Why Groupies Are Destroying The (Indie) Music Business

Why groupies might cause harm to serious musicians and fans.

First up I will define groupies. These are women who just love to get in relationship with a musician for the fact he is a musician and not because they might like him as a person.

They are not the kind of people who love and care for others and that attent concerts and buy CDs wholeheartedly. No, they are the kind of opportunists that like to get backstage to make an impression.

Now some musicians do promote themselves open to these kind of women and mainly big record companies promote boys bands with an image to make teenage girls go wild.

In many ways this might be a harmless and most teenage girls do know they will never get in touch with their favorite musician. They might dream of marrying him, but that is it. They know it is a dream. The crash will not remain, the band will split and the girls will find themselves real boyfriends.

But groupies are not those puppy love teenage girls. They are women who like to get a musician for their own benefit.

Unlike the teenage girls, they are experienced seductresses that do know what they want. They also know how to attract man. Often they have the looks and the talent to go for it.

Bragging on their one night stands with famous musicians is what they like and that is how they make it in the magazines.

Now it is up to the musicians if they give in or not and to allow those women their minute of fame, but still they can cause a lot of harm. They might be go getting sharks, but they might hurt musicians as well.

Some might have wives and families and groupies might screw that up.

Also can they ruin the trust of a musician. Big artists might have bodyguards to keep them safe, but you also have the struggling indie musicians, who also seem to attract women who like them for their own benefit.

Those artists might have to get more personal with their fans and need their help to get around. They do not have the big money for promotion and need the support of their fans.

Now if some groupies sneak in and abuse the trust of an indie musician, it might become harder for them to trust female fans that do mean well and really care. This might hurt both parties.

Yes, when artists and fans work together for a while, fans might come to like the artist as a person as well. This is when a well meaning female fan might get in trouble.

The artist might lose trust and hurt her, because he has already had enough trouble with groupies and when he pushes away all female fans who do intent to be friends, people will end up hurt.

To end with a personal note: I never really liked groupies and felt that you should like a person for who he or she is. I always loved music, but never really cared a lot about musicians as people.

But I did encounter an indie musician I came to like as a person. But when I told him, he turned me down. Now, when I look at his attitude, I do feel he attracts a lot of the wrong kind of female fans and I know I am harsh on him, but I know my intentions were right and I often have the feeling I am bleeding for the mistakes of another.

Yes, I am hard on him, but I know he lost a fan and promoter in me and I still have a feeling I lost a friend and I wish things ended differently. He became some kind of inspiration to me, but not the kind I had in mind.

So I do not want to comdemn him. But I do not like groupies and I feel they are a real menace to the serious music industry and they should be dealt with, so other fans might not get disappointed as well.

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Ringo Starr history with the Beatles. And Amazing facts about the songs that Ringo Starr did the lead vocals in these 11 Beatles songs.

This legendary band from Liverpool, England captured the heart of many with their mop-top hair and lovely songs during the 60s. From their first single, Love Me Do to their last album Let It Be, The Beatles were simply a class of their own. Many of their songs have landed number 1 in the music chart. Young and adults have to queue in line just to get tickets for their concerts. They were regarded by music lovers as one if not the greatest band that stamped their class in music industry. The Beatles is composed of John Lennon (vocals, rhythm guitar), Paul McCartney (vocals, bass guitar), George Harrison (vocals, and lead guitar) and Ringo Starr (drums, vocals).

Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey) was not the original drummer for the Beatles. Pete Best was the first drummer, but continually didn’t show up due to illness. Ringo Starr, a well known drummer for another band, Rory and The Hurricanes in Liverpool, would sit in with the Beatles on many occasions after initially meeting the Beatles in 1959.

On August 18, 1962, Ringo Starr officially joined the Beatles as their drummer, playing in the first gig in Hulme Hall in Birkenhead, England. The producer of the Beatles, George Martin decided at this time to replace Pete Best with Ringo Starr.

Throughout their career, The Beatles have made several albums, among them: Abbey Road, A Hard Day’s Night, Beatles for Sale, Help!, Please, Please Me, With the Beatles, , Help!, Let It Be, Revolver, Rubber Soul, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles (White Album), and Yellow Submarine. Some of their compositions where McCartney/Lennon collaboration (48 songs), though each member have their fair share of original songs. John Lennon has 72 songs to his credit, Paul McCartney had composed 69 songs, George Harrison had added 22 songs, and even Ringo Starr, Richard Starkey in real life composed two songs, Don’t Pass Me By and Octopus Garden.

To credit, John Lennon and Paul McCartney were the lead vocalists and George do the backup vocals. But did you know that Ringo, aside from contributing two songs and did the lead vocal on 11 songs!

For Beatles fans that may not have known this fact and to those who just wanted to reminiscence the old classics Beatles songs, here are the songs for you to enjoy.

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11 songs where Ringo Starr did the lead vocals:

1. Boys –the song was written by Dixon/Ferrell and was included in the album Please, Please Me (1963)

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2. I Wanna Be Your Man – written by John Lennon from the album With The Beatles (1963)

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3. Matchbox – a good pick up song composed by Carl Perkins that was added in the album Long Tall Sally (1964)

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4. Honey Don’t – another Carl Perkin composition from the album Beatles For Sale (1964)

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5. Act Naturally – a Morrison/Russel collaboration included in the album Help! (1964)

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6. What Goes On – Lennon/McCartney song from the album Rubber Soul (1965)

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7. Yellow Submarine – a Paul McCartney original featured in two albums; Revolver (1966) and Yellow Submarine (1969)

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8. With a Little Help From My Friends – another Paul McCartney classic composition included in the album Sgt. Pepper’ Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

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9. Don’t Pass Me By – Ringo Starr original song from the album The Beatles (1968)

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10. Good Night – A John Lennon original from the album The Beatles (1968)

11. Octopus Garden – Ringo Starr other original composition from the album Abbey Road (1969)

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Ringo Starr continues today to be a real star in the music industry. He has just release as new album in 2017. In the 1980s, he played many times with the Traveling Wilburys, which at times featured many musicians like Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty, and Roy Orbison.

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1. The Ray Davies Quartet

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2. The Dimensions

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3. Cyril Davies All-Stars / The Hoochie Coochie Men

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4. Soul Agents

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5. Steampacket

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6. Shotgun Express

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7. The Jeff Beck Group

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8. Python Lee Jackson

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9. The Faces

The Small Faces slit up in 1969 but Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones were not finished with music. They hired Rod Stewart and Ron Wood (who had played together in the Jeff Beck Group) and set about recording new material. One of the reasons given for dropping the 'small' from their name was because of how tall Ron Wood and Rod Stewart were - anyway, they band were now known as simply 'The Faces'.

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  • Reason To Believe became one of the most jukebox songs of the 1970s.
  • Tonight’s The Night was right up there with other so-called erotic singers of the late 1970s such as Marvin Gaye and Donna Summer. Tonight’s The Night remained #1 on the hit charts for 8 weeks in 1978.
  • Da Ya Think I’m Sexy was considered as a rock / disco song and stayed on the charts at #1 for 4 weeks.
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  • Hot Legs that was released in 1977 became another hit.
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Form

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Composers

The Classical period produced fewer enduring composers than any other musical period from the 1600s onwards. The Emphasis on form was to have a lasting impact on musical composition but in its infancy it had a rather stifling effect on musical substance and expression. Although there were hundreds of successful and revered composers during that time, only three of them composed music which would truly stand the test of time. They were Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791), Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809) and Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827). They were to rise above the confines of stylistic regulations and create music that was never forgotten and continually revered.