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Who invented rock 'n roll? My friend says it was Elvis Presley. 

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Posted November 21, 2008 at 6:00 PM via web

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Who invented rock 'n roll?

My friend says it was Elvis Presley. 

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 25, 2008 at 1:52 PM (Answer #2)

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Rock and roll was not "invented" by any one artist. It was a combination o the several people's influence in the 1950's. The primary roots of rock and roll can be traced to black rhythm and blues which was popular among black audiences, but white record stores and radio stations that catered to white audiences, would not play or sell the music. Two men, Sam Phillips of Sun Records in Memphis and Chicago DJ Alan Freed are probably most responsible for bringing black rhythm and blues to white audiences. Freed noticed the sales of a 'sanitized" version of "Shake, Rattle and Roll" by Bill Haley and the Comets. The song was then used in the 1955 movie "Blackboard Jungle"and became a tremendous hit. Freed dubbed the music "rock and roll", which was "two parts rhythm and blues, one part country and one part pure performance." Sam Phillips, who was based in Nashville, Tennessee, also noticed the strong attraction black rhythm and blues had on white audiences. He said all he needed was a "white boy who sounded black" to sell the music to whites. He found that boy in Elvis Presley. After Presley, many "rock and roll" singers became a success and helped push the sound to the top. Among them were Jerry Lee Louis, Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochran. That opened the door to black artists like Chuck Berry, Chubby Checker and Otis Redding. By 1959, rock and roll had taken over the radio business, which was considered almost dead because of TV, and the rock and roll was big business.

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted November 25, 2008 at 1:52 PM (Answer #3)

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"Rock-and-Roll(räk'n roll') n. first so used (1951) by Alan Freed, Cleveland disc jockey, taken from the song "My Baby Rocks Me with a Steady Roll". The use of rock, roll, rock and roll, etc., with reference to sexual intercourse, is traditional in blues, a form of popular music that evolved in the 1950's from rhythm and blues, characterized by the use of electric guitars, a strong rhythm with an accent on the offbeat, and youth-oriented lyrics." Elvis Presley, while very instrumental in making rock and roll more widespread was not alone.  Sam Phillips who owned Sun Records, was in Memphis, TN.; not Nashville.  He also signed Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, B.B. King, Howlin' Wolf, Rufus Thomas and numerous other significant artists. Although he first made his mark (and a very deep one) with electric blues by Black performers, he will be most remembered for his rockabilly stars, particularly Elvis Presley. At this same time we also had Buddy Holly who had his first official recording session in 1956. It was held in Nashville at producer Owen Bradley’s Barn Studio in Nashville, TN. Some might argue that the most influential name in the beginning of rock and roll was Bill Haley and the Comets.

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josephnscott | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 19, 2009 at 2:43 PM (Answer #4)

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The rock and roll sound was invented by R&B musicians during 1947-1949. To get a general idea of how the rock and roll sound came together, listen to these recordings in this order:

"Good Rockin' Tonight" Wynonie Harris

"Rock And Roll" Wild Bill Moore

"Rock The Joint" Chris Powell

Elvis acknowledged in an interview in Jet magazine that rock and roll was around long before his own recordings.

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted May 26, 2009 at 3:44 AM (Answer #5)

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The rock 'n' roll music form was not invented by any single person. It evolved over a period period from various trends in trends in music. It took the distinct form and name definitely before 1956 and definitely before release of first film of Elvis Presley in 1956 called "Love Me Tender" which was not a rock 'n' roll movie.

A movie called "Rock Around the Clock" featuring "Bill Haley and His Comets was perhaps the first rock 'n' roll movie, at least it was the fist popular movie featuring rock 'n' roll music. I saw this movie more than 40 years ago.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 31, 2010 at 8:04 AM (Answer #6)

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When we consider the "birth" of such movements as rock 'n' roll, we have to acknowledge that there was no sudden appearance of a fully-fledged and mature rock 'n' roll, rather it was a combination of many previous influences and movements. So, rather than looking for one name or group of people, you would do well to examine the context out of which rock 'n' roll arose and consider the various influences that led to it becoming such an influential movement.

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cool-me | Student, Grade 9 | Honors

Posted August 7, 2011 at 7:14 PM (Answer #7)

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elvis presley i think because he is king of rock n roll

 

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zoot96 | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted August 23, 2011 at 3:32 AM (Answer #8)

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I think it was just the natural progression of music, that had influences and was based on previous genres, especially blues.

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snickel1 | College Teacher | Salutatorian

Posted September 9, 2011 at 4:04 AM (Answer #9)

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i did

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angelicaf | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 18, 2011 at 1:37 PM (Answer #10)

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some say its progression and some say its elvis presley ...  i  say its elvis ... long live the king of rock-n-roll :]

 

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smartipi | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted September 21, 2011 at 7:35 AM (Answer #11)

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Most people beleive our freind Elvis Presley did. Long live rock-n-roll!!!

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candy-sara | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted October 5, 2011 at 3:59 PM (Answer #12)

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ELVIS PRESELY

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monstermetal1666 | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted November 21, 2011 at 3:01 AM (Answer #14)

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some would say that rock n' roll was started with jazz music.

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bellaryall101 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 30, 2011 at 3:45 AM (Answer #15)

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Little Richard once said, "The blues had an illegitimate baby and we named it rock 'n' roll."

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gitarguy918 | Student | eNoter

Posted December 1, 2011 at 6:42 AM (Answer #16)

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Chuck Berry. He truly revolutionized and created of a lead guitarist.

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inthekeyofc | College Teacher | eNoter

Posted January 14, 2012 at 11:23 AM (Answer #17)

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Elvis Presley earned the title of "King of Rock and Roll" but, not because he invented it.

He sold more records at the time than other artists. The title, in the music world, was given based on record sales.

ladyvols1 (answer #3) is the correct answer to the question asked.

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raitu | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted February 19, 2012 at 7:43 PM (Answer #18)

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Elvis is dead.

But Rock N Roll is still alive!

 

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coleenkelly | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted February 25, 2012 at 5:01 AM (Answer #19)

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Any discussion rock and roll should include the title of the first rock and roll record. Many of those posting here have mentioned Elvis Presley but no one mentions "Heartbreak Hotel." I belive that is because "Heartbreak Hotel" was recorded a full five years after the release of the first rock and roll record. And the name of that record was..."Rocket 88," by Jackie Brenston (1951). Interestingly this song was also recorded at Sun Records in Memphis.

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julie-rose | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 27, 2012 at 2:05 AM (Answer #20)

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No one actually created it. It started from musicians inspired by other musicians. Eventually it evolved into what we hear today. Most people think it came from Elvis Presley, but Elvis, too was inspired by someone.

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Yojana_Thapa | TA , Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted April 27, 2014 at 10:16 PM (Answer #21)

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Elvis Presely

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maria-vivanco | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted July 31, 2014 at 9:42 PM (Answer #22)

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Yeah it was elvis Presley 

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