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David Bowie  Oh! You Pretty Things   buy on itunes
The Jimi Hendrix Experience  Crosstown Traffic   buy on itunes
Led Zeppelin  Black Dog   buy on itunes
The Beach Boys  God Only Knows   buy on itunes
Elvis Presley  (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care   buy on itunes
The Who  A Quick One, While He's Away   buy on itunes
The Kinks  Sunny Afternoon   buy on itunes
Cream  Sunshine of Your Love   buy on itunes
Deep Purple  Highway Star   buy on itunes
Alice Cooper  School's Out   buy on itunes
T. Rex  Bang a Gong (Get It On)   buy on itunes
Mott the Hoople  All the Young Dudes   buy on itunes
Slade  Cum On Feel the Noize   buy on itunes
Free  All Right Now   buy on itunes
Little Richard  Tutti Frutti   buy on itunes
Rick Nelson  Hello Mary Lou   buy on itunes
The Spencer Davis Group  Gimme Some Lovin'   buy on itunes
Marvin Gaye  How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) [Single Version - Mono]   buy on itunes
Peggy Lee  Big Spender   buy on itunes
The Temperance Seven  Home In Pasadena   buy on itunes


When hunting down the artists that made Queen Queen, rest assured we searched far and we searched wide. If there's a guitar god lurking inside Queen — that would be Brian May — then let us introduce you to his spirit guide, Jimi Hendrix, who drops a fuzz-bomb of speaker-shredding intensity over the falsetto vocal backup in "Crosstown Traffic." Like Queen, David Bowie's glam roots frequently poke up through his polished surface, and in "Oh! You Pretty Things" he coyly vamps across the line between camp and cabaret, with a bit of music hall honky-tonk tossed in for good measure. And if ever a group defined the concept of pre-"Bohemian Rhapsody" vocal sophistication, it's The Beach Boys, who bring a level of absolute gorgeousness to "God Only Knows" that's still the platinum standard to which artists aspire. With musical mentors ranging from Led Zeppelin to Peggy Lee, Queen left no corner of the musical universe unexplored as they prepared to ascend their throne.
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