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  posted on 12/21/2009 at 11:56 AM
Some might say it's Duane Allman............maybe Eric Clapton or Jimi Hendrix. Not I. To me, Chuck Berry takes the cake. I've been listening to Chuck's compilation CD, "The Great Twenty-Eight" and there has to be more classic riffs jammed into this disc than any other. When you think about it, what rock guitarist was not influenced by Chuck Berry? The Beatles and The Rolling Stones recorded his tunes on early records. The Stones were still doing Berry in 1969 on the live Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out ("Carol", "Little Queenie") and another live one, 1975's Love You Live ("Round and Round"). Even Hendrix honored him by covering "Johnny B. Goode", which may be the most covered tune ever in rock.

I have a history of rock 'n' roll on VHS which came out maybe 15 or 20 years ago. On it is a short interview with Dickey Betts and Gregg Allman. Dickey says, "I learned to play guitar listening to Chuck Berry records." "Everyone did", replies Gregg. That pretty much says it all for me. Chuck Berry is my most influential rock guitar player of all-time.

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  posted on 12/21/2009 at 12:03 PM
for sure its chuck berry. he basically influenced everyone who came after him.
 

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  posted on 12/21/2009 at 12:06 PM
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Some might say it's Duane Allman............maybe Eric Clapton or Jimi Hendrix. Not I. To me, Chuck Berry takes the cake. I've been listening to Chuck's compilation CD, "The Great Twenty-Eight" and there have to be more classic riffs jammed into this disc than any other. When you think about it, what rock guitarist was not influenced by Chuck Berry? The Beatles and The Rolling Stones recorded his tunes on early records. The Stones were still doing Berry in 1969 on the live Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out ("Carol", "Little Queenie") and another live one, 1975's Love You Live ("Round and Round"). Even Hendrix honored him by covering "Johnny B. Goode", which may be the most covered tune ever in rock.

I have a history of rock 'n' roll on VHS which came out maybe 15 or 20 years ago. On it is a short interview with Dickey Betts and Gregg Allman. Dickey says, "I learned to play guitar listening to Chuck Berry records." "Everyone did", replies Gregg. That pretty much says it all for me. Chuck Berry is my most influential rock guitar player of all-time.


Nobody played guitar like that at that time. Of course he was influenced by all the great electric Blues artists. I sure he was influenced by T-bone, John Brim, Robert Jr. Lockwood...etc They had those riffs before Chuck but Chuck brought them into the mainstream

 

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  posted on 12/21/2009 at 12:06 PM
Of course T-Bone Walker influenced Chuck!

Chuck Berry + Little Richard = the Wright Brothers of Rock and Roll!

 

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  posted on 12/21/2009 at 12:15 PM
Les Paul....
 

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  posted on 12/21/2009 at 12:56 PM
On the cutting edge of rhythm & blues becoming rock and roll. A true innovator.
I always found it an interesting connection of Chuck Berry and Hourglass to St. Louis.
Didn't Hendrix come out of Chuck Berry's band?

 
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  posted on 12/21/2009 at 01:05 PM
Chuck Berry from the early era.

Jimmy Page for the classic rock period.

 

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  posted on 12/21/2009 at 01:05 PM
easy...



Bluedad, I hope you RIP IT UP on NYE bro..

 

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  posted on 12/21/2009 at 01:18 PM
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On the cutting edge of rhythm & blues becoming rock and roll. A true innovator.
I always found it an interesting connection of Chuck Berry and Hourglass to St. Louis.
Didn't Hendrix come out of Chuck Berry's band?


Jimi played with Little Richard ... Johnny Jenkins, too (if I'm not mistaken).

 

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  posted on 12/21/2009 at 01:29 PM
Rock n Roll is like our great country- one big melting pot. And I don't think one can ever come to an accurate conclusion to state who the "MOST" influential rock guitar player of all time is. If you want to throw out a list of your most influential rock guitar players of all-time are I would tend to agree with all of you- Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Django Reinhardt, Robert Johnson, Jimi Hendrix, Duane Allman, Dickey Betts, Jerry Garcia, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Randy Rhodes, Bill Kirchen, Eddie Van Halen,

Y'know, I could probably keep on going.

 

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  posted on 12/21/2009 at 01:45 PM
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On the cutting edge of rhythm & blues becoming rock and roll. A true innovator.
I always found it an interesting connection of Chuck Berry and Hourglass to St. Louis.
Didn't Hendrix come out of Chuck Berry's band?


Jimi played with Little Richard ... Johnny Jenkins, too (if I'm not mistaken).


I think you're thinking of the Isley Brothers. On youtube there is an old video that often surfaces of Jimi (called Jimmy back then) bopping in the background.

I have posted many times here that Chuck B. is the most uder-appreciated man in Rock and Roll history. Too early in time for my kid's generation to have any interest. He is playing New Year's Eve at BB Kings in NYC for anyone interested - although I hear his concert quality has been real poor lately.

CHUCK BARRY = JOHNNY B. GOODE = THE BIRTH OF ROCK AND ROLL (EVEN IF IKE TURNER IS CREDITED WITH THE FIRST ROCK SONG)

LONG LIVE ROCK AND ROLL!!! LONG LIVE CHUCK BERRY!!!! AND ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN!!!

 

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  posted on 12/21/2009 at 01:55 PM
Hendrix = Isley Brothers AND Little Richard.

This from Wiki:

....Eventually, Hendrix was offered the guitarist position with the Isley Brothers' back-up band and he readily accepted. Hendrix' first studio recording occurred in March 1964, when the Isley Brothers, with Hendrix as a member of the band, recorded the two-part single "Testify". Hendrix then went on tour with the Isley Brothers. "Testify" was released in June 1964, but did not make an impact on the charts. After touring as a member of the Isley Brothers until summer or fall 1964, Hendrix grew dissatisfied and left the band in Nashville. There, he found work with the tour's MC "Gorgeous" George Odell.

On March 1, 1964, Hendrix (then calling himself Maurice James) began recording and performing with Little Richard. Hendrix would later (1966) say, "I want to do with my guitar what Little Richard does with his voice." During a stop in Los Angeles while touring with Little Richard in 1965....


This always makes me laugh about Hendrix and Little Richard:

Hendrix clashed with Richard, over tardiness, wardrobe, and, above all, Hendrix's stage antics.

 

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  posted on 12/21/2009 at 01:58 PM

 

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  posted on 12/21/2009 at 02:04 PM



Nice..

 

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  posted on 12/21/2009 at 02:07 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHlRa-RPjWE

A little loose and disjointed, but Little Ricahrd raps about Jimi!

 

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  posted on 12/21/2009 at 03:06 PM
Most influential, to me it's Hendrix. His influences are all over the place in the music I love.

 

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Most influential, to me it's Hendrix. His influences are all over the place in the music I love.


Love Hendrix more than Chuck, but the further down the line the less people have been influenced. Nothing after Chuck wasn't influenced by Chuck. What was influenced by Jimi may be my favorite descendanline of R & R but bypasses other lines.

P.S. Chuck would kick Jimi's ass in a bar fight; but all those Electric Ladyland Blondes would help him recover.

 

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  posted on 12/21/2009 at 05:42 PM
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  posted on 12/21/2009 at 05:53 PM
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Hard to argue with that one.

 

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  posted on 12/21/2009 at 06:00 PM
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Hard to argue with that one.

Really? He invented the solid body electric guitar and that contribution is undeniably great, but most influential Rock Guitar Player of all time? I don't think so.

I'd throw Elmore James into the mix for his early influence on playing slide.

[Edited on 12/21/2009 by bob1954]

 

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Hard to argue with that one.

Really? He invented the solid body electric guitar and that contribution is undeniably great, but most influential Rock Guitar Player of all time? I don't think so.

I'd throw Elmore James into the mix for his early influence on playing slide.

[Edited on 12/21/2009 by bob1954]


agree on both counts. Elmore is a bit early in the evolution for rock, however, to be the true "common ancestor"

 

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  posted on 12/21/2009 at 07:31 PM
Chuck Berry's reputation really went downhill after he got involved in all that legal trouble. The first one was dealing with prostitutes, and that cost him time behind bars. Then the more recent incident with the bathroom cameras. After all of that, his career really stumbled.

 

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Chuck Berry's reputation really went downhill after he got involved in all that legal trouble. The first one was dealing with prostitutes, and that cost him time behind bars. Then the more recent incident with the bathroom cameras. After all of that, his career really stumbled.


Isn't that when he started golfing with Tiger Woods?

 

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  posted on 12/21/2009 at 09:24 PM
Jimi Hendrix, although those to precede him (Chuck Berry, etc.) set it all in motion. Clapton has had a major impact on the current generation of rockers.
 

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  posted on 12/22/2009 at 12:39 AM
Chronologically:
1. Chuck Berry
2. Eric Clapton
3. Jimi Hendrix
4. Eddie Van Halen
It isn't about who's the best, but who had the greatest influence.

 
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