I hear that when Little Richard recently celebrated his eightieth birthday (who said the good die young?) in an interview he said, “All I’m saying is that when I started, there WAS no Rock ‘N’ Roll.”
Well, for what it is worth, I PARTIALLY agree with Mr Richard Wayne Penniman. But the TRUTH is that he was ONE of the first to bring late Forties R&B to the masses (the others being Fats Domino and Chuck Berry) – while Jerry Lee Lewis and Bill Haley popularised Rockabilly.
And in turn, Thirties and early Forties Blues, Jump-Jive and Boogie-Woogie (WAY too many artists to mention) were largely responsible for THOSE two genres.
But the dude who MARRIED Rockabilly to R&B (and thus could best be described as the “inventor” of Rock ‘N’ Roll) – was Mr Elvis Aaron Presley.
Of course, he was not alone – Sam C. Phillips “discovered” him, Andy Kuijk (AKA “Colonel” Tom Parker) promoted him and once he broke out, his rise was fuelled by a whole SLEW of top song-writers.
However, R‘N’R would have certainly been POORER without Little Richard – for a start-off, the Beatles would not have had their “Wooooooh!”