Elvis Presley was born January 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi to Gladys Smith Presley and Vernon Presley. Elvis was supposed to be a twin, but his brother, Jesse Garon Presley, was stillborn. His parents were part of the working class but made very little money; as a child, Elvis moved frequently due to his parents looking for jobs. Elvis’ father worked odd jobs and was once sentenced in 1938 to three years in prison for forging a four dollar check, but he stayed less than a year (Nix). After moving numerous times, the Presley family settled in Memphis, Tennessee, where the birth of Elvis’ career would take place. Elvis Presley, also known as “The King of Rock N’ Roll”, was one of the best-selling artists and on the Greatest of All Time Hot
Johnny Cash was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author. He was widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and one of the best-selling music artists. He was born on February 26, 1932, in Kingsland, Arizona, he died on September 12, 2003, in Nashville, Tennessee. He had five kids their names are John Carter Cash, Rosanne Cash, Kathy Cash, Cindy Cash, Tara Cash, his wife’s name was June Carter. Johnny Cash 1
Coined by black artists, none of the whites listened until Elvis conquered the charts. His music, which was blues, gospel, jazz, and boogie-woogie, all created by black artists, blended to make rock n roll brought whites audiences to accept black culture. “Presley’s music broke the racial barriers of that time, and was a key to the movement of racial tolerance between whites and blacks. Presley was one of the first singers to be appreciated and loved by both the black and white communities,”(Introduction 3). Elvis tearing down barriers opened the world to so many opportunities.
Hank Williams Sr. and Johnny Cash were two great country songwriters and singers. They had their similarities and differences in their time on earth. They both had similar lifestyles as a child and singer, but they each had a different way of controlling their drug and alcohol use. The ups and downs in their life made them who they are today. Hank Williams Sr. was born on September 17, 1923, his birthplace was in Mount Olive, Alabama.
During the Roaring Twenties, people started spending more money and having more free time. They got this free time because of an increase in production, letting them out of the factories more. With more time on there hands, people started to listen to musicians like louis Armstrong. Armstrong played a significant role in the 1920’s by changing the way people looked at jazz music.
The book entitles Johnny Cash: The Autobiography written by Johnny Cash. This book is about Johnny Cash who is also called as the Man in Black, Country music Legend. This book has five parts, entitled Cinnamon Hill, The Road, Port Richey, Bon Aqua and The Road Again. He talks about the highs and lows, the struggles and hard-won triumphs, and the people who shaped him to become one of the music legends.
Essay question 1. Starr and Waterman note that “the use of encoded, or hidden, meaning in the blues has its roots in many earlier genres of African American music.” These coded messages often take the form of referencing local landmarks (i.e., “where the southern cross the dog”) and sexual references (i.e., “That Black Snake Moan”). How do these traditions continue to impact popular music?
Now, people didn’t have to wait for the daily paper to look at ads, they wouldn’t have to go any farther than switching the television on and sitting in their living room. There was new music hitting the streets and, although, not everyone appreciated the music it sure made a bang in the 1950’s. A new music era was becoming more and more popular, it was called Rock and Roll. By 1955, Little Richard, was an up and coming Rock and Roller from the south.
I saw the light and fell in love with Hank Williams Sr. and Johnny Cash. These men are considered the fathers of contemporary country. The way their music is written is so masterful and creative, they launched a new wave of country music. Hank Williams Sr. was born in the great state of Alabama and is buried in Montgomery. Williams Is an example of an artist who was taken from the world to early.
Elvis Presley has had more impact on American society and culture than any other person in history for the three following reasons; his large contribution to the start of the generation gap in the 1950’s, his huge impact on rock ‘n’ roll music, and finally, his music opened a door for some integration between races.
Joe King Oliver was born in New Orleans, 1885. He spent his youth as a trombonist playing in brass bands. During this time, Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet, and Louis Armstrong, were all born in New Orleans. All of them learned and played different instruments and had inspiration from the bands that had started playing this new genre of music. Joe King Oliver invited Armstrong to join his band in Chicago along with Sidney.
Louis music scene, and in 1952 he formed the Sir John Trio with pianist and band leader Johnnie Johnson and drummer Eddie Hardy. The connection with Johnson would be a lasting one, and the influence of the pianist's boogie style would become evident in Berry's guitar playing. Berry had a knack for pleasing the crowd, and the band eventually changed its name to The Chuck Berry Trio. The band's repertoire included the blues, ballads, and a number of "black hillbilly" songs that jokingly parodied the country music popular to the city's white audiences. While the trio's hillbilly songs initially provoked laughter, they became popular dance tunes among the predominantly black club-goers.
Bing Crosby started the song first, and Al Jolson followed. Al Jolson sang louder and extended the notes at the ends of the phrase. For example, Jolson exaggerated the words “played in ragtime” when he sang the phrase “And if you care to hear the Swanee River played in ragtime.” He also used exaggerated gestures, which is appropriate for the large theaters where he learned his technique. Furthermore, his loudness and exaggeration made him more stand out comparing to Bing Crosby. Jolson also has a dominant tone in his voice. Moreover, his singing style is energetic and extroverted.
James Brown was known for many nicknames such as ‘’Soul Brother Number One’’, ‘’the Godfather of soul’’, ‘’the Hardest Working Man in Show Business,” “Mr. Dynamite” and even “the Original Disco Man.” As a child Brown picked cotton, danced for spare change, and would even shine people shoes. At the age of 16, Brown was caught and convicted for stealing, and he landed in reform school for three years. While incarcerated, Brown met Bobby Byrd, leader of gospel group that performed at his prison. While Brown tried semipro boxing and baseball, but a career-ending leg injury inspired Brown to pursue music fulltime. Brown joined Bobby Byrd in a group that sang gospel in and around Toccoa, Georgia.