Elvis, the King

Posted: January 8, 2012 in music
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“Before Elvis was nothing”
John Lennon

Elvis Presley, The King of Rock’n’ Roll, the white boy with black soul who shook mainstream America and the world with his unique brand of music… and still is, the greatest icon there had ever been in the world of entertainment.

To his fans Elvis personifies the rebel more so than such traditional role models as James Dean and Marlon Brando. He is the symbol of a period of changing social attitudes and in a country where everyone is brought up with the belief that maybe, one day, they could become the President, he offers the far more attractive alternative that they could become an Elvis.
Elvis not only was the American Dream come to life but he also lived that great to the fullest extent possible. The poor white boy from Tupelo redefined exactly what was meant by ‘the big time.’ During his lunch break in the summer of 1953, a skinny 18-year-old kid parked his truck outside the Memphis Recording Service. The manager, Marion Keisker looked at the nervous lad with long hair and sideburns with a guitar slung over his shoulder and asked…

“What kind of singer are you?”
“Awh, I sing all kinds,” he replied.
“Who do you sound like?”
“I don’t sound like nobody.”
“Yeah, I sing Hillbilly.”
“Who do you sound like in hillbilly?”
“I don’t sound like nobody.”

With that Elvis strode into the recording studio and cut two tracks. “THAT’S WHEN YOUR HEARTACHES BEGIN” and “MY HAPPINESS”, accompanying himself of guitar, paid the four-dollar fee and left but was not forgotten. Marion liked what she heard and insisted her partner Sam Phillips listen to the tape. He was impressed. Source: http://www.elvispresleynews.com/

Read more about Elvis on my previous post Happy B-Day, Elvis, the King. More images and text:

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