Presentation on theme: "Elvis Presley Classic Rockers. Biography Born January 8 th 1935 – Died August 16 th 1977 Born in Tupello, Mississippi Moved to Memphis, Tennesee at age."— Presentation transcript:
Biography Born January 8 th 1935 – Died August 16 th 1977 Born in Tupello, Mississippi Moved to Memphis, Tennesee at age 13
Biography Identical twin brother was stillborn Learned guitar from uncles and a pastor Poor background, lived in small shacks and public housing
Early Music Average music student Starts to come out of his shell Studied and played music “by ear”
Sun Records Discovery That’s Alright Mama (1954) That’s Alright Mama Guitarist Winfield “Scotty” Moore & bass player Bill Black Birth of Rockabilly Signs with manager Col. Tom Parker
RCA Years Sam Phillips sells contract to RCA for $40,000 Songwriters give up 1/3 of royalties Heartbreak Hotel (1956) Heartbreak Hotel Expanded ensemble
Career First album to reach number one on the Billboard charts. Holding top spot for 10 weeks. First television appearance January 28 th, 1956 on CBS’ the Stage Show
Career Milton Berle Show - Hound Dog (1956) *Hound Dog * Steve Allen Show Don’t Be Cruel (1956 #1 for 11 weeks) Don’t Be Cruel Ed Sullivan
Public Reaction After a show in La Crosse, Wisconsin, an urgent message on the letterhead of the local Catholic diocese's newspaper was sent to FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. It warned that "Presley is a definite danger to the security of the United States.... [His] actions and motions were such as to rouse the sexual passions of teenaged youth.... After the show, more than 1,000 teenagers tried to gang into Presley's room at the auditorium.... Indications of the harm Presley did just in La Crosse were the two high school girls... whose abdomen and thigh had Presley's autograph."
Public Reaction Jack Gould of The New York Times wrote, "Mr. Presley has no discernible singing ability.... His phrasing, if it can be called that, consists of the stereotyped variations that go with a beginner's aria in a bathtub.... His one specialty is an accented movement of the body... primarily identified with the repertoire of the blond bombshells of the burlesque runway.“ Ben Gross of the New York Daily News opined that popular music "has reached its lowest depths in the 'grunt and groin' antics of one Elvis Presley.... Elvis, who rotates his pelvis... gave an exhibition that was suggestive and vulgar, tinged with the kind of animalism that should be confined to dives and bordellos". Ed Sullivan, whose own variety show was the nation's most popular, declared him "unfit for family viewing". To Presley's displeasure, he soon found himself being referred to as "Elvis the Pelvis", which he called "one of the most childish expressions I ever heard, comin' from an adult."
Music & Stuff Let Me Be Your (Teddy Bear) - (1957) Let Me Be Your (Teddy Bear) Graceland Jailhouse Rock (1957) Jailhouse Rock Leiber & Stoller
2 nd Act Mother’s Death (1958) In The Army Memphis Mafia Drugs Karate 10 Top 40 Hits while in the Army Big Hunk o’ Love (1959) Big Hunk o’ Love Priscilla Elvis is Back Are you Lonesome Tonight (1960) Are you Lonesome Tonight
Movies & Music 27 films during the 60’s Love Me Tender – first film 1956 King Creole – 1958 King Creole Further FilmographyFilmography Moves away from albums Wins Grammy for Gospel Album How Great Thou Art (1967) Can’t Help Falling in Love (1961) Can’t Help Falling in Love Return to Sender (1962) Return to Sender