Greatest not obvious song writer ever

Hungryhalibut posted:

Then there's Elvis Costello...

There is indeed. A skinny tie-wearing adenoidal chancer who got rich on the back of punk, hurled racial abuse at the great Ray Charles and blanded out to the point of invisibility.

As for Bragg, he's alright if you like eating mung beans, knitting your own quinoa and voting Liberal Democrat, I suppose.

  William Bell - Born Under a Bad Sign.

  Writer of some classic songs, such as the one above, "You Don't Miss Your Water", "Private Number" and lot's more, including even 

  "To Be a Lover", by Billy Idol.

   Maybe not as prolific as some of the others mentioned here, but what great songs. 

Harry Nilsson

Another genius who died too young.

Richard Strauss
IMHO, His most beautiful work were  tunes. Not those bombastic orchestral scores he's most famous for. He was a pretty good song writer.

Having watched Arena - American Epic and Richard D Hunter's Songs of the South, having a liking for folk, which leads to all those songs collected during thed last century, Anonymous must come high on the list.

If I have to name someone prhaps Leonard Cohen is obvious, so how about Chris Woods

notnaim man posted:

Having watched Arena - American Epic and Richard D Hunter's Songs of the South, having a liking for folk, which leads to all those songs collected during thed last century, Anonymous must come high on the list.

 

Or Anonymous's friend, Trad Arr.

Dolly Parton too obvious? Not many people think of her as a songwriter, but she wrote a lot of great songs.

Otis Blackwell, Bernie Taupin, Bert Burns are very not-obvious guys that wrote or co-wrote a lot of music that others made famous. Leon Russell, David Allen Coe, Elvin Bishop, Jon Anderson of Yes and Robbie Robertson of the Band may be too obvious, but they tend to get skipped over in songwriter discussions.

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