonPattie Santos
Pete SearsPeter Steffen
Powell St. JohnRalph Shuckett
Redd SullivanRic Sanders
Richard ScottRichard Stubbings
Rick SeratteRick Sharpe
Robb StrandlundRobin Spreafico
Rod StewartRod Stradling
Roger SuttonRoger Swallow
Ronald StallingsShalimar Samuelson
Shayna StewartShigeru Suzuki
Skip SpenceStephen Stills
Steve SaundersSteve Schuster
Steve SimpsonTim Smith
Timothy B. SchmitTrey Sabatelli
Tufty SwiftVal Stoecklein
Vic Smith

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