Entertainment, United States

IS THIS YOUR KING? Of Rock?

Elvis Presley is often known as the king of rock and roll, because of his style and swagger. His songs were the best of his generation and he had all these lil mamas screaming for him day and night. Well, Elvis the pelvis is a faker.. Well like a semi faker. He used songs of african Americans and made them more, as some would say “white”. He would leave out many parts of songs he used and would repeat stuff over and over. Either, this dude is not the king oh Rock And Roll. He is an false prophet and recognition should be given to the African American artist he borrowed from.

The great life story of Elvis Presley when he was born, on January 8, 1935. He has brought great honor to his hometown of Tupelo Mississippi. When Elvis was growing up, he fell in love with pop and country. Now today’s pop and Elvis’s pop are two different things, but he still loved it. He also loved gospel and church music and the Black R&B he absorbed when he was walking down Beale Street in Memphis. Elvis began his music career in 1954 when he signed to Suns record label in Memphis, his contract was later sold to RCA Victor in 1955 and then in 1956 he was an international sensation. Everyone loved Elvis, he starred in 33 movies and was in many tv shows. Among all the accomplishments Elvis had, he had 14 Grammy nominations with 3 wins! He also received the Grammy lifetime achievement award at 36 years of age. So as you might be able to tell, Elvis was extremely loved and extremely famous, oh and don’t forget he was filthy stinking rich. He died at the age of 42 while sitting on the Toilet smoking dope… How glorious.

You are probably wondering “How did elvis steal songs? I thought all artists wrote their own songs?”. First of all just because someone sings songs doesn’t mean that they write them, (Just ask Drake about how he feels about what i just said). One of Elvis best songs is an song called “Hound dog”. In the song he repeatedly talks about how someone isn’t nothing but a hound dog, pretty harmless and very catchy. What many people don’t know is that the original version is sang by Big Momma Thorton. A African American blues singer from the 1950’s, in her version she was talking about how her lover cheated on her and how she is done giving him chances. The song big momma sang didn’t really go with the 1950s beliefs and then thats where elvis come in. The dude took these songs, made them more morally correct and made millions.

The 1950s was an very innocent time period, people believed in very conservative beliefs, so elvis definitely knew the market and used that to his advantage. The problem is that many white artist took away the spotlight from the african american artists and it’s an messed upon situation. Many people don’t even know the Black artist who made many of these hit songs pretty much made these hits songs for these white artist and made them millions.

In conclusion we need to show these unnamed and unknown artist the respect they deserve. If it would’ve been a later time period they would’ve gotten the recognition that elvis had. Elvis was an young and great artist, what gets to me is that he covered these songs and gave no credit to the artists he took from. So while he was making millions upon millions and touring the world and country and jusr living his best life, the people who wrote his songs struggled. They made beautiful soul music and no one knows they did/ Big momma Thorton is just an example, there are many other songs that were covered by white artist but made by black artist. Its funny to me, Elvis had it made for him. All the fame and money anyone could ask for and he still choose to overdose on an toilet. AN sad ending to an music career that he barely did for himself.

Article by Joey Delgado

WORKS CITED:

Geist, Dale Henry, and Amos Perrine. “‘Hound Dog’: Did Elvis Get Rich Stealing from Black Artists?” No Depression, 10 Feb. 2014, nodepression.com/article/hound-dog-did-elvis-get-rich-stealing-black-artists.

Berlatsky, Noah. “Getting Elvis’s Legacy Right.” The Atlantic, Atlantic Media Company, 8 July 2014, www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/07/whats-so-great-about-elvis-he-didnt-invent-or-steal-anything/374081/.

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