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Chuck Berry vs. Elvis: The importance of black musicians

There are 154 comments on the Southeast Missourian story from Jan 17, 2008, titled Chuck Berry vs. Elvis: The importance of black musicians. In it, Southeast Missourian reports that:

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Limerick, Ireland

#143 Feb 1, 2014
John Lennon said that Chuck Berry was his hero with his poetic songs, tremendous tempo to his intelligent lyrics and is the true king of rock 'n roll

Astoria, NY

#144 Feb 8, 2014
Chuck Berry was a great artist and a real figure in rock n roll. Not to take anything away from Elvis. He was a badass singer and his band had some really really great songs. But as an artist Chuck Berry is better. Elvis did not write not one of those songs. It was his style and voice that made him famous. Put any other great singer in his position - black or white - and they would have been just as much of a success.

Chuck Berry and everything blues did way more for rock n roll than elvis did.

Dallas, TX

#145 Feb 10, 2014
awc wrote:
always a race issue.
i'm sorry " my wife and kids " tv show got cancelled, i heard bill cosby's coming back.
SORRY ,BUT IS NOT THE KING OF ROCK -N-ROLL YOU BIGOT SO PLEASE STOP KIDDING YOURSELF...stop spreading this historical lie ,why do you guy's do this .

Dallas, TX

#146 Feb 10, 2014
ELVIS ,opps I forgot his name..

Dallas, TX

#147 Feb 10, 2014
S L L wrote:
John Lennon said that Chuck Berry was his hero with his poetic songs, tremendous tempo to his intelligent lyrics and is the true king of rock 'n roll
very true...
Chuck Hays

Clifton Hill, MO

#148 Feb 10, 2014
Paul wrote:
Elvis inspired the Beatles, The Stones, Springstein, Dylan, etc.....they all acknowledged he spurred them to pick up a guitar.
Actually, Ramblin' Jack Elliot inspired Mick Jagger to pick up his first guitar.
Chuck Hays

Clifton Hill, MO

#149 Feb 10, 2014
S L L wrote:
John Lennon said that Chuck Berry was his hero with his poetic songs, tremendous tempo to his intelligent lyrics and is the true king of rock 'n roll
I don't believe John Lennon ever said that.

Prove it!

Dallas, TX

#150 Feb 10, 2014
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.
I am so sorry Elvis did not open any door for Black Music he simply benefited from it fool, are you sick he introduced white people to R&B knuckle Black's were already doing and listening to rock, so your right in one sense if your saying he is the king of rock for white people ,but not the king of original true rock -n-roll no way .he only sold record's because he was white and sounded and danced like a black man .do your research first before you come on here with your stupid white supremacy claims...
The Reaper

Albany, NY

#151 Mar 3, 2014
Chuck Berry is a really old pervert that videotaped women as they were in their stalls taking a dump at his Berryland estate amusement park. Besides, his only number one single was "Everybody's Playing With Mah Ding A Ling" in 1972. He certainly hasn't had a real hit in close to fifty years. All his songs have the same guitar riffs repeated over and over. Chuck Berry will never be the king of anything. Instead, he is almost a hundred years old and will soon kick de bucket. He will never make the front page news and very few people will care. The grim reaper is waiting.
The Reaper

Albany, NY

#152 Mar 3, 2014
S L L wrote:
John Lennon said that Chuck Berry was his hero with his poetic songs, tremendous tempo to his intelligent lyrics and is the true king of rock 'n roll
The same John Lennon that neglected his son Julian and beat his wives including the homewrecking, cat squealin' Yoko Ono?

Sorry, but Chuck Berry was just another fifties rocker that found himself playing third bill on the oldies circuit by 1968. He had no number one or top ten albums and only a handful of hit singles to ever hit the top ten on the billboard pop charts.

"My Ding A Ling" has intelligent lyrics?

Since: Jun 13

Raleigh, NC

#153 Apr 8, 2014
Elvis was the king and Chuck was the father.

Both indelible artists who played a big imprint on popular music. That's how it should be. None of this foolish discussion about who was better than who.

Nairobi, Kenya

#154 May 19, 2014
There is no disputing that Chuck berry is the King of Rock and roll. That position cannot be disputed. Chuck berry comes a close second as he had brought forth a lot of quality in the game, even in his old age. That must account for something. You can also check out some releases by the bull hounds here
The Reaper

Clifton Park, NY

#155 May 25, 2014
As old Chuck Dingleberry slowly dies, his legendary standing of yesteryear is strictly a small footnote in rock history. Absolutely no number one albums and only one laughable number one single, "Mah Ding A Ling" in 1972 to his credit. Chuckie is basically an influence on old school British invasion bands like The Rolling Bones. Dingleberry is more known for his tax problems, his stints with the law, his perverted videotaping of women on the poddy at his Dingleberry estate. His last new album was called, "Rockit" in 1979. In reality, Chuck Dingleberry is like Little Richard. They wish they were The King Of Rock N Roll but were never that talented enough to progress out of the oldies circuit of fake fifties acts like Sha Na Na, playing small gigs and opening up for larger bands in the late sixties until the early eighties when he celebrated his 60th birthday with Keith Richards in the 1986 concert film, "Hail, Hail Rock N Roll". Ironically, Chuckie Dingleberry never had his name in lights. Now, the grim reaper is creeping up on the old bugger as he stumbles through another pathetic performance where he can barely play guitar. Everybody gets old but Chuckie was content to ride on the same riffs done over and over again.


Lancaster, OH

#156 Aug 1, 2014
I liked Chuck Berry and refuse to put him down. As for the term 'King of Rock and Roll', Elvis didn't do it himself, he had help.

Now, anyone who compares Chuck Berry to Elvis should find another subject to discuss because music is not their best subject. In fact they make themselves sound rather foolish.

Race has nothing to do with it.

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