In a comment to my last music video post Bwan (Brandy – http://bransblahg.wordpress.com/ ) reminded me I have been neglecting “The King” Elvis Aaron Presley,
What was the first Elvis song you can remember hearing and what did you think of it at the time?
What is your favorite Elvis song?
 
Many singers have made a major contribution to the development of Roll and Rock.  However with the release of “Heart Break Hotel” in 1956 there is only BE (Before Elvis) and AE (After Elvis).
 
Rock, blues, gospel, pop and country Elvis had hit records in all these genres.  In 1956 his “Don’t Be Cruel” was the first record to top the charts in the three Billboard catergories pop, rhythm & blues, and country & western,
 
It is hard for young people today to understand what an impact Elvis had.  He terrified white parents even as him music was capturing the hearts of their children.
 
From Wikipedia – “In 1956, a critic for the New York Daily News wrote that popular music “has reached its lowest depths in the ‘grunt and groin’ antics of one Elvis Presley” and the Jesuits denounced him in its weekly magazine, America. Even Frank Sinatra opined: “His kind of music is deplorable, a rancid smelling aphrodisiac. It fosters almost totally negative and destructive reactions in young people.”.
 
I think when hearing “You Ain’t Nothing But A Hound Dog” white parents instinctively know the Apocalypse was coming.  Elvis’s music appealed to both black and white youths.  In the rhythm and blues #1 hits chart for 1956 his is the only white name on the list, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_number-one_rhythm_and_blues_hits_(United_States)#1956 .
 
White kids dancing with blacks kids leds to whites dating blacks.  That scared the beejesus out of white parents. It also scared the beejesus out of black parents.
 
Elvis’s voice drips sexual tension.  From Kansas to Hong Kong female hearts just melt listening to him.  If there are girls on Mars they would go crazy over Elvis.
Love Is Tender
I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You
I prefer ‘early’ Elvis and these are my favorite songs by “The King”:
That’s All Right Mama
Heartbreak Hotel
I Want You, I need You, I Love You
Don’t Be Cruel
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