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View Poll Results: Who deserves the title "The King of Rock and Roll"?
Elvis Presley 101 42.26%
Chuck Berry 71 29.71%
Little Richard 12 5.02%
Neither 55 23.01%
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Old 08-06-2009, 07:18 PM   #101 (permalink)
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^^Erase both from history, one at a time, and we'll see who makes the biggest whole in music history.
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Old 08-06-2009, 07:19 PM   #102 (permalink)
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Old 08-17-2009, 10:48 PM   #103 (permalink)
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Elvis wasnt the starting of rock n roll just one of the first white guys but he did dominate rock n roll for a while so is definitly a strong contender
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Old 08-21-2009, 02:22 PM   #104 (permalink)
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Old 08-21-2009, 02:26 PM   #105 (permalink)
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That was after a hefty blow on a joint my friends, sorry about that. in all seriousness i would say Elvis but that's my rock n roll music choice. If it's rock music in general i would have to say jim morrison.
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Old 09-22-2009, 02:39 PM   #106 (permalink)
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I don't know what the criteria are - hey, Kings aren't elected, they just take their rightful place, correct?

It has to be Elvis.

As has been noted, his was the face, voice and hips of rock and roll - he effectively kicked off the rock and roll party and kept it swinging right into the 1970s, when by rights it should have given way to the musical trends that followed.

Just because someone starts a trend, it doesn't mean that they were either better at it or better at "ruling" the music.

Elvis, while he was alive, completely ruled - it's easy to forget that now he's not here, like it is difficult to appreciate the impact of Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra and Little Richard, but people continued to play his songs, slick back their hair and generally want to be him in so many other ways right through the 50s, 60s and 70s. There's a guy in my town who thinks he IS Elvis, and there's a guy works down the chip shop...

Little Richard wasn't king of rock and roll - he was a huge explosion of wildness into a scene that was already considered wild, and his legacy lives on - but his energy died out pretty quickly - he had no momentum.

Likewise Chuck Berry. Guitar God and all that, with a few stonking numbers, but only Elvis actually kept it going the whole time and grew (quite literally) with his subjects.

Ask someone to name an Elvis song. Easy right - they can probably name several.

Now a Little Richard song. Bet they can't name as many - they may get "Tutti Frutti" or "Lucille", but that's about it.

Now Chuck Berry. "My Ding-a-Ling". Hmm. Not much of a legacy, eh Chuck?

Then there were the films - Presley had the whole media machine in the palm of his hand right from the start, while Little Richard and Chuck Berry were simply flavours of the month. Films? What films!


Harsh but fair, I think.


Elvis = The King.
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Old 09-28-2009, 12:25 AM   #107 (permalink)
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Why the heck do we insist on comparing artists in this way. The way I see it, there are three categories: Phenomenal rockers, then there are those that are listen-to-able, then there are the others.

In the Phenomenal rockers category, i dont bother to rank them, that would be useless and I think it would make me have less of an appreciation for the music
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Old 09-28-2009, 12:32 AM   #108 (permalink)
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...and I dont think elvis should even be on this list, unless celebrity is the main factor under consideration. When I have conversations with friends and over the internet about the legends of rock, elvis never comes up. One of the biggest celebrities, but as far as the music is concerned, not worth a mention. i know i stepped on many toes, but so be it
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Why the heck do we insist on comparing artists in this way. The way I see it, there are three categories: Phenomenal rockers, then there are those that are listen-to-able, then there are the others.

In the Phenomenal rockers category, i dont bother to rank them, that would be useless and I think it would make me have less of an appreciation for the music

That was exactly the scenario I tried to avoid - I wasn't getting into aspects of "good", "bad", "better", "phenomenal" or any other nonsensical opinionated term - I made a case, dependent on criteria, which I think is a reasonably strong one.

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...and I dont think elvis should even be on this list, unless celebrity is the main factor under consideration. When I have conversations with friends and over the internet about the legends of rock, elvis never comes up.
As I said - dependent on criteria.

And if Elvis never comes up with your friends, maybe he's either taken as read, because he was the first Rock and Roll star proper and hence his legend status is assumed to be undisputed (which, frankly, it is!) - or maybe you and your small circle of friends don't talk about or maybe even don't like his music. Takes all sorts.

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One of the biggest celebrities, but as far as the music is concerned, not worth a mention.
You forgot in my opinion

Since you don't qualify your opinion, I think you'll find that few will rise to such a tired troll.

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Old 10-06-2009, 03:29 AM   #110 (permalink)
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As Far as I'm concerned, Elvis never was the King of Rock, The man was a Ballard singer.
"Jailhouse Rock" is about the only Number i know that came close to Rock-n-Roll.
All just marketing hype as far as i make out.
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