Rock and roll (often written as rock & roll or rock 'n' roll) is a genre of popular music that originated and evolved in the United States during the late 50's and early in the 1960's from African American musical styles such as gospel, jump blues, jazz, boogie woogie, and rhythm and blues, along with country music.
No one person started rock 'n' roll. It was a black and white alloy of Fats Domino, Lloyd Price, Ike Turner, Hank Williams, Joe Turner, Louis Jordan, Ray Charles, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Buddy Holly - and Elvis Presley. Presley himself never claimed to have invented rock 'n' roll
DICK CLARK November 30, 1929 - April 18, 2012 (Age 82) The TV host and tireless entrepreneur behind "American Bandstand," "New Year's Rockin' Eve" and the American Music Awards. Dick Clark, the forward facing TV personality in front of hit TV show 'American Bandstand', has died at 82. His manager stated that Clark passed away this afternoon.