Elvis was quickly becoming a superstar and was too much for Sun Records to handle all the business. Soon after his single was recognized to be a hit, Elvis knew he must get a new label. RCA Victor soon signed Elvis in 1955, when he was only 20 years old. One year later he was an international superstar. People around the world were beginning to recognize the greatness of Elvis Presley.
"I can guarantee you one thing –we will never again agree on anything as we agreed on Elvis.” (Bangs 1) Elvis not only made significant contributions to the music industry, but he became the most famous idol across the world and in the U.S.A. Elvis Presley was regarded as one of most influential rock n’ roll performers of the century. If you say “The King of Rock” everyone will automatically know you are talking about Elvis Presley. Through his music, Elvis paved the road for African Americans to the music world, and he had essentially revolutionized American society and culture. He went against racism and began a whole new revolution for the music industry. In the United States between the 1950's and 1960’s, segregation was present between black and white people.
This is the place many artists only dream of achieving. Step by step, Presley grew his fame and aspired others to strive the same way. Without har... ... middle of paper ... ...essage of hope in songs of a man so many young Americans admire: Mississippi's own Elvis Presley." This is what the current president at the time, Ronald Reagan, had mentioned about Presley (Bergmooser). Presley's fame and influence had skyrocketed tremendously that even the president had something to say about it.
After years of hard work Jackson released his second album in 1983, Thriller. It wasn’t merely the best selling album by a black artist; it was the best-selling album of all time. It sold more than 45 million copies worldwide, charted #1 in every western country, and dominated the U.S charts for 37 weeks. Thriller was so great that it forced through the racial barriers dividing music and k... ... middle of paper ... ... of race in music and also made efforts to “heal” the world. His unique musical sound and style has influenced numerous hip hop, post-disco, contemporary R&B, pop, and rock artists (“Biography”).
His first big break was a song known as Heartbreak Hotel (PBS 1). Elvis listened to African American gospel music and integrated that style into many of his best known songs . He sold millions of records and his popularity helped to make rock music popular . Elvis Presley made it possible for music from the different cultures to be brought over and intermixed . Elvis performed with a sexuality that appealed to young teens of the 50s.
What comes to mind when you think about Rock and Roll? Is it the pulsating rhythms, and upbeat tempo that seemingly sooth the mind? What many don’t realize is this phenomenon was started by a single man that combined various elements he loved. This man, Elvis Presley, not only created Rock and Roll but a new era of attitude and personality which people perceived as they watched him perform. 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.
Two of the biggest names of 1950s music are Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. These men helped the music industry become what it is today. Cash did it with a deep, genuine, southern voice, while Presley had the women swoon over him for his quick feet, charisma, and smooth voice. While both had their problems with drugs and alcohol, they managed to have extremely successful careers within the music industry. Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash combined for a total of thirty-one number one hits.
In conclusion, Elvis Presley's career and death have greatly shaped, influenced and changed the way American History and musical culture as well as the economic markets for his talent turn individuals like himself into international superstars. He remains an immortal being in the hearts of many Americans for he embodies the American Dream sought after since the 50's and continues to gain the respect by all for he will remain the King of Rock and Roll.
For example, “ [The Beatles] wanted to cash in on some of the astonishing effect that Elvis had on girls.” (Partridge, 56) This means that Elvis affected the way The Beatles dressed, danced, acted around their fans, as well as sang their songs. Therefore, some of The Beatles image can be credited to Elvis himself. Elvis Presley had such a grand influence on a variety of subjects, so he should definitely be considered one of the greatest musicians of all time. His enormous amount of awards and records set him above all others. Not only that, but he also began to close the gap between two segregated sections of America, a gap that is still not completely sealed.
This makes clear to the reader that Elvis has had quite a dramatic rise to stardom as it shows he has become a famous icon in a very short space of time. Even if people were not fans of Elvis and so did not buy his music, they would still hear his songs constantly because his music was so popular. Many people saw him as someone who was sure to succeed so there were positive attitudes towards him from an early stage. Near the end of the article, Elvis is said to be "the label's number two best seller, right behind Perry Cosmo". This demonstrates further how Elvis is almost or just as popular as an already well-established star at this time, a very positive comment for Elvis' fans to read.