08 January 2011
If he had lived, Elvis Presley would have been 76 today. This sort of anniversary is a sign post on the rapid passage of time. Last year for a Take This Tune meme featuring "Black Velvet" I told a story about how I almost squeeeeeeled over elvis. Yesterday, while making the rounds on the 5 On Friday from Travis Julia covered the Elvis Gospel Songs and the merging of black rhythm and blues and white southern gospel and country music into Rock and Roll. I have fallen in love with the Soundtrack of the current Broadway musical "Memphis". One of the big dance numbers from that show in a tribute to that merger of sounds is "Steal Rock And Roll"
So here you have a chain of songs about a time and place that still feels close even though it was a long time ago.
Black Velvet about just why Elvis had such an impact on his time.
Gotta Lot of Living To Do from Loving You - 1957
Steal Your Rock and Roll about the time when changes were coming fast. - From Memphis - 2010 Tony, Best Musical