MARLON BRANDO And His Influence On Pop Music

July 31, 2006

MARLON BRANDO  4/3/24 – 7/1/o4

Although Marlon Brando’s musical abilities were limited to playing
“Bongos” at “Beatnik” parties during the fifties, his influence on
pop music for decades was undeniable. When we think about “Black
Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots” by the Cheers, in the 50s’, “He’s
A Rebel”by the Crystals, or “Leader of the Pack” by the Shangri-las
in the 60s’……..Who comes to mind? Yeah…….Marlon Brando, “the
Wild One”in his black leather jacket and dungarees…..the kind they
wouldn’t let us wear in high school!

I heard that Elvis wouldn’t smile in his early photos because Marlon
never did. When he became “the Godfather” in the seventies it became
difficult to listen to the beautiful theme without visualizing Marlon
and his “puffy” cheeks. Even when James Brown was justifiably called
the “Godfather of Soul”, we all gave a nod to Marlon.

I remember when I went to Tahiti and Bora-Bora, in the 80’s
the question I was most asked by the natives was, “Did I know Marlon

I wish I did………..respectfully, Artie Wayne

Copyright 2009 by Artie Wayne



One Response to “MARLON BRANDO And His Influence On Pop Music”

  1. Yael Labrec Says:

    Lol this reminds me of when someone sent along this link on Youtube of Jay-Z’s appearance on my radio show back in 1995. Joining in were Mr. Voodoo and L Swift, of the now legendary Natural Elements crew (who hit the scene soon after Mr. Voodoo joined the show as my intern).

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