Elvis: Truly the King of Rock and Roll

 

Although other entertainers, such as Bill Haley, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins, all had important pioneering influences on early rock music, it was Elvis who had the ability, magnetism, popularity, and lasting power to ensure that rock & roll would always be an important part of the pop music landscape. As all true Elvis fans know, however, Elvis Presley was not just a rock singer. In fact, much of his appeal and impact was due to his amazing versatility. During his childhood, Elvis was greatly influenced by gospel music and by rhythm & blues. He combined aspects of gospel, R& B, and country to develop a style all his own. Few other artists, if any, can perform all these varieties of music: spunky rock songs like "Heard Headed Woman" and "Jailhouse Rock," lighter pop songs like "Return to Sender" and "Good Luck Charm," country classics like "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" and "Help Me Make It Through the Night," blues songs like "Blue Christmas" and "A Mess of Blues," middle-of-the-road standards like "My Way" and "What Now My Love," sensitive ballads like "Can't Help Falling in Love" and "It's Now or Never," and religious songs like "How Great Thou Art" and "Crying in the Chapel."

Actually, Elvis is more than the King of Rock & Roll; he is a cultural phenomenon who has affected our entire society. It has been more than twenty years since Elvis died; yet his popularity is still very much alive. Each year millions of dollars' of Elvis products continue to sell and hundreds of thousands of his fans visit his former home Graceland. Clearly, interest in his music and life is still strong.

 

So, let's see how much you know about The King of Rock & Roll!

  1. Name one of his four songs that was number one on the pop, country, and R&B charts.
  2. What was Elvis' biggest selling single?
  3. What was Elvis' biggest selling movie album?
  4. Name the leading lady in three Elvis movies.
  5. What was Elvis' last Top 10 pop hit?
  6. What was Elvis' closing song for most of his '70s concerts?
  7. What was the month and year of Elvis' comeback special?
  8. What western city gave Elvis a lukewarm reception in 1956?
  9. What Elvis Christmas single went gold?
  10. What Elvis song was a Top 40 pop hit more than three years after his death?


Answers to the questions above

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For a great book on The King of Rock & Roll, take a look at:

The Ultimate Elvis Quiz Book: What Do You Know About the King of Rock & Roll?

By W. Kent Moore and David L. Scott

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