Some people may call him “The King”, Elvis Presley is a well-known musician who stepped out of the norm and created a different kind of music. Presley combined pop, country, gospel, and black R&B to create his musical style. Presley caught everyone’s attention with his dance moves and musical talent. Elvis Presley led the way for many musicians, and has impacted the lives of many people.
Elvis Presley is not known as the King of Rock and Roll for any old reason. He revolutionized the music of his time and greatly affected the music that would come after him. The development of the music style known as Rock and Roll stemmed from many different types of music that were already in existence. Elvis’ musical style was generated from three main genres. He fused African American blues, southern country western and Christian gospel music together to form his unique sound (Jeansonne). His early music fell under a genre known as “rockabilly” which then evolved into his own style of Rock and Roll. Rockabilly is known as one of the earliest, rawest forms of rock and roll. It is the blending of bluegrass and rhythm and blues which led to an upbeat lighthearted musical style and lyrics.
Riley B. King better known as B.B. King was born on September 16th 1925 to a family of sharecropping farmers near a small town named Itta Bena in the Mississippi Delta. King's parents Albert and Nora Ella King separated when he was five years old and shortly after his mother moved to Kilmicheal Mississippi where Riley spent most of his time living with is grandmother. By age seven King was now working the field like a grown man. A couple of years later at the age of nine his mother died. King continued to live with his grandmother after his mother had past away. His grandmother was very religious and he attended church services with her. It was in the church where King begins to take an interest in music. He had dreams of becoming a gospel singer and learned how to play basic notes on the guitar from his preacher. In 1940 King's grandmother died and he had trouble making ends meet and eventually went to live with his father. (The King of Blues)
The Blues is a music genre also known as a uniquely American art form.The main influences of the Blues music genre were the economic structures of the USA that kept African Americans for majority locked in illiteracy and poverty, especially in the dusty corners of the Deep South of the United States. It was the endless struggle that helped shape much of the Early blues tradition. The blues style was developed from African American roots and traditions.
The rhythm and blues that Presley listened to throughout his years, whether in church or on the streets of Memphis, became a part of the way he sang and played. Taking the fundamentals of rhythm-and-blues, giving it a sense of speed, and with a voice full of passion, he popularized this genre of music. With his style of music and stirring performances in concerts, he was a role model for many who would eventually become musicians themselves. With his music that included both white and black-created influences, and his movement when singing, he gathered a multitude of fans and spread rock and roll across America. Elvis Presley changed the way music is today. He gave musicians a more sped up rhythm and exciting motion that intrigued an entirely different generation of fans. Without him, the music that millions listen to today could be vastly or slightly different, but it still would not be exactly what it is
Blues music originated in the cotton fields of the southern United States where the majority of the slave hands were put to work. “The earliest folk-blues were sung by nameless African-Americans living and working in the South’s cotton belt in the early 1880’s and 1890’s- in particular, the region from the Mississippi Delta to East Texas”(Barlow 3). It was believed that this began as a call and response style, which matured into the work song. From that standpoint, after the release of the slaves, the work song then matured into their Spirituals, and later was introduced to the whites through black-faced Minstrel of Medicine shows (How the Blues Overview). As the music matured and became more renowned, its influence became prominent in the music styles of the time, and in the intertwining relationships between the races. “The music was a unique and cultural offering that whites could not deny. It was something new and intriguing to whites that shed a new light on blacks and their place in American culture and society”(Overview). The music did not seem to have the same color restrictions as the music previously performed. It drew blacks and whites together in a place where everyone could leave the Jim Crow laws at the door (Overview). This offered a new and beneficial lifestyle for the blacks as well as the whites. Maybe the interest was that the white people had found a new talent to exploit and from which to make easy money, or perhaps, maybe it was because the whites genuinely understood the cultural significance in the music and respected this talent of the black race enough to overcome racial and cultural differences.
Elvis who? If you ever thought of who inspired the styles of rock and roll and you thought of was Elvis Presley, then I'm sorry to tell you my friend; but, you're going to have to look back in time a little further than that. She was a part of an old generation yet was the new sensation that rocked the 1950's through the 1970's forever. With her boldness, swagger, and attitude, "Big Mama" Thornton reshaped the blues and jazz scene forever. Inspiring the styles of future stars like Elvis Presley and Janis Joplin, Thornton's big voice and risqué moves became one of the greatest influencers of the rebel genre loved by all. Often known as the "New Bessie Smith" or "Big Mama", Willie Mae Thornton, with her hit songs,
“Before me there was nothing. Without me there would be No Rick N Roll. Without rock and me were would we be.” On January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi the King of Rock’ N’ Roll was born. Elvis Aaron Presley, the King of Rock’ N ‘Roll, was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley. Elvis had a twin brother that died at birth leaving elvis as the only child. I will talk about the life of the King, Elvis Presley in this essay [http://elvisfanclubindia.tripod.com/id8.htm].