* Barbie's measurements (if she were life-size): 39-23-33
* Coca-cola was originally green
* Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than for the US Treasury
* Smartest dogs: 1) border collie; 2) poodle; 3) golden retriever. Dumbest dog: 1) afghan
* The Hawaiian alphabet has 12 letters
* First novel ever written on a typewriter was "Tom Sawyer"
* There are more collect calls on Father's Day than any other day of the year
* Heinz Catsup leaving the bottle travels at 25 miles PER YEAR
* It is possible to lead a cow upstairs but not downstairs
* Men get hiccups more often than women
* Men can read smaller print than women; women can hear better
* Chances that an American lives within 50 mi of where he/she grew up: 1 in 2.
* Amount American Airlines saved in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class: $440,000
* City with the most Rolls Royces per capita: Hong Kong
* State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska
* Chances of a white Christmas in New York: 1 in 4
* Portion of US annual rainfall that falls in April: 1/12
* Percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28
* Percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38
* Estimated percentage of American adults who go on a diet each year: 44
* Percentage of Americans who say that God has spoken to them: 36
* Percentage of Americans who regularly attend religious services: 43
* City with the highest per capita viewership of TV evangelists: Washington DC
* Percentage of American men who say they would marry the same woman if they had it to do all over again: 80
* Percentage of American women who say they would marry the same man: 50
* Percentage of men who say they are happier after their divorce or separation: 58
* Percentage of women who say they are happier: 85
* Number of different familial relationships for which Hallmark makes cards: 105
* Average number of people airborne over the US any given hour: 61,000
* Percentage of Americans who have visited Disneyland or Disney World: 70
* Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches
* Portion of ice cream sold that is vanilla: 1/3
* Portion of potatoes sold that are French-fried: 1/3
* Percentage of Americans that eat at McDonalds each day: 7
* Percentage of bird species that are monogamous: 90
* Percentage of mammal species that are: 3
* Number of US states that claim test scores in their elementary schools are above national average: 50
* Portion of Harvard students who graduate with honors: 4/5
* Chances that a burglary in the US will be solved: 1 in 7
* Portion of land in the US owned by the government: 1/3
* Only President to remain a bachelor: James Buchanan
* Only first lady to carry a loaded revolver: Eleanor Roosevelt
* Only president to win a Pulitzer: John F. Kennedy, for "Profiles in Courage"
* Only president awarded a patent: Abe Lincoln, for a system of buoying vessels over shoals
* President who discovered a new proof for The Pythagorean Theorem: Jimmy Carter
* Only food that does not spoil: honey
* Only bird that can fly backwards: Hummingbird
* Only continent without reptiles or snakes: Antarctica
* Only animal besides human that can get sunburn: Pig
* Ostriches stick their heads in the sand to look for water
* An eagle can kill a young deer and fly away with it
* In the Caribbean there are oysters that can climb trees
* Polar bears are left-handed
* Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair
* Eskimos never gamble
* The world's youngest parents were 8 and 9 and lived in China in 1910
* The youngest pope was 11 years old
* Mark Twain didn't graduate from elementary school
* Proportional to their weight, men are stronger than horses
* Pilgrims ate popcorn at the first Thanksgiving dinner
* Your nose and ears never stop growing
* Jupiter is bigger than all the other planets combined
* The parachute was invented by Leonardo da Vinci in 1515
* They have square watermelons in Japan ... they stack better
* Iceland consumes more Coca-Cola per capita than any other nation
You're defining "influence" differently though. You're listing the rich man who put out the record or found the talent. That's a different thing all together. Yes, some on your list played as well but influence should be about who made a person want to play. Made them choose their genre. Not who game them a shot.
Why not list Ed Sullivan, lol?
Let me try to make my case with an analogy.
Who had the biggest influence on Football?
Was it the the coaches and coordinators who designed the game?
Was it the owners and commissioners who promoted and funded the game?
Or was it the players who inspired kids to play the game?
Of course Id say it was the coaches and coordinators who refined and developed the schemes and philosophies by which the game we watch is executed.
So in that same vein I want to say the biggest influence on Rock (and all other music) comes from those men and women who take the Curt Cobains of the world and shape and mold their raw musical ideas into something they believe the masses will purchase.
Keep in mind the fact that Phil Spector wasn't just a guy with a checkbook. He is responsible for the style and sound of the acts he produced. Much in the same way you can pretty easily identify which of the Chili Peppers albums Rubin produced due to his distinct ideas on how music should be mixed and presented.
And why not Sullivan? Because he was just a TV host and had nothing to do with the finding and signing the musicians or engineering their "sound".
The question wasn't where did Rock start or who deserves credit for it, the question is who had/has the most influence.
And while all of (ok most of) the acts listed in this thread deserve their own accolades they don't hold a candle to the Clive Davis', Rick Rubins, Phil Spectors, Nile Rodgers, Brian Eno, and Quincy Jones' when it comes to their influence on the genre.
Those men and the many other folks like them have driven the industry to what it is. I didn't matter how innovative Chuck Berry was, if Leonard Chess didn't sign him we may never have heard of him beyond him backing up other acts. Hell it could be well argued that Butch Vig had as much to do with Nirvana's success an Cobain did by producing Nevermind. Likewise had Norman Smith done a lesser job producing The Piper at the Gates of Dawn we may well have never heard of Pink Floyd.