Elvis – 74th birthday

Elvis Presley – January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977

Probably the greatest star of all time.

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The biggest impact made on music ever was made by Elvis Presley.  You have to remember the “before” and “after” to really understand that.

A little trivia:  As I was watching Priscilla on Larry King tonight, I noticed the program was dedicated to Todd Morgan.  I was wondering just who is Todd Morgan?  He was known as “the public voice of Graceland” and was only 45 when he died of a massive heart attack in 2008.

Posted:  01.11.09

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7 responses to “Elvis – 74th birthday

  1. I saw him live here in Hawaii when he did that world wide broadcst in the 70s.

    He sucked.

    No offense to any Elvis fans, you’ll probably hate me or call it sacrilidge, but there are many musicians that are way more responsible for the progression of rock than Elvis ever was.

    The grandfathers of rock are the same ones that ZZ top and the Stones got most of their material from, they were Sam and Dave, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, just to name a few.
    These guys were the real fathers of rock, Elvis just took from them and sanitized it for American commercialism, television and bobby soxers.

    His concert was a huge disappointment in that he kept striking poses for each camera whos beacon came on. I was wondering what the hell he was doing and I realized a couple months later when they aired the taped concert on TV that he was striking poses that when edited properly made it look like he was actually dancing.
    I sat in the fifth row and was more overwhelmed with the band being disproportionatly louder than his singing and was way too brassy.
    If anything, I can say he had great showmanship.

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  2. bellalu0

    Micky, I never saw Elvis in person, I am sorry to say. I can agree with you that there are many musicians who have great talent and have brought forward what was totally new in 1956. And Elvis did for sure bring together a mix of country, gospel, R&B, and that had never been done before at that time.

    I was a teenager in 1956 and I can tell you the world had never heard or experienced anything like Elvis.

    He came on the scene from nowhere. Television was still very new and we were watching the Hit Parade with the most boring music you can imagine, songs like Three Coins in a Fountain were #1. Think Pat Boone, and along in there pretty close was Jerry Lee Lewis boogying, but that was considered country. It was all very separate. And all we had basically was the radio. Just remembered Fats Domino and Little Richard, they were sort of creeping in there in the mainstream.

    But maybe Elvis is just a girl thing.

    Do we have anyone today that can be called a rage? I can’t think of anyone. No Elvis, no Beatles, not even a Mama Cass or a Sonny and Cher.

    Here’s a little Sam and Dave for you. http://www.myspace.com/bellalu0

    Sam and Bekka are not too shabby either, live before nine in the morning.

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  3. They’re out there.
    Its just that no one pays attention and todays choices allow for interests to be spread on a much larger spectrum that what we had in our time so unlike the 50s were not all focused on one area. Although I wasnt born til 57 so I guess you’ve got a deeper perspective than I being a teen in 56.
    I was raised to listen to everything (except Chinese opera) and can say that my taste ranges from Bach to Dead Kennedys to Rage Against the Machine to Miles Davis.
    Theres plenty out there to be raged over but commercialism keeps us from it.
    Theres a one hit wonder out there called Four Non Blondes, maybe you’ve heard “Whats Going On”
    The lead singer Linda Perry (my wifes distant cousin) has one of the most incredible voices I’ve ever heard that would make Janis Joplin and Whitney Houston sound like crickets.
    Unfortunatly she eneded up despising the commercialism and promotion of fake talent and ended up writting for artists such as Pink. Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilar, James Blunt instead than taking to the limelight.
    Shes just one of many talents out there that could make it huge but because todays environement is more focused on style rather than substance we will probably never see the days again when the artists with the real talent get propelled to the front.
    Most of what we see today is just invented depending on what the market trend demands.

    Sad.

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  4. bellalu0

    Think Elvis may have gotten a few hints from Chuck Berry? (But you got to remember this was R and B and this was the 1950’s)

    This is a pretty good illustration of the culture as it was:

    Some real blues here:

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  5. No doubt he was getting clues and ideas from what was already in play.
    Like I said, all he pretty much did was can it for a different audience.
    He was a lot prettier than Chuck, something the guys could emulate and the girls could dream about.
    Lou Pearlman, the guy who founded N’Sync, Backstreet Boys and others probably saw this same marketing strategy and produced these boy bands that were individuals of no natural talent at all but simply had the looks to reach the demographic and market that Elvis tapped into.

    Like I said, no substance and all style.
    Half of em like many of todays rap stars cant even play an instrument.

    (Thats why they’re always holding their balls)

    Even Rap is misrepresented as something new.
    I have recordings from an organization called “Deep forest”
    They take music from older cultures and bring it up to speed for todays market. (Clean it up, enhance it a little, throw in some background 20th century instrumentals) They did a tour of Africa where you can hear tribal chants that are centuries old in which they’re rapping.

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  6. I have a Deep Forest CD, and a Cassette tape, they were popular. Well, with me anyway:) I like this music but I like Clannad, Enya, and Sting’s Desert Rose.

    http://www.google.com/musicl?lid=2Rp7IzBjdPO&aid=KwtZFrL8aHP

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