Ok, so Elvis was the King of Rock. Or was it Little Richard? Or Ike Turner? Bo Diddley? Beethoven? Jimi Hendrix? Or were the Beatles the Kings?
Who was the KING? ...and why?
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.
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.
Don't forget the catalyst everyone, the unlikely, Bill Hailey :-)
Albert Stone from South Swamp Studios was the King of Rock!
Aw Yeah Sorry.... Albert Stone.. was a X Dresser...
I meant to say he was the Queen of Rock!
Yeah...looked him up and didn't find much (I'll admit I thought you were joking--and you might be still LOL).
I reckon it depends what the criteria for rock is.
Is it how commercialized they got.
Is it the tempo.
Is it 50's and 60's only.
In a nutshell.
Johnny Cash rates better in my book than Elvis.
Little Richard could rock high energy, but then so could Jerry Lewis.
Does Queen qualify as Rock or are they Pop.
Then theres Don McClean and John Cougar Mellancamp
So Im really confused now.
Okay...You win.... Elvis is the King of Rock then ...LOL.
Queen is considered rock/metal (: Johnny Cash is amazing, but just as anything, it's hard to beat an original! Elvis always has been and always will be the king
@ 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.
Elvis Presley was the King of Rock ... He was the King of Roll too!
The Rolling Stones were the real pioneers of rock music!
There were many others ages before the Rolling Stones that formed rock music
@ quicksand: give a couple of reasons for each--Elvis + Stones (for education's sake).
Elvis is called the King for a reason. But I would say Chuck Berry was right behind him. But the Beatles transcended just Rock and Roll.
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.
@ Mighty Mom: you can't possibly leave without elaborating on such an intriguing response.
Sorry, you are all incorrect.
The King of Rock is Fred Flintstone.
What a question to ask!
The answer to this question, if there in deed was a question, was resolved in 1956.
The best quote from the KING:
I don't know anything about music. In my line, I don't have to.
It is rather difficult to associate the Beatles with rock as their capacity in that direction was not inexaustive. Although the music they produced was simply great.
The Rolling Stones was not similar to other bands and had a great capacity and surplus energy - inexaustive I would say.
As for Elvis Presley, he had it all! He was matchless indeed!
Just imagine what the music scene would have been or would have evolved into wthout the presence of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and of course Elvis Presley!
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.
@ quicksand I would say, even with the Beatles' and Stones' tremendous (gross understatement) influence on Rock, they are 2nd gen rockers building off of that which had already been established.
But that's my opinion, based on the principle that The King has to be a pioneer.
but he (or she) doesn't, though. It could be argued that the King of Rock is the one who transformed it the most. In that case the Beatles would be strong contenders. So would Hendrix.
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.
That's only my opinion.
It is whoever you want....elvis,little richard, chuck berry....who cares..it is who you liked that counts
Forget about Elvis being king of rock and roll, it's a myth perpetuated by his management.
No disrespect to Elvis he was a nice guy.
It's Chuck Berry without question.
blogivator, intriguing post. J4TR (just for the record) wanna share any reasons for saying this?
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 ...
There will only ever be one King of Rock and that is Elvis!
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?
Which category would Elton John be eligible for?
LOL. We'll have to hear it in his own words. I think he's doing an autobiographical film soon.
How about "Queen of the pop Ballad"? :-)
No disrespect Elton, even you would laugh at that.
@ Mighty Mom A King + Queen of Rock, decade-wise? Certainly. Just be sure to include the overall Ruler (LOL) if you have one.
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).
King = Chuck Berry
Royal Court = Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis
Queen = Can't think of anyone
King = Jimi Hendrix
Royal Court = Jim Morrison*, Donovan, Roy Orbison
Queen = Janis Joplin
Royal Court = Grace Slick, Aretha, Marianne Faithful
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
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
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
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
Not withstanding Mighty Mom's last post-
May I point out, that Elvis is the ONLY "One" to break a Billion dollars in sales in one year's time. And, to top it off, he been dead for over 20 years.
You asked for an "overall RULER" and I wasn't going to argue about Elvis
Bless you for having the courage to say what I know we are all thinking, Greek One
And he will be following in a short line of King/Queens of Rock:
1. Michael "Jacko" Jackson
2. Lady Gaga
3. Justine Beiber
@ Mighty Mom --wait a second there, aren't those Pop royalty? After all, MJ was the King of Pop...and I simply don't see the 'Rock' in Gaga or Beiber.
NOTES OF INTEREST:
-IS THE KING OF POP NECESSARILY THE KING OF ROCK? FOR EX., WAS MJ THE KING OF ROCK AS WELL (HE WAS THE KING OF POP)?
-HOW IS POP DIFFERENT THAN ROCK?
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