How Did Elvis Presley's Impact On Society

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Elvis Presley brought a presence to the stage like no other performer could. From the time he first stepped on stage and thrust his hips to the year before his tragic death in 1997 and performed in front of 80,000 adoring fans in Chicago, Illinois over 2 days. Presley broke the racial barriers of the 1950’s, making “black music” accessible for white youth in America. He rose from a humble beginning and then launched a legendary and revolutionary rock n’ roll career that helped make rock n’ roll what it is today. And for reasons like these, Elvis has gone down as one of the most influential musicians in history. Many saw him as a god of music, while others thought that what he did is what was wrong with their generation, but it was indisputable that what he was doing made a huge impact on this…show more content…
In 1958 Presley was drafted into the army and spent two years there. When he came back he had decided that he no longer wanted to be just a rebellious teen making wild music. He wanted to refine his style and make his music more sophisticated so that he could establish himself as an artistic singer. “When I first saw you/With your smile so tender/My heart was captured/My soul surrender”. This is an excerpt from “It’s Now or Never” where Elvis debuted a new side of his talents. In this song you can hear major differences from before he was drafted. He focuses more on his voice in the song and perfecting the notes, as compared to his music before that was all about energy. This song lacks the flash that he had in his songs before, but that’s what he was going for, along with many other artists at the time such as Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison. Both of which also refined their styles and turned their music into more of a popabilly style, implementing a Texas-two step sound, beautiful orchestrations, and smoother vocals. It was obvious that many artists, not just Elvis, were trying to establish themselves as more than rebellious

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