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RockBoar.com 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 'C': 11 bands in database

Castaways (United States)Children (United States)
Comus (United Kingdom)Cowboy (United States)
Crazy Horse (United States)Creedence Clearwater Revival (United States)
Crosby, Stills & Nash (United States)Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (United States)
Crowfoot (United States)Shirley & Dolly Collins (United Kingdom)
Shirley Collins (United Kingdom)

Folk Rock artists starting with 'C': 99 artists in database

Alan CaveAlan Coulter
Andrew CronshawBarry Clarke
Barry CoopeBeto Corréa
Bill CaddickBob Cardwell
Bob ColeBobby Cochran
Brian CalvertBrian Cresswell
Bruce CockburnBud Cockrell
Carlos CoralesCat Stevens
Chas ChandlerChris Carrodus Coombs
Clayborne Butler CottonClem Clempson
Colin CampbellColin DeLuca
Colin WalkerCraig Chaquico
Darrell CottonDave Chambers
David CostaDavid Crosby
Denise CoralesDennis Chambers
Dolly CollinsDoug Clifford
Ed CassidyEliza Carthy
Fred ChristmannGary Cambra
Gary CharmanGary Creighton
George CassidyGeorge Clark
Gerry ConwayGlenn Cornick
Gordon CoxonIan Campell
Ian CarterIan Cutler
Jack CasadyJames "Zeke" Camarillo
Jeff CressmanJim Cherniss
Jim CreganJimmy Campbell
Joey CovingtonJon Corneal
Julian CaesarLeon "Ndugu" Chancler
Lindsay CooperLol Coxhill
Lonnie Joseph CastilleLuis Cabaza
Mark CraneyMartin Carthy
Michael CarabelloMichael Carlos
Michael ClarkeMichael Curtis
Mike ChapmanMike Clark
Oran ColtranePapa John Creach
Pat CollinsPaul Cotton
Paul CurcioPeter Cowap
Philip ChenRay Cooper
Rick CurtisRoberto Carlotto
Rod CoombesRon Caines
Ronnie CharlesRy Cooder
Sérgio CaffaSandy Crawley
Shirley CollinsSimon Care
Spencer ConwaySterling Crew
Steve ChapmanStu Cook
Tim CaesarTom Coster
Tony CoxTrevor Cozier
Trevor CrozierVinicius Cantuária
Vorriece CoopeWinicjusz Chróst
Yves Chevalie

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