Jonathan Richman, singer, guitarist
Singer ~ Guitarist
Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers

Jonathan Richman

May 15, 1951, Boston, MA

Jonathan Richman was one of rock's most eccentric and unpredictable cult figures, a performer whose eternally childlike public persona and seeming naiveté - typified by songs like Ice Cream Man, Hey There Little Insect and I'm a Little Aeroplane - tended to obscure the dexterity and craft of his music, which skirted from garage rock to country to Latin stylings and back. […] Richman began playing guitar at the age of 15, and within a year was making his first public appearances. In 1969 he relocated to New York, the home of the Velvet Underground (his central musical influence), and spent his first two weeks in the city sleeping on the Velvets' manager's couch. ~ Allmusic: Jonathan Richman ~ retrieved March 26, 2014 © Allmusic

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Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers

It has been said that the Velvet Underground was the Ground Zero for Alternative music. There are levels of truths to that and the disciples they spawned via vinyl were incalculable. Jonathan Richman was a man who was greatly influenced by the Velvets, so much so, it could be argued that he literally picked up where they left off. Jonathan Richman has been called eccentric, cerebral, innocent and even the Godfather of Punk (yes another who has that title), but most of all he was always called talented.~ Not In Hall Of Fame: Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers ~ retrieved March 26, 2014 © Not In Hall Of Fame

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