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

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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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