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Elvis Section 1

Elvis Section 1 - Unit 1 Introduction Rags to riches story...

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Unit 1 Introduction Rags to riches story- lived the American dream Extremely smart, but only graduated high school Self-taught musician - no formal training - love for music Astonishing memory - melodies, lyrics, movie scripts Individuality and determination Stage presence - charisma Comebacks and longevity Childhood – First Recordings Elvis Presley - b. 1935, Tupelo, Mississippi o twin brother is stillborn 1937 - father Vernon does jail time o Church music as child black & white Gospel becomes musically bi-racial 1945 - wins second prize in singing contest 1946 - gets first guitar 1948 - family moves to Memphis o Elvis hears blues in Memphis 1950 - performs in high school Christmas show 1951 - befriends Red West for life after being protected from bullies 1953 - graduates high school - works as driver 07/53: Records two songs for his mother o Sam Phillips owns studio o secretary Marion Keisker makes copy of Elvis recordings o "My Happiness" Elviss first recording acoustic guitar and vocal hesitant- distinct vibrato o "That's When Your Heartaches Begin" narrative section acoustic guitar and vocal abrupt ending Singles and Tours 1954: works with Scotty Moore, lead guitar; Bill Black, bass o C&W musicians o create Rockabilly music (combines C&W and R&B) Records first single: o "Thats All Right (Mama)" R&B cover song Elvis first single local impact is huge
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o "Blue Moon of Kentucky" originally Bill Monroe Bluegrass song C&W song done up tempo Songs are hybrid of black blues and white country sounds Sun Studio recording 07/54: Elvis' radio debut o Dewey Phillips, DJ o "Blue Moon" standard song high register vocals are unusual falsetto lots of reverb 09/54: Performs at Grand Ole Opry o unsuccessful with older C&W crowd Records second single: o "Good Rockin' Tonight" R&B song frequently covered Loose rhythm section o "I Don’t Care If the Sun Don’t Shine" C&W song; cute lyrics Loose rhythm section
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