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The Music And Movies Of Elvis Presley

Updated on July 1, 2015

It's His Music

The warden threw a party in the county jail ... The prison band was there and they began to wail ...

When I was just around five years old I first heard this song.

Every time my brother pulled out that record from its cover and placed it on the record player's turntable, this song comes on.

On the cover there was a picture of a gentleman dressed like a soldier, and handsome too. His name was Elvis Presley.

The EP contained four songs from the movie GI blues.

At that time my older brother had a large number of records in his collection. The contemporary music of that era means every new single, EP or LP album that was displayed at the record store under "new releases."

There were many radio programs too that kept music fans informed as to who the stars in demand were and what their hits were.

My older brother was a teenager at that time, and just like the rest of his friends he too was interested in music. All of them pooled the money to buy vinyl records.

It was Billy Vaughn's Orchestra and the many other contemporary musicians who had made an impact on all the members of our family at that time.

We were nearing the end of the previous era governed by a different set of musicians. This is when Elvis Presley was beginning to gain fame.


Songs That Will Never Go Stale

And now Elvis Presley was here and he was dissimilar. Compared to the others who recorded music at that time and who were listenable, Elvis was more "visible."

It is the difference I believe that closed the doors on the previous era! Evolution!

Jailhouse Rock was different, comparatively. Attractive, vigorous and full of energy.

The good looking man with a small tuft of hair falling over his forehead was a soldier too. That's what I thought!

GI blues was the first Elvis Presley movie to be screened in my city.

I did not have the pleasure of viewing it, but my older brother who was many years senior to me saw it more than once with his friends. How fortunate he was!

Jailhouse Rock was a favorite, so was Blue Suede Shoes, Don't be Cruel, and Won't You Wear My Ring Around Your Neck. These were some of the most listened to tracks at that time.

Probably Elvis generated more interest in his fans than the Beatles did in theirs, although "Beatlemania" was singled out for analysis by parents and all those who wished the young ones of that era well.

The charisma of Elvis Presley was matchless indeed!


That Record Player And Those Vinyl Records

Elvis Presley became a household name everywhere.

That famous picture of his, in the uniform of a soldier and strumming a guitar was found in almost every school-goer's scrapbook.

Many a music fan used to spend hours listening to his songs and writing down lyrics to be passed on to friends.

To many, access to music was only via radio. However, we were fortunate to have had a record player as well.

Wooden heart was the next big hit in our household. Even my father liked it!

The interest generated amongst us was not only in his music but everything else that was connected to him.

I had only seen pictures of him in record sleeves and in the magazines which my brother used to bring home.

Many of the tracks that he recorded in the early stages of his career will never go out of date and will always remain listenable. One example is the tracks from the film "blue Hawaii."


The First Elvis Movie That I Saw!

The first and only movie I saw of him in the pre CD era was a movie entitled Roustabout.

Many other Presley films hit the screens in cinemas close to where we lived but I was not old enough to even attempt to sneak away to the cinema.

By that time "Fun in Acapulco" and "Blue Hawaii" were amongst the movies that were being screened.

Every single day I used to look longingly at the advertisements that were promoting these movies.

The LP album containing tracks from the movie Blue Hawaii finally became accessible to my brother one fine day and he grabbed the opportunity and brought it home for a few days.

Almost every track on that album was a masterpiece. If you have not heard tracks from the movie Blue Hawaii, I encourage you to have a listen to those tracks.


Blessed With Talent He Was

Elvis Presley was unique. Really unique. Nothing can match him. Nothing can come close to him.

He provided entertainment for the young and the old. For the very young and the very old. Talk about comparing other artists with him!

I remember an artist who entered the scene in the seventies, whose manager made a boast that he would make him "even bigger than Elvis Presley!" Well ... that singer did not even get off the ground properly!

In the late sixties and in the seventies and also possibly in the eighties a musician having good looks and charisma would always ascend great heights if he had a great voice as well. Elvis Presley was one of those rare individuals who had it all.

Elvis was blessed. Blessed with talent. His unique style of presentation, a voice that can never be compared, a brand of music to match his charisma and that face of his is what made this so.

It is not surprising that he has fans from all age groups. Those who were teenagers and young adults at the time when he first entered the music scene will never change their opinion of him.

Influenced by them and gaining access to experiencing yesterday's music featuring the main players, the next generation, the young ones of today are enabled to get a close look of what interested their parents and elders during their era.

Elvis has fans from all age groups as a result of the talent that he was blessed with. A matchless voice, extreme good looks, and well spoken of by the "big uns" of that era, his credentials and total charisma is matchless. The charisma that no entertainer of this day can match or even get close to.

And of course, as respected fellow hubber Feline Prophet so rightly puts it, Elvis had "that killer smile!"

... concluded

Now, tell us what you think of Elvis Presley.

What is your opinion of Elvis Presley.

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      quicksand 7 years ago

      Sure Ris, so far no musician or movie star has been able to match him in any way. Thanks for your opinion! :)

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      rls8994 7 years ago from Mississippi

      Hi quicksand, I grew up loving Elvis and even after his death, as a child, I would pretend he was still alive and he was my bf. lol! He was truly one of a kind and no one could ever match the presense that he had.

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      quicksand 7 years ago

      Hi Cathy! Sure Elvis can never ever be replaced.

      Thanks for checking out this article, and thanks for your interesting comments too. Cheers!

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      Cathi Sutton 7 years ago

      Hi Quicksand, I'm trying to read all your Hubs, but time is limited, so at the moment I'm having to pick and choose. Well, I'm glad I picked this one today! I was, like you, a bit to young to get into the full fan mode when Elvis first hit the scene. But he lingered around the fringes of my awareness until I was old enough to realize, 'Wow, I really like this guy'. My best friend and I would stay up late on Saturday night watching Elvis movies running on TV, eating popcorn, dancing, and singing along with all the songs. Thank you for reminding what an extreamly gifted performer he was! I think I'll listen to Elvis music today!

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      quicksand 7 years ago

      At last you read this hub and made a remark O Prophetess Feline.

      Now I can happily go offline!

      :)

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      Feline Prophet 7 years ago

      How did I miss this one?!!! Very remiss of you, quicksand, not to direct my attention to another hub about the man with the killer smile! :)

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      quicksand 7 years ago

      Hi Jonjo2009! I am hearing this story for the very first time and I am really touched! Thanks for adding this valuable bit of information. :)

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      jonjo2009 7 years ago

      You have only scratched the surface of how great Elvis was.I remember reading a story about an elderly black couple who where looking at a new cadillac car through a showroom window .Elvis walked into the showroom and bought the car for them.I have heard many stories like this about Elvis over the years this one stuck in my mind.I wonder how many of today's so called superstars would do something like that.Great Hub and I voted no need to tell you how.

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      quicksand 7 years ago

      Hi Lyla! Thanks for the remarks. Elvis certainly is matchless. :)

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      lyla 7 years ago from India

      WOW!Now this hub is after my heart!Yes,who can forget his music and that 'killer smile'?I have all his music videos in my iPod and each song is a classic!Thanks for sharing! :)

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      There you are, James, you've got it in you! Jailhouse Rock is not an easy song and I have watched even Elvis impersonators flopping while attempting to do this number. But you've done it well, and as you put it, "shockingly to myself!" Well, you are discovering yourself! Great going James!

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      Elvis was a great singer—this tends to get lost in discussions of his persona. Last week I attended a function in support of a friend of mine who is an entertainer and in the middle of his show suddenly, and as a complete surprise to me, announces, "We have a famous singer in the house and he is going to come up and sing for you right now! James Watkins! Come up here!"

      Well I was shocked because I was sitting in the back, low-key, and certainly did not want to stand up and sing. I always sang behind my drum set—never out front—and there was no drum set. He was using a drum machine.

      But after several coaxings and the crowd chanting, I went up there. I thought I would get to pick the song—at least.

      I grab the mic and turn around to ask my "friend" what songs he knows (500 people are there) when all of a sudden I hear the opening notes of: "Jailhouse Rock." I had never in my life sang any Elvis song. I was petrified.

      But, like the trooper I am, I did and it was good—shockingly to myself.

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      Thanks Acquilles!

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      Acquilles 8 years ago from Lucknow

      Amazing artist...

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      Greetings Nancy!

      Thanks a million for confirming all what I have said about Elvis! Even today, every single track of his is "listenable."

      Cheers!

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      Nancy's Niche 8 years ago

      A wonderful hub about an amazing talent! Elvis, could sing beautifully, any song put in front of him...You summed it up with this comment, "Elvis was blessed. Blessed with talent ... his unique style of presentation, a voice that can never be compared, a brand of music to match his charisma and that face of his.”

      And what a smile, he had it all! I adored him then and I will always adore him….

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      Hello, AEvans, I did read your article about the Elvis impersonator. As Brian says, the number of people trying to impersonate him stands testimony to his greatness.

      Thank you very much for the comment. :)

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      Hi Shal, how are you doing?

      Your Dad is indeed a great man, and he has a very clever daughter too!

      I hope you have listened to tracks from the movie Blue Hawaii and GI Blues. Elvis had the charisma that most contemporary musicians do not have.

      As for FP, he sure did describe Elvis's smile best!

      Thanks Shal, for your comment. I have just two more days to write another 19 hubs to meet that 30 day challenge. Hope to succeed at least 50%. Have a great Sunday!

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      I do not care how young or old we are I still love Elvis myself, in fact I know someone who is an impersonator and his voice is dead on as well as when he is in costume. You should read my article about Charlie Franks next to Elvis he is the best! He travels all over the World impersonating him. Great article !!! :)

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      quicksand 8 years ago

      Brian, you do have great taste indeed! Thanks for commenting! :)

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      Shalini Kagal 8 years ago from India

      My Dad still thinks Elvis is the greatest so I grew up listening to a lot of his music. I'm waiting for FP to see this quicksand :D

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      Brian Stephens 8 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

      Elvis was really very good as proven by the number of people who can make a living just impersonating him. I loved his music when I was younger and have a couple of LP's of his somewhere.