Rock n Roll was originally Black music.
who credits elvis with rock? No the token white guy that made rock n roll was fuckin buddy holly
Ugh don’t get me started on Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly was meaningless, an inferior artist to his contemporaries, and the epitome of someone made legendary purely by the nature of his passing. If Justin Bieber or those 1Direction kids were to pass away at the height of their popularity, that’s about as meaningful an artistic contribution Buddy made.
Chuck & Little Richard built Rock and Roll; Elvis and Bill Haley brought it into white airwaves (which, by the way, made a LOT of money for those black artists a well, because copyright law for music gives payments to the initial composer) that they were shut out of.
All of these people are essential for the rock and roll of today; the blacks and the whites. Literally the only reason blues and R&B didn’t explode back in the 40s is because as black musicians, Muddy Waters & Howlin’ Wolf and all those folks just wouldn’t get airplay on white stations. For better or for worse, there *needed* to be white musicians first to bring the music into that space and create the demand to start breaking down the barrier.
Chuck Berry’s music probably inspired more folks to pick up a guitar and learn to play than anyone except the Beatles themselves (another group of musicians who brought blues back to whites). Chuck wrote the book on rock and roll. But the full story is more complex (and cooler) than that.