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

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

  1. Funky54

    Funky54 Gretschie

    Aug 12, 2010
    This is Rawk n Roll man... we break rules!

    I’ll add Thin Lizzy, Van Halen & LED Zepplin cause it feels good to break rules!
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  2. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Well, the Beatles were a hyped up Skiffle group, the first boy band of it's kind at that. They only adapted to rock n roll when they performed in Hamburg opening for the likes of the Tielman brothers, who were real rock n rollers. :cool:
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  3. Gretschtim1

    Gretschtim1 Country Gent

    Dec 4, 2012
    Dundalk, Md
    Yeah I hear Skiffle all over Revolver, Sgt Pepper, Rubber Soul and Abbey Road. There's even a touch shows through on Helter Skelter...:rolleyes:...:D.
  4. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
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  5. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    Soooooo, The “King of Rock n’ Roll” was just a country singer? Those original original Sun recordings featuring such Rock n’ Roll/Rockabilly standards as “That’s Alright Mama”, “Mystery Train”, “Baby, let’s Play House” were just country songs?!
    Wonders never cease ;)
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  6. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Maybe it’s me, but a lot of the Sun songs recorded with Elvis singing doesn’t sound like 50’s country singing. Compare it to Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, and of course the Honky Tonk bands of the era. His singing sounds nothing like country. He first started singing Choir in church and loved Gospel music throughout his life. Which had more influence on him then country.

    Elvis, Scotty and Bill gave birth to Rock and Roll nationally... no doubt about it. If the rules were different he’d likely be #1 for most people. Honestly the rules (no offense) are wacky. As much as I love even newer bands like the Stray Cats and others that arrived after the years selected. Hands down it needs to go to the originals... Elvis, Jerry Lee, Gene, Chuck, Buddy, Burnette, etc. They weren’t copies or tried to sound like a certain era, they were playing it fresh and original at the beginning. It doesn’t make sense that bands that come decades later should be in the same running even if some may be better in certain ways. Maybe the rules should’ve been for each decade instead, but that’s just my thoughts.
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  7. EESmith

    EESmith Electromatic

    Jun 6, 2019
    Plymouth, IN
    I know what you're saying, but it sure isn't the blues either. I agree with the gospel music thing too. It's just an observation.
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  8. dlew919

    dlew919 Synchromatic

    Jul 18, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    The rules were not to deny the importance of the great solo acts. They are hugely important. But one of the things the Beatles do is make it possible for a band to be big - when you think about it, rock and roll and rockabilly didn't actually have many 'bands' - the vast majority were 'Main Person' and the 'Clever names'. Now, the bands were terrific - Gene Vincent's band, Elvis's bands (Scotty, Bill and PJ, or the TCBs, or anyone else), Little Richard's early bands, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck's bands, the Crickets, etc.... The DooWop guys are an exception. But is doowop rock and roll? That's a question for another thread. (Short answer - definitely maybe, perhaps.)
    But where we started talking (my friend and I) were actual bands - complete units as opposed to a star vehicle. Some really interesting choices have come up here - She Na Na, for example. Paul Nevere and the Raiders sort of count, although there's a 'front man'.

    I accepted the One-ders. No-one said The Hawks, who become The Band. My friend is adamant that the greatest band is the Cramps. But I'm torn between pre-1964 Beatles, pretty much for the reasons given above, The Hawks , the Stray Cats and The Cramps. But I can't ignore The Animals or She Na Na.

    As for the all-time greats, the Five - Elvis, Richard, Jerry Lee, Chuck and Buddy. But what order you put them in, and whether you think, no, Fats, Carl, Gene, Eddy, Duane, Wanda, Bo, Del, Roy....

    It's bean a great discussion, and I wasn't expecting it to be so long and so far-reaching.
    But I hope you see my reasoning... and let's continue it!
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  9. T Bone

    T Bone Country Gent

    Quite right. And let's not forget Jailhouse Rock. And Hound Dog.

    You are correct, it's not the Blues. Also not Country. Have you never heard "The Blues and Country had a child, and they called it Rock and Roll"? Influenced by and elements of both. The roots/birth of Rock and Roll.
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  10. gretschbo

    gretschbo Gretschie

    Jun 10, 2008
    London Ontario Canada
    How about Bo Diddley - His mid '50s line up was pretty good rock n roll -
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  11. Gretschtim1

    Gretschtim1 Country Gent

    Dec 4, 2012
    Dundalk, Md
    Yeah but Paul Revere was the keyboard player and not the front man. Mark Lindsay was the original singer but there were others too. Paul was in the band from start to finish. So Paul Revere and The Raiders were definitely a band - and they all wore tights...:D.
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  12. Charging Charlie

    Charging Charlie Gretschie

    Jun 21, 2018
    BEATLES !!!
    The Stones
    Dave Clark Five
    (sorry guys.....I like the British Invasion Era . LOL )
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  13. Rusty Silver

    Rusty Silver Gretschie

    Jun 25, 2017
    Italy (Rome and Genoa)
    Stones, Creedence (they're definetly a RnR band for me!), Real Kids (their 1st album is totally Real rocknroll!! More than Ramones, yeah!), Johnny Burnette's Trio, Stray Cats, Devil Dogs and thousands other bands who keep the Rock'n'roll Spirit alive playng Rockabilly, Surf, Garage punk rock'n'roll...
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  14. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    The Rolling Stones claimed that title years ago. Nobody actually awarded it to them, it's something they did themselves.
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  15. MTurner

    MTurner Friend of Fred

    Aug 17, 2010
    Clayton, North Carolina, USA
    I can claim to be a poached egg, but it doesn't make me a poached egg.

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  16. Rusty Silver

    Rusty Silver Gretschie

    Jun 25, 2017
    Italy (Rome and Genoa)
    How can forget... Flamin Groovies!!
  17. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    But you're still a good egg!
    I'm more like scrambled.
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  18. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    Hells yes!
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  19. reckless toboggan

    reckless toboggan Electromatic

    Jul 22, 2019
    Sidney Castel belongs in this thread.

    It's like the simplicity of the early Beatles meets the bluesy lyricism of the Stones meets musicality and vocals of Neil Young.

    I love this guy.

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