Top Ten "Fathers" of Rock & Roll

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Rock and Roll had it's beginnings in the 50s. There were many who could be considered to be the "Fathers of Rock and Roll". Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

1
Chuck Berry
Chuck's lyrics and music were the foundation. Ask Keith Richards. But Little Richard should probably be #2. That's not to take anything away from Holly!
The best guitarist of his time, by far!
You can hear the origins of rock when Chuck plays guitar. Primitive, pure, raw and awesome.
[Newest]He could sing, play guitar and write music extremely well, doesn't that make him the most talented artist of the '50s?

2Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly was definitely the "Father of Rock and Roll". He was a huge influence on many musicians around the world, and had a lasting effect on music. Not to mention, he was a brilliant singer who didn't need any vocal enhancing and tricks that so many musicians these days use to make themselves sound better. Buddy wrote all of his own songs, sang his own music with no vocal enhancing tricks, and was an amazing talent by playing lead guitar, while the Crickets provided the background vocals and music. If anyone should be considered the Father of Rock and Roll, in my eyes at least, it definitely has to be Buddy Holly!
Buddy Holly must have been the most efficient, hands on, do it all kind of guy to have accomplished hat he did in the time he did it. He had already completed 15 tours (probably short ones considering it was the 50s) by the time of his death. Everything he did was innovative for that time from his instrument choice to the way he must have communicated his thoughts to get the sound he wanted from his side men & the talent he surrounded himself with. He was in the process of being in control of his marketing & Royalties at the time of his death, another first. During his road tours he was in charge & preferred not to drink etc. nor did he encourage it. Just a responsible, straight laced guy doing what he loved & doing it in a Legendary way.
Buddy did more for Rock N Roll than any artist. He created the echo chamber, the four piece rock band and overdubbing. He was also the first major artist to use a Fender Stratocaster. The fact that he wrote, produced and recorded his songs speaks volumes about his talent. In an 18 month time span, he wrote many songs that are still played and being re-recorded today. Somewhere in the world, one of his songs is being played on the radio right now. It's been over 50 years since his voice was silenced, but the music plays on. He will not fade away. Ever. Listen to songs like Everyday, where the drummer slaps his knees to give the rhythm. Not Fade away, where the drummer plays on a cardboard box. The Beatles named their band after the Crickets for a reason. Buddy Holly was inducted into the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame before them for a reason. He was simply the best.
[Newest]Imagine in just 18 months or so he did what he did all the rest on this top 10 had years if not decades to make a lasting mark

3Elvis Presley
He is the king.. Not only in a musical way, also with his charisma..
Mississippi has produced a lot of founding fathers in rock n roll, blues & country & a king
Elvis is the father of rock, chuck revolutionized it, but elvis is the king
[Newest]Before Lebron was king there was Elvis enough said

4Little Richard
Please look past his sexuality and enjoy the jam.
Preceeded Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, & Elvis in breaking out into rock & roll. Big influence on John Lennon.

5Bill Haley and The Comets
Although I like all of the "fathers" on this list, I just felt like going with Bill Haley and His Comets. After all, they came early in rock 'n roll history, didn't they? Made some catchy songs, that's for sure
Rock around the Clock just shook the World, it connected the rebellious youth to a sound. So for this song alone Bill Haley deserves at least the number two spot.
As a former Comet I say Bill Haley is the one that brought R&R to mainstream of American Life. The others mentioned here mostly rode his coat tails into the mainstream of acceptance..

6Jerry Lee Lewis
He is crazy and this ir a real rock'n'roll!
The Killer himself proclaimed he played the Devil's music. And hell was he good at pumping' that piano!
He represented the true spirit if rock'n'roll

7Bo Diddley

8Roy Orbison

9Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash is the Father of Country, not rock and roll

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10Alan Freed
The founder, and the man who coined the term "Rock and Roll. "

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Alan Freed coined the term "Rock"N"Roll and people who say it's chuck berry is not correct. Chuck berry started his career after the first rock"n"roll song was released in 1951 by Jackie Brendston named "Rocket 88" And Chuck Berrys first hit was first released in 1955 which was called "Maybellene" Bill Haley and his comets made rock n roll popular with rock around the clock, Elvis was the king, but not the first one that sang rock"n"roll. Buddy Holly was one of the world's most talented artist, but his career started in 1956. Buddy Holly was the father of "Rock Music" and not "Rock"N"Roll music" So if my opinion is right Jackie Brendston was the first to to sing Rock"N"Roll but he didn't get good hits. The first rock"N"Roll hit was "Rock Around the Clock" By Bill Haley and his comets. But I wrote for Alan Freed, because that he was the one that had the power to create a whole new music term, and none of the rock n roll singers we know today would have known rock n roll if it was not for alan freed. Jackie brendston heard what Freed was doing and made a song. Later in 1953 Elvis, Chuck Berry, Bill Haley, and all of them came and made that kind of music too. So Allan Freed in my opinion.

The Contenders

11Robert Johnson
I have no comment. He wins and all of you are wrong!
If it wasn't for Robert the other names on this list wouldn't even exist
Robert johnson no doubt he really was a big big help in rock and roll

12Big Joe Turner
He had what is considered the first rock song with "Shake Rattle and Roll. "
Roll 'Em Pete, 1938. Rock the Joint, 1947. Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup belongs at the top of this list followed by Big Joe Turner.

13Ritchie Valens
I say ritchie valens is the king of rock n roll he probably would out due Elvis..

14Eddie Cochran
The most talented rocker in his era and father of guitar based rock. Best guitarist of his time (hands down), guitar and musical pioneer, composer, producer, played guitar - bass - piano & drums, wrote his own songs, evolved guitar technique, could play literally any style, set the base for rock guitar, only white guy who could actually play the blues... and he died when he was 21. Nothing else to add.

15Wolfman Jack

16Lloyd Price
I can't stop pooping

17Jimi Hendrix
Greatest guitar player who ever lived, probably won't see anybody like him ever again
He is by far the greatest guitarist of all time. He literally invented rock.
I can't stop pooping, actually I gotta go. I gotta poop right now!
[Newest]Yes Jimi was Great, but this is about rock n roll fathers.

Rolit


18Gene Vincent
Had one of the greatest rock & roll songs of all itme. Be Pop a Lulu

19Carl Perkins

20Fats Domino

21The Tielman Brothers

22Kurt Cobain
I know many people may call him overrated but I feel he contributed a lot to the music world. And he deserves some recognition

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