Re: Who was better?
I gotta say Elvis... But that is because I have always had a seriously nasty taste in my mouth for John Lennon.
However, personally, I gotta put Led Zeppelin above both, Elvis took from the popular black music and the Beatles almost perfected an already known type.
Zepplin took blues and classical, and created what has evolved into modern day hard rock and metal. Heck, they did some things that were 20 to 30 years ahead of thier time.
Though in honesty, all three are absolute top. I can only think of one or two others (in thier own respective genres) that could be put with these...
Glen Miller band (Big band\swing)
Metallica (First fusion of rockmetal\punk)
Individually, I would have to also put B.B. King in there, but he falls in the same category as the Beatles, almost perfecting an already known type.
What is interesting, is every band or person listed above has survived a major shift in the music culture and stayed above ground... though for Elvis, some could argue that it was shaky.