Coming from Detroit, I've always had that Motown influence....Stevie Wonder, Aretha, Marvin Gaye, Supremes, Martha & the Vandellas, etc... in my blood as well as the white soul/blues influenced acts such as Bob Seger System, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, Grand Funk Railroad, Rare Earth, MC5, the Stooges ....and Ted Nugent/Amboy Dukes(?)
My first Jazz experience was probably my listening to my parents Dave Brubeck Take Five LP and because I was taking piano at the time the timing really interested me.
also had some Harry Bellafonte and Three Dog Night.
I remember recueing "Jeriamiah was a Bullfrog" over and over...
Aerosmith, J. Geils, Bad Company and Stevie "Guitar" Miller were always Detroit concert and airwave favs.
Thru my teens I was BIG into KISS, Bad Company, Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper, Styx, Foghat, Hendrix, Black Sabbath, the Who, Rush, Led Zep, etc...
early on I didn't get the big buzz over Cream???
Went thru the metal/hair rock phase mainly consisting of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Dokken....then on to white trash rock like GNR and the like.
I really got hooked on jazz when I hit my 30's and finally figured out what all the fuss was about over Cream!!!
Now that I'm in my 40's Jazz is my staple listening choice as it offers more diversity IMO than AOR rock could ever encompass.
Don't get me wrong, I still spin Zeppelin from time to time and even give that old Romeo Void "Never Say Never" an occasional listen but I also find myself branching out into classical and opera as it offers more complexity and dynamics that, for the most part, jazz fails to deliver.
Blues and Rock are fine but after awhile become to predictable and simple IMO... it's like watching an Ahhhnold action flick vs. something like "The Good Shepard", "Chinatown", "The Usual Suspects", etc...
I still crank the radio whenever I come across something off "British Steel"!!!