I begin this Post with the comment that I was writing as Terry McKenna was apparently closing the comments on his post on the same topic:
Your "argument or "case" is a bit like "birtherism".
Do you wish to somehow cast the shadow of doubt about the origins or lineage of Rock and Roll or, are you attempting to somehow diminish, devalue, or discredit Chuck Berry's monumental and momentous virtually single handed contribution to American culture and consciousness?
You seem to be saying that no one black man could, or should, be credited with that magnitude of impact and effect.
NBC, NPR, USA Today, National Review, among others, have declared Chuck Berry to be the father of Rock and Roll.
Hall of fame President and CEO Greg Harris said in a statement Saturday that Berry "created the rock sound..."
Harris said that "Chuck Berry is rock and roll...The undisputed original poet laureate, he influenced every rock and roll artist after him and every guitarist that ever plugged in."
These sources carry much greater weight and credibility in this matter than you can ever hope to have on the subject.
Their assessment is in direct opposition to your premise and assertion. I'm in total agreement with them as a life long muscian, fan, and student of the genres that comprise American music which is rooted in African-American culture, history, and experience.
Chuck Berry is the Father of Rock and Roll whether you accept that assertion or not is your prerogative. Just as it is the prerogative of any and all here to determine that you lack sufficient credentials and credibility to speak authoritatively on the matter.
Your post, while interesting, is wrong and somewhat wrong headed.
Trixie Smith's 1922 blues ballad, “My Man Rocks Me (With One Steady Roll)” may be the first use of the phrase in song. Alan Freed, a disc jockey in Cleveland, Ohio used the phrase, “The Rock and Roll Session” to describe the amalgamation of rhythm and blues and country music he played during his show.
Berry reshaped the 1950s with a unique sound that appealed to both sides of a racially divided country.
He explained his appeal to adolescents across different cultural backgrounds: “Everything I wrote about wasn’t about me but [was about] the people listening.” He had a way of identifying what people wanted to express, but weren’t able to, during this segregated time.
“Maybellene” blended hillbilly licks and high-spirited blues riffs, ultimately creating the signature sound that pioneered the rock revolution. The lyrics for the song had narrative swagger, reflecting the spirit of teenage angst depicting fast cars, drag races and the story of an unfaithful girl as its main themes:
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame said in a statement Saturday that Berry "created the rock sound."
"Chuck Berry is rock and roll. The undisputed original poet laureate, he influenced every rock and roll artist after him and every guitarist that ever plugged in," hall of fame President and CEO Greg Harris said in a statement.
"Today, we celebrate his poetry, his artistry and his massive contributions to 20th century culture," Harris said. It's fitting that he was the first person inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Rock and roll as we know it would not exist without him. Hail Hail, Rock and Roll. Hail Hail, Chuck Berry."
Chuck Berry, 1926-2017
The Father of Rock and Roll