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Elvis Presley

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(1935–1977) US pop singer. The first rock and roll star, he profoundly changed popular music with his fusion of country music and rhythm and blues. Born in East Tupelo, ...

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The Oxford Companion to United States History

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2004
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..., Elvis ( 1935–1977 ), singer, actor. Elvis Aaron Presley was born in a two-room shack in Tupelo, Mississippi, in the depths of the Great Depression of the 1930s. When he was a toddler, his father was imprisoned for forgery, and the family sank further into poverty. The Presleys moved to Memphis in 1948 . Here Elvis sang in the Assemblies of God choir, graduated from high school in 1953 , and briefly was a truck driver. Music—rock-and-roll—took Elvis to pop-culture immortality. His first recording, on Sam Phillips's Sun label in 1954 , featured That's...

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Karal Ann Marling

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History

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2013

..., Elvis ( 1935–1977 ), singer , actor . Elvis Aaron Presley was born in a two-room shack in Tupelo, Mississippi, in the depths of the Great Depression of the 1930s. When he was a toddler, his father was imprisoned for forgery, and the family sank further into poverty. The Presleys moved to Memphis in 1948 . Here Elvis sang in the Assemblies of God choir, graduated from high school in 1953 , and briefly was a truck driver. Music—rock-and-roll—took Elvis to pop-culture immortality. His first recording, on Sam Phillips 's Sun label in 1954 , featured...

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The Oxford Companion to the American Musical

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2009
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...With Girls ( 1970 ), and Change of Habit ( 1970 ). Presley left films and concentrated on concerts, recordings, television specials, and nightclubs until his premature death at the age of forty-two. Among the many film and television biomusicals about the popular singer are Elvis ( 1979 ), This Is Elvis ( 1981 ), Elvis ( 1990 ), and Elvis ( 2005 ). Biographies: Elvis Presley: The Man, the Life, the Legend , Pamela Clarke Keogh ( 2004 ); Inner Elvis: A Psychological Biography of Elvis Presley , Peter O. Whitmer ( 1997...

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David Brackett

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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2013
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...and Sources on the King of Rock ’n Roll (New York, 1992) [incl. R. Middleton: “All Shook Up,” 3–12; C. Wolfe: “Presley and the Gospel Tradition,” 13–27] P. Guralnick : Last Train to Memphis: the Rise of Elvis Presley (Boston, 1994) [incl. bibliography and discography] G. Rodman : Elvis after Elvis: the Posthumous Career of a Living Legend (London, 1996) P. Guralnick : Careless Love: the Unmaking of Elvis Presley (Boston, 1999) David...

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World Encyclopedia

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2004
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..., Elvis Aaron ( 1935–77 ) US rock-and-roll singer . In 1953 , he was signed to Sam Phillips' Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1956 , Presley took America by storm with his pelvic-thrusting performances of hits such as ‘Heartbreak Hotel’, ‘Hound Dog’, and ‘Love Me Tender’. He starred in 33 highly successful films, including Jailhouse Rock ( 1957 ), King Creole ( 1958 ) and G.I. Blues ( 1960 ). Presley died at his Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, of a heart attack induced by drug dependence. He became a cult...

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Who's Who in the Twentieth Century

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..., Elvis Aaron ( 1935–1977 ) US pop singer. The first rock and roll star, he profoundly changed popular music with his fusion of country music and rhythm and blues. Born in East Tupelo, Mississippi, of a poor family, he attended an Assembly of God church, where the hymn singing was an early influence. He was still a truck driver when he made his first recordings for Sun records in Memphis, Tennessee, in July 1954 . He also appeared on country-music radio shows, his early records becoming hits in the country charts. In 1955 his contract and all his Sun...

Elvis Presley 1935–77 and Vera Matson

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The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations (2 ed.)

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2008
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...Elvis Presley 1935 – 77 and Vera Matson Love me tender, love me sweet, Never let me go. Love Me Tender ,...

Presley, Elvis - Elvis Presley

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Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
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113 words

..., Elvis - Elvis Presley Although five tracks remained from the Sun cellar this is usually known as Elvis Presley’s first RCA album, and what a lucky company they were, probably unaware that they had signed the greatest ever donor to their company pension scheme. No rock aficionado should be unaware of the tracks, although the album has long been replaced with compilations. It still is nominated by the majority of the cognoscenti who are old enough to remember this album plopping down on their Dansettes. It was a vitally important album although now doomed...

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Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
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..., Elvis Presley - A Date With Elvis , Elvis Presley - Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite , Elvis Presley - Back In Memphis , Elvis Presley - Blue Hawaii , Elvis Presley - Elvis ‘56 , Elvis Presley - Elvis Is Back! , Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley , Elvis Presley - From Elvis In Memphis , Elvis Presley - G.I. Blues , Elvis Presley - King Creole , Elvis Presley - Loving You , Presley, Elvis - The King Of Rock ‘N’ Roll: The Complete 50’s Masters , Elvis Presley - Elvis , Presley, Elvis - Elvis As Recorded At Madison Square Garden , Elvis Presley -...

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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64 words
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
60 words
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
91 words
Presley, Elvis - Elvis

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Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Music
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145 words

..., Elvis - Elvis While Private Elvis Presley was gaining his stripes in Germany, RCA was desperate for new material. They kept the pot boiling by taking his first UK album, Rock ‘n’ Roll No.l , substituting three tracks and adding two more. Although critics sometimes regard his Sun tracks in a different light to his RCA ones, they sit well together. ‘I Was The One’, the b-side of ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ and one of Elvis’ favourite songs, could easily have been recorded at Sun. ‘Lawdy, Miss Clawdy’, written and originally recorded by Lloyd Price, remains one of...

Presley, Elvis - Elvis '56

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Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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2009
Subject:
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190 words

...pop star, Presley set off a national debate with his libidinal gyrations and racially ambiguous music (when Presley first broke, many DJs in the segregated South refused to play his music because they didn’t believe he was white). Elvis 56 , which collects 22 of Presley’s early recordings (including a previously unreleased alternate take of ‘Heartbreak Hotel’), makes clear what all the fuss was about. Raw, raucous, sexy, and always brilliant, Presley’s 1956 recordings are quite simply among the best rock records of all time. See also Elvis Presley...

Presley, Elvis - Loving You

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Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
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..., Elvis - Loving You Elvis Presley’s first film, Love Me Tender , included music as an afterthought, but music was the priority in his next, Loving You . Four of the seven songs were hits, while ‘Mean Woman Blues’ has been recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and many others. ‘(Let’s Have A) Party’ at 90 seconds is the shortest single ever to make the charts, a peculiar achievement as Presley has an additional verse in the film. Fans used to send Elvis Presley teddy bears, hence the song of the same name. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller wrote one of...

Presley, Elvis - Sun Collection

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Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
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..., Elvis - Sun Collection Elvis Presley’s pivotal recordings for the Sun Records label almost venture beyond the realms of description. They not only define rockabilly’s blend of country and R&B, but expose a singer whose unbridled style burst with freedom and sexual excitement. Material drawn from Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup, Junior Parker and Arthur Gunter joins songs popularized by Bill Monroe, Bob Wills and the Carter Family in a fervid melting pot that changed the course of pop forever. Rare masters from the same era join the five compelling singles ...

Presley, Elvis - King Creole

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Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Music
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186 words

..., Elvis - King Creole Elvis Presley’s fourth movie, King Creole , was by most critics’ assessments his best. A good script, a strong supporting cast and an outstanding soundtrack contributed to provide Elvis with his best opportunity at serious film acting, and the King rose to the occasion. The legendary songwriting team of Leiber and Stoller contributed three songs to King Creole , among them the title track and ‘Trouble’, a number Presley would reprise with tremendous success during his 1969 comeback television special. ‘Hard Headed Woman’ is the...

Presley, Elvis - Blue Hawaii

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Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Music
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171 words

..., Elvis - Blue Hawaii Elvis’ theatrical oeuvre found him portraying singing busboys, singing prizefighters, even a singing doctor in love with a nun, all of which makes his role as the heir to a pineapple fortune in ‘Blue Hawaii’ sound positively prosaic. But Elvis and Hawaii were made for each other like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and ‘Blue Hawaii’ became one of his most successful movies. The soundtrack was the No. 1 record in the USA for an astonishing 20 weeks, making it Elvis’ most commercially successful LP, and one of the most successful LPs of...

Presley Elvis (country career)

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Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Music
Length:
330 words

... Elvis (country career) One of Presley’s first nicknames was ‘The Hillbilly Cat’ and there was a strong country music component in much of what he did. Although initially recording in a blues town, Memphis, he cut several country songs for Sun Records : his first single was an up-tempo revival of Bill Monroe ’s ‘Blue Moon Of Kentucky’. He appeared on the Grand Ole Opry (none too successfully) and The Louisiana Hayride , toured with country musicians, and his manager, Tom Parker , had previously worked with Eddy Arnold and Hank Snow . The...

Presley, Elvis - From Elvis In Memphis

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Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Music
Length:
128 words

..., Elvis - From Elvis In Memphis Years trapped making facile films and equally poor soundtrack albums dented Elvis Presley’s popularity without tarnishing the myth. Convincing material would rekindle his reputation. From Elvis In Memphis was issued in the wake of the spellbinding Elvis’ TV Special and it offered a similar sense of musical adventure. Recorded at Chips Moman’s American Recording Studio, it featured the crack house band behind hits for the Box Tops, Aretha Franklin and Sandy Posey. Presley’s first sessions in Memphis for 14 years result in...

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