American Romani People: Elvis Presley, Ian Hancock, Levi and Matilda Stanley, Jimmy Marks

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Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Elvis Presley, Ian Hancock, Levi and Matilda Stanley, Jimmy Marks, Regina Milbourne. Excerpt: Elvis Presley Elvis Aaron (or Aron a) Presley (January 8, 1935 August 16, 1977) was one of the most popular American singers of the 20th century. A cultural icon, he is widely known by the single name Elvis . He is often referred to as ...

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Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Elvis Presley, Ian Hancock, Levi and Matilda Stanley, Jimmy Marks, Regina Milbourne. Excerpt: Elvis Presley Elvis Aaron (or Aron a) Presley (January 8, 1935 August 16, 1977) was one of the most popular American singers of the 20th century. A cultural icon, he is widely known by the single name Elvis . He is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King". Born in Tupelo , Mississippi, Presley moved to Memphis , Tennessee, with his family at the age of 13. He began his career there in 1954 when Sun Records owner Sam Phillips , eager to bring the sound of African American music to a wider audience, saw in Presley the means to realize his ambition. Accompanied by guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black , Presley was one of the originators of rockabilly , an uptempo, backbeat -driven fusion of country and rhythm and blues . RCA Victor acquired his contract in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker , who would manage the singer for over two decades. Presley's first RCA single, "Heartbreak Hotel ", released in January 1956, was a number one hit. He became the leading figure of the newly popular sound of rock and roll with a series of network television appearances and chart-topping records. His energized interpretations of songs, many from African American sources, and his uninhibited performance style made him enormously popular and controversial. In November 1956, he made his film debut in Love Me Tender . Conscripted into military service in 1958, Presley relaunched his recording career two years later with some of his most commercially successful work. He staged few concerts, however, and, guided by Parker, proceeded to devote much of the 1960s to making Hollywood movies and soundtrack albums, most of them critically derided. In 1968, after seven years ...

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  • ISBN-13: 9781155794754
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/7/2010
  • Pages: 76
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.18 (d)

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