The Society of Cool!
Yeah! I like rock and roll....
In my opinion there aint a lot of difference between what people class as "Rock & Roll" and what people would class as "R&B".
TBH.... The "Rocker" thing is less about the music and more about the bikes/clothes..... I think? *Correct me if I'm wrong people!*
All of those artists you listed released great records [ok....maybe not Bill Haley]...... dig a little deeper...
I'm at the age now where I don't care if people think the music I like is cool or not so If you like it.... listen to it!
Nope dont like Rock and Roll i forced to listen to that crap as a lad by my Uncle the only song i like of elvis is( The Wonder of you)and that's only Cos its the Arsenal signatory tune when they leave the tunnel to come on the pitch.
Otherwise your Bill Haley and the rest is not something i would listen to. Although i have found myself tapping along to some in the past like little Buddy holly.
isnt Rock n roll just RnB speeded up and commercialised....
I do love RnB like Chuck Berry & Bo Diddley and of course Linkwray famously influenced Pete Townsend to pick up the guitar.So much of it cross's over anyway. Not (as has been said) the likes of bill haley but yes I do like some Rock n roll even dare I say it a bit of rockabilly !!!! but only behind closed doors so tell no one...
Rock and Roll? Well to be fair it was simply R&B given a new name in order to gain airplay on white radio stations.
R&B/Rock and Roll was very much the foreunner of Soul music. Anybody who was a Mod back in the sixties would have grown up listening to the likes of Elvis,Little Richard and Jerry lee Lewis and I am sure many of these artists would have left their mark.
Otis started of as a Little RIchard clone - one only has to listen to 'Shout Bamalama' to realize that. Indeed there is not a great deal to chose between Little Richard and James Brown's early stuff. Fats Domino,Smiley Lewis,Clarence Frogman Henry and many others down in New Orleans were laying the seeds for Soul and Ska with their rolling style of R&B.
Artits such as Larry Williams,Bo Diddley,LLoyd Price,Johnny Otis,Johnny Ace,Little Willie John,`The Coasters and
of course the everpresent Chuck Berry were all hugely influential on the emerging Soul artists and indeed on many of the 'older' mods of the sixties.
It is diffucult to distinguish where the dividing line between Rock and Roll and early Soul music is drawn. Barrett Strong - 'Money' and The Contours 'Do You Love me' on early Motown could be clasified aas Rock and Roll and The Isley Bros 'Shout' is another track. Ray Charles and indeed some of Sam Cooke's early outputs could come under that banner also.
So it is difficult to differentiate at times but then why should we? It is all great music. We all have different tastes and what is pomme frites to one is just greasy chips to another!
So just enjoy!