American music has been influenced by many cultures. Like America itself, it is a melting pot of sorts. There’s the British Invasion, lots of lyrics from the land down under, and the rock of Gibraltar. But one culture which has supplied us with numerous musical influences, without receiving due credit, is the Orient. In addition to the obvious, like China Grove, Wang Chung, and I think I’m turning Japanese, there are many lesser known influences. Here’s just a few.
Jailhouse Wok – Elvis Pressley
Sushi and the Banshees
Chop Stick at Budokan
but perhaps the most overlooked oriental influence is the Mariah Carey song – Ken Lee.
Dr. Robert Stevenson is a Professor of Journalism and Director of Student Publications for the Department of Mass Communications and Theater at Lander University in Greenwood, SC. He received the Distinguished Faculty of the Year award for 2007-'08, and the Lander University Young Faculty Scholar Award in 2005-06. Stevenson also serves as chair of the Lander University American Democracy Project. First and Formost I am a dad of two wonderful boys.
Reminds me of our discussion in Atlanta. I wanna WOK – by Tristed Srister
From whence my post was born. Next post – oriental themed movies that made it big in America starting with Fwee Wihwie