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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

♫Long live Rock 'n' Roll!♫

Elements of rock 'n' roll date back to blues records in the 20s and country records of the 30s. It was not until the 50s when the name branded its place in music history. Its evolution is USA all the way combining African-American genres in the 40s and 50s, such as blues, boogie-woogie, jump blues, jazz and gospel.

Today in Music History: June 26, 1955

 “Before Elvis, there was nothing.” -John Lennon

The King!
Elvis Aaron Presley never wrote a published song, designed a stitch of clothing, sculpted a single hair style or invented one dance step; but the man forever known as "The King" certainly sang, modeled, coifed and hoofed his way to the pinnacle of fame and fortune the world over. Presley was the package: the swooping, greasy pompadour, sneering smile, the slightest shake of his pant leg and an indescribable, godly voice meshed in sweet tones and snarling grit, all added up to arguably the most recognizable personality in the history of pop culture. [Source: james campion]

 1955 Elvis Presley (with Scotty Moore and Bill Black) played the first of three nights at the Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. The base was activated in 1941 when the Air Force was still part of the Army. The Airmen's Club opened in 1951 as a recreation and entertainment center for the enlisted service personnel who were stationed at the base. The club occasionally booked dances and concerts, everything from comedy acts and magic shows to country music, which were opened to the public, as well as service personnel. The 20-yr old Elvis was booked on June 26, 1955 at the Slavonian Lodge in Biloxi with the following two nights belonging to the Airmen's Club. 
The Keesler local newspaper ran a preview which read: 

A good looking youngster who has become a juke-box favorite with his 'That's Alright, Mama', and 'Blue Moon of Kentucky'. Presley is expected to repeat some of his hit tunes at the Airmen's Club show in addition to mixing up a few country tunes with some "bop" and novelty numbers.’ 

One must keep in mind this was in the beginning, which means the Elvis 'style' was still in the making. He had the moves all right from the onset just not to the point where they were a household word. Not yet! The rest is history as Elvis still stands as the defining figure of his time!

Are you a baby boomer? If so, rock 'n' roll is in your blood!


 And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...