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The Man in Black Debuts

September 1, 2014

Courtesy of Sun Records In addition to the Rock n’ Roll revolution starting in the mid-50s, a small rockabilly revolution came along. Spear-heading the country side of the rockabilly sound was Johnny Cash. 1957 was a great year for music and was the year that Johnny Cash With Hi...

Elvis Presley: Loving You

May 26, 2014

Courtesy of RCA Records After only two studio albums and several hit singles, Elvis arguably conquered the music world. What’s next? Elvis wanted to take over the movie world. With his first appearance in the movie Love Me Tender,Elvis released a soundtrack that doubled as an EP with...

“Hail, Hail Rock and Roll!”

April 21, 2014

Courtesy of Chess Records With singles from the previous two years and an appearance in the soundtrack for the movie Rock, Rock, Rock, Chuck Berry was ready to take the world by storm with 1957’s After School Sessions. The singles that appeared in the 1955 soundtrack were Thir...

Gospel Meets the Blues in the Shape of Ray Charles

April 14, 2014

Courtesy of Atlantic Records “The Genius” Ray Charles pioneered (arguably invented) soul music by combining elements of gospel, R&B, and blues starting with his debut album, Ray Charles (later released in the 1960s as Hallelujah, I Love Her So) in 1957. The Genius is known f...

Here’s Little Richard

April 7, 2014

Courtesy of Specialty Records The year was 1957. Elvis Presley broke out and popularized music as a whole the previous year, with several others. Little Richard started his release of singles in 1955 and continued into 1956. The flamboyancy and flashiness of the next big star took the for...

Elvis Presley’s “Elvis”

March 31, 2014

Courtesy of RCA Records After the monumental release of Elvis Presley’s debut album, Elvis released his second album just seven months later. Elvis had already released four number one singles in I Want You, I Need You, Don’t Be Cruel, Love Me Tender (from the EP soundtrack of the mo...

Elvis Presley’s debut album

March 24, 2014

Courtesy of RCA Records The year was 1956 and the man known simply as “The King,” already was becoming a household name. With several singles dating back to the previous two years under his belt, Elvis was ready to explode onto the mainstream. Mr. Presley was building up steam with his 19...