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  •  None of these guys did it alone. (1+ / 0-)
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    In truth, they were the symbols of these accomplishments rather than the authors. So, while Berry, Little Richard and Jerry Lee were working alongside, and perhaps doing a lot of the heavy lifting musically, Elvis was the star that made the genre endure.

    Same thing goes for the Beatles. Would they have gone where they did without the Stones and Dylan? No way. But they made it sweep the world.

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    by davewill on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 07:23:58 PM PDT

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    •  Don't want to be (too) controversial here, but... (4+ / 0-)

      Elvis success came because the dominant culture accepted him where they rejected the creators of the genre. He thrived because of racism - it could be argued. He wasn't the best singer. He wasn't the best dancer. He wasn't the most handsome. But he was enough of those things and he was white.

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      by JoanMar on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 08:21:04 PM PDT

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