Friday, January 8, 2010

Celebrating "The King"

His daddy was once thrown in jail for writing a rubber check.

His momma lost the house while daddy was locked up, so she and her only son moved in with kin.

An average student, somewhat shy and a bit of a "loner", he received a "C" in music in eighth grade. Gradually, he grew confident enough to begin bringing his gee-tar to school, but was often teased as a "trashy" kid who played "hillbilly" music. And for good measure, was bullied by classmates who viewed him as a "momma's boy"

Scheduled to make his singing debut on a local radio show, the boy froze.

Couldn't go through with it.

Later, he would audition for several bands only to be rejected by groups like "The Songfellows". Had to explain to his daddy, "They told me I couldn't sing".

75 years ago today, this "momma's boy" was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, moving to Memphis, Tennessee at the age of thirteen.

And it was in Memphis that a skinny white boy wandered into a studio at a place called Sun Records to sing black music.

And changed the world forever.

He would become one of the most important figures of 20th century pop culture, the best-selling solo artist in music history, with sales of approximately 1 billion units worldwide. Before his career and life ended prematurely at the age of 42, he had been nominated for 14 Grammys, inducted into four music halls of fame and established a legacy at Graceland.

Not bad for a former truck driver for the Crown Electric Company who refused to let his music dream die.

The original "Jukebox Hero" would have been 75 today.

In honor of "The King", TSB is counting down the Top 5 Elvis Songs of all time.

#5. "That's All Right"

#4 - "Heartbreak Hotel"

#3. - "Don't Be Cruel"

#2. - "Can't Help Falling in Love With You"

... and the greatest Elvis Presley song of all time ...

#1 - "Suspicious Minds"

"When I was a boy, I always saw myself as a hero in comic books and in movies. I grew up believing this dream"

1 comment:


thumbs up! rock n roll!