Essay on Elvis Presley and African American Music

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"I can guarantee you one thing –we will never again agree on anything as we agreed on Elvis.” (Bangs 1) Elvis not only made significant contributions to the music industry, but he became the most famous idol across the world and in the U.S.A. Elvis Presley was regarded as one of most influential rock n’ roll performers of the century. If you say “The King of Rock” everyone will automatically know you are talking about Elvis Presley. Through his music, Elvis paved the road for African Americans to the music world, and he had essentially revolutionized American society and culture. He went against racism and began a whole new revolution for the music industry.
In the United States between the 1950's and 1960’s, segregation was present
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Gladys also did not have enough money to support herself and Elvis, so they moved a lot from one relative’s home to another. Elvis seemed to not have a lot of happiness in his life, but music seemed to help him cope with his childhood.
According to Wallace, the Presley family lived near the poor African American neighborhoods, and as a young child he heard a lot of blues and gospel sounds from the churches in his neighborhood. Among the white American society it was not acceptable to listen to black music, but Presley broke through these racial barriers (Wallace 14). “People definitely recognized the fact that Elvis’ music was heavily influenced by African Americans which made them very hesitant to allow their children to listen to it.” (Wallace 14) However, Elvis was not born the charming and talented singer everyone sees him to be.
Elvis became an electrician right out of high school and drove a delivery truck to pay for his night classes. By luck one day, he drove by Sun Records Label in Memphis to record a song for his mom’s birthday. This event changed not only Elvis Presley’s life but also the history of Rock n’ Roll.
“Desperate to find a new talent for his small-time label, Sam Phillips finally gave in and listened to the recording by the kid with the sideburns his persistent secretary kept nagging him about.” (Tracy 61) On July 5, 1954, Elvis Presley ,who was a delivery truck driver, had huge shifts in his life. He went to Sun Records Studio in Memphis and

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