Watch out folks, i m trying to be clever. With the recent Ray charles and elvis thread, it got me thinking. I thought elvis stole a bit from black bluesmen to come up with his style. But some people thought Elvis got it right from the start, being gifted. So, how far do we have to go to find the guy who was not inspired by anyone, and thought, this is the way i m and want to sing / play, being a total original. I don't think there is a proper answer to that question. Except maybe Jimi Hendrix. He might be the only one to pop up with a style of his own, without being inspired by any one else, or maybe pushing it so far that the influences were not recognisable.