Elvis Presley's Rock Revolution
By Agnibho Roy
How did Elvis Presley Change rock and Roll/Rythm and Blues Forever?
Introduction to the Revolution
Type of Music and the Social Revolution
Change on Rock and Roll and Other Implications
Elvis changed so much of the entertainment industry in the United States and his music definitely set the stage for other musicians in the future. Presley inspired and influenced styles of dance and music such as pop culture, rock, potential musicians, and cinemas. Susan Doll, a critic of his music, believes that “today’s generation automatically perceives music of the 1960’s to be the model they return to for inspiration and influence. They look to art- ists such as Bob Dylan, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and James Brown.” However, one must acknowledge Elvis's influence the 1960’s generation and the music that derived out of that time period. The “rhythm, beat, sensuality, and atti- tude of rock n’ roll all began with Elvis and the Blue Moon Boys. That influence cannot be underestimated.” Most importantly, all of the bands ensuing his presence focused on the style of rock and roll, as this was the most popular and attracted the most viewers for more money.
What Components of this Group Made Them so Appealing in the 1950's, 1960's, or 1970's?
The Glitz and the Glamor
The Roots of Rock and Roll and Blues
Rock and Roll
Rock and roll emerged as a defined musical style in the United States in the early to mid-1950s. It derived most directly from the rhythm and blues music of the 1940s, which itself developed from earlier blues, boogie woogie, jazz and swing music, and was also influenced by gospel, country and western, and traditional folk music. Rock and roll in turn provided the main basis for the music that, since the mid-1960s, has been generally known simply as rock music.
The blues grew up in the Mississippi Delta just upriver from New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz. Blues and jazz have always influenced each other, and they still interact in countless ways today.
What Makes This Artist Still Popular?
Important Timeline of Events
Top Hits/Songs of Elvis Presley
- "Heartbreak Hotel" (1956)
- "Don't Be Cruel" (1956)
- "Hound Dog" (1956)
- "Love Me Tender" (1956)
- "Too Much" (1957)
- "All Shook Up" (1957)
- "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear" (1957)
- "Jailhouse Rock" (1957)