He’s called the “King of Rock ‘N’ Roll.” Find out why in this new one-hour radio special that presents the story behind his self-titled, 1956 RCA debut album.
- Friday 9/30: 2:00 PM
- Saturday 10/1: 11:00 AM & 5:00 PM
- Sunday 10/2: 3:00 PM & 9:00 PM
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1956 was the year Elvis Presley became a household name. The national spotlight turned on the 21 year old singer, and his life changed forever. Elvis had a new record deal, his first movie deal and a brand new manager named Colonel Tom Parker.
In this one-hour radio special you’ll hear about what happened that year from Elvis and the Colonel, plus band members, friends and historians.
Host: Eric Chase
Producer: Paul Chuffo & Joshua Jackson (Joyride Media)
Elvis Presley Biography by Richie Unterberger (AllMusic.com)
Elvis Presley may be the single most important figure in American 20th century popular music. Not necessarily the best, and certainly not the most consistent. But no one could argue with the fact that he was the musician most responsible for popularizing rock & roll on an international level. Viewed in cold sales figures, his impact was phenomenal. Dozens upon dozens of international smashes from the mid-’50s to the mid-’70s, as well as the steady sales of his catalog and reissues since his death in 1977, may make him the single highest-selling performer in history.
Read more here.