Join Ron Kovacs for the Top 500 Rolling Stone Greatest Songs of All Time. (Part I)
A RadioMaxMusic tribute to Elvis Presley.
Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American musician and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as “the King of Rock and Roll”, or simply, “the King”.
Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, as a twinless twin- his brother was stillborn. When he was 13 years old, he and his family relocated to Memphis, Tennessee. His music career began there in 1954, when he recorded a song with producer Sam Phillips at Sun Records. Accompanied by guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, Presley was an early popularizer of rockabilly, an uptempo, backbeat-driven fusion of country music and rhythm and blues. RCA Victor acquired his contract in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, who managed the singer for more than two decades. Presley’s first RCA single, “Heartbreak Hotel”, was released in January 1956 and became a number-one hit in the United States. He was regarded as the leading figure of rock and roll after a series of successful network television appearances and chart-topping records. His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style, combined with a singularly potent mix of influences across color lines that coincided with the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, made him enormously popular—and controversial.
In November 1956, he made his film debut in Love Me Tender. In 1958, he was drafted into military service. He resumed his recording career two years later, producing some of his most commercially successful work before devoting much of the 1960s to making Hollywood films and their accompanying soundtrack albums, most of which were critically derided. In 1968, following a seven-year break from live performances, he returned to the stage in the acclaimed televised comeback special Elvis, which led to an extended Las Vegas concert residency and a string of highly profitable tours. In 1973, Presley was featured in the first globally broadcast concert via satellite, Aloha from Hawaii. Several years of prescription drug abuse severely damaged his health, and he died in 1977 at the age of 42.
Listen 6pm ET for an evening of Halloween tunes with Ron Kovacs and an encore edition of the Great Soul Performances Halloween Special with Bobby Jay at 10pm ET.
“Great Soul Performances” comes to you from the fairgrounds of the Eastern States Fair & Exposition; “The Big E” in West Springfield, Massachusetts for the second week this evening. On the playlist I’ve got: Heatwave, Barbara Acklin, the Four Tops, Phyliss Hyman, Johnnie Taylor, Tavares, the Mad Lads, Marvin Gaye in concert, the Detroit Emeralds plus many more and my very special guest, Eddie Holman, who closed out his 5 day, 10 show engagement here on the Comcast Court of Honor Stage last night.
RadioMax Special – Songs with Cities in the Title.
Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was one of the most popular American singers of the 20th century. A cultural icon, he is commonly known by the single name Elvis. He is often called the “King of Rock and Roll” or simply “the King”.
Today RadioMaxMusic features Elvis Presley hours all day beginning at 6am and at 8am, 10am, 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm ET.
For more on Elvis try these links….
Wikipedia (Elvis Presley)
Elvis Candlelight Vigil 35th Anniversary
Elvis Would Have Been Amazed
Elvis Presley Official Website
Elvis on Biography
Elvis on IMDb
Elvis on Facebook
Elvis on Last fm
This week its two salutes, first the music of Donna Summer who passed away a few weeks ago and mentor Hal Jackson who passed away recently. It’s all in this weeks special edition of Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay.