Tag: Sun Records

Music of Elvis Presley 80th Birthday 9:30pm ET

elvis 1969Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American singer 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”.

Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, Presley and his family moved to Memphis, Tennessee, when he was 13 years old. His music career began there in 1954, when he started to work with Sam Phillips, the owner of 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 was to manage the singer for more than two decades. Presley’s first RCA single, “Heartbreak Hotel”, released in January 1956, was a number-one hit in the US. He became the leading figure of rock and roll after a series of 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 movies 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.

Presley is one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. Commercially successful in many genres, including pop, blues and gospel, he is the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music, with estimated album sales of around 600 million units worldwide. He was nominated for 14 competitive Grammys and won three, also receiving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36, and has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame. – Wikipedi

Artist Countdown: Roy Orbison Top 55 Hits

0Roy Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988), a singer-songwriter who found the most success in early rock and roll from 1957 to 1964. During that time, 22 of Orbison’s songs placed on the Billboard Top Forty.

Born and raised in Texas, Orbison got his start in a rockabilly band in high school. He broke into professional music under Sam Phillips at Sun Records, but found only marginal success there. After a couple years writing for other musicians, Orbison recorded several songs at Monument Records under producer Fred Foster. With Foster, Orbison and songwriter Joe Melson tailored many of Orbison’s songs for his unique voice; his most popular songs were dramatic ballads ending with emotional crescendos that showcased his powerful vocals. After his biggest hit in 1964, “Oh, Pretty Woman“, Orbison continued to record, but not until 1987 did he find the success he had once known when his single “In Dreams” was used in David Lynch’s film Blue Velvet. The next year, Orbison recorded with the supergroup Traveling Wilburys alongside Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, and George Harrison. Lynne produced Orbison’s final album Mystery Girl, which was released posthumously in February of 1989.

1 You Got It
2 It’s Over
3 Oh, Pretty Woman
4 Only the Lonely (Know the Way I Feel)
5 Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)
6 In Dreams
7 Pretty Paper
8 Blue Bayou
9 That Lovin’ You Feelin’ Again (with Emmylou Harris)
10 Falling
11 Crying (with k.d. lang)
12 Running Scared
13 Mean Woman Blues
14 Crying
15 Goodnight
16 Blue Angel
17 Handle with Care (Traveling Wilburys)
18 Breakin’ Up Is Breakin’ My Heart
19 Ride Away
20 Crawling Back
21 (Say) You’re My Girl
22 California Blue
23 Working for the Man
24 Twinkle Toes
25 The Crowd
26 Too Soon to Know
27 Candy Man
28 Leah
29 I Drove All Night
30 She’s a Mystery to Me
31 End of the Line (Traveling Wilburys)
32 Cry Softly Lonely One
33 Heartbreak Radio
34 Communication Breakdown
35 Lana
36 Borne on the Wind
37 Heartache
38 Penny Arcade
39 Walk On
40 I’m Hurtin’
41 So Good
42 My Friend
43 Distant Drums
44 Beautiful Dreamer
45 Love Hurts
46 She
47 What’d I Say
48 Indian Wedding
49 Born to Be Loved by You
50 Break My Mind
51 Ooby Dooby
52 She Wears My Ring
53 Up Town
54 Let the Good Times Roll
55 Southbound Jericho Parkway