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Who came closest to being "the next Lennon-McCartney"?
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On a song for song basis, John-Taupin are probably neck and neck with Jagger-Richards; fabulous songs.

but Taupin has always been invisible - not as a songwriter but as a performer. That gives a slight edge IMHO to Jagger-Richards.

Somewhere in the mix I think we'd also have to consider Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford from Squeeze who were billed as the next Lennon-McCartney for a while - for good reason I think. Their lyrics are even better than Taupin's  (maybe not Jagger's).

Anyone else like Squeeze?

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If we are talking about pure songwriting, then we could say that Lennon / McCartney became the next Lieber & Stoller. John was quoted as saying without Elvis there would be no Beatles. L & S wrote some of the songs that Elvis became synonymous with - "Hound Dog" and "Jailhouse Rock" leap to mind.

The Beatles themselves played L & S tunes like "Searchin", "Three Cool Cats", "Young Blood", "Kansas City" and one of my favorites, "Some Other Guy". Later in his solo career, John recorded "Stand By Me". Sadly, Jerry Lieber passed away last month at age 78.

If we are talking about songwriting duos who perform their own songs, it would be hard to argue Jagger / Richards. Not being a Simon & Garfunkel expert, I'm not sure if all of their songs were credited as such. Anyone?

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Zig said:

Not being a Simon & Garfunkel expert, I'm not sure if all of their songs were credited as such. Anyone?

Just credited to Simon. Garfunkel wasn't ever a songwriter, AFAIK. *checks wiki* Yep, he was sorta like Ringo's solo career, mostly songs from some friends.

 

(God, this no math is hell in a handbag.)

Edit: The Clash's Strummer/Jones, perhaps?

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