The violist William Primrose, the violinist Kato Havas more directly, but also many other ones, ancient and modern, whose lives I read about.
Any group or songer where I can really listen to the lyrics. I love all music in all genre! I am easy peasy!!
The Who, The Specials and The Ramones made me want to be in a band. Steve Marriott (Small Faces/Humble Pie), Otis Redding, Rod Stewart, Sam & Dave, Steve Winwood and Sly Stone made me want to sing, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul Weller, Pete Townshend and The Band made me want to write.
The Beatles, Hendrix, Carpenters, Nirvana - the usual really.
Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Jeff beck, Gary Moore, John Petrucci, Eric Clapton, Eric Johnson.
The best progressive ones. Peter Hammill, Hugh Banton, David Jackson, Guy Evans, Robert Wyatt, David Sinclair, Dave Stewart (from Hatfield & the North) Bill Bruford, David Vorhaus. Too many to mention here....
Sonja Kristina, David Sinclair, Alan Holdsworth, Delia Derbyshire, David Vorhaus, Van der Graaf Generator,Yes, Hatfield & the North, Dave Stewart, King Crimson, Robert Fripp, Focus, Jan Akkerman, Henry Cow, God speed you black emporor, Matching Mole, Soft Machine, Brand X, Caravan, Pink Floyd, Tasavalan Presidenti, Moloko, Rosin Murphy, Anne Haslam, Rennaissance, Jean Luc Ponty, BJ Harvest, Jeff Buckley, Brian Eno, Can, Holger Czukay, Faust, Amon Duul, Gentle Giant, The Mars Volta, Bubblemath, Gong, Steely Dan, Spocks Beard, Meshell Ndegeocello, Refugee, Brian Davison, Keith Emerson,The Enid, Cat Stevens, Tangerine dream, Magma, Bill Bruford, Family, Frank Zappa, Joe Zawinal, Tori Amos, Gary Moore, Jim Morrison, Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson, Joni Michelle, Genesis, Steve Hackett, Tony Banks, Carlos Santana, Eberhard Weber, Jimmy Page, Stan Tracey, Annette Peacock, Keith Jarrett, Miles Davis, Nitin Sawhney, Jaco Pastorious, Robert Wyatt, Polyphonic spree, Pentangle, John Renbourn, Fairport Convention, Pat Metheny, Bert Bacharach, Radiohead, Alicia keys, John Rutter, Stravinsky.
Many, many. Originally back in the day - Pink Floyd. Eric Clapton. Gary Moore. John Lee Hooker. Jeff Healey. Steve Vai. Joe Satriani. Stevie Ray Vauhan. More recently I find its people I know or play with. I love Muse, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins all sorts really
Jaco PastoriousMiles Davis >John Coltraine> and many many others from all styles i have an open mind, metal to country, Eva Cassidy to Slayer!
Everything I have heard, either in a positive or negative way
Changes all the time but I luv Blue Note
David Bowie; got me thinking its ok to be different
Jaco Pastorius; jazz bassist and composer who changed the way people percieved the instrument, a big achievment I think and an amazing musician.
Steely Dan; superb songs and craft. I really think people need to listen to those first 5 albums.
The Beatles, Beck, Bjoerk, Jacques Brel, The Byrds, David Byrne, JJ Cale, Canned Heat, Cardiacs, Cat Stevens, The Cranberries, Crowded House, Diego Brown & The Good Fairy, Bob Dylan, The Doors/Jim Morrison, Enya, Gong, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Hillage, Kieron Hunter, KD Lang, Led Zeppelin, John Lennon, Men Without Hats, Joni Mitchell, Alanis Morrisette, Nirvana, John Otway, Ozric Tentacles, Pink Floyd/Syd Barrett, The Pogues, The Police, Rain Parade, Lou Reed, Rush, Erik Satie, Richard Thompson, Van Halen, Suzanne Vega, Frank Zappa,