I am sure you will be hearing about today’s date in rock n roll history. Today would have been the 78th birthday of Elvis Presley.
I have never been a big fan of “The King of Rock n Roll”, mostly because I have always disagreed with his title. It was bestowed upon him by a culture fueled by racism. Obviously one can argue that Chuck Berry and Little Richard are both more deserving of the title, but it was the color of their skin that forbid such a distinction. I am not the only person who believes this. Ask Chuck and Little Richard. They have been saying this for years.
However, nobody can deny that rock n roll would not be what it is today without the Elvis factor. He didn’t invent it. Neither did Chuck or Little Richard. But he made it acceptable for white kids to listen to black music.
His talent was evident. His abilities seemingly endless at the time.
Sadly, Elvis morphed into some sort of out of touch adult contemporary/Vegas schlock/housewife heart-throb.
The King had a sad end, dying on his throne, almost as sad as his career at the time.
I still think his debut album was a brilliant beginning that fueled everything that came after it. I didn’t realize until recently that the cover was borrowed by The Clash for the London Calling album. Another landmark album in the history of rock. Obviously not a coincidence.
King of rock n roll? no. Elvis was more like Moses to the Jews. the deliverer of rock n roll.
By the way – Today is also the birthday of David Bowie – Born David Jones in 1947 – Happy 66th Ziggy, now get your ass out on the road and tour.