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The Rock-itt : November 2011
But if Sam Phillips and Sun Records had something to do with Elvis Presley’s m eteoric rise to stardom, then the man who took Elvis over and became his manager was the booster rocket which shot him into the stratosphere. His name was Colonel Tom Parker. Parker was a shrewd business man and had learnt his trade from his carnival and vaudeville days where he wheeled and dealed to survive. He knew how to turn a dollar over and squeezed every cent out of a deal to his advantage. After seeing Elvis perform at local music shows and saw his effect on the audience, especially the girls, who went wild as Elvis swivelled his hips and delivered a song like no other before him, his intuition told him that this boy had something special. He immediately took the young naïve rocker as well as convincing both Elvis’ parents that he would take their boy to the top and turn him into a millionaire and began planning a future that would take Elvis all the way to unbelievable heights and eventually to the music throne of the Rock and Roll kingdom. The “History of Rock” delves into the past in search of facts which started us rock ‘n’ rollin’ back in the fifties and haven’t stopped ever since. In the last two issues we covered our own “King of Rock”, Johnny O’Keefe. JO’K was the man who got rock up and running here and in doing so left his own indelible mark on Australian music history. Now we have to jump back across the Atlantic Ocean to where it all began and take up with America’s King of Rock, Elvis Presley. Elvis came from Tupelo Mississippi, a less affluent town of Memphis in the state of Tennessee, deep down in America’s southern heartland where from a very young age he found that he had rhythm flowing through his veins. He loved the guitar which his mother had bought for him and used it for accompaniment as he gradually developed his m arvellous voice and his showmanship which gave him the ability to mesmerize his audience. Help us to keep The Rock-itt magazine out there by advertising in our pages. The cost is very affordable and the results are impressive. Call Pete on: Ph: 9975 1105 or 0438751101 or Email: email@example.com Let’s keep ROCKIN’ around the Beaches And so the greatest rock legend ever ascended the throne and stayed there. I don’t think Elvis has ever been replaced as his throne has remained vacant ever since he passed away in 1977 of a heart attack. There has never been before or since anyone like Elvis who was the complete package. He had the lot and even to this day his peers agree, he was and still is the King of Rock and Roll.