Welcome to my Music Diary – today for the 8th January!
Happy birthday to Elvis Presley, who was born on the 8th January 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi! At the age of 13 he and his family moved to Memphis. In August 1953 he started his unique career by recording his first songs at the legendary Sun Records studios, produced by the label owner Sam Phillips. The two-sided acetate disc contained the tracks „My Happiness“ and „That’s when your Heartaches begin“. A few months later, in Janury 1954, Elvis recorded his second acetate at Sun Records: „I’ll never stand in your Way“ and „It wouldn’t be the same without you“. But again, he didn’t succeed as a singer and so he started working in April as a truck driver for the Crown Electric company. On the 5th July 1954, the historic session happened: Elvis Presley began playing the Blues number „That’s All Right„, written by Arthur Crudup. A single of that song was produced and Memphis DJ Dewey Phillips played it three days later on his „Red, Hot, and Blue“ show. Listeneres began phoning over and over again, asking who this new singer was. The interest became so huge, that the record was playing repeatedly during the last two hours of the radio show. This was the start of Rock’n’Roll and Elvis‘ outstanding career get started.
The „King of Rock’n’Roll“ won three Grammys and over 600 million albums were sold worldwide. On the 16th August 1977, Elvis Presley died at the age of only 42 years.
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