ELVIS PRESLEY - Love Me Tender (1989)

Elvis Aaron Presley is one of the biggest-selling artists of all-time, but mere numbers cannot begin to explain the colossal cultural impact he had in the mid-20th Century. He was a central figure in the transformation of the grey, conservative 50s into the technicolour 60s through the liberalising effect of rock and pop music. Frank Sinatra had proved extremely popular in the 40s with young adults, but Elvis attracted teenagers who had money for the first time because of the post-war economic boom. In doing so, the 'teenager' became a real concept for music-makers, a market to aim for that revolutionised the dominant style of music from the easy-listening croons of Sinatra and Bing Crosby to the new varied styles of rock'n'roll. His on-stage hip-shaking was hugely controversial among worried parents, who labelled him a danger to American society while their teenage daughters swooned at such flagrant sexuality. Meanwhile, his rockabilly musical sound borrowed liberally from the rhythm & blues style strongly associated with black American communities. Elvis' teenage fans ignored that old-fashioned concept of racially segregating musical styles, a crucial first-step towards acceptance of blacks by young white America that enabled the civil rights movement of the 60s to succeed. The teenagers who were inspired by Elvis in the 50s grew into the young adults of the liberal 60s, and the pop, rock and film stars who effected further cultural progress in that decade. More so than any other individual person, Elvis was a catalyst to the social changes that put light-years between today's broad-minded attitudes and the conservative social norms of five decades ago. - amazon.com

01. Love Me Tender 02. It's Now or Never 03. Crying in the Chapel 04. Are You Lonesome Tonight? 05. Return to Sender 06. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? 07. Hard Headed Woman 08. Girls! Girls! Girls! 09. G.I. Blues 10. Can't Help Falling in Love 11. Stuck On You 12. Don't 13. Good Luck Charm 14. Wild in the Country 15. Kiss Me Quick 16. My Baby Left Me

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