Elvis Presley, singer
birth name: Elvis Aaron Presley

Elvis Presley

January 8, 1935, Tupelo, MS ~ August 16, 1977, Memphis, TN

Presley was not the very first white man to sing rhythm & blues; Bill Haley predated him in that regard, and there may have been others as well. Elvis was certainly the first, however, to assertively fuse country and blues music into the style known as rockabilly. While rockabilly arrangements were the foundations of his first (and possibly best) recordings, Presley could not have become a mainstream superstar without a much more varied palette that also incorporated pop, gospel, and even some bits of bluegrass and operatic schmaltz here and there. His '50s recordings established the basic language of rock & roll; his explosive and sexual stage presence set standards for the music's visual image; his vocals were incredibly powerful and versatile. Unfortunately, to much of the public, Elvis is more icon than artist. Innumerable bad Hollywood movies, increasingly caricatured records and mannerisms, and a personal life that became steadily more sheltered from real-world concerns (and steadily more bizarre) gave his story a somewhat mythic status. By the time of his death, he'd become more a symbol of gross Americana than of cultural innovation. ~ Allmusic: Elvis Presley ~ retrieved August 14, 2013 © Allmusic

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Elvis Presley ~ Awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1971.

In 2012 seven Elvis Presley albums made it to the #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time ~ #413 G.I. Blues (1961) ~ #261 The Fool Album (1973) ~ #56 His Hand In Mine (1960) ~ #43 Aloha! From Hawaii (1973) ~ #11 '68 Comeback Special (1968) ~ #4 From Elvis In Memphis (1969) ~ #2 Elvis Presley (1956)

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