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    Icons of the 20th Century

    The Beatles have beaten jazz star Louis Armstrong and TV actress Lucille Ball to be named icons of the century by readers of US magazine Variety. It named the Liverpool band "the sole group who has most shaped the face of modern-day showbusiness".

    The magazine ranked 100 iconic entertainment figures from the last 100 years, with industry figures drawing up a shortlist that readers voted on.

    'What a Wonderful World' singer Armstrong came second, with Ball in third place.

    Among the criteria for choosing "icons" were their commercial and creative impact, number of imitators, enduring appeal and whether they appeared on T-shirts.

    ICONS OF THE CENTURY

    1. The Beatles
    2. Louis Armstrong
    3. Lucille Ball
    4. Humphrey Bogart
    5. Marlon Brando
    6. Charlie Chaplin
    7. James Dean
    8. Marilyn Monroe
    9. Mickey Mouse
    10. Elvis Presley


    Source: Variety magazine

    The list aimed to represent every side of showbusiness, including actors, directors, screenwriters, musicians, TV presenters, animals, comedians and even cartoon characters.

    However, its top 10 was dominated by Hollywood and music stars.

    Despite the constant popularity of the late singer's work, Elvis Presley appeared in 10th place, below Marilyn Monroe and Mickey Mouse.

    Among other names on the list were US TV host Johnny Carson, singer Johnny Cash and canine star Lassie.

    Variety conducted the poll to mark its 100th anniversary. It did not reveal how many votes were cast.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertain...ic/4344910.stm


    Do you agree with the list? If not, who do you think is the icon of the 20th century? Please nominate only one name!
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    I think you could put either Muhammed Ali on the list or Mother Teresa, to go with one name is so difficult. I would have to go with Muhammed Ali as Mother Teresa probably isn't on any shirts, nor did she represent showbusiness. I've seen shirts on Ali, heard songs about or referencing him, seen movies, watched him on TV, and read numerous books and magazine articles. He is quoted frequently, and his image was and still is recognisable around the world.
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    The man who wrote everything. Bob Dylan.

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    We nominate names..so what? We make our own poll and decide who's the icon of the 20th century according to OnLit forum members?

    I suppose we often disagree with such polls..I remember reading a poll result, about the best band ever by some brittish mag (or something like that). Though I totally have no problem with the winner (radiohead )..I don't understand how bands like coldpay overrulled bands like the smiths or the pixies....But as it was a poll, I didn't find it surprising, since maybe most of the voters were peeps from today's generation (grew up in 80s, 90's).

    Ok, we have Mr. Dylan...So I'll nominate Pete Towshend..
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    Among the criteria for choosing "icons" were their commercial and creative impact, number of imitators, enduring appeal and whether they appeared on T-shirts.
    Wondering if Che Guevara is the person whose face appeared most on T-shirts and his appeal seems to be only growing by day:

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    Hey Scher, cool pictures of Carlos Santana!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scheherazade
    Wondering if Che Guevara is the person whose face appeared most on T-shirts and his appeal seems to be only growing by day:

    I have never understood the appeal of Che. I've read his biography and can't figure out the appeal, sure there was that one coup but it was followed by several unsuccessful attempts. and don't get me started on the Motorcycle diaries.
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    Its the picture thats the appeal I think not the story just his face in that particular picture.

    hummm charlie chapline??
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    I suppose Che represent that spirit that the youngsters have (trying to have)..as I think most of his fans are young guns...


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    Who's charlie chapline

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightshade
    Its the picture thats the appeal I think not the story just his face in that particular picture.

    hummm charlie chapline??


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    Quote Originally Posted by subterranean
    I suppose Che represent that spirit that the youngsters have (trying to have)..as I think most of his fans are young guns...
    Who are the 'young guns'?
    I have a plan: attack!

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    Quote Originally Posted by subterranean
    Who's charlie chapline
    I plead dyslexia! Ive spelt it wrong havent I??
    humm the short "movies" guy ..had lots of wives took to the stage at 5 brother was a mucian??
    "all you I need to make a movie is a banana peel and a prety woman"??
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    imho it's pretty obvious who 'charlie chapline' is, me thinks Sub were doing the 'let's tease you some' thing, I wouldn't worry
    I have a plan: attack!

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