Who's the most Influential 50s Rock & Roll artist?

Who's the most Influential 50s Rock & Roll artist?

Little Richard
Bill Haley
Elvis Presley
Jerry Lee Lewis
Buddy Holly
Fats Domino
Bo Diddley
No votes
Carl Perkins
No votes
Eddie Cochran
No votes
Chuck Berry
Total votes : 63

Postby Albert » Fri Sep 17, 2010 4:00 pm

peterchecksfield wrote:Hank Marvin with his Stratocaster; he wanted one after seeing & hearing Buddy Holly play the instrument

unfortunaly you're wrong. below the true story

In 1959 Marvin and Richard searched through a Fender catalogue to find the model of guitar played by James Burton, Ricky Nelson's lead guitarist. They assumed it must be a Stratocaster because the most expensive guitar in the brochure was a gold-plated example with a red body and a one-piece Maple neck. Burton, however, played the Telecaster, and the Stratocaster was a relatively new model, available only to special order. Cliff Richard made the arrangements and the chosen guitar was imported specially for Marvin, who used it between 1959 and 1961.

As a child, he played the banjo and the piano. Hearing one of Buddy Holly's songs made him switch to the guitar, although he occasionally played both instruments on recordings.


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Postby peterchecksfield » Fri Sep 17, 2010 4:18 pm

Albert wrote:unfortunaly you're wrong.

Never. :wink:


Re: Who's the most Influential 50s Rock & Roll artist?

Postby bailbath » Wed Jul 20, 2011 4:05 pm

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On a recent weekend radio show, someone asked what was the greatest rock record of all time. I think the answer given was "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen.

It got me thinking because I was there when rock was rock 'n roll. It all started when Bill Haley topped the charts in 1955 with "Rock Around the Clock". The "roll" was removed when The Beatles and The Rolling Stones rose to fame in 1963. This column therefore addresses a more focussed question: What was the greatest record of that eight-year period and who were the Kings and Queens of Rock 'n Roll?

I know that for young readers this is like asking about Arthur and Boadicea when we live in the time of William and Kate (sorry Catherine now). Nevertheless, the source of modern pop music was that incredible era when songs involved three chords, guitars were acoustic, microphones were crystal and amplifiers were combined in small boxes with speakers. The dance was The Jive.

Let me start with my choice of royalty. The king, of course, was Elvis when he played with Scotty Moore (lead guitar), Bill Black (upright bass) and DJ Fontana (drums). It all started with "That's All Right" recorded at the Sun Records studios. It ended when he went into the army and Tom Parker, his manager, reinvented him afterwards as a smooth balladeer.

Coming close to Elvis in the royalty stakes are Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis: Holly and Orbison because of the range of their voices; Berry because of his classic rock compositions; and Lewis because of his mesmerising piano-playing technique. Interestingly, there was no super-stat female singer like Madonna at that time, but Brenda Lee and Connie Francis produced the odd rock 'n roll hit like "Sweet Nothins" and "Stupid Cupid".

On the other side of the Atlantic, Britain only produced copycats like Cliff Richard, Tommy Steale and Billy Fury. None of them cracked it in the United States; so it was one-way traffic until The Beatles arrived on the scene.

Be that as it may, let's get back to the first question of the best rock 'n roll record of all time. Here is my top 10 in descending order:

1. Blue Suede Shoes by Elvis Presley
2. Rock Around the Clock by Billy Haley
3. Peggy Sue by Buddy Holiday
4. At the Hop by Danny and The Juniors
5. Jailhouse Rock by Elvis Presley
6. Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On by Jerry Lee Lewis
7. Tutti Frutti by Little Richard
8. Hello Mary Lou by Ricky Nelson
9. Wake Up Little Susie by Everly Brothers
10 C'mon Everybody by Eddie Cochran

There you have it. It's one for the money, two for the show! "Blue Suede Shoes", written by Carl Perkins and turned into a hit by him at the same time as Elvis Presley, is for me the quintessential rock song. However, Elvis' version takes the prize because of his instantly vibrant voice and Scotty Moore's awesome guitar solo.

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