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Elvis Presley. MUSI 3200Y. Bill Haley and the Comets. Rock Around the Clock Form Rhythm Lyrics Instrumentation. Mystery Train. Rockabilly Two-beat Imitation of a locomotive Perform twice as fast, backbeat Light instrumentation. Heartbreak Hotel.

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Elvis Presley

MUSI 3200Y

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Bill Haley and the Comets

Rock Around the Clock





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Mystery Train



Imitation of a locomotive

Perform twice as fast, backbeat

Light instrumentation

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Heartbreak Hotel

Elvis produced and directed almost all his own music

Never really interested in trying to improve his playing skills

Unfailing ear

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Heartbreak Hotel

First RCA session

Bob Ferris constructed an echo chamber

Label feared it was a terrible mistake

Elvis’ first #1 hit

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Jailhouse Rock

Prison movie cliches

Elvis ignored satiric intent

Half-step drag

“The Anvil Chorus”

Chain gang smashing rocks

First single ever to go straight to #1 in UK

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Can’t Help Falling in Love

A cut on the soundtrack to Blue Hawaii

RCA wanted to release single while in theatres

Colonel’s policy mandated a single be out 6 weeks prior

20 weeks at #1 and sold over 2M records

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Devil in Disguise

Stop-and-go style

Last Top 3 before Beatles hit America

Sessions for a studio album never released

Bernie Baum, Bill Giant and Florence Kaye

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The Importance of Presley

Presley was “The King” because he was the musical personification of what Rock and Roll was.

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The Importance of Presley

His multi-faceted personality and musical versatility meant that his appeal could be broadened beyond that of the typical Rock-and-Roll star.

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The Importance of Presley

Elvis’ commercial success was overwhelming. By the time of Elvis’ death at least 500 million copies of Presley records had been sold.

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The Importance of Presley

Presley holds the record for the most charted albums