A quick aside before I start…
89.3 had two amazing shows tonight… This American Life with Mike Daisey talking about the factories where Apple products are made… Frustrating and eye-opening… and a must, must, must listen.
Then on On Being the brilliant, articulate and musically stunning Rosanne Cash.
I am so moved and overwhelmed and my mind is flying… Thank you.
January 8, 2012
Today the King was born… Well, on this day 76 years ago.
Hard to believe. Hard to imagine the world without Elvis… Hard to imagine today’s world with him.
He was an icon… He was Rock n’ Roll… He was Elvis!
Elvis Presley – Elvis Presley
You know the story… Elvis Aaron Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi on January 8, 1935. His identical brother was stillborn. The family moved to Memphis when Elvis was 13.
He grew up on Church music and the Blues on Beale Street… He loved it… And so did a man named Sam Phillips of Sun Records, who longed to bring that sound and music to the masses.
In 1954 the world would change… With Scotty Moore on guitar and Bill Black on bass Elvis recorded “That’s All Right”… and once famed Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips got a hold of it… (The Broadway musical Memphis is loosely based on his story) Forget it… Elvis’ star was shooting and shaking.
So this is Elvis’ first studio album, and I am listening to the 1999 Reissue with Bonus tracks…
The original issue was 12 tracks in Mono and “the album spent ten weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart in 1956, the first rock and roll album ever to make it to the top of the charts.”
The whole thing is an obvious piece of history… I mean think about how much of modern music started right here…
But objectively, it is just a great record… a great Rock n’ Roll record!
My personal highlights are “Blue Suede Shoes” by Carl Perkins, Ray Charles’ “I Got A Woman”, “Tutti Frutti” from Dorothy LaBostrie and Richard Penniman, Rodgers and Hart’s “Blue Moon” and “Money Honey” from Jesse Stone.
Happy Birthday, Elvis. You may have forgotten to remember to forget her… but we will always remember and never forget you… Even with your proclivities for fried PB and J sandwiches… Actually…