There’s no doubting the influence the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley, has had on those who came after him. From the black-clad raunch of his ’68 Comeback Special to the rhinestones and Kung Fu of his Vegas years, Presley is a bona fide musical icon.
He is credited as inventing rock ‘n’ roll, with songs such as Heartbreak Hotel and Hound Dog giving rise to a level of hysteria that few have been able to garner. Even after serving in the army, Presley was able to make up for his musical absence with the release of tracks including Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On and Blue Suede Shoes.
Presley’s honeyed vocals, coupled with his smouldering good looks, made him one of the first, truly international pop stars. He influenced bands such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, prompting John Lennon to comment, “before Elvis Presley, there was nothing.”