Controversy with Elvis Presley

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Rock and roll music existed before Elvis Presley came along, but with his arrival on the performing scene, Americans could ignore it no longer. In 1956, he strode in front of a television camera for the first time as the provocative image of a high school hood and achieved an instant rapport with millions of U.S. teenagers who were experiencing their own adolescent rebellion. Hip-wiggling gyrations that brought a storm of protest from the adult world reinforced his popularity with young people, and he became the epitome of a whole generation that saw itself as defiant, disenchanted, and less inhibited than the one that had gone before. His songs, an amalgam of white country…show more content…
Not all of his vocalizing was even or polished, especially in his earlier recordings, but he was capable of achieving a rich baritone sound with a light, free, wide vibrato. There are some excellent technical moments in his singing, particularly in ballads such as "It's Now or Never”. The development of his vocal style could also be studied partly in terms of vocal technique and partly to explore the changes that occurred in his vocal quality and choice of songs as the innovative singer was accepted by the establishment. His early LPs, Elvis and Elvis Presley, can be compared and contrasted with later albums such as GI Blues and From Elvis in Memphis. Some say Elvis Presley was targeted for his alleged vulgarity and sexually explicit behavior due to fear of possible racial integration. Elvis found himself center of a scandal due to his love for music and his passion for touching his fans with his music. He was targeted for his singing of what was considered back then to be ‘black music’. For years there were debates on the alleged comment made by Elvis that all blacks could for him was shine his shoes. Some still believe it to this day. I don’t believe the comment was ever made by Elvis and after doing
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