The King Of Rock And Roll

Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in Tulepo, Mississippi. The Presleys moved to Memphis, Tenessee when Elvis was thirteen years old. This is where Elvis learned his music, and most of his influential music came from Memphis. Elvis Presley pasted away on August 16, 1977 in his home, Graceland, in Memphis. Most people considered Elvis famous because his new music was so extraordinary. The people loved his style because it was something new to them, and it was a mix of a number of genres. Also, his flashy style of clothing and his groovy dancing awed fans. All of this just hooked the fans and kept them wanting more of him.

 Elvis was deeply influenced by the people he grew up around in Memphis. He spent a whole lot of time at the local bars and clubs listening to music that was being played by the locals. Three major genres that Elvis was deeply influenced by was Jazz, R&B, and Gospel. Another genre that he may have been influenced by was country music. The Jazz part of his music came from the local bars and clubs. He heard most of the R&B music on the famous Beale Street in Memphis. Beale Street is a famously known for its R&B music and musicians. Presley heard most of the gospel music he was influenced by in is church.

Presley's Legacy

Elvis Presley created a new genre of music which became popular in his era and is still widely popular today.

This is a video of Elvis Presley singing Hound Dog, one of the most popular songs he sang during his career.