21 Music Stars of My Parents' Generation I Love More Than The Music Stars of Mine

Thanks to my mom for much of this exposure, mostly from 8-track tapes and transistor radios. Note #1: I'm in my late 40's. Note #2: I'm excluding The Beatles. Note #3: Apologies to Neil Diamond -- nothing personal.
  1. 1.
    Johnny Mathis
    On my playlist: "When Sunny Turns Blue", "99 Miles from LA", "It's Not for Me to Say", "Maria" (from West Side Story)
  2. 2.
    The Carpenters
    On my playlist: "(They Long to Be) Close to You", "Superstar", "We've Only Just Begun"
  3. 3.
    Barry Manilow
    (Yes, Barry Manilow) On my playlist: "Weekend in New England", "Could it Be Magic", "Why Don't You See the Show Again", "A Linda Song", "Trying to Get the Feeling Again", "Mandy"
  4. 4.
    Andy Gibb
    On my playlist: "(Blood is) Thicker Than Water", "(Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away"
  5. 5.
    Carole King
    On my playlist: "It's Too Late", "So Far Away", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"
  6. 6.
    Dionne Warwick
    On my playlist: "Walk on By", "Anyone Who Had a Heart", "Alfie"
  7. 7.
    Jim Croce
    On my playlist: "Operator", "I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song"
  8. 8.
    Barbra Streisand
    On my playlist: "Evergreen" , "The Way We Were", "Stoney End"
  9. 9.
    Earth, Wind & Fire
    On my playlist: "After the Love Has Gone", "Fantasy", "September"
  10. 10.
    Electric Light Orchestra
    On my playlist: "Mr. Blue Sky", "Telephone Line"
  11. 11.
    Gil Scott-Heron
    On my playlist: "Lady Day and John Coltrane," "Did You Hear What They Said?"
  12. 12.
    Wings
    On my playlist: "Silly Love Songs", "Let 'Em In", "Jet", "Listen to What the Man Said", "With a Little Luck", "My Love"
  13. 13.
    Gino Vanelli
    On my playlist: "I Just Wanna Stop", "Living Inside Myself"
  14. 14.
    Gladys Knight and the Pips
    On my playlist: "Midnight Train to Georgia", "If I Were Your Woman"
  15. 15.
    Paul Davis
    On my playlist: "I Go Crazy", "Cool Night", "Sweet Life"
  16. 16.
    Roberta Flack
    On my playlist: "Where Is the Love", "Killing Me Softly with His Song"
  17. 17.
    Simon & Garfunkel
    On my playlist: "Kathy's Song", "For Emily, Wherever I May Find Her", "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
  18. 18.
    The Spinners
    On my playlist: "I'll Be Around", "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love"
  19. 19.
    Stevie Wonder
    On my playlist: "For Once in My Life", "My Cherie Amor", "You Are the Sunshine of My Life"
  20. 20.
    James Taylor
    On my playlist: "Fire and Rain", "Her Smiling Face", "Your Town Too"
  21. 21.
    The Stylistics
    On my playlist: "Betcha By Golly Wow", "You Make Me Feel Brand New", "You Are Everything"