Top Ten "Fathers" of Rock & Roll

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".

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21 Ray Charles Ray Charles Raymond Charles Robinson, professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and composer.

He is awesome

22 Muddy Waters Muddy Waters McKinley Morganfield, known by his stage name Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician who is often cited as the "father of modern Chicago blues".

Its funny because all of the white people forget that Rock n' Roll was considered race music (Black, Urban) and was created by African-Americans ONLY. Just like Jazz and Blues before it. Not one of the white artist named above had anything to do with the creation of the artform. Yes, they helped popularize it because the music gatekeepers hand picked the faces of white artist that they thought would be marketable and provided TONS of resources not afforded to Black artist of that time. History will not be re-written to make these people bigger than they are. The artist listed above stole or barrowed their entire style from the "TRUE" forefathers. SMH, these forums disgust me.

Muddy Waters is a Chicago Blues legend and helped influence the first Rock n' Rollers.

23 Jared Leto Jared Leto

There is no contest. He is the best

24 Ozzy Osbourne Ozzy Osbourne John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948. He is also known as ''The Prince of Darkness''. Ozzy is an English singer, songwriter, and television personality. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the band Black Sabbath. Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath more.


25 Carl Perkins Carl Perkins Carl Lee Perkins was an American singer-songwriter who recorded most notably at the Sun Studio, in Memphis, Tennessee, beginning in 1954. His best-known song is "Blue Suede Shoes".

He was the King of Rockabilly which flourished in the south and made one of the best single called blue suede shoes that even Elvis did a cover of

26 Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain Kurt Cobain was born February 20, 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. In 1988, he started the grunge band Nirvana. He was a talented yet troubled grunge performer. Kurt Cobain became a rock legend in the 1990s with his band. He committed suicide at his Seattle home in 1994.

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

A father of Rock and Roll? Rock and Roll was already 15 years old when he was born. He maybe did a contribution in Rockmusic but he's certainly not a " father " of Rock and Roll.

27 Ike Turner

A huge jerk, but he made the very first rock and roll record "Rocket 88", long before he met Tina.

So he created rock n roll, and 27 people are above him. - venomouskillingmachine

Rocket 88 is a SUN-Records single recorded by Jackie Brenston and his Delta cats. Ike Turner who was part of the Delta cats played piano on those sessions. So, saying that " he " made that record is false. Besides many concider this record still as Rhythm and Blues and not really Rock and Roll. The very first Rock and Roll record is in my opinion the SUN-records single " That's allright, Mama / Blue moon of Kentucky " by Elvis Presley from 1954. The perfect mix of a white sounding black music ( That's allright by Arthur Crudup ) together with a black sounding white music ( Blue moon of Kentucky by Bill Monroe ). This was a unique sound never heard before and wasn't called Rockabilly yet in 1954. First it was called " Catmusic ", " Hillbilly Bop ", " Folk Blues [ sic ] " etc... This is really the primitive form of Rock and Roll.

28 Louis Jordan
29 James Brown James Brown

The father of Soul, The Godfather of Funk... but not really the father of Rock and Roll. Some of his early records has a Rock and Roll " touch " but it is in fact closer related to Rhythm and Blues. But he's a talented singer and showmen nevertheless.

The REAL father of rock and roll

30 Johnnie Johnson

Johnnie Johnson is one of the most underrated artists of all

31 Bob Dylan Bob Dylan Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist and writer . he won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2016 .
32 The Beatles The Beatles The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. The members consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They were soon known as the foremost and most influential act of rock era. Rooted in skiffle, beat, and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented more.

We're talking about the Fathers of Rock and Roll here on this list. Meaning the instigators of Rock and Roll. The Beatles were in their early years no more than a " cover " band of Rock and Roll ( and in my opinion a not that good coverband ). They really don't belong here!

One of the greatest bands of all time

They changed the face of popular music forever.

33 Dion DiMucci
34 Syd Barrett Syd Barrett Roger Keith Barrett was an English musician, composer, singer, songwriter, and painter. Best known as a founder member of the band Pink Floyd, Barrett was the lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter in its early years and is credited with naming the band.
35 Link Wray

I guess this list is for the father, so this inclusion is a non-issue since link wray is the godfather and gods need not the acceptance of mere mortals.

36 Elmore James Elmore James

The FIRST FATHER of Rock n Roll

37 Lemmy Kilmister Lemmy Kilmister Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead. He was a bassist and a singer known for his raspy voice. He died in 2015 from cancer and other health problems.

Lemmy is god

38 Billy Idol Billy Idol William Michael Albert Broad, known professionally by his stage name Billy Idol, is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor. V 1 Comment
39 Syd Barrett Syd Barrett Roger Keith Barrett was an English musician, composer, singer, songwriter, and painter. Best known as a founder member of the band Pink Floyd, Barrett was the lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter in its early years and is credited with naming the band.
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