• How do you look at it?
  • That seems to be quite an over-simplification. What happened was record companies found out that white kids were buying records made for black people so they figured if they could get white artists to sing the same songs and in the same style they could sell more records to white kids. And so they got Bill Haley and Elvis Presley and The Crew Cuts and Buddy Holly etc. Which they labeled "rock and roll" to appeal to white audiences. Once that caught on even the black records that kids bought came to be called "rock and roll" so it became a thing. Chuck Berry came along somewhere in the middle of all this and he was one of the first black artists to tailor his songs and singing style specifically to white teenagers.
  • I wouldn't go quite so far as to call him the "Father" of rock & roll, but he was most certainly one of it's great early pioneers. There were a lot of fantastic musicians who changed the course of music with the birth of Rock & Roll in the 50's. They will be dearly missed by people like me, but their legacy has stood the test of time and will live on for many years to come. Enjoy.

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