Friday, August 17, 2012

Rockin' Friday: Elvis

This week marks 35 years since the death of The King of Rock and Roll: Elvis Presley. Known as one of the pioneers of American rock music, it is only fitting to feature him this week for Rockin’ Friday.

Elvis was considered rebellious for shaking his hips on national TV in the 1950s. If anyone who was offended by that was alive today they would probably have a heart attack the moment they turned on their TVs.  If they could even figure out how to turn a modern TV on, that is.

He was not afraid to take chances and was truly a trailblazer in the world of music.  Though usually thought of as one of the first rock stars, Elvis was also known for his Country, Blues and Gospel music.

This week’s Rockin’ Friday tune of the week is my favorite Elvis song. Though he had dozens of hits and well known songs, Suspicious Minds was both his 17th and his last #1 song.

A great song about a totally dysfunctional relationship, Suspicious Minds has a very unusual rhythm and tempo and features the King’s excellent horn section.

It was a true loss for when Elvis passed at the age of 42 on August 16, 1977.

What is your favorite Elvis song?

1 comment:

  1. I like "Suspicious Minds," but it isn't as Elvis as his earlier stuff - I assume you wouldn't bring it up to explain the moniker "King of Rock." His early songs like "Heartbreak Hotel" and "All Shook Up" are the reasons he is remembered - they were successful in their own right, but they also pointed in a new direction that everyone else followed.

    I think I prefer his later stuff ("A Little Less Conversation" and "In the Ghetto" come to mind), but I don't think that's what made Elvis Elvis.