Monday, February 19, 2007

Elvis Versus James Brown: Who's the King?

Posted By on Mon, Feb 19, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Has the Godfather knocked the King off his throne?

The editors of Parade magazine — that weekly publication that comes with your Sunday Commercial Appeal — have made a musical statement in their current issue that should provoke considerable "water cooler" discussion.

The author of the "Personality Parade" section has declared that James Brown had more impact on music than Elvis Presley.

"Elvis went on to become the biggest rock star of the twentieth century," acknowledges Walter Scott, as if being universally acknowledged the King of Rock-and-Roll was a trifling accomplishment. But it was the Godfather of Soul, he believes, who "was instrumental in combining gospel and rhythm & blues — leading to soul, rap, funk, and hip-hop."

Don't agree? You can vote online at Parade.com. All we can say is, when it comes to drawing traffic to your Website, we wish we'd thought of it first. And Elvis fans, not to worry, he's got about 90 percent of the vote, last time we checked. Not surprising, considering the demographics of that fading weekly.

Oh, and while you're visiting Parade.com, you might as well check out the Christina Ricci photo gallery. Hubba hubba. (Click number 3 for a sample.)

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