He was one of the first performers ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 (Brewster 1). Elvis loved performing live concerts “A live concert to me is exciting because of all the electricity that is generated in the crowd and onstage,” it’s his favorite part of his business (“Famous Quotes” 1). Even today he still remains a legendary music icon for popularizing and creating the start of Rock and Roll (Brewster 1). It is impossible to think of a Rock and Roll star who doesn’t owe a debt to Elvis Presley (Ebsco). Today he is still known as the starter of Rock and Roll, and is the most successful recording artist in terms of hit songs and hit albums still today.
People around the world were beginning to recognize the greatness of Elvis Presley. In 1956, Elvis made his network television debut with the first of his six appearances on Stage Show, a weekly variety program hosted by Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey. Everyone was starting to see how big Elvis was going to be. Elvis soon started to sell more and more records. Elvis soon records the song “Heartbreak Hotel”.
Music has continued to change throughout each decade, but the 1960s was the most influential decade in the history of music. Starting in the early 1950s, rock music was first introduced. Major record labels issued recordings of white singers performing renditions of songs previously released by African American singers (Rock and Roll). These renditions often altered the original lyrics to make them more appropriate. The most prominent star of the 1950s was Elvis Presley, the “King of rock n’ roll”.
Elivs brought a new generation of rock ,and changed the way that rock music would be played, playing for large crowds of not just teen fans ,but more mature fans. In April of 1956 Elvis Presley tops the Pop Charts with his first ever album release of "Heartbreak Hotel". By 1957, Rock and Roll artist show up frequently on the music charts and by 1959, Rock and Roll records account for 43% of all records sold. For big record labels, Elvis’ success was marketed for the potential of teenage idols not only did Rock and Roll encourage a feeling of rebellion, Rock and Roll also began tearing down racial barriers in popular culture, as white teens listened to African American musicians such as Chuck Berry and Little Richard. The death of rock and roll stars Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens in 1959 inspired the now well-known song "American Pie" by Doc McLean.
Revolution of Music Music has continued to change throughout each decade, but the 1960s was the most influential decade in the history of music. Starting in the early 1950s, rock music was first introduced. Major record labels were releasing new “cover songs” which were originally made by black artist, but now by white artist (Rock and Roll). These cover songs changed a few lyrics from the original songs to avoid copyright issues and to also make the song more appropriate for the white listeners. The biggest star of the 1950s was Elvis Presley, who was known as the “King of rock n’ roll”.
The shows popularity was able to take a small town artist and make he or she into an enormous success, specifically, Elvis Presley who was, “something new under the Sun” (Altschuler 30). Teenagers, however, viewed the television as an escape and a look into the unknown and intriguing world of African American culture. Through the extreme recognition of The Ed Sullivan Show, the power of mass media and the fascination with African American culture, Elvis Presley’s success skyrocketed and made him one of the most famous performers of all time whose fame became an inspiration for many. As the television sales increased, so did entertainment. Edward Sullivan, also known as Ed, was hired to be the host of his own Sunday night, variety show in 1948 originally named Toast of the Town, but was later changed to The Ed Sullivan Show.
In 1974, they hooked up with David Lee Roth (vocals) and Michael Anthony (bass), while gigging around town in their band Mammoth. Within a few years, they had become one of the most popular bands on the Los Angeles scene. Fans packed L.A.'s smoky rock clubs to check out Eddie's unconventional guitar riffs and Roth's over-the-top showmanship. In 1976, Gene Simmons noticed the group at a local club and gave them a recording session, and soon after Van Halen was signed to Waner Bros. Their debut album, Van Halen, was released in 1978 and included the hit singles "Runnin' With the Devil" and a cover of the Kinks' "You Really Got Me." Eddie Van Halen took electric guitar technique to new heights with his patented two-handed tapping and pull-off effects, while Roth's tongue-in-cheek histrionics proved to be a refreshing alternative in an industry chock full of self-important rock stars.
Elvis was gaining popularity, he signed with a producer by the name of Tom Parker. Later Philips sold Elvis contract to RCA Records. Elvis Presley first single was “Heartbreak Hotel”, which hit number one on both pop and country and western charts in the early 1956 and rose as high as number five on the rhythm and blue charts. Presley then gained more fame by playing on the Ed Sullivan show in 1956. 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.
After seven months with Harry James, Frank Sinatra joined Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra (Enc world bio). With Tommy Dorsey, Frank’s singing career began to skyrocket, with the Dorsey band he had his first big hits, including "I'll never Smile Again" and "In the Blue of Evening" (Grolier Multimedia, N.Pag). These two songs topped the charts in 1943 (Reader’s Companion). The attention Sinatra was getting for his performances caught the eye of the movie industry, and he appeared in more than sixty films. Durring his “acting years” Frank Sinatra continued to sing as well, and landed at the top of the music charts.
There are still old bands touring and new bands trying to change the music culture today. Kids nowadays are more interested in rap and hip hop. Pop and country are also a big part of the music culture of today. Rock and roll just needs a band or two to take the world by storm again just like “the greats” did in the 50’s and 60’s. Bands of today definitely have plenty of influential examples to start a new rock invasion.