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    the music business lost 2 great songwriters....george harrison..waylon jennings.

    they got the respect and regognition they deserve.....but who do you think is the most UNDERATED songwriter?

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    Tom Waits......(not really underrated..but maybe most overlooked)

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    Originally posted by nave
    Tom Waits......(not really underrated..but maybe most overlooked)
    damn straight!

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    most overrated - Jay z

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    chris martin......i don't think people understand how creatively he uses his lyrics to set the right mood for the song

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    i would have to say david allen coe....his bad ass image was the hype and his brilliant songwriting got overlooked. alot of his stuff is out of print, some obscure songs that could be major hits if done by the right artist.

    also I would have to say otis blackwell. he's the black man that wrote "don't be cruel" "all shook up" and "great balls of fire".....and alot more of the all time great early rock tunes. He got shafted on royalties and sold aslot of his tunes to sam phjillips for drinkin' money.

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    Brad Roberts would be my fav in this category.


    (chris martin? isn't he the guy from coldplay?
    hasn't been around long enough to be over- or under-rated!)

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    Neil Finn - of split enz and crowded house.
    - always thought he was a 'classic' rock/pop songwriter that got overlooked - maybe born 20 years too late

    Tom Petty - up there with the best of the 'old fogey' crowd - dylan, beatles, etc - but maybe born 10 years to late?

    Chris Isaak - should have been working in the 50's, and seems to know it

    And I'll third Tom Waits - his lyrics are more in the poetry realm, they're so good


    Tons of folky guys who are underrated, if practically unknown

    Willie P. Bennet,
    Richard Thompson,
    Fred Eaglesmith,
    John Prine,
    ahh... nevermind

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