Does it really matter why Elvis is called the King? Or Sinatra is called ol blue eyes? He was the chairman too wasn't he? Or James Brown is the Godfather of Soul? Aretha Franklin called Lady Soul? They're given these titles by people who love their music. And does it really matter where inspiration is derived from? The blues guitarists of the 60's and 70's from America and Britain emulated their heroes and tried to educate their listeners as to just where they were getting these great tunes and techniques from. I don't call that theft. Elvis loved gospel music and wanted to sing like the gospel greats, then he added his own style to it and revolutionized music of the 50's. John Lennon saw Elvis on the movie screen and said, "That looks like a good way to make a living," and he revolutionized music of the 60's. Clapton, Beck, Page, Davies and Townsend were inspired by The Beatles and the blues greats of the past, and they made their own niche respectively (okay Page didn't always give credit where it was due). Hendrix blew the doors off of convention and inspired a lot of people, but he was inspired by Terry Kath of Chicago. Inspiration is the thing of innovation, and not theft, which is done out of spite or jealousy. The great ones all love what they do for the sheer joy of making music and no one should be upset about that. If anything upset the black artists of the 50's and 60's it was the fact that white artists were doing the same thing they were, playing their music, and were getting paid so much more to do so. And were filling venues that they weren't even allowed into. And you can't blame them for that. Pat Boone singing Tutti Frutti was a joke. And people like what they like, that is not racism if I prefer Deep Purple over The Four Tops. Racism is hating a cultural group, not preferring one style of music over another.
And you people really need to lay off of the "This post does not add to the discussion." button. If you disagree with something someone says, just explain why you disagree, that button doesn't do anyone any good.
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