How Elvis Became the King of Rock and Roll There are many great musicians known throughout history, but there is one in particular that will forever thrive and be remembered: Elvis Presley. The incredible Elvis Presley’s life story began when Elvis Aaron Presley was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley in a two-room house in Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8, 1935. His twin brother, Jessie Garon, was abortive, leaving Elvis to grow up as an only child. He and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee, in 1948, and Elvis graduated from Humes High School there in 1953. In the eighth grade, Elvis made a C in music class, which is considered failing at the time.
It was no coincidence that rock ‘n’ roll and the civil rights movement started at the same time. The genre originated from African American music and was greatly discriminated against. Traditional white Americans would target anything bad about it. But as the teenager demographic of the 1950s started increasing the sales of the music, the genre started gaining more popularity. It was the style of Elvis Presley and his new voice that made girls weak in the knees and boys want to be him.
As a kid, there was a contest held at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy show on October third, nineteen forty-five, was his first public performance: dressed as a cowboy, the ten-year-old Presley stood on a chair to reach the microphone and sang “Old Shep” where he recalled placing fifth. A few months after the contest, Presley receive his first guitar for his birthday, which he probably had hoped for something else-by different accounts, either a bicycle or a rifle. “I took the guitar, and I watched people, and I learned to play a little bit, but... ... middle of paper ... ... August 16, 1977, at age 42, he died of heart failure, which related to his drug addiction(Biography Channel Website). In my opinion, Elvis Presley was the greatest of rock n' roll. He made it famous, he started it, and his life had a large impact on the life of rock n' roll.
Elvis Aaron Presley, one of the most popular American singers of the 20th century, started a new clothing style for his generation, influenced a new era of dance, and most notably introduced Rock and Roll to the world. Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi into a loving but poor family (Tracy 1). From the young age of 7, Elvis showed a passion for music. He was introduced to music in the family’s Assembly of God church where the southern gospel music became an important influence on his success. When Elvis’ mother Gladys acquired enough money, she bought him his first guitar, he then taught himself to play and in October 1945, he had his first taste of success in music by placing in the town fair talent contest (“Famous Quotes”.
During the summer, Elvis recorded demo of “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartache Begin”, giving it to his mother as a birthday gift. Later that year, Presley began working for Precision Tool Company. Elvis decided to record another demo, however this time there was a different studio owner, Sam Phillips. In April 1954, Elvis began workin... ... middle of paper ... ...would return to Graceland, where he would relax with family and take care of last minute details for his tour. On August 17, 1977, he was due to fly out to do a show that night, and then continue to tour.
In August he began filming his first movie, Love Me Tender, which was released three months later and recouped its $1 million cost in three days. Elvis’ hit singles that year were all certified gold; they included “Heartbreak Hotel, “I Was the One”, “Blue Suede Shoes” , “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You” , “Don’t Be Cruel” b/w “Hound Dog”,“ My Baby Left Me”, “Love Me Tender”, “Anyway You Want Me (That’s How I Will Be)”, “Love Me”, and “When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold”. (Simon, after this Elvis career started to slow down, he gain weight and became less attractive. (Covach & Flory, 2015, p.
He combined all the genres to create the early rock n roll that would arouse many people around the world. Presley grew up in an era where racism was strong; his music brought all races together. His music had Caucasians singing black R&B despite the racism. Teenage girls all over the world would go hysterical over Elvis and his crude moves. Elvis received one of his nicknames “Elvis the Pelvis” with his sexual moves that could not be recorded on television.
Rock ‘n’ Roll was thought to have changed American society because of the ways it portrayed sexual behavior and black rights, but it simply reflected the changes that were already underway . While the 1950s and 60s were a time of segregation in America. Most Americans, especially older individuals and groups found the beat and lyrics to Rock ‘n’ Roll sickening. It reminded them of a kind of African American type music. They didn’t like the fact that their children were listening to it because “Rock ‘n’ Roll was credited with and criticized for promoting integration and economic opportunity for blacks while bringing to ‘mainstream’ culture black styles and values.” While Americans began to feel that they were beginning to grow closer and closer to the ways of Afr... ... middle of paper ... ...g gap between races, or the promoted sexual behavior, they had to learn to cope with the fact that society had changed and that times were different from when they were teenagers themselves.
African Americans were fighting for desegregation, especially in schools such as in the Board v Brown case. While the new era brought on some social changes, many known changes came from one man known as “The King of Rock and Roll”: Elvis Presley. With Market potential on his mind, Sam Phillips of Sun Records was looking for an artist who appealed to both whites and blacks, found just what he was looking for in Elvis, a man with a white face and a black sound. Phillips managed to find an artist who appealed to the largest consumer base; white society. Presley’s music would go on to revolutionize future genres along with the people themselves.
Elvis was born to Gladys and Vernon Presley, a farming family in Mississippi, on January 8, 1935. Originally Elvis Aron Presley was a twin, however, his brother Jesse died after birth (Austin 1994). A close knit family, Elvis and his family attended the Assembly of God Church where his love of music started to blossom (EPE 2014). Growing up his family had many financial struggles. Despite this, at age eleven, Elvis received his first instrument, a guitar.