The King Of Rock & Roll

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Jordan Jackson
Professor Max McCoy
Mass Communication
22 November 2016
Elvis Presley January 8th, 1935, in a small Mississippi town, the future King of Rock & Roll was born. Elvis Aaron Presley had an uneventful early life until he began recording songs at the Memphis Recording Service. At the age of 19, in the year 1954, Elvis’s singing career took off. His music hit the airwaves and were met with overwhelming support (Rolling Stone). He was the American dream, with how he came from the small town in Mississippi, to the halls of Graceland and global prominence. He was the epitome of chasing your dreams to create a better life for himself and his family. The King of Rock & Roll is not a term that should be used lightly, but it fits Elvis because he revolutionized the entertainment industry by challenging social norms, unlocking the teenage market, and bridging the gap between black and white music. Elvis’s style was different than what was playing on the airwaves at the time. Daytime radio was all about warm humming, eccentric novelty, and ditsy innocence. Elvis’ music merged blues, country, and gospel into an incredibly dynamic sound people had never heard before (Wallace). With this new sound, fans from all around the globe became enamored with Elvis and how his music made them feel. This new sound caused Elvis to rise to the top of the charts, as he began destroying records for music at the time. The songs, written by Elvis himself, like, “All Shook Up”, “Don’t Be

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