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Who was (were) the first TRUE rock star(s)?


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Jotown's thread got me thinking (a dangerous thing for sure)...but, since its inception, rock music and commercialism have had close ties. So, who was (band or individual) the first TRUE rock star, in the best sense of the word?
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I dunno, Moses seemed to have a pretty good act. Emerge from the mountains after keeping the audience waiting for WEEKS, then throw the tablets at the GoldenCalf thus producing the first flashpot in history.... or perhaps even God himself. Smiting Sodom & Gomorah showed quite a dramatic flair. [quote]Originally posted by Geenard Skeenard: [b]....Turlough O'Carolan fo sho Or Beethoven or however you spell his name You could probably say Jesus, the man sure knew how to hold a crowd captive! :) [/b][/quote]

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[quote]Originally posted by coyote: [b]I dunno, Moses seemed to have a pretty good act. Emerge from the mountains after keeping the audience waiting for WEEKS, then throw the tablets at the GoldenCalf thus producing the first flashpot in history.... or perhaps even God himself. Smiting Sodom & Gomorah showed quite a dramatic flair.[/b][/quote]Man, that's so Spinal Tap. It took him weeks cuz he got lost backstage...

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I always heard stories about John Phillip Sossa (sp?) concerts being sold out and people went crazy when he performed his marching band music. Go figure, probably the last time a tuba player pulled in chicks... Doug
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I second Coyote's answer. The MC ("musicologically correct") answer would probably be either the instrumental virtuosos in the romantic period, or the Italian singers. Actually, the italian singers would probably be the right answer. Opera in Italy was an "everyman" experience with regular joes singing Verdi on the way to work, large audiences, and celebrity singers. That's my final answer.
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Jesus. The first rock star. He knew the power of lyrics. He spoke the words and changed the world. Still has a decent following 2000 years later. Peace. Carmen :wave:

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Well Jesus did hook up with a great label, but I think I would call what he does contemporary Christian, not rock. A rock star had to have played rock, not pushed one up a hill. I go with Elvis, Buddy Holly close behind.

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Elvis Buddy Holly Little Richard Chuck Berry Eddy Cochrane Isley Brothers First Rock Stars were all strong singers, didn't have trouble singing in tune like Axl Rose. Not Mozart, didferent style and musical epoch.

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When I think of musical superstars, it makes me think of MODERN artists who have dominated all forms of media available. Classical composers don't really count, because thier only media was conducting a performance. I think that the first person to capture the world as far as the media is concerned; recordings, concerts, tv, movies, radio, etc.(and the popular libido) was old Blue Eyes. Yep, Frank Sinatra was the first music superstar to just dominate everything and make girls wet thier knickers. Of course, we could hardly classify Frank as rock. So, the next person to have an effect like that on popular culture was Elvis. Elvis was at the beginning of rock, so the first real rock star. No one else in RnR had such an inpact in the early days. Nope, not Chuck B., Not Buddy Holly, not even the founder of RnR, little Richard( :rolleyes: ). Elvis was the King. All that said, I really don't like Elvis all the much, but he was what he was.
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Lesseee... When exactly did Alan Freed coin the term Rock 'n' Roll? I think it was late '54 or early '55. So if "R'n'R" was "invented" in early '55, Elvis (1st record July, 1954), Chuck Berry (1st record July, 1955), Carl Perkins (1st record Jan. '55), Little Richard (1st record 1951 - 1st hit Sept. '55), Bill Haley (1st record 1951), Bo Diddly (1st record 1955) et al. were all among the first. If my memory serves me, Mr. Freed coined the term while he was using the name "Moondog" and working for a station specializing in "race music". That little bit of bullshit and trivia aside, I think the first true rock star was Louis Jordan (1st record 1938). His jump music style and his wild show was copied by Little Richard, Elvis, Jimi, Prince...
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