Happy Birthday to the King

Courtesy of MemphisKisses

Homerecorded – Elvis Presley with Anita Wood at Home from his Friend Eddie Fadal.Recorded Summer 1958 Waco /Texas

The King, who’d have been 75 on Friday 08 Jan 2010,maybe Elvis didn’t invent rock and roll. The roots of the music were there in the blues stomping of a previous generation.

But it would have stayed obscure and marginal without Elvis. He took the backwoods music of black America and made it global. And he did it with a musical talent, charisma and the most astonishing raw physicality that white America had ever seen.

After Elvis, Bill Black and Scotty Moore finished recording That’s All Right, Mama at Sam Phillips’ Sun Studios in 1954, bass player Black said “Damn. Get that on the radio and they’ll run us out of town.”

When it was played the reaction was astonishing. Kids besieged the station, demanding the record be played again. A week later, Sun Records had received 6,000 advance orders.

Overnight almost, the teenager was invented and the rock era began.


January 8, 2010. Tags: . Celebrities, Entertainment, Music, Popular Culture.

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