California Dreaming: Pop music and the music scene in LA.
Los Angeles is widely recognized as one of the three music hubs in the world, next to New York and London. These three cities combined have produced more than two thirds of the world’s pop music hits. With the ability to shift styles with the music scene, LA will always be a formidable force in the pop music scene.
LA has been in the music ever since Bing Crosbie sang sweet melodies in 1944 about making the San Fernando Valley his home. California itself has been made an icon in songs such as “Going to California” (Led Zepplin), “LA is my lady” (Frank Sinatra), and “Hollywood Swingin’” (K Funk & the Gang), “California Dreaming” (The Mamas and Papas), and the famous pop song “California Gurls” (Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dog).
California has also been the home of many pop icons such as Gwen Stephanie, Paula Abdul, Fergie, Hilary Duff, and Britney Spears. The glitz and glamour of the pop world has found a home in the hot sun and beautiful surf that California is renowned for.
Though the sandy beaches and long days of the California coast are inspiration for many pop singers, it is the pull of Hollywood that really draws people to LA. Los Angeles is a city full of the rich and famous that are making movies, music videos and numerous other aspects of the contemporary pop world. It is this environment of creativity that draws those who wish to be actors and musicians to the hub that is LA.
The Club Scene
Though pop does make its home in this city, the evolution of the music scene in LA has undergone many transformations. It began in the 1960’s with an explosion of folk music on LA stages, which transitioned quickly into the hair/glam metal of the 80’s. The plethora of clubs on the iconic Sunset Strip appears to undergo massive face lift every decade or so. With famous clubs such as Viper Room and Whiskey A Go Go drawing thousands of people a year, not to mention the music venues such as The Palladium, it is no surprise that the music scene needs to stay fresh and interesting to appeal to the fans.
The current scene in LA clubs is a mix of chart topping pop hits and dance, electronica tunes. These clubs cater for the thousands of people who come to LA to let their hair down and dance around the clock. With many food places open all night to cater to these party animals, LA is a great place to go crazy and have a lot of fun.
Other Music Icons
But it is not just the contemporary music that draws a crowd. The Grammy Museum, opened in 2008, is a great place for any music lover to go and follow the history of the greats through this prestigious music award. This is truly a place that celebrates popular music in all its forms and immortalizes those who have become the soundtrack of our lives.
LA is also renown for the number of famous pop icons who are buried there. For the more spiritual music lover, it is possible to go and visit the graves of:
- Nat “King” Cole
- Michael Jackson
- Marvin Gay
- Ricky Nelson
- Al Jolson
- Dee Dee and Johnny Ramone
- Ray Charles
- Ella Fitzgerald
- Ritchie Valens
They will forever live on in everyone’s hearts.