He also permanently changed popular music with his unique combination of genres such as blues, country, and gospel. His music, style, and attitude paved the way for the cultural revolution of the s and all that followed. The music of Elvis has been popular since the s. It is estimated that he has sold more than 1 billion albums worldwide. He also sent songs to the Billboard Hot singles chart, even though the chart began about four years after he started releasing music.
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You don't become "The King of Rock 'n' Roll" without your share of number-one songs. Here are 30 of Elvis Presley's chart-topping songs. Released on January 27, , this heart-wrenching tune was inspired by a suicide note printed in The Miami Herald. The tune didn't catch the public's attention until Elvis started appearing on television in the months following its release. This was the first song that Elvis self-produced. And what a job he did! Not only did he rack up his second number one in three months, he also created a whole new style for himself -- one characterized by a free, casual sound. This song was a blues classic long before anyone had heard of Elvis Presley. But it was the King's July TV appearances, in which he crooned to a real pup, that propelled it to the top of the pop charts. The machine-gun-like drumming of D.
The song was reportedly written by high school teacher Mae Boren Axton and singer-songwriter Tommy Durden after hearing about a man who committed suicide. The man jumped to his death from a hotel window leaving a suicide note with the line, "I walk a lonely street. It spent eight consecutive weeks at the top of the pop chart and became the best selling song of He took it to the top of the country chart and 2 on the pop singles chart. In the s recording cover versions of current hit singles was very common. It did not come out until nine months after Carl Perkins' original and only reached 20 on the pop singles chart, but ultimately it became a definitive song of Elvis Presley's early years.
Elvis Presley was a great interpretive singer almost by default. But what about the artists who tried to cover Elvis? That diversity points to a legacy that transcends genres as well as generations. This video is no longer available. Jello Biafra cranks up the Elvis vibrato to the cartoon setting and imposes some editorial changes on the lyrics to include references to speed and cocaine as he savages this twisted celebration of Vegas decadence.