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. At the age of nineteen years old Presley began his music performing at the “Hillbilly Cat.” After being discovered Presley signed with Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee in 1954.
Other dance songs that helped this period of rock and roll along include: The Mash Potato, The Monster Mash ,the Pony, The Swim, The Jerk, The Monkey, and The Hully Gully. The first New York white rock star was Dion. He was the lead singer of the band the Belmonts. He was one of the the few rockers in his generation to evidence serious artistic growth (Unterberger). He moved into Country Blues, and Dylan material with sensitivity ,but drug problems slowed his progress until the late 60s.
These bands soon created a jazz and blues hybrid sound. One of the first musicians to combine jazz and blues was Louis Jordan who originated the “jump blues”, an up-tempo, hard driving, blues-based dance music (Kallen, 2012, 14). Jordan’s jump blues inspired many musicians including Wynonie Harris, an R&B singer that is credited with pioneering rock in roll in 1947. Shortly after jump blues bands started playing their music it evolved into something closer to rock. Bill Haley officially made the new genre “rock” music when his song “(Were Gonna) Rock Around the Clock” appeared in the movie Blackboard Jungle in 1955, breaking rock into the mainstream (Kallen, 2012, 14).
Hank got a bigger role on a radio station. It was called the Louisiana Hayride. Hank recorded a song from the musical "Oooh Ernest" called "Lovesick Blues". That was the start of his big break. According to (http://www.encyclopedia.com/people/literature-and-arts/music-popular-and-jazz-biographies/hank-williams) "From the opening line, with its keening yodel adding a dramatic flourish to the word "blues," it was obvious that this was a performance—rather than a song—that was impossible to ignore. "
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”.
It was his guitar playing that left a large influence in the coming decades. Robert Christgau states, “Berry's limited but brilliant vocabulary of guitar riffs quickly came to epitomize rock 'n' roll...every great white guitar group of the early Sixties imitated Berry's style”. The riffs from his famous
His music had that rock 'n' roll exuberance, soulful voice, and in your face shouting that is a common ingredient in rock today (“History of Rock & Roll-The 1950s”). An example, is the sound of his energetic piano riffs from “Tutti Frutti” . However, when Chuck Berry translated those “boogie woogie” riffs from the piano to the electric guitar, it just set the standard to how rock and roll should sound (“History of Rock & Roll-The 1950s”). The electric guitar riffs that Chuck Berry played, just sounded more upbeat and moving than anything that can be done on a piano. It was his guitar playing that ultimately left a large influence in the coming
In that day, couples and teenagers went out dancing to Bill Haley and the Comets and these activities began the youth’s fascination with rock n’ roll. Next was the most important of music’s time- Beatlemania in the ‘60s. A group of boys from Liverpool had an attendance of 15 people at their first concert, and continued to lead the world into a whole new era of music. Accompanying the Beatles for the 1960s were The Beach Boys. They carried a light harmonic sound that was perfect for the beach.
While he was locked up he learned how to play the cornet, which is when his love for music evolved, a love for music that would change our industry of music today and forever to come (Bio.com). Once released Louis joined the marching band and the jazz band. Louis joined his first real band called Matrangas at the age of 16. The first night playing Louis raised only three nickels, but eventually was making $1.25 a night once he was put under the spotlight. Louis was so good at playing music people could find him playing in the local bars at the age of 17 (Bio.com).
Miller decided to study literature his senior year at the University of Copenhagen. After arriving back in the states he heard an act the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. This caught his attention and he left for Chicago to enter the blues-scene, at this point he was only six credits shy of graduating. Once in Chicago he did session work for Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, and Howlin’ Wolf.