Saturday Marks 70 Years A.E. (After Elvis)

Published: 2005-01-07
This Saturday, January 8th marks 70 years since the birth of Elvis Aron Presley in the town of Tupelo, Mississippi. There's no denying that Presley is one the biggest figures in popular music as we know it, and his unmistakable voice and swivelling hips are what sent the world into a frenzy over rock'n'roll that still continues today, as strong as ever. While other black musicians had been playing rock before Presley, it was he who popularized the genre into mainstream, bringing the rebelliousness of rock'n'roll to the masses.

Given credit for being the spark that started the fire of rock'n'roll is Presley's very first single 'That's All Right (Mama)', a cover of an Arthur Crudup song. Last year the world celebrated the 50th anniversary of rock'n'roll as a genre, and all across the globe 'That's All Right (Mama)' was simultaneously played at 12 noon on July 5th, the day Elvis recorded the track.

Even though he's been dead for nearly 30 years, Elvis' popularity still has not waned. Presley is looking to hit the top of the charts once again, this time in the UK with the re-released single 'Jailhouse Rock'. The classic song already hit the number one position in Britain before, way back in 1958, and is expected to be there again this Sunday (January 9th).

In other, semi-related news, January 8th seems to be a good day for musicians, as both Robby Krieger, guitarist for The Doors, and the chameleon himself David Bowie share Elvis Presley's birthday. Saturday will be Krieger's 59th birthday, and Bowie's 58th.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt



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