Elvis Presley Biography
reads like the ultimate fulfilment of the American dream. The rags to riches Elvis
biography allowed every teenager of the mid 1950's dream that anything is possible. Since then just about every rock star has wanted to
re-live the history of Elvis. The Elvis Presley Bio began in Tupelo, Mississippi on January 8. 1935.
The boy from humble beginnings to
Elvis Army days, to
Elvis in Hollywood
Elvis in Concert to become the King of rock roll. In death, Elvis remains a paradox. As
Lea Frydman content manager of
notes. "His legacy has become a double-edged sword; whereas on one hand, he continues to have a loyal and loving following, and on the other, the media has turned his fandom into myth, with countless
Elvis is alive hoaxes and Elvis sightings and clichés
of a fat guy in a white jumpsuit."
But even the
white jumpsuits, gross obesity, substance abuse and career suicide can't diminish his artistry. Elvis himself recognized his inherent gifts when he announced, upon his arrival at Sun studios
"I don't sing like nobody"
to Marion Keisker who was working the front desk while owner
away for the day. "In that simple, ungrammatical, declarative sentence, Elvis was offering an incomplete but otherwise impeccable definition of his uniqueness as a singer. He did not sound like anybody else then, and
he does not sound like anybody else now."
What made him unique was how he broke down musical barriers. Though he's hailed as "The King of Rock and Roll,"
that's a bit of misnomer. Maybe he should have been called the emancipator. Elvis represented the
convergence in one
boy, born at the right time, in the right place, in the right environment and under the right circumstances, of all the musical currents of America's subcultures: black and white gospel, country and Western, and rhythm &
blues. After 1956 popular music would never be the same again. Or as
John Lennon once solemnly pronounced: "Before Elvis, there was nothing."
Other rock-era contemporaries looked to him as a source of divine inspiration. "When I first heard Elvis' voice, I just knew that I wasn't going to work for anybody, and nobody was going to be my boss,"
Bob Dylan once said. "He is the deity supreme of rock 'n' roll religion as it exists in today's form."
Even a long-haired emissary, composer-conductor
Leonard Bernstein, paid his tribute to the King. "Elvis Presley was the greatest cultural force in the 20th century.
Elvis was a
revolution he changed
everything, from music to language to
His voice, even after 30 years after his death, continues to astonish
those of us who have spent most of our lives listening to it with its power, range and subtlety but above all, with its very believability.
Listen to Elvis illuminate the joys and sorrows of life on gospel-inflected numbers such
as You Gave Me a Mountain.
Or how he rips it up or tears it up on songs such as Trying to Get to You or Burning Love.
Or how he ponders the possibilities of fate in Follow That Dream and
If I Can
Dream. Elvis certainly believed in their power:
"Every dream I ever dreamed has come true a hundred times."
Elvis fans, his greatest legacy remains his supreme embodiment of the
(Idol) Dream When Elvis stepped behind a microphone, he represented everything the American dream had to
offer. And every teenager on the planet wanted to be part of it. Fifty years later, how can you let go of a dream like that?
The question of Elvis Presley remains as
alive as the man himself is dead. It has been 30 years
since Elvis checked into that Heartbreak Hotel in the sky,
Elvis Presley is everywhere, but especially in the
forefront of pop culture with a hit single & several new
releases. Thousands flock to
Graceland for Elvis
Week in August every year.
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