Elvis Essay

753 WordsNov 23, 20084 Pages
The King of Rock “Presley’s career as a singer and entertainer redefined popular music” are the words engraved on the historical marker outside of Graceland Mansion, a former church and the ‘King’s’ home in Memphis, Tennessee. Having talent, good looks, sensuality, charisma, and good humor endeared singer Elvis Presley to millions, as did the kindness he demonstrated throughout his life. Born in a little town in East Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis and his family lived just above the poverty line, centering their life on being regular church-goers at the small Pentecostal First Assembly of God Church. He moved to Memphis with his family in the middle of his high school years, introducing himself and spending all of his spare time around the black section of town, specifically Beale Street. At this time, Presley had recorded many hits and many hits were still to come after his draft notice. Elvis was registered in the Army, and when he finally returned home, his ailing mother passed away the day after his arrival in Memphis, causing Elvis the greatest tragedy in his life. He rose from circumstances to launch the rock and roll revolution with his commanding voice and charismatic stage presence. The plaintive emotion in his vocals helped raise his status as a cultural icon which still today continues to grow even in his death. With a sound and style that uniquely combined his diverse musical influences and challenged the social and racial barriers, Elvis started a whole new era of American music and popular culture. Elvis Presley had many musical influences throughout his life, having to overcome many obstacles and other stages in his life. Those influences included the pop and country music of the time, the gospel music Presley heard in church and at the all-night gospel singings he attended, and the black rhythm and blues and jazz music he absorbed on historic

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