What is the Best rock and roll band of all time.

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by dlew919, Jul 31, 2019.

  1. dlew919

    dlew919 Synchromatic

    Jul 18, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    The rules. Can’t be the backup band to a singer - buddy holly and the crickets

    Must have music derived from post-1950 pre 1963

    Must be relatively well known.

    Rules can be changed or added to.

    My initial nominations

    The cramps
    The stray cats
    Beatles pre 1964
    Rolling Stones pre 1964

    Your turn.

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  2. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    Bad Co. ( hope they qualify )
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  3. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Oh, Paul Rogers' back up band? Actually, I think they might qualify. If so, then...

    Creedence Clearwater Revival (Fogerty)
    Fleetwood Mac (best rhythm section ever, with various leads)
    Dire Straits (Knopfler)
    Little Feat (Lowell George)

    Most bands have one or two featured musicians. Some others, like the Beatles, had all talented members. Buddy Holly needed the Crickets at the start. A band is a group effort, even if there is a featured performer or two. You can't do it alone (for the most part). Mediocre players will bring a great talent down, good backup is essential. Trying to single out one band to be the all time greatest is nearly impossible. The age spread of GT is too wide, tastes too varied. Everyone has a favorite, and thankfully there's a variety. It'd be boring if there was only one greatest band. YMMV.
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  4. dlew919

    dlew919 Synchromatic

    Jul 18, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    I don’t expect consensus. :)

    But I’m going to knock out your four and bad company. All great rock bands. But not rock and roll bands.

    You’re right re the featured player. However I had to narrow it down somewhere. ;)

    Maybe credence can stay in.

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  5. Trash Kidd

    Trash Kidd Country Gent

    Dec 14, 2015
    London U.K.
  6. MTurner

    MTurner Friend of Fred

    Aug 17, 2010
    Clayton, North Carolina, USA
  7. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    I gather you're referring to bands with an emphasis on the "Roll" in Rock n' Roll.
    In which case CCR most definitely qualify. :)

    I do love The Cramps and The Stones.

    ..... and Motorhead (yes, Motorhead were very much a Rock n' Roll band:cool:)
  8. tdtom

    tdtom Gretschie

    Oct 26, 2018
    new zealand
    Does Little Richard count?...
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  9. dlew919

    dlew919 Synchromatic

    Jul 18, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    No because he was a featured performer not a band. One of the all time greats though.

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  10. tdtom

    tdtom Gretschie

    Oct 26, 2018
    new zealand
    he meets the criteria of the original post which doesn't say that it can't be an individual. I didn't mention the backup band and he Did play. maybe I can get another choice? lol
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  11. dlew919

    dlew919 Synchromatic

    Jul 18, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    Fair point. But he’s the last one through in that category. :p

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  12. alan s

    alan s Electromatic

    Oct 4, 2016
    Gotta be
    Stray Cats
    Beatles or The Stones for me but not in any particular order

    There were many great R & R songs out at various times over the years,but I think the Beatles and the Stones stayed the pace best to me
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  13. mandobandit

    mandobandit Gretschie

    Apr 1, 2019
    Pretty things
    No particular order
  14. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    Chuck Berry - the man who invented The Rock'n'Roll...

    But it's me, OK ? :D

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  15. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
  16. Lionpotato

    Lionpotato Gretschie

    Oct 10, 2018
    Without Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, and Elvis......there would be no modern rock and roll as we know it. But further back are the Mississippi blues musicians....without them the 3 above would never had played and sang the way they do. All rock and roll pays homage to the Mississippi blues musicians who never really profited for their originality.
  17. Lionpotato

    Lionpotato Gretschie

    Oct 10, 2018
    The Who, The Beatles
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  18. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Rock n roll, well-known, pre-'63? Chuck Berry, no contest...
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