Elvis was the King of Rock. He was titled so before any others, and he got the name out for the rock genre. Jimi Hendrix is what we like to call a "guitar god." Little Richard paved the way for Elvis to become that. Ike Turner is also one of the "fathers" of rock. Bo Diddley is along side those of the "fathers" of rock. Beethoven has no rule in this in my opinion, as he is just another of the greats of Classical music that has been transformed into rock. And the Beatles, they came after Elvis, and though they were influential, I do not agree with them being considered the Kings of Rock.
As far as 'paving the way' goes, I believe Blues living legend BB King credits Elvis with jump-starting his career. And the Rolling Stones were instrumental in helping Muddy Waters achieve huge popularity.
Elvis was the king of rock. And although I never worshipped him like a "king", I just think that title fits his status from a worldly view. However, I loved many of his songs, both rock and gospel. His voice and image is unforgettable. The thing I like most is what I heard he said once when he was touted as "the king". He said Jesus was the (true) King. I respect Elvis for saying that.
Elvis earned this title years ago. Other titles have since come forward, such as Bruce Springsteen who has been dubbed, “The Boss.” Actually the Beatles have outsold Elvis and Michael Jackson (the King of Pop), so it is perhaps correct to refer to them all as kings? They were certainly all kings in their respective generations.
@ Dale: no reason 4 confusion...yes, for 'musicologists' among us, 50s to 60s is pretty much the time being targeted. Anything after that is 2nd or 3rd gen, and the King would have to be 1st gen--for me at least.
However in the Intro post I included many outside of this criteria because I didn't want to limit preferences and was/am interested to see who ppl think is The King.
It's funny, tho. The music Elvis sang would not be considered "rock" by today's standards. Rockabilly, yes. Rock & Roll? IDK. Maybe I'm focusing my definition of "rock" too much on 60s rock and heavy metal....
Yeah haha, the "rock" of today is based off of metal from the 60s and up. Going off of the history of rock's origins, there were many musicians that influenced it, and Elvis just happened to be that one that really made it stick out.
The Beatles had a lot of Elvis's style for a while, til the whole drug age kicked in. But I do agree with you on your answer! Three greats of the original Rock Age indeed, though I gotta keep to the original, Elvis is King of Rock.
Well you have some valid points that cannot be contradicted.
However I find it difficult to equate the Beatles with rock. Considering Elvis Presley, it is not only the kind of music that he was responsible for creating, it was also his personality, his voice, and summing it up it was his charisma that influenced the impact his music had on music fans.
When the Rolling Stones exploded, they sounded dissimilar to whatever had preceded their era. So ... I would not say that they took over from where someone left.
As for Jimi Hendrix, he was the king of his own kind of music. I have a belief that he was influenced by the Rolling Stones.
Man, this is a great post you started, 6 String, I wish I had more time for this, but I am so busy.
Although I'm fairly certain I once heard an early recording of someone else doing it , I cannot remember who, it was Chuck who upped the tempo of the 12 bar to make that rhythm his own, which was then used in countless 1000's of rock and pop records forever onwards, also I believe his influence over all the big stars who came after was far greater than that of Elvis. viz. Beatles, Stones, etc. Forgive me folks I am not putting Elvis down, he was a fantastic entertainer, but for me there were too many ballads....
A mention also of Mr. Diddly, Bo to his friends, this guy was also a master musician who did not follow the flock and invented his own "Bo Diddly Beat" Unfortunately not as popular or long lived as the 12 bar of CB, Oh and by the way for all you youngsters out there, this is the guy that invented odd shape guitars, before Gibson ever thought of the flying "V"
There is an underlying issue here also, that is one of racism, bearing in mind the era to which we are referring, for instance, I still find it hard to believe that in order to be on TV, Nat King Cole had to have his hair straightened and slicked down, and black women had to wear wigs.
Sorry to go off topic a bit but you did ask for my thoughts, anyway have to go now. Take care all. :-)
He who listens to tracks from the movie "Blue Hawaii," having already heard tracks like "Wont You Wear My Ring Around Your Neck," "Jailhouse Rock," ... will confirm that he is not only the king of Rock ...
Certainly more votes for Elvis than anyone else here. I saw a biography of Jimi Hendrix the other night -- actually, more of an autobiography. What an amazingly talented and humble artist he was. He was all about the music, man. Not the money. The music.
Can we have a King and Queen of Rock for each decade?
Ok, here's my nominations World Ruler of Rock = Elvis (by popular vote) To make it easier (on myself) I am only going with solo artists rather than bands. Also including only "rock-oriented" singers (so MJ, Prince, Madonna will not appear, even though they ruled the '80s).
1950s King = Chuck Berry Royal Court = Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis Queen = Can't think of anyone
1960s King = Jimi Hendrix Royal Court = Jim Morrison*, Donovan, Roy Orbison Queen = Janis Joplin Royal Court = Grace Slick, Aretha, Marianne Faithful
1970s King = David Bowie Royal Court = John Lennon, Elton John, Mark, Don & Mel, Jethro Tull, Lou Reed, Iggy Popp, Van Morrison (and that's only about 1/4 of the court) Queen = Deborah Harry Royal Court = Patti Smith, Carole King,Linda Rondstadt
1980s King = Ozzy Osbourne Royal Court = Morrissey, Billy Idol,Tom Petty, SRV, Clapton, Elvis Costello, Springsteen Queen = Bonnie Raitt Royal Court = Chrissie Hynde, Joan Jett, Pat Benetar, Stevie Nicks, Tina Turner, Cyndi Lauper
1990s King = Kurt Cobain Royal Court = Eddie Vedder,Beck, Michael Stipe,Neil Young,Lenny Kravitz Queen = Sheryl Crow Royal Court = Alanis Morissette, Tracy Chapman,Tori Amos,The chick from Garbage
2000s King = Jack White Royal Court = Chris Cornell,Thom Yorke Queen = Gwen Stefani Royal Court = Fergie, Fiona Apple, Avril Lavigne,Joss Stone
*I know, I just broke my own solo artists rule, but Morrison WAS the Doors
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