The King at 75

Elvis Presley would have turned 75 today.

Presley was called the king for a reason. As a shy youth, he transformed popular music and played a vital role in creating rock and roll. His early music was hip, sexy, cutting edge and electrifying. He tore up the billboard charts with almost every song he put out regardless if it was rockabilly, torch songs, rock and roll, country, ballads, gospel, black, white it didn’t matter. There was no distinction.

For me, his best music was some of his earliest, from 1954-1958. Everything recorded before he was drafted. The music that came when he returned home in the 1960’s and 70’s were just missing something. If you follow his early records you can hear his voice mature as he becomes more confident and self assured until he is style is a mix of cockiness and sheer exuberance.

Recommended Listening:

  • Elvis At Sun (1954-1955)
  • Elvis (1956)
  • Elvis Presley (1956)
  • Elvis’ Golden Records (1958)
  • 50,00,000 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong: Elvis’ Golden Records Volume 2 (1959)
  • His Hand In Mine (1960)

It’s hard to pick one song to sum up how I feel about Elvis. But the song, “Big Hunk O’ Love” from 1958 (not to be confused with “Burning Love”) does it for me.

Dig the Piano:

TCM would also like to commend Elvis for his incalculable sexual appetite comparable only to Wilt Chamberlain

Long Live The King!

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