John Lennon is often seen as a lyrical poet — but he had a lot of praise for a “rock poet” who came before him. In addition, John said he got someone very close to him to appreciate this rock icon’s music. Interestingly, John said this rocker was a major influence on Bob Dylan.Jann S. Wenner of Rolling Stone interviewed John at length in the 1971 book Lennon Remembers.
Late in the book, Wenner asked John which artists he admired. John praised Andy Warhol, Frederico Fellini, Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane and the 1950s rock stars Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis. He lavished praise on rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Chuck Berry.