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elvis_notes_test_1 - Rags to riches story lived the...

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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 Aaron Presley - b. January 8,1935, Tupelo, Mississippi 0 - twin brother is stillborn 1937 - father Vernon does jail time for forging check Church music as child 0 1 - becomes musically bi-racial 1945 - wins second prize in singing contest 1946 - gets first guitar 1948 - family moves to Memphis 0 - Elvis hears blues in Memphis 1950 - performs in high school Christmas show 1951 – didn’t make football team because he wouldn’t shave sideburns and hair 0 befriends Red West for life after being protected from bullies 1953 - graduates high school - works as driver for electricity comp. 07/18/53: Records two songs for his mother - Sam Phillips Memphis Recording Service- owns studio - secretary Marion Keisker makes copy of Elvis recordings "My Happiness" - Elvis first recording - acoustic guitar and vocal - hesitant- distinct vibrato "That's When Your Heartaches Begin" - narrative/spoken section for dramatic effect (Lowes theater) - acoustic guitar and vocal - abrupt ending 1954: works with Scotty Moore, lead guitar; Bill Black, bass 0 1 - create Rockabilly music (combines C&W and R&B)
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2 Records first single: 3 "Thats All Right (Mama)" 0 1 - Elvis first single 2 - local impact is huge 4 "Blue Moon of Kentucky" 0 - originally Bill Monroe Bluegrass song 1 2 - Songs are hybrid of black blues and white country sounds 3 - Sun Studio recording 07/54: Elvis' radio debut 0 -Dewey Phillips, DJ 1 "Blue Moon" 0 - standard song 1 - high register vocals are unusual falsetto 2 - lots of reverb 09/54: Performs at Grand Ole Opry 0 1 Records second single: 2 "Good Rockin' Tonight" 0 1 - Loose rhythm section
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