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Just Give Me Some Of That Rock ‘n Roll Music*

Posted September 9, 2009 by jim young in Media

– jim young
* title by Chuck Berry

For almost a year now, I have been a participant in a daily trivia game with my coworkers. (Don’t’ tell my boss.)

Recently our moderator furnished us with the following question: “Who are the only two entertainers to be inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame?”

Elvis Presley, which of course was a no-brainer, was submitted as part of my first answer.

In a subsequent guess, Jimmy Rodgers was rejected as a correct answer. (I have since advised my coworkers that Rodgers was in fact an inductee into both Halls of Fame as well.)

The answer that was accepted as correct was Johnny Cash.

Give me a break! Someone please tell me, what claim does Johnny Cash have to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? That would be akin to suggesting that Chuck Berry deserved a spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Arguably, one of the best Country performers of all time, I concede Cash deserves to be in the Country Music Hall of Fame if anybody does.

Johnny Cash is equally deserving of the title of King of Country as much, or more so, than Elvis deserves the title of King of Rock ‘n Roll. As much as Michael Jackson deserves the title of King of Pop. And as much as Howard Stern deserves the title of King of All Media.

But in what world did Johnny Cash ever cross into the world of Rock ‘n Roll?

That is not to say that many country stars did not make the crossover. But I think the likes of Bill Haley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Rompin’ Ronnie Hawkins and by extension The Band and possibly even Bob Dylan (although that might be stretching it a little) are more deserving inductees to both Halls of Fame than Johnny Cash.

Haley, Perkins & Lewis didn’t just make the crossover from country to rock. They were some of the greats that created the crossover!

These are the guys that delivered Country & Western from its suicidal genre into the more positive and upbeat genre of Rock ‘n Roll.

Country & Western evolved into Rock ‘n Roll because of these legends.

The first Rock ‘n Roll song ever was a jumpin’ little tune performed by a then Country & Western Band called Bill Haley and the Comets when they sang Rock Around the Clock for the first time.

And as I always say, “If god had wanted us to listen to Country and Western he wouldn’t have allowed it to evolve into Rock ‘n Roll.”

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