Elvis_exam_1-1 - Rags to riches story lived the American...

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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 Elvis Presley - b. 1935, Tupelo, Mississippi o - twin brother is stillborn 1937 - father Vernon does jail time Church music as child o - black & white Gospel o - 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 o "My Happiness" o - Elviss first recording - acoustic guitar and vocal - hesitant- distinct vibrato o "That's When Your Heartaches Begin" o - narrative section - acoustic guitar and vocal - abrupt ending
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1954: works with Scotty Moore, lead guitar; Bill Black, bass o - C&W musicians o - create Rockabilly music (combines C&W and R&B) o Records first single: o "Thats All Right (Mama)" o - R&B cover song - Elvis first single - local impact is huge o "Blue Moon of Kentucky" o - 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" o - 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 o Records second single: o "Good Rockin' Tonight" o - R&B song frequently covered - Loose rhythm section o "I Don’t Care If the Sun Don’t Shine" o - C&W song; cute lyrics - Loose rhythm section
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