The King Rocks & Rolls

If I could find a white man who had the Negro sound and the Negro feel, I could make a billion dollars.

The biggest challenge for Sam Phillips, the guy partly responsible for the beginning of Rock & Roll in the mid 50s, was the unification of the white (country/western, hillibilly) and black (blues, gospel)music of the times. Sam knew how important finding such a man was to him. And sure enough did it happen.

The Sun Studios

Somewhere around 57 years back in time, world saw perhaps the biggest explosion in music since Beethoven. For the first time a real music star was born, a new kind of music culture of idol worship, there was a madness for the music and the artist both for the first time. The time of Rock & Roll had arrived and the world was gonna be a much happier place now.

On July 18, 1953, still a teenager, Presley first went to the Memphis Recording Service at the Sun Record Company, now commonly known as Sun Studio. He paid $3.98 to record the first of two double-sided demo acetates, “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin.”. These were supposed to be a belated Birthday gift for her mother although his family didn’t own a record player at the time. Sometimes its also speculated that Elvis might have come their just with an intent to get noticed by somebody instead of just a simple giftfor his mother.

Come back, he did again to the Sun Studios, on January 4, 1954 to record, “I’ll Never Stand in Your Way”/”It Wouldn’t Be the Same Without You.” which is what Sam Phillips got to hear and incited his interest in the artist, they . July 5-6 recording sessions was the time when

Blue Moon of Kentucky was recorded. And the rest as they say is history!


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