Chris Isaak: Influences

Chris Isaak: Influences

A who's-who of American vocal stylists from the primordial age of rock ‘n’ roll provides the template for Chris Isaak's music. From velvet-throated crooners like Roy Orbison, Dean Martin, and Chet Baker, Isaak takes a beguiling intimacy; from hangdog lovers like Gene Pitney and Ricky Nelson he learned to translate a teenager's sense of emotional apocalypse to the pop idiom. And his undeniable swagger comes from the likes of Elvis and Johnny Cash.

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