Who were or are the most cheerful musicians?

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I say Louis Armstrong, Tito Puente, Roy Clark, and Eddie Van Halen

Josefa, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 00:00 (two weeks ago) link

Mark Knopfler circa '78/79

stirmonster, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 00:06 (two weeks ago) link

cannonball adderley

Akiko Yano has an incredibly infectious energy, she grins through every live performance

frogbs, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 02:51 (two weeks ago) link

OP OTM

My Little Red Buchla (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 27 July 2022 03:41 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah first thought was Louis Armstrong.

Björk was super cheerful and energetic when performing and giving interviews during those early (1993-1996) years of her solo career. Watching videos of her on that era and seeing her enjoy it so much warms my heart.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 27 July 2022 03:55 (two weeks ago) link

Maybe 1995… 1996 was the year where things started to flip.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 27 July 2022 03:57 (two weeks ago) link

Elis Regina! Forgot about her. She was usually very cheerful when performing.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 27 July 2022 04:01 (two weeks ago) link

Seriously just search “elis regina” live on youtube. At least 3/4 of the preview images is her laughing or smiling.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 27 July 2022 04:03 (two weeks ago) link

I'd say the whole VanHalen crew seemed to be having a pretty good time back when...

m0stly clean (Slowsquatch), Wednesday, 27 July 2022 04:08 (two weeks ago) link

Andrew WK, in a sense

frogbs, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 04:09 (two weeks ago) link

Mike Watt

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 04:09 (two weeks ago) link

I love Elis Regina, she was like some kind of hot pepper. Whatever pepper they have in Brazil

Josefa, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 04:29 (two weeks ago) link

BizMarkee

m0stly clean (Slowsquatch), Wednesday, 27 July 2022 04:40 (two weeks ago) link

Billy Zoom

that's not my post, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 04:48 (two weeks ago) link

Jonathan Richman?

clemenza, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 04:59 (two weeks ago) link

Stevie Wonder? at least in the things I have seen

assert (matttkkkk), Wednesday, 27 July 2022 05:06 (two weeks ago) link

George Formby

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 06:28 (two weeks ago) link

i haven't seen deerhoof in a long time, but back in the day greg saunier expressed pure joy through his playing, and it was so strong that i have no doubt that it burns just as hot today

Bruce Stingbean (Karl Malone), Wednesday, 27 July 2022 06:30 (two weeks ago) link

GG Allin seemed to be enjoying himself

seo layer (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 27 July 2022 06:33 (two weeks ago) link

whenever I've seen Huey Lewis on TV he seems cheerful, but perhaps he is hiding an inner sadness?

soref, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 07:36 (two weeks ago) link

if this is about artists who express ebullience through their performance, I saw OMD play live when they got back together to tour about 15 years ago, and I remember thinking that maybe it was a thing where they didn't really want to be doing this but needed the money or whatever, but they seemed to be having the time of their lives, especially Andy McCluskey, like if Ian Curtis had lived long enough to be a middle aged dad dancing at a wedding disco.

soref, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 07:52 (two weeks ago) link

obviously Michael Jackson was deeply troubled and probably not very cheerful, but some of his music from the Off The Wall/Thriller era sounds incredibly joyful to me in the sense of this confidence, someone being totally at the top of their game and totally in control, on PYT for example I get this impression of years of grinding, effortful work until he hits a point of mastery where the sense of strain and slog just disappear and there's just this sense of ease and total control, like some big aircraft that looked like it would never get off the ground taking flight and soaring.

soref, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 08:05 (two weeks ago) link

Jonathan Richman?
definitely

Biz Markie also a good one

corrs unplugged, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 08:47 (two weeks ago) link

Bootsy Collins

Let's Get Ready to Trimble (Tom D.), Wednesday, 27 July 2022 08:48 (two weeks ago) link

I agree with Huey Lewis - I liked that perky p4k album-by-album video he did even in the face of his sad personal circumstances

you can see me from westbury white horse, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 13:25 (two weeks ago) link

John Cage

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Wednesday, 27 July 2022 13:26 (two weeks ago) link

The late Timmy Thomas

you can see me from westbury white horse, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 13:27 (two weeks ago) link

Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets seemed to be having a great time when I saw them last month, especially the two frontmen Guy Pratt and Gary Kemp.

lord of the rongs (anagram), Wednesday, 27 July 2022 13:30 (two weeks ago) link

I saw Chas & Dave live once and unexpectedly they were very reserved. Not much between song banter or joking or anything. Reminded me that they were seasoned pros though.

you can see me from westbury white horse, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 13:31 (two weeks ago) link

This was at a festival by the way, where Joe Brown out-humoured them

you can see me from westbury white horse, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 13:32 (two weeks ago) link

Watch any YouTube clip of the Lovin' Spoonful from their first couple of years, and Zal Yanovsky looks like he's having a blast.

clemenza, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 13:35 (two weeks ago) link

G.E. Smith

henry s, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 13:39 (two weeks ago) link

G.E. Smith

And his long-lost brother, Billy Zoom.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Wednesday, 27 July 2022 14:09 (two weeks ago) link

Fats Domino.

Watch any YouTube clip of the Lovin' Spoonful from their first couple of years, and Zal Yanovsky looks like he's having a blast.

You call it cheerful, I call it smirky, like he's having his fun at the expense of the audience.

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 14:29 (two weeks ago) link

Yes, Zal was a bit of a difficult character apparently.

Let's Get Ready to Trimble (Tom D.), Wednesday, 27 July 2022 14:36 (two weeks ago) link

Current bassist in Drive-By Truckers is all smiles. Paul McCartney is always peppy. The drummer Brian Blade.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 14:45 (two weeks ago) link

like he's having his fun at the expense of the audience

I don't know how on earth you get that impression. (Billy Zoom, now there's a frozen, contemptuous smile.) Steve Boone, the bassist, looks like he'd rather be somewhere else, but Zanofsky?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbQ1EZKDTXU

clemenza, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 14:55 (two weeks ago) link

Wayne Coyne is pretty much all up-with-people during Flaming Lips shows.

Liberace, for sure.

henry s, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 15:25 (two weeks ago) link

Also, whoever-she-is that is Japanese Breakfast. And the Sylvan Esso duo as well.

henry s, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 15:26 (two weeks ago) link

Jon Langford generally seems to be enjoying the hell out of whatever he’s doing.

I don’t know much about him personally but Mdou Moctar seemed totally delighted to be onstage playing insane guitar solos when I saw him.

JoeStork, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 15:36 (two weeks ago) link

Dave Wakeling

you can see me from westbury white horse, Wednesday, 27 July 2022 16:14 (two weeks ago) link

That Lovin' Spoonful clip is cheerful enough, I'm just remembering another where Zal is playing with a rubber toy and has an aura of "I'm above all this".

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 28 July 2022 00:59 (two weeks ago) link

my dad, at some point in the early 70s, saw cannonball adderley in ottawa and requested 'sack o' woe'

cannonball responded, in an impossibly deep voice, 'we don't play that one anymore'

this has absolutely nothing to do with cheerfulness or anything else, but he ruled

mookieproof, Thursday, 28 July 2022 01:15 (two weeks ago) link

Several latin american artists could fit:

Selena, Chayanne, Shakira, Celia Cruz, Thalia, Marco Antonio Solis, Celso Piña, Ramon Ayala

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 28 July 2022 03:01 (two weeks ago) link

Brazil and Africa also has plenty of energetic, cheerful artists to pick from.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 28 July 2022 03:03 (two weeks ago) link

mookie that's because it was all about walkin tall at that point.

ミ💙🅟 🅛 🅤 🅡 🅜 🅑💙彡 (Austin), Thursday, 28 July 2022 03:08 (two weeks ago) link

add king sunny ade if we're talkin africa

ミ💙🅟 🅛 🅤 🅡 🅜 🅑💙彡 (Austin), Thursday, 28 July 2022 03:09 (two weeks ago) link

I saw OMD play live when they got back together to tour about 15 years ago, and I remember thinking that maybe it was a thing where they didn't really want to be doing this but needed the money or whatever, but they seemed to be having the time of their lives

Andy has a very positive stage presence indeed, it's such a joy to see OMD.
This comment made me think of when I saw the Who in 2015, and how much Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend seemed to be enjoying themselves and performing together as friends (saw many smiles and laughs exchanged between the two). It surprised me when I read an interview with Pete not long after, wherein he said that they don't really enjoy touring and have always felt a little awkward performing.

I also have to think of seeing Leonard Cohen on his comeback tour (where it was known that he needed the money, but nobody cared because we still got to see Leonard Cohen) and he came hopping on stage with the biggest smile possible. He also kept showering his band members with praise, repeatedly announcing them after every solo.

Valentijn, Thursday, 28 July 2022 08:03 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah, Leonard was a joy to see.

When I saw him in 2013, he joked that he was going to take up smoking. "I'm 78 years old, I have nothing to lose."

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Thursday, 28 July 2022 18:29 (two weeks ago) link

add king sunny ade if we're talkin africa

One of the most joyful shows I've ever seen. Eight hours (8PM - 4AM) and it absolutely flew by. (Spending much of it dancing with an eye-poppingly gorgeous Nigerian woman helped.)

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 28 July 2022 18:53 (two weeks ago) link

Adrian Belew always seems to have the joie de vivre turned up to 10. Mike Watt is a good call.

WmC, Thursday, 28 July 2022 18:58 (two weeks ago) link

yea I've always gotten a 'just happy to be here' vibe from Adrian which is funny cuz he's usually the most talented person on stage

frogbs, Thursday, 28 July 2022 19:02 (two weeks ago) link

Hiromi Uehara must be the most cheerful jazz musician I've ever seen.

~insert pun here~ (Matt #2), Thursday, 28 July 2022 19:08 (two weeks ago) link

This comment made me think of when I saw the Who in 2015, and how much Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend seemed to be enjoying themselves and performing together as friends (saw many smiles and laughs exchanged between the two).

That wasn’t always the case…in fact, prior to Entwistle’s death, it was almost never the case. I think John’s death, and Roger publicly supporting Pete after his 2003 arrest, brought them much closer.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 28 July 2022 20:42 (two weeks ago) link

Norman from Teenage Fanclub always looked really happy to me, like he was always glad to be doing what he is doing.

Funnily enough, despite knowing how troubled he is and how sad the music can be, Alan Sparhawk has looked cheery every time I seen Low.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 18:31 (one week ago) link

Hiromi Uehara must be the most cheerful jazz musician I've ever seen.

Totally!

Kim Kimberly, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 18:55 (one week ago) link

Van Morrison's music can be far more cheerful than the man himself appears to be.

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 19:22 (one week ago) link

Ringo

Kim, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 19:52 (one week ago) link

Al Jarreau always seemed pretty upbeat onstage.

henry s, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 19:54 (one week ago) link

(xp) The guy's been grumpy and miserable as sin for about 30 years now. Probably since he gave up boozing.

Apologies to any lip readers (Tom D.), Wednesday, 3 August 2022 19:56 (one week ago) link

Mickey Dolenz was the most cheerful Monkee and he's outlived them all.

henry s, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 19:58 (one week ago) link

Ray Charles

F'kin Magnetometers, how do they work? (President Keyes), Wednesday, 3 August 2022 20:01 (one week ago) link

Sometimes I like to pretend the last 30 years hasn’t happened.

Classic EVH is ebullient and joyful, cannot deny.

Is Weird Al too obvious?

Kim, Wednesday, 3 August 2022 20:09 (one week ago) link

Bressa Creeting Cake are probably the most cheerful band I've seen. It helps that their music is joyously ridiculous.

Lawrence Arabia (James Milne) also oozes cheerfulness. I saw him perform a solo piano show where he recreated all the brass instrumental parts with his voice. It was silly and charming and heartwarming. He even managed to imbue joy into the line "Everything is shit, so shit."

The Ghost Club, Thursday, 4 August 2022 01:24 (one week ago) link

it's been a while since I've seen them, but Steve Wynn and Linda Pitmon as the most cheerful (couple of) musicians.

bulb after bulb, Thursday, 4 August 2022 01:27 (one week ago) link

Céline Dion

flamboyant goon tie included, Thursday, 4 August 2022 01:31 (one week ago) link

Toto?
Faces / Small Faces?

calstars, Thursday, 4 August 2022 01:36 (one week ago) link

Can't leave out Carmen Miranda

Josefa, Thursday, 4 August 2022 01:47 (one week ago) link

I saw Minyo Crusaders at WOMAD this weekend and that is my answer

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Thursday, 4 August 2022 09:33 (one week ago) link

My God was Charles Bradley a fountain of ebullience. The one time I saw him his band jammed for about 30 min. while a huge chunk of the crowd took turns giving him a hug.

henry s, Thursday, 4 August 2022 12:32 (one week ago) link

Celia Cruz

Piggy Lepton (La Lechera), Thursday, 4 August 2022 13:47 (one week ago) link

oops she was already mentioned
nm

Piggy Lepton (La Lechera), Thursday, 4 August 2022 13:48 (one week ago) link

Buster Poindexter

calstars, Thursday, 4 August 2022 15:07 (one week ago) link

the mention of Hiromi led me to watch this again, a duet with Akiko Yano - they both look like they're having so much fun. Hiromi has that kid in a candy shop grin the whole time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faa_c5V_Vww

frogbs, Thursday, 4 August 2022 15:22 (one week ago) link

Ian Dury to thread!

My Little Red Buchla (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 4 August 2022 16:54 (one week ago) link

He had many reasons to be cheerful.

henry s, Thursday, 4 August 2022 17:11 (one week ago) link

Except he wasn't particularly cheerful, quite an intense drive dude.

She's got a dog in Ballymena (Tom D.), Thursday, 4 August 2022 17:18 (one week ago) link

... driven

She's got a dog in Ballymena (Tom D.), Thursday, 4 August 2022 17:18 (one week ago) link

Well I dunno, he actually wrote a song about being cheerful which is more than you can say for Roy Clark.

henry s, Thursday, 4 August 2022 17:40 (one week ago) link

Fats Domino?

bookmarkflaglink (Darin), Thursday, 4 August 2022 17:44 (one week ago) link

xp "Happy to be Unhappy" by Roy Clark https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DRVpnBXu9c

BrianB, Thursday, 4 August 2022 17:47 (one week ago) link

Dolly Parton seems a rather upbeat person

Kim, Thursday, 4 August 2022 21:26 (one week ago) link

Kirk Hammett

calstars, Thursday, 4 August 2022 22:07 (one week ago) link

Bob Nastanovich

BrianB, Thursday, 4 August 2022 22:11 (one week ago) link

Bez

calstars, Thursday, 4 August 2022 22:56 (one week ago) link

(minnie riperton)

ミ💙🅟 🅛 🅤 🅡 🅜 🅑💙彡 (Austin), Tuesday, 9 August 2022 01:10 (one week ago) link

Livvy, obv

Mark G, Tuesday, 9 August 2022 08:10 (one week ago) link

Bill Black

Sam Weller, Tuesday, 9 August 2022 08:17 (one week ago) link


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