Thursday, January 29, 2009

Its a day that ends in Y.... it must be time for some Elvis!

I don't really know why, but I have been wanting to do an Elvis Presley piece for a few weeks now. But I wanted to make sure it was not connected to any significate Elvis date (Birth, Death, Album Release, etc, etc). Growing up in Mississippi as white, male it is hard to escape Elvis. We sounds a little like him. Even if we don't want to. If we go some place, people will ask if we like him. It is easy to see his influence an alot of modern music. From Johnny Cash, to The Beatles, to Elvis Costello, to Jon Spencer or Chuck D calling Elvis "racist". It is hard to escape the influence of the man. Punk Rock kids laugh and make fun of him while playing the simple chord progressions that he helped make famous.

Of course you can always say he was just used by Sam Philips as a white kid who sounded black, to help sell "colored" music to the masses. But that is a pretty limited view. Elvis had a career and still has a following far passed that. It is true that Elvis owns much to the Blues and R&B artist of the 1950s, and it is true that Elvis didn't write his songs. But it was his power as an incendiary preformer and skill as a guitarist that seperated him from so many who's names have been lost to popular history. It has earns him his place in history.

Thats All Right Mama(1954)
Heartbreak Hotel(1956)
My Baby Left Me(1956)
Blue Suede Shoes(1956)
Hound Dog (1956)
His Latest Flame(1961)
Can't Help Falling in Love (1961)
You're the Devil in Disguise (1963)
Viva Las Vegas(1964)
Suspicious Minds(1969)

As I stated above Elvis influence can still be found though out modern musci but, in my opinion, no where is it better that in a group called Dread Zeppelin. Basically the whole idea for this band is taken from an interview with Elvis where some reporter asked him what he liked musically at the time. According to the band, he response that he liked, "Led Zeppelin and Reggae music". Which is why, the band songs like a Reggea band, doing Led Zeppelin covers as sung by Elvis Presley. Enjoy!

Heartbreaker(At the End of Lonely Street)
Your Time is Gonna Come
Immigrant Song



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