Chuck Berry vs. Elvis: The importance...

Chuck Berry vs. Elvis: The importance of black musicians

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bob

La Grange, KY

#1 Feb 4, 2008
uhweirhwoe

awc

“Pepperland”

Since: Dec 06

Pepperland

#2 Feb 4, 2008
johnny b. goode
little queenie
peeping at ladies pissing
nadine
bio
i.r.s. dodger
roll over beethoven
pissing on blonde ladies
maybelline
underage girls working in my bar
you can't catch me
cheating on my faithfull wife
my ding a ling
tax evasion criminal
have mercy judge
i like little kids dancing as i play
too old to duck walk

chuck is cool.
these are his best songs
happy milk day......

awc

“Pepperland”

Since: Dec 06

Pepperland

#3 Feb 4, 2008
always a race issue.

ELVIS IS THE KING OF ROCK AND ROLL.

CHUCK BERRY IS HIS ROYAL KNIGHT.

LITTLE RICHARD IS HIS QUEEN.

i'm sorry " my wife and kids " tv show got cancelled, i heard bill cosby's coming back.
ricobpro

Philippines

#4 Feb 8, 2008
What is the big deal here? Elvis was crowned the undisputed king of rock and roll. It is well known fact that Elvis was responsible for opening the door for black music. I also like Chuck and I don't think there is any competition between the two. Whatever some people say that Elvis stole the black music is purely inspired by envy and jealousy. This is not an issue of skin complexion but destiny.

awc

“Pepperland”

Since: Dec 06

Pepperland

#5 Feb 8, 2008
ricobpro wrote:
What is the big deal here? Elvis was crowned the undisputed king of rock and roll. It is well known fact that Elvis was responsible for opening the door for black music. I also like Chuck and I don't think there is any competition between the two. Whatever some people say that Elvis stole the black music is purely inspired by envy and jealousy. This is not an issue of skin complexion but destiny.
so right. elvis loved the black artists. rock was created by country and blues.
Techno76

Stony Point, NY

#6 Feb 9, 2008
In the end the Beatles have taken over as the most important influence on Modern Rock. You hardly hear anyone these days cite the Elvis or Chuck Berry as an influence. Rock Bands have ruled the day since the Beatles conquered the world.
billy jay

Cairo, GA

#7 Feb 25, 2008
i spent 35 years in radio programing in the music worls they put titles on singer, elvis king of rand r,bill halley the father of r and r and others. chuck berry is-- Mr Rock and Roll. i lovr elvis and chuck very much. elvis repected chuck he recorded some of his songs,promise land jonny b good.
Paul

Edwardsville, IL

#8 Jun 25, 2009
Elvis inspired the Beatles, The Stones, Springstein, Dylan, etc.....they all acknowledged he spurred them to pick up a guitar.
Hamish Cashinella

Dianella, Australia

#9 Aug 28, 2009
back in the 50s if jerry lee never bonked a 13 yo he would of been bigger then presley its a fact.

But Chuck Berry as a performer in the 50s throughout to 1995 blew ELVIS and Jerry Lee Lewis out of the water. They cant hold a candle to Chuck Berry CHUCK BERRY the KING OF ROCK N ROLL elvis became pop chuck never sold out.

If you give rock n roll another name you might call it chuck berry Quoted by John Lennon.

The Stones love Chuck Berry
Angus Young Loves Chuck Berry and ac/dc is the biggest hard rock band in the world do the math chuck has inspired more of the most famous rockers then almost any other 50s rock n roller.

Hell chuck berry still gets mainstream radio play on alice coopers Radio Broadcast.
Paul

Brooklyn, NY

#10 Oct 1, 2009
Chuck Berry blew Elvis out of the water?? Presley was a much better singer and his band was better than Berry's.I guess you've never seen clips of ELvis in 54/55. Chuck Berry doesn't even play in tune, nor did he ever have his own band-usually a local pick up band.
Berry did write some of Rock and Roll's greatest stuff, so much credit goes to him. He is a legend, but Presley is the King because he outsold, outsung, and outperformed Berry in every sense.
Corporate CEOs

Toledo, OH

#11 Oct 3, 2009
Let's see the evidence. First of all, rock n roll music as what some people would think of being rock n roll was actually BOOGIE WOOGIE (A genre of JAZZ started in the mid west-Kansas City area). Chuck Berry have played this STLYE for YEARS before the 1950s. Chuck Berry also created a style on the guitar (as played in "Jonnie B Goode) that was NEW and FRESH. Elvis just stold alot of black people music (including my relative who originally performed "That's all right, mama"). Elvis was a great entertainer (because of his CORPORATE FAN BASED, similar to POP HOP Today-hip hop of the 1996-2009 era), but never a true musician as Chuck berry. Elvis hits in the 1950s was stolen from Black Blues Artists. Elvis dance moves was COPIED by greats as Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis. I think they even had a printing machine named ELVIS because he copies like no other.

PS
The Elvis Presley Copier Machine
"Copies like no other"
Corporate CEOs

Toledo, OH

#12 Oct 3, 2009
Paul wrote:
Elvis inspired the Beatles, The Stones, Springstein, Dylan, etc.....they all acknowledged he spurred them to pick up a guitar.
The Beatles and the Rolling Stones picked up the guitar because they were influenced by Robert Johnson.
idiot

Wayne, NJ

#13 Oct 8, 2009
awc wrote:
<quoted text>so right. elvis loved the black artists. rock was created by country and blues.
You are a fool Elvis was a racist who is quoted as saying that a black person can only shine his shoes" know your history fool.
Corporate CEOs

Toledo, OH

#14 Oct 9, 2009
awc wrote:
<quoted text>so right. elvis loved the black artists. rock was created by country and blues.
Actually, rock n roll ALWAYS exist. It started in the 1930s in the KAnsas City/St.Louis area (same area that Chuck Berry were from) during the jazz era, what was known as "boogie-woogie"(a genre of jazz). If you listen to Count Bassie work from the 1930s, you will see correalations with the so called "Rock n Roll" music of the 1950s. Boogie Woogie was played in a Cleveland radio station during the late 1940s which a disc jockey there gave the name of the music (he didn't know of). He named it "Rock n Roll" because of its many energies that this form of music brings.
MsEbony123

Lakewood, NJ

#15 Oct 14, 2009
LISTEN, BOTTOM LINE IS NOT ALL BUT MOST WHITE MUSICIANS 40'S THRU 60'S EARLY 70'S STOLE BLACK SONGS BECAUSE THEY COULD -I DARE THEM TO TRY NOW.----THEY CAN'T EVEN SOUND THE PART.lolololol!!!THEIR MUSIC IS AIGHT.i GUESS.
MsEbony123

Lakewood, NJ

#16 Oct 14, 2009
ELVIS WAS RACIST AND STRAIGHT UP DIDNT GIVE A DAMN.
MsEbony123

Lakewood, NJ

#17 Oct 14, 2009
HE WAS A BETTER ARTIST SAYS WHO?THE WHITE CHARTS IN THE 60'S AND 70'S.HE SUCKED AS A PERSON,a "RACIST".OF COURSE HE WAS BETTER THAN CHUCK,THEY THOUGHT CHUCK WAS WHITE AND GAVE MORE RESPECT,THEN TO FIND OUT HE WAS A BLACK GUY...ELVIS GOT OPEN AND STARTED STEALING.
Philly

Seremban, Malaysia

#18 Jan 6, 2010
Chuck Berry created the template for modern rock and roll....Guitars, clever lyrics, songs about young life

Elvis was all about marketing....He created the modern image perhaps of rock and roll....An excellemnt performer perhaps but that's all

The Beatles liked Elvis but Chuck Berry was a lot more important to them....Did they ever cover any Elvis songs?

As John Lennon "If you want to give rock and roll anothe name, you could call it rock and roll"
Philly

Seremban, Malaysia

#19 Jan 6, 2010
Sorry meant the quote from Lennon in my last post should "You could call it Chuck Berry"
Gene

Lakeland, FL

#20 Jan 6, 2010
ricobpro wrote:
What is the big deal here? Elvis was crowned the undisputed king of rock and roll. It is well known fact that Elvis was responsible for opening the door for black music. I also like Chuck and I don't think there is any competition between the two. Whatever some people say that Elvis stole the black music is purely inspired by envy and jealousy. This is not an issue of skin complexion but destiny.
Elvis was the precursor to Eminem, The Beastie Boys,Justin Timberlake, etc. If they are popularly judged today as making their livings selling black music to white kids, why insulate Elvis from the same critique?

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