Elvis Presley

By: Jordon Myers

History of Elvis

Elvis Presley was an American singer and actor who was born on January 8th, 1935, and died on August 16th, 1977. He was one of the most significant icons of the 20th century and is referred to as "The King of Rock and Roll" or "The King." His music career began in Memphis, Tennessee in 1954 when he recorded a song with producer Sam Phillips at Sun Records. Elvis was commercially successful in many genres, including pop, blues, and gospel. He is also the best-selling music artist in the history of recorded music. He has sold about 600 million units worldwide. He won three Grammys, also receiving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36. Elvis has also been inducted into multiple halls of fame. Elvis was also in the army for 2 years. He had become a sergeant and had made the media go mad. People had surrounded him to take photos or ask him questions about what he was doing.

Event Leading to Elvis' Fame

Elvis' fame started in 1954 when he recorded a song with producer Sam Phillips with Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee. He had also become very famous when he released his film debut, Love Me Tender, in 1956.


  • "Jailhouse Rock"
  • "Blue Suede Shoes"
  • "Heartbreak Hotel"
  • "If I Can Dream"
  • "A Little Less Conversation"
  • "Falling In Love With You"
  • "My Way"


  • On Stage
  • The King
  • Blue Hawaii
  • Loving You
  • Elvis is Back!

Characteristics of Rockabilly

  • Uptempo
  • Backbeat-driven fusion of country and rhythm and blues
  • Earliest form of rock and roll
  • Described as classic rock and roll
  • Important influences on the genre include western swing and boogie woogie
  • Strong rhythms, vocal twangs and common use of the tape echo
  • Died off in the 1960's but was revived in the 1970's to 1980's
Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock (HD Music Video)

SHMRG of "Jailhouse Rock"

S- Main vocals, bass, drums, electric guitar, backup vocals, piano

H- Bass, drums, electric guitar, backup vocals, piano

M- Main vocals

R- Moderate, in 4

G- Intro, chorus, verse 1, chorus, verse 2, chorus, interlude, verse 3, chorus, verse 4, chorus, outro

Soft-Moderate-Soft Hill

Rock- Rockabilly


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