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Biography Of Elvis Presley

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Darien Barnett Professor Patterson History of Rock and Roll March 7, 2014 Elvis Presley 1956 Original Album Elvis Presley Re-Release The first album by Elvis Presley ever introduced to the public was called Elvis Presley and released on March 13th of 1956 by RCA records. Elvis started out under Sun Records before his contract was sold to RCA records. Elvis was good, but Sun Records believed that they had an even bigger talent that could outshine Elvis and that was Carl Perkins. However, Carl Perkins had a personal tragedy occur with his brother and he fell out of the scene leaving Elvis to dominate and become the King of Rock and Roll. He introduced that new sound that was becoming known to the world with what was considered risqué dance moves. He soon became known as Elvis the Pelvis. He was considered a threat to the moral integrity of young women and daughters everywhere. Men hated him most of the time, women loved him, and parents saw him as a threat. This album rocked the core of the United States at the time over the expected culture regarding women, segregation and the way people thought music should be. This album was composed of twelve songs originally in the release in 1956, and included such titles as “Tutti Frutti” and his second hit “Blue Suede Shoes.” It ended up at a 25 minute 52 second timing for all the songs in the album put together. Later it was re-released in 1999 to include such singles as Heartbreak Hotel. Before this album was released to the public, heartbreak hotel was released as a single and generated great success, so much so that it raised the standard for sales in record companies across the board. RCA records wanted to ride this new success and generated this album using previous held record... ... middle of paper ... ...d quite a stir; earning remarks aiming towards one central theme - vulgar. Once he got on stage and shook his Pelvis all the girls would scream and all the men would practically grow an instant jealous and hateful rage towards him. His acts on stage were even taken to the point that people described them as “sexual self-gratification on stage” and compared to masturbation. All of this combined gave Elvis the persona of Rock and Roll. He didn’t invent it, surely no, but he did perfect it. He made Rock and Roll about rebellion, he made music that teenagers loved and parents hated. He paved the way, with this album, for future generations of rock musicians and created a new landscape for them to stand. He is a landmark that set in motion a new era for Rock, and many succeeding artists took from him and continued leading us to where we are now in Rock and Roll history.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that elvis presley's first album was released on march 13th 1956 by rca records. carl perkins fell out of the scene and became the king of rock and roll.
  • Explains that heartbreak hotel was released as a single and raised the standard for sales in record companies across the board.
  • Analyzes how the album had all the characteristics that made elvis famous. the cover art in itself had him in the light of truth with him singing his heart out.
  • Analyzes how his songs fell within the 12-bar blues style and emphasized his voice over a sort of upbeat guitar and steady drum rhythm.
  • Describes how elvis' first album, heartbreak hotel, earned him his first ever gold album award. the album was re-released in 1999 to include various other single titles.
  • Explains that elvis' debut album, excluding the singles, caused a national controversy when he appeared on the milton berle show in june, just three months after his release of elvis presley.
  • Explains that elvis had the type of music and voice that "white" men and women wanted to hear without him being african american. elvis was an in-between of both types of sounds.
  • Analyzes how his raw and daring dancing style caused quite a stir; earning remarks aiming towards one central theme - vulgar.
  • Analyzes how elvis paved the way for future generations of rock musicians and created a new landscape for them to stand.
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