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Thread started 07/02/21 7:12am

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Artists who never left their hometown...

We all know Prince never left Minneapolis. Yes he lived in Europe, California and Canada, but he always maintained a residence in Minnesota. I think that is why UPTOWN always has resonated with me. I also think it's why that 1978-1989 block of Prince career is so alive and electric still.

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What other artist that you know of never left their home town/City or State?
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I think I want to leave out Cities like New York unless the artist talked specifically about living in a borough Long Island or something and how that has shaped their craft.
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I still think the close people are to their origins or to 'regular' life the more touchable their songs are. Now of course I also understand that some circumstance dictate that a person need to distance themselves from where they come from as well...

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My 1st(outside of Prince) is John Cougar Mellencamp

Small Town

"I wrote that song in the laundry room of my old house," Mellencamp told American Songwriter magazine in 2004. "We had company, and I had to go write the song. And the people upstairs could hear me writing and they were all laughing when I came up. They said, 'You've got to be kidding.' What else can you say about it?"

"I wanted to write a song that said, 'You don't have to live in New York or Los Angeles to live a full life or enjoy your life.' I was never one of those guys that grew up and thought, 'I need to get out of here.' It never dawned on me. I just valued having a family and staying close to friends."

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Mellencamp lives five miles outside of Bloomington, Indiana, on the shores of Lake Monroe.

In 2001, Billboard magazine editor-in-chief Timothy White said:

John Mellencamp is arguably the most important roots rocker of his generation. ... John has made fiddles, hammer dulcimers, Autoharps (sic) and accordions [into] lead rock instruments on a par with electric guitar, bass, and drums, and he also brought what he calls 'a raw Appalachian' lyrical outlook to his songs. Mellencamp's best music is rock 'n roll stripped of all escapism, and it looks directly at the messiness of life as it's actually lived. In his music, mortality, anxiety, acts of God, questions of romance and brotherhood, and crises of conscience all collide and demand hard decisions. ... This is rock music that tells the truth on both its composer and the culture he's observing.




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Reply #1 posted 07/02/21 11:40am

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I don't know exactly where Kate Bush lives, but she never left England.
And Bob Marley always returned to Jamaica.
But I'm not so sure it makes their songs more "touchable". On the other extreme, Bob Dylan left Minnesota when he was around 20 and he spent a large part of his life touring. I can relate to his songs as well. Maybe because this sense of being on the road, heading for another joint is something that appeals to me.
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Reply #2 posted 07/02/21 1:54pm

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I first thought was John Mellencamp.

Aside from living with Kenny in Texas, I don't think George Michael ever left England.

"eye don’t really care so much what people say about me because it is a reflection of who they r."
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Reply #3 posted 07/02/21 6:48pm

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Bootsy
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Reply #4 posted 07/03/21 5:59am

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Ohio Players stayed in Dayton
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Reply #5 posted 07/03/21 10:55am

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Ween
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Reply #6 posted 07/04/21 1:36am

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DJ Quik, Compton.
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Reply #7 posted 07/04/21 11:22am

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Metallica
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Reply #8 posted 07/04/21 11:59am

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Tiffany Haddish

"eye don’t really care so much what people say about me because it is a reflection of who they r."
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Reply #9 posted 07/04/21 2:57pm

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ZZ Top

Michael Bivins (New Edition. BBD) I don't know about Ricky, but the other NE members left Boston and Johnny is from Washington DC.

Willie D, Scarface (Geto Boys) Bushwick Bill, Prince Johnny C, & DJ Ready Red were not born in Houston

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Reply #10 posted 07/05/21 3:06pm

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Ohio Players stayed in Dayton



Slave stayed in Dayton too
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Reply #11 posted 07/05/21 3:09pm

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Nipsey Hussle - South Central L.A.
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Reply #12 posted 07/07/21 7:29am

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Eminem; Detroit, Michigan

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Reply #13 posted 07/08/21 5:25pm

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Even though he’s lived a bit in LA, Bruce Springsteen currently lives about 5 miles from the town he was raised in
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Reply #14 posted 07/09/21 12:51am

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England is not a town.

Ray Davies still lives in Muswell Hill doesn't he? Now that's local.

Human League still all live in Sheffield I think?
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Reply #15 posted 07/13/21 9:20am

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Just started listening to Billy Joel. Isn't he a true New Yorker? Wrote an album titled 52nd Street and had the star voice and music piece in a movie about New York (Oliver and Company)
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Wolfie87 said:

Just started listening to Billy Joel. Isn't he a true New Yorker? Wrote an album titled 52nd Street and had the star voice and music piece in a movie about New York (Oliver and Company)
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Technically, he’s from Long Island- a New York suburb. I believe he still has a mansion out there
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Reply #17 posted 07/13/21 10:54pm

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jjhunsecker said:

Wolfie87 said:

Just started listening to Billy Joel. Isn't he a true New Yorker? Wrote an album titled 52nd Street and had the star voice and music piece in a movie about New York (Oliver and Company)
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Technically, he’s from Long Island- a New York suburb. I believe he still has a mansion out there


Now, we do categorize Public Enemy as a Hip-Hop Group from NY, don't we? And they're also from Long Island, aka Strong Island.

What differentiates Long Island from New York? I guess Billy Joel went in and out from Manhattan on Transit that he made it his second home, or am I wrong?
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Reply #18 posted 07/14/21 7:41am

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Wolfie87 said:

jjhunsecker said:



Technically, he’s from Long Island- a New York suburb. I believe he still has a mansion out there


Now, we do categorize Public Enemy as a Hip-Hop Group from NY, don't we? And they're also from Long Island, aka Strong Island.

What differentiates Long Island from New York? I guess Billy Joel went in and out from Manhattan on Transit that he made it his second home, or am I wrong?


P.E. is from Hempstead (flav is from Freeport) Long Island, which is very close to the border of New York City (Queens)...Billy Joel is from Hicksville Long Island which is about a half hour from New York City...Long Island is considered New York City suburbs and both Hempstead and Hicksville are in Nassau County which borders Queens, which is a borough in New York City...alot of people from Nassau County claim New York City as their hometown because its so close and tgey either work in the city or spend so much time in the city
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Reply #19 posted 07/14/21 9:54am

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Wolfie87 said:

jjhunsecker said:



Technically, he’s from Long Island- a New York suburb. I believe he still has a mansion out there


Now, we do categorize Public Enemy as a Hip-Hop Group from NY, don't we? And they're also from Long Island, aka Strong Island.

What differentiates Long Island from New York? I guess Billy Joel went in and out from Manhattan on Transit that he made it his second home, or am I wrong?


As a native of New York CITY, I can tell you that we consider Long Island a completely different place. A different species practically 😂

Billy probably came into the City every now and then, like most people from Lon Guyland

As for Public Enemy, I always thought of them as a Long Island rap group
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Reply #20 posted 07/20/21 1:24am

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Patti LaBelle. She's forever been a Philly gal lol
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