Southern Rock

When Pete and I were about 16, we went to see a documentary about Lynyrd Skynyrd at the University of Delaware movie theater. If you’ve ever met either of us, you might wonder, “Why on earth did you go see a documentary about Lynyrd Skynyrd?” I have no idea, either.

Southern Rock AllMusic page

Southern African

My original idea for this list was to focus on Ladysmith Black Mambazo and township jive. But the more I looked into it, the more I realized how widespread the music of southern Africa really is. That is because I am a dumb white American.

Southern African AllMusic page

Sonny Rollins

Miles Davis called Sonny Rollins the greatest tenor ever. I guess there isn’t too much to add to that.

Sonny Rollins AllMusic page

SoCal Rap

When Larry (Lawrence) and I were roommates, we used to call “Next Episode” the drive-by song. Or maybe it was “That Was a Good Day.” Actually, you could call pretty much any song on this list the drive-by song.

West Coast Rap AllMusic page

Smokey Robinson/ Miracles

The day I met Max, the first thing he said to me was, “Don’t you think Smokey Robinson was the greatest singer of the 60s?” I knew right away I was going to like this kid. Smokey Robinson and I also have the same birthday, so clearly I am awesome by association.

Smokey Robinson AllMusic page

Smiths/Morrissey

I KNOW. The gay police confiscated my ID card years ago. Sorry, if this is what we get as a spokesperson—mopey AND mean—well, blecch.

Morrissey AllMusic page

Smiths AllMusic page

Sly & the Family Stone

Everybody Is a Star! You Can Make It If You Try! I – I – I AM EVERYDAY PEOPLE!

I love this group.

Sly & the Family Stone AllMusic page