South Florida's Most Successful Musical Acts, Part Two | New Times Broward-Palm Beach


Broward and Palm Beach's Most Successful Music Acts, Part Two

The first half of this list saw a heavy emphasis on acts from today or the recent past. The top-ten portion of the most successful musical acts of Broward and Palm Beach Counties delves further into history while also finding room for a few newbies. Without further ado, here are the ten most successful neighborhood superstars.
10. Kodak Black
This teenage Pompano Beach rapper has a chance to climb much higher. The 19-year-old has already released four mixtapes that have received national attention with shout-outs from everyone from Drake to the New Yorker. It seems like the only thing that could cut his potential short is his constant trouble with the law. 
9. John Medeski
The Pine Crest School alumnus cut his teeth playing keyboard with local legend Jaco Pastorius in the Fort Lauderdale band Emergency. Later, and more famously, he got top billing in the jazz-funk trio Medeski, Martin & Wood. His most recent work was a solo album, 2013's A Different Time, that consisted simply of Medeski and his 19th-century piano.
8. Saigon Kick
Hailing from Coral Springs, this rock quartet broke through with the #12 song "Love Is on the Way." If not for the bad timing of arriving during the hair-rock and grunge eras, it could have found more success. The 1992 album The Lizard still managed to go gold, and the band continues to play reunion shows to this day.
7. Ace Hood
The Deerfield Beach-raised emcee's last two albums, 2011's Blood, Sweat & Tears and 2013's Trials & Tribulations, both debuted in the top ten. His continued collaboration with DJ Khaled will undoubtedly result in more of the same with the release of his fifth album, Beast of the South, sometime in 2017.
6. Dickey Betts
Though he didn't spend much time there, this founding member of the Allman Brothers Band was born in West Palm Beach. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted guitarist has released eight critically acclaimed solo albums and has continued to tour well into his seventies. 
5. Dashboard Confessional
A Chris Carrabba-led band made the list earlier at #14 with Further Seems Forever, but while they still sell out clubs, Dashboard Confessional fills up amphitheaters. The Boca Raton emo-rock torchbearers probably peaked in the middle of the last decade with two #2 albums in 2003's A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar and 2006's Dusk and Summer.
4. Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
If you're saying "Who?" you might need a lesson in Dania Beach music history. Comprised of siblings Carter, Eddie, and Rose Cornelius, Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose brought South Florida soul to radio stations nationwide in the seventies. "Treat Her Like a Lady" and "Too Late to Turn Back Now" both peaked at #2 on Billboard's singles chart.
3. Ariana Grande
There might be some bias toward more recent acts here, but even if Ariana Grande decided to retire at the ripe, young age of 23, this Boca Raton talent and former Nickelodeon star has found enough early success to earn a top-three ranking. Besides having hosted Saturday Night Live, she has completed two #1 albums in Yours Truly and My Everything. She's planning another arena tour that comes to American Airlines Arena in April 2017.
2. Marilyn Manson
How many people who caught these shock rockers at the Squeeze, Rosebud's, or any other Fort Lauderdale club in the early '90s could imagine the heights Marilyn Manson would climb? Beyond the #1 albums and the sold-out tours, Marilyn Manson's grotesque stunts and outrageous behavior gave the group a cultural relevancy almost impossible to match. Marilyn Manson has been blamed for everything from school shootings to the decline of western civilization.
1. Jaco Pastorius
Though Jaco Pastorius did not find the commercial success of many others on the list, no one else has been described as the Jimi Hendrix of the bass guitar. Growing up in Oakland Park (where a park now bears his name), Pastorius honed his skills at many Fort Lauderdale clubs in the '60s before joining the jazz band Weather Report. He collaborated with Joni Mitchell and Ian Parker and somehow found the time to complete fifteen albums (some released posthumously) before his tragic death in 1987 at 35.
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David Rolland is a freelance writer for New Times Broward-Palm Beach and Miami New Times. His novel, The End of the Century, published by Jitney Books, is available at many fine booksellers.
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