Elvis Presley

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 1986

Inducted by: Julian and Sean Lennon

Nominated in: 1986

First Eligible: 1986 Ceremony

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1986 (ranked #2) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Elvis (1956)
Elvis Presley (1956)
Elvis' Christmas Album (1957)
From Elvis In Memphis (1969)
The Sun Sessions (1976)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
That's All Right (1954)
Mystery Train (1955)
Blue Suede Shoes (1956)
Don't Be Cruel (1956)
Hound Dog (1956)
Heartbreak Hotel (1956)
Love Me Tender (1956)
Jailhouse Rock (1957)
All Shook Up (1957)
Blue Christmas (1957)
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear (1957)
Hard Headed Woman (1958)
Are You Lonesome Tonight? (1960)
Can't Help Falling In Love (1961)
Return to Sender (1962)
Viva Las Vegas (1964)
A Little Less Conversation (1968)
Suspicious Minds (1969)
In the Ghetto (1969)
Burning Love (1972)

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54 comments so far (post your own)

The most deserving of all hall of famers. Changed the face of all music. The saying is so true before anybody did anything Elvis did everything!

Posted by RELEE on Thursday, 08.16.07 @ 17:39pm

"The most deserving of all hall of famers."

Funny, excapt he really isn't.

"The saying is so true before anybody did anything Elvis did everything!"

How the fuck is ANY of that true? What about Prog? What About Punk? What about Electronic? What about Alternative?...catch my drift?

Posted by liam on Monday, 12.10.07 @ 12:53pm

To liam...

Anyone who knows anything about Elvis knows he's pretty much the template for ALL Rock music. Go to Rhapsody and listen to every song on a box set called Elvis- The King Of Rock & Roll and educate yourself before making stupid comments. John Lennon made the comment "before Elvis there was nothing." Thats probably a pretty accurate statement, made by someone who should KNOW!!! Elvis wasn't original punk, alternative, prog, etc...??? Do you know what those words mean??? Elvis exemplified all of that. He was the original Rock & Roll BADASS!! Forget the guy in the white jumpsuit...take a real good look AND listen at Rock & Roll history! Elvis was the reason that people like Little Richard & Chuck Berry's music even made it to the mainstream...he made it COOL!!!

Posted by Terry on Sunday, 01.27.08 @ 11:41am

Ok, this is probably the biggest DAHHHH of the century, for the rnr hall. The words Elvis Presley and rock and roll may as well be synonymus. As noted previously, countless rock artists list him as their mentor including the Beatles. He is the premiere rock artist, only Bill Haley and the Commets preceded him. And before BH and C there was only r and b, country, jazz, blues, soul, and classical. BH and C, although very influential, died off like a whithered root...Elvis was simply unstoppable (until just before his death).

To contradict the King's induction is to reject common sense and modern music history. One woders if this hall would even exist without him. Perhaps, but it would cetainly be a different hall entirely.

Posted by Jake on Saturday, 03.22.08 @ 23:16pm

Sorry, meant to say " One WONDERS if...". I hate when that happens.

Posted by Jake on Saturday, 03.22.08 @ 23:20pm

If anyone even feels the urge to argue Elvis' legitimacy in the Hall, they should sell their music collection and their ears should be banned from ever listening to music again. The King!

Posted by stevev on Wednesday, 05.21.08 @ 12:52pm

I respect Elvis but anyone who really knows music realizes the Beatles surpassed him.

When it comes to musical application, The Beatles were more innovative, they wrote their songs and their albums are now recognized by most music critics superior to Elvis.Let’s not even get into technical innovation. This was Pre Pepper

"Norwegian Wood"- Modal Harmonies influenced by Indian Music, Mixed Meter, use of exotic instrument sitar and drone, mix of folk/pop and Indian
"Tomorrow Never Knows"- Modal harmonies Indian Music, avant structures, static Indian drones, backward tape and electronic sampling.
"Love You Too"- Indian Modal harmonies, avant guitar figure, unusual meter and Classic Indian Music.
"Eleanor Rigby"- Modal Harmonies classical, chamber pop, classical influence
Folk, Pop.Indian
"She Said She Said"- Indian Influenced Modal Harmonies, mixed meter
"Taxman- dissonant and distorted Mixolydian Riff influenced by Indian music, highly distorted raga styled guitar solo

Posted by Kahutz on Wednesday, 06.18.08 @ 15:05pm

I think we can all say that Elvis deserved his berth as an inaugural member of the RRHOF as much as (or more than) anyone else. Having said that, please keep your dissenting comments to yourself. I'm the sensitive type, and dissent about the King has made me All Shook Up!

Yes, it was pathetic. I couldn't resist. Sorry.

P. S.: Besides, without the Elvis-is-Alive storyline, where would the Weekly World News have been? Don't tell me this man didn't make history!

Posted by Joe on Saturday, 07.5.08 @ 15:42pm

Elvis Presley - the name says it all - not just an Icon in Rock and Roll music - never the world seen or will ever see someone like Elvis ever again - his voice; his interpretation of the song; the voice; his stage presence, one of the most charismatic the world has ever to witness; his amazing looks; it all spells "The King" he left behind a legacy of pure magic; He filled our lives with joy and entertainment of the highest. With Gratitude and Blessings

Posted by Les J.Suli on Wednesday, 09.3.08 @ 05:44am

If Elvis Presley doesn't get into the hall, it is because the judges had their brains all shook up!

Yes, I know he was one of the original inductees. I just couldn't resist a really bad joke. My bad.

Posted by Joe on Wednesday, 10.29.08 @ 21:00pm

Someone brought up the possibility that Elvis might've been an "idiot/savant"...which is an interesting observation. He was unparalleled as an entertainer and singer, and it was a widely known fact that on a movie set, he could memorize his and everyone else's lines. Yet, he seemed to have a serious problem just functioning as a human being. Col. Tom Parker (real name Andreas van Kuijk...an illegal Dutch immigrant) had such a grip on him, took a larger cut of him than just about any manager in history, and prevented him from performing abroad because of his "status"...but Elvis was never willing to get rid of him. Dick Clark was known to have discussed how cheated he was by Parker, but he still couldn't shake him...which shows me a very strange "dependence" on him...not the actions of a strong, intelligent, self-assured superstar...

Posted by Gitarzan on Tuesday, 12.2.08 @ 18:08pm

Elvis deserves better than RRHOF. It should be called "The Elvis Presley Hall of Fame"

Posted by Bad Grammer on Tuesday, 12.2.08 @ 18:38pm

It might not have been an idiot/savant thing so much as general insecurity + lots of drugs later on. The man was apparently an avergae student in high school, from what I've heard, and that's as far as he went. Parker's deal's worked and so long as the $'s rolliing in there was technically no reason to complain. The deal w/Parker's illegal status didn't hit till the end, but by that point he may have been rocketing up & down so badly that he just didn't care.

For all of it, Parker never really steered him wrong.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Tuesday, 12.2.08 @ 19:25pm

Merry Christmas everybody!!

All the best in the new year!!

Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 12.24.08 @ 17:03pm


Oh, he was a light star
Tripping on a high wire
Bulldog stubborn, born uneven
A classless creature, a man for all seasons
But don't bet them
That they can't take him
To the very bottom.
'Cause they made him and they'll waste him
And I don't believe that I want to watch them.

'Cause the 50's shifted out of gear
He was an idol then
Now, he's an idol here
But his face has changed
He's not the same no more,
And I have to say that I like the way his music sounded before.

He was tight-assed
Walking on broken glass
Highly prized in the wallet size
The number one crush in a schoolgirl's eyes
But don't pretend that it won't end
In the depth of your despair
You went from lame' suits right down to tennis shoes
To peanuts, from the lion's share

Lyric by Bernie Taupin

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 07.1.09 @ 07:05am

Rock & Roll Jeopardy
Category: If They Collaborated

If Elvis and Simon & Garfunkel collaborated;

"Lawdy Mrs. Robinson (????!!!!)"

Posted by Gitarzan on Thursday, 07.23.09 @ 23:31pm

Obviously a great, but the real king of rock and roll is Chuck Berry. Sorry. The only reason he isn't already is because Elvis was the king when racism was still very prevalent, and his legend just stayed. Seriously, who had more influence on greats like the Stones-Beatles-AC/DC-Kinks-CCR-Aerosmith-etc., Chuck or Elvis??? Now who had more influence on the other??? Elvis frequently covered Chuck's songs, but I can't find any song of Elvis' covered by Chuck...

Posted by Chris on Tuesday, 11.17.09 @ 15:30pm

Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Elvis was the reason that Chuck Berry and Little Richard started getting consistent mainstream airplay. Elvis was also the poster boy for why Rock & Roll was "bad...the devil's music", and took most of the heat for it, Chuck Berry certainly didn't! If you don't know the whole story of what went down back then, you really shouldn't comment...

As John Lennon once said;

"Before Elvis, there was nothing."

Posted by Gitarzan on Tuesday, 11.17.09 @ 16:58pm

Or as Buddy Holly said, "Without Elvis, none of us could have made it."

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 11.17.09 @ 18:34pm

John Lennon was probably high, too...

Posted by Chris on Wednesday, 12.2.09 @ 22:34pm

Ok, fun exercise...

If you had to choose ONE song to exemplify why Elvis is in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, which one would it be?

I'm doing this because I actually have this going on on my computer at home.... I have what I call a "Song Of Proof" for every Inductee... Performer, Non-Performer (including Lifetime Achievement), Early Influence, and Side-Man... plus, I have one for every past Nominee, and even every artist on the "Previously Considered" list.

And in my computer, no two inductees have the same Song Of Proof (this actually makes it a bit tricky at times!)

That said, for Elvis Presley, I use "Burning Love"... too many of the obvious ones I've had to use for other inductees. But this song I like as an example of real rock'n'roll... blending of country and R&B, and this thing COOKS! Really great song, and I think it's a great song to point to if you want to show why Elvis is the King Of Rock'n'Roll... even in the 70's, he was still smokin'.

Posted by Philip on Friday, 01.15.10 @ 18:41pm

I had to laugh at the comment by kahutz above...that "most critics" 'recognize' that the Beatles surpassed Elvis. He then goes into a diatribe abot how the fab 4 used indian music influences in their recordings...and showed how much he likes the beatles. You gotta love mindless idiots like this moron...marginalizing Elvis Presley, because he so fears him. Elvis was..and will always be, the King of Rock & Roll. Deal with it. Oh and by the way...The Rolling Stones are way better than the beatles!

Posted by Big Joe on Sunday, 04.18.10 @ 15:44pm

"The young Elvis Presley, without any doubt."
Top New Zealand opera star and soprano Kiri Te Kanawa's answer to UK show-host Michael Parkinson ( who probably expected her to name Luciano Pavarotti, or Maria Callas), when asked whose was the greatest voice she had ever heard (as published in Blabbermouth.net, 3 January 2007)

"His was the one voice I wish to have had, of all those emanating from singers in the popular music field"
The world´s top tenor and opera star, Placido Domingo, from Spain, in an interview given to "Hola" Magazine (Spanish version), as published in June of 1994.

"The greatest voice of all time".
"Q" Magazine Judging panel´s laud of Elvis Presley, from a poll published on their March 4, 2007 issue.

"Q Magazine bravely attempted to name the best and worst singers ever. They did a good job, wisely going big with Elvis as the top choice"
Rollingstone Magazine's online edition, published on 5 March, 2007.

"Elvis Presley has been described variously as a baritone and a tenor. An extraordinary compass- the so-called register-, and a very wide range of vocal color have something to do with this divergence of opinion. The voice covers two octaves and a third, from the baritone low-G to the tenor high B, with an upward extension in falsetto to at least a D flat. Presley's best octave is in the middle, D-flat to D-flat, granting an extra full step up or down. Call him a high baritone. In "It's'now or never", (1960), he ends it in a full voice cadence (A, G, F), that has nothing to do with the vocal devices of R&B and Country. That A-note is hit right on the nose, and it is rendered less astonishing only by the number of tracks where he lands easy and accurate B-flats. Moreover, he has not been confined to one type of vocal production. In ballads and country songs he belts out full-voiced high G's and A's that an opera baritone might envy. He is a naturally assimilative stylist with a multiplicity of voices - in fact, Elvis' is an extraordinary voice, or many voices"
Henry Pleasants, in his book "The Great American Popular Singers" (1974)

"I suppose you'd had to call him a lyric baritone, although with exceptional high notes and unexpectedly rich low ones. But what is more important about Elvis Presley is not his vocal range, nor how high or low it extends, but where its center of gravity is. By that measure, Elvis was all at once a tenor, a baritone and a bass, the most unusual voice I've ever heard"
Gregory Sandows, Music Professor at Columbia University, published in "The Village Voice".

"On his live versions of songs like "How Great Thou Art" (1975), "Unchained Melody" (1976) and "Hurt" (1977), you will be able to hear how high he can go; but, it is essentially on "What Now My Love" (sang live at his "Aloha from Hawaii" global telecast, which reached 1 billion viewers when first aired in 1973), where he goes up three octaves at the end of the song, that you can really hear his true vocal power"
Cory Cooper, vocal connaisseur, on Presley's vocal range, as published in ALLEXPERTS.com, on 4 February 2005.

"When healthy and serious, he was flat-out the world's greatest singer. In his voice, he possessed the most beautiful musical instrument, and the genius to play that instrument perfectly; he could jump from octave to countless other octaves with such agility without voice crack, simultaneously sing a duet with his own overtones, rein in an always-lurking atomic explosion to so effortlessly fondle, and release, the most delicate chimes of pathos. Yet, those who haven't been open (or had the chance) to explore some of Presley's most brilliant work - the almost esoteric ballads and semi-classical recordings -, have cheated themselves out of one of the most beautiful gifts to fall out of the sky in a lifetime. Fortunately, this magnificent musical instrument reached its perfection around 1960, the same time the recording industry finally achieved sound reproduction rivaling that of today. So, it's never too late to explore and cherish a well-preserved miracle, as a simple trip to the record store will truly produce unparalleled chills and thrills, for the rest of your life; and then you'll finally understand the best reason this guy never goes away".
Mike Handley, narrator and TV/radio spokesman, in the 'The Jim Bohannon Show', airing on 600+ radio stations on the Westwood One Network.

"I am indebted to Scott W. Johnson, my fellow at the Claremont Institute, for many things over the years, but not many rate higher than his "introducing" me to Elvis Presley. I came of age (i.e., reached the 9th grade), just in time for the "British Invasion" and, despite my childhood memories, soon came to think of him as the ultimate in passe; so, I was astonished when Scott told me, a year or two ago, that in his opinion Elvis Presley was the greatest male vocalist of the 20th Century; I had never thought of him in that light, to put it mildly, but that conversation caused me to realize that I had never actually 'listened'; starting then, I did - with the aid of Scott's encyclopedic music collection -, so if you have never gotten past a cartoon image of Elvis, do yourself a favor and 'listen'".
John H. Hinderaker, of the Claremont Institute, a Harvard Law School Graduate and expert on public policy issues, including income and race, as published in Power.Line, on January 09, 2007

Amen to that last quote...people like S L Ballard should do themselves a favor and take that advice...

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 06.27.10 @ 16:10pm

Someone asked if anyone could pick "one song" {out of perhaps the approximately 1500 that Elvis recorded all or parts of in his career}. Most of his work was in what would soon be called the "folk" tradition: blues, r&B, mountain music/"bluegrass," operetta, just plain pop - one of which is the ghostly "That's Someone You'll Never Forget," to which he contributed the title, chorus, and the ghostly melodic arrangement - even today, his collaborator calls the melody "weird" - you bet: it gives you shivers. But if you wish "one" song, I'd take the '68 versions of "One Night." He mostly sang the "cleaned up" version, about which the principal songwriter says "he did that himself" - that is, he rewrote the lyrics. In his hands, though, the "clean" version is far more salacious than the apologetic original record by Smiley Lewis. In other words, Elvis wrote much more of "One Night" than those who wrote the "original"! And he was sneaky about it, too: he used the dept. store "sale" method. He sang the "original" differently than Lewis, restructing the verses so that the song sounded much "dirtier" than it ever actually was, and when he re-wrote the lyrics, especially those he sang in '68, the song was far, far more salacious, and powerful than the orginal record, or even his own versions. And he knew what he was doing, clearly. In '68, he even snuck in a "snoopin' at my do'" to "Hound Dog" on the show, using a line from the original "Hound Dog," which for obvious reasons, can never be sung by a man. {Unless he wants to come right out and call his lady a "b-word" and that was not possible in his lifetime.} But, he snuck it in because he pushed back the boundaries of what anyone could get away with, and on TV!
I've heard a lot of great rock and traditional music in my life, and this "One Night" made him untouchable. He understood his significance in music history. He was no "idiot" - savant, or otherwise. Yes, he had a severe speech impediment, and yes, professional songwriters routinely and self-servingly told him "you don't 'need' to write; you're Elvis." One time, this upset him a great deal: he just wanted some encourgement, and he got a backhanded put-down, instead. Yes, he was almost pathologically insecure, and feared both failure and success. {This is a common problem with "profoundly gifted and talented" young people, who often do poorly in school because their minds tend to wander.} But, despite his problems, he was no "dummy."
Robin Markowtiz, Ph.D.

Posted by R. Markowitz on Tuesday, 08.17.10 @ 06:09am

I would say he is the king of rock, but I wouldn't say he's the best performer. There's plenty of good musicians out there, not just Elvis.

Posted by Brittany on Monday, 11.8.10 @ 09:31am

I think Elvis Presley will survive in the centuries as the best male voice of the XX century, no need to explain why, too old to do it, but , as the good wine, he will be more appreciated along the years, and the fact is that not only we listen to his voice now, but that we listen to what he did in the voice of other great singers...and many people do not know this..they should go back and listen to the original Elvis Presley version to understand why other people still try to reproduce that kind of magic

Posted by Giuseppe on Tuesday, 12.21.10 @ 15:26pm

There is no way he deserves to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I've never even heard of the guy!

Posted by Your mother on Thursday, 05.19.11 @ 15:29pm

I prefer Chuck Berry, out of the original RNR artists of the 50's but dismissing Elvis is just stupid.

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 06.18.11 @ 16:48pm

firstly elvis and the beatles sold over 1billion records worldwide , besides elvis had a much much much better voice his voice was so unique he sung nearly every type of music , beatles only sung rock & pop , elvis is still goin strong when do u hear anyone mention the beatles , beatle are the best selling group EP was best selling solo artist , he had the first concert shown via satellite , he had 30 no.1 hits , 33 films , dozens gold , multi platinum etc songs , albums , over 100 songs in the top40 more thn other artist , plus he served 4 his country , inducted into numerous music halls of fame , he is the greatest musicianof alltime RIP Elvis TCB

Posted by peter charlie 1991 on Wednesday, 01.18.12 @ 17:03pm

firstly elvis and the beatles sold over 1billion records worldwide , besides elvis had a much much much better voice his voice was so unique he sung nearly every type of music , beatles only sung rock & pop , elvis is still goin strong when do u hear anyone mention the beatles , beatle are the best selling group EP was best selling solo artist , he had the first concert shown via satellite , he had 30 no.1 hits , 33 films , dozens gold , multi platinum etc songs , albums , over 100 songs in the top40 more thn other artist , plus he served 4 his country , inducted into numerous music halls of fame , he is the greatest musicianof alltime RIP Elvis TCB

Posted by peter charlie 1991 on Wednesday, 01.18.12 @ 17:05pm

that message was so stupid it gave me cancer.

Seriously? Elvis ahd a good voice, well so did John and Paul! You say no one talks about the Beatles anymore and elvis is still popular. Well I can tell you two things.

Most people now regard Elvis as a joke belonging to an older era. The beatles however are still respected as one of the rgeatest groups ever. I'm 14 and I can tel lyou that alot more people my age like The beatles than Elvis, which one of these do you think is gonna stick around as an influence for longer?

Posted by GFW on Wednesday, 01.18.12 @ 17:07pm

firstly john lennon even said that without elvis there would be no beatles and paul mccartney even said john was like our little elvis so hes sayin elvis was better , elvis died over 30yrs ago and hes still being on beatles never come on plus he sung lots of different types music , youngsters , old people alike love elvis's music , plus rolling stones are better thn the beatles , plus in numerous websites , books etc say people in 3 quarters of the world population will be a elvis impersonator , me givin u cancer so if is considered a joke so why do people still buy his music n albums n plus about 800,000 visits his home graceland go listen to justin bieber

Posted by peter charlie 1991 on Friday, 01.20.12 @ 17:51pm

also i forgot to say elvis and beatles were from the same era so get ur facts right

Posted by peter charlie 1991 on Friday, 01.20.12 @ 19:13pm

Same era?
Elvis started about 7 years before the Beatles?

Same with the Beatles, they are enjoyed by a larage range of people.

Also Justin Beiber is a lot more similar to elvis than the beatles, didn't write his own music and voice aside not that talented a s amusician (though elvis could outsing elvis anyday)

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 01.21.12 @ 09:32am

GFW, "Elvis could outsing Elvis????"

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Saturday, 01.21.12 @ 10:25am

ah, yes, a little bit of a brainfart tere sorry. What i meant to say is that Elvis could outsing Beiber (as could John, Paul and george)

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 01.21.12 @ 11:21am

also the stones better than the beatles? bitch please. The beatles stopped at the right time, so they didn't release a load of pap like the stones did. Nevermind the fasct that as albums Sgt Peppers and Abbeyroad>>>>>Let It Bleed and Exile on Main Street. The Stones barely changed their sound much, The Beatles did it sucessfully twice (from pop act to psychedelic rock act to rock act) the stones just made things a tad more blues or country, nothing much.

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 01.21.12 @ 11:24am

ur right there mate elvis never wrote his own music but his voice was so great he could sing anything , paul n john had good voices but elvis had a better voice but i prefer beatles to that queer bieber n michael jackson and beatles were more successful thn the stones wot i meant was i prefered the stones to beatles , i was brought up on rock n roll and the 60s , my fav beatles songs is i want to hold your hand , ystrday , love is all we need , oldies is better thn 2days shit what do u think ? , i think we can get on well look elvis was best solo artist ever , the beatles were best group ever do u agree ,

Posted by peter charlie 1991 on Saturday, 01.21.12 @ 19:50pm

Persoanlly I prefer a number of solo artists to Elvis but objectively yes he was the best solo singer. I don't agree the old stuff is better than the new, It's out there, you just gotta look for it. The mainstream has often been shit, so don't get disheartened by it. We only percieve the past as great because the good's stayed in our minds while the bads dissapeared. the same will happen to this period soon, in 40 years the likes of LMFAO will just be a silly curiosity.

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 01.22.12 @ 09:13am

iur defiantly right there the new stuff is not all bad , i like oasis they were my idols wen i was younger , i like mick jagger of the stones as much as i like elvis , who r ur current faves , i hate the rap music of 2day

Posted by peter charlie 1991 on Sunday, 01.22.12 @ 15:10pm

My favs in current music (as in the past 10 years) would be:

Kanye West
Arctic Monkeys
Florence + The Machine

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 01.22.12 @ 16:11pm

GFW, my faves in current music (last 10 years) are:

Franz Ferdinand
Arcade Fire
My Morning Jacket
Grace Potter & Nocturnals
The Decemberists
The Killers
The Strokes
The Hives
My Chemical Romance
Death Cab for Cutie
TV on the Radio

there's alot of great new music out there, if you want to look (IMO).

Posted by Paul in KY on Monday, 01.23.12 @ 08:08am

Oh yeah, how'd i forget the strokes.

Posted by GFW on Monday, 01.23.12 @ 13:12pm

And arcade fire!

Posted by GFW on Monday, 01.23.12 @ 15:25pm

The Jordanaires

01. Bill Matthews
02. Gordon Stoker
03. Don Bruce
04. Bob Hubbard
05. Neal Matthews
06. Monty Matthews
07. Hoyt Hawkins
08. Culley Holt
09. Hugh Jarrett
10. Ray Walker
11. Bob Money
12. Gordon Stoker

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 06.3.12 @ 21:45pm

The Jordanaires

01. Bill Matthews
02. Gordon Stoker
03. Don Bruce
04. Bob Hubbard
05. Neal Matthews
06. Monty Matthews
07. Hoyt Hawkins
08. Culley Holt
09. Hugh Jarrett
10. Ray Walker
11. Bob Money

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 06.3.12 @ 22:39pm

If there was a single prefomer that has had more of an impact on popular music in America, Elvis Presley would be it! While he may not have been the best, no one can say enough about how more Elvis internationally popularized rock and roll and with all the smashing chart hits he had from the mid 50s to the early 70s has made him the highest selling rock prefomer in rock history. His impact on later rock and roll singers and bands from Buddy Holly and The Beatles to Led Zeppelin and Queen is also phenomenal, but more important where his musical achievements. He wasn't the first to preform blues as Bill Haley did that. Elvis was the frist, however, to fuse country and blues together to make a musical style called rockabilly. While this style was the foundation for his early songs, Presley coundn't have become a star had he not used elements of musical styles like gospel and bluegrass in his later music. His songs in the 50s spoke the basic language of rock and roll and his explosive stage presence set the stage from later rock singers to use. His vocals were equally powerful. What I found interesting about him was that he grew up in extremely poor beginnings and climbed the ladder to the top. I hold Elvis in the highest regards and I thank him from everything he has done for rock and roll!

A few of my favorite Elvis songs are "Burning Love", "All Shook Up", "Heartbreak Hotel", "Hound Dog" and "Jailhouse Rock".

Posted by Andrew on Sunday, 10.14.12 @ 21:27pm

yeah im p.much gonna do this on all the artists with 3 or more albums inducted.

albums that have a song inducted are counted as notable.

1: Elvis Presler
2: The Sun Sessions
3: Elvis

Also notable: Blue Hawaii

Posted by GFW on Monday, 05.6.13 @ 04:13am

Elvis Presley may not be the King of Rock N' Roll, but he certainly is one of the most important figures in American popular music. While he wasn't the best and defiantly not the most consistent, no one can debate the fact that Elvis was the man for making rock n' roll popular.

In terms of sales figures, his impact was high. Hundreds of international smash hits from the mid 50s to the early 70s may just make him the highest selling rock performer in music history and holds records for having the most Top 40 hits, the most Top 10 hits, and the most weeks at Number One of any other rock singer. Rising from humble backgrounds, he helped start the revolution of rock and roll.

Even more important from the perspective of a rock lover, are Presley's achievements as an artist. He wasn't the first white man to sing rhythm & blues as Bill Haley has him beat there, but he was the first to blend country and blues into a style called rockabilly.

While this kind of music formed the foundations of his early hits like "Hound Dog" and "Heartbreak Hotel," he couldn’t have become a mainstream success without a more varied musical plate that incorporated gospel, pop and even a little bit of bluegrass now and then.

His early songs spoke the basic language of rock and his explosive, charismatic presence on stage set the standard for rock's image and his commanding vocals were powerful and versatile.

Sadly, to the pubic, Presley is more of an icon then a singer. Countless Hollywood films, caricatured records and a personal life that became much more sheltered from reality gave his story an almost mythic status.

By the time of his passing, he had become a symbol of gross Americana rather than of cultural innovation. The ongoing speculation about his career has raised interest in his life and supported a massive tourist industry that may last for a long time, even if the fascination is fueled by his fame rather then his music.

Regardless of his problems, Presley’s influence on later rock bands and singers from Tom Jones and Neil Diamond to Bruce Springsteen and from The Beatles to Led Zeppelin and Queen still are present even today.

BTW, how do you guys feel about the goverment tapping people's phone lines?

Posted by Andrew on Sunday, 06.9.13 @ 22:22pm

"BTW, how do you guys feel about the goverment tapping people's phone lines?"

anyway, gave "Elvis Presley" a listen. It was pretty disappointing. The songs just didn't have any energy, or just seemed like sub-par country songs."I'll Never Let You Go" was pretty hard to sit through, not gonna lie. Only saving graces were the beginning and end tracks, Blue Suede Shoes and Money Honey. Elvis works a hell of a lot better as a singles artist, I find.

Giving it a 2/10.

Posted by GFW on Friday, 09.20.13 @ 14:06pm

GFW: You should totally check out "The Sun Sessions".

Posted by Gassman on Friday, 09.20.13 @ 15:02pm

Strangely enough, I agree with Gassman for once on music. The Sun Sessions, along with the early RCA years, represent Elvis Presley at the peak of his career and vocal prowess. Hearing Elvis's renditions of Blue Moon of Kentucky and Good Rockin' Tonight, to name just two examples, make one almost forget that Presley descended into some very rotten material in the 1960s. Presley's version of Blue Moon of Kentucky is an outstanding case of how to cover a song in a genre entirely separate from the one it was originally intended for and still retain the core essentials of said tune.

I'll never be a hardcore fan of Elvis, but I enjoy much of his music and will always treasure his early years. I generally prefer the original versions of the songs that he later covered (Hound Dog is a perfect example), but he always interpreted others' songs in a magnetic, inimitable style and never came off as being disrespectful to the originals.

Anyone who scoffs at Elvis as being a bloated, cocktail singer who is irrelevant to the current landscape is an ignorant jackass, to put it bluntly. I'm not about to make a case for Do the Clam or Bossa Nova Baby as being timeless songs, but they are hardly representative of Elvis's overall style. I'm absolutely certain that he'll be remembered primarily for his 1950s prime years and comeback period, not for the dreadful movie soundtracks, athough it's possible that the more obsessive Elvis Presley followers will continue to cherish those latter recordings.

It's funny how some people will readily take swipes at Elvis, but deify The Beatles and pretend they never recorded any dreck. Revolution No. 9 and Rocky Raccoon are as putrid and vapid as Do the Clam and Bossa Nova Baby.

Posted by Zach on Monday, 11.11.13 @ 23:27pm

ugh, my old comments on here are cringey.

Elvis is obviously the most important 50's rock artist, but Little Richard and Buddy Holly were definitely better artists.

Posted by GFW on Tuesday, 11.12.13 @ 12:20pm

While Elvis Presley may not be the King of Rock N' Roll, he is one of the most important figures in the history of American popular music. He may not have been the best, and definitely not the most consistent, yet no one can argue that that he is the musician most responsible for popularizing rock & roll on an international level.

Rising from humble backgrounds to help ignite the rock revolution with a pleasing voice and a charismatic stage presence, Elvis climbed the musical ladder to become the poster boy for rock and roll.

Like other 50s rockers, he was on the cutting edge of the time. What set him apart from the rest of the group was that he became the singer for the mass popularization of rock n' roll and while there were other 50s rockers who contributed more instrumental and songwriting talent, they didn't have the moment and the team that can make all the difference.

When it comes to record sales, Presley's impact was phenomenal Dozens upon dozens of hits from the mid 50s to the mid 70s, plus the steady sales of his catalog since his passing in 1977 have made him the highest selling performer in rock history. More important from a rock lover's perspective was his remarkable achievements.

Elvis wasn't the first white man to sing R&B as Bill Haley has him beat there. He was, however, the first to fuse country and blues into a style known as rockabilly. While this style was the foundation of his best recordings, Elvis couldn’t have become a mainstream success without a more varied musical plate that incorporated gospel, pop and even a little bit of bluegrass now and then.

His 50s songs established the basic language of rock and roll and his explosive stage presence set the standard for rock's visual image and his vocals were impressively powerful.

Born in Tupelo, Mississippi on January 8th, 1935, young Elvis grew up listening to gospel and when his family moved to Memphis in 1948, Presley was further exposed to jazz, blues and country. After graduating high school in 1953, he paid a visit to Sun Records and recorded two Ink Spots songs, "My Happiness" and "That's When Your Heartaches Begin."

Although not impressed with the recordings, Sun Record’s owner, Sam Phillips suggested that Presley collaborate with guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black. The next year, the trio recorded a blues song called "That's All Right Mama," and a country song called "Blue Moon of Kentucky" in an up-tempo style that stand as the blueprint for rock n' roll.

Upon seeing the effect that Elvis had on his audiences, country artist manager Colonel Tom Parker sighed Presley to a management contract and Parker devoted himself to Presley's career. RCA paid Phillips 35,000 dollars for Elvis' contract and soon, his career took off.

His first RCA single, "I Forgot to Remember to Forget," went to Number 1 on the country charts. "Heartbreak Hotel" became Presley's first chart topper, holding the top spot for eight week. His gyrating hip performances on several TV variety shows, including The Ed Sullivan Show, generated both hysteria and controversy.

From blistering rock songs to aching ballads, Elvis captivated and liberated his audiences. His string of hits in 1956 and 1957 include such classic songs as "Hound Dog," "All Shook Up," and "Jailhouse Rock."

Unfortunately, many parents found Presley’s hip swaying and charisma too much to handle which resulted in RCA and Tom Parker having to pretty up Elvis’ image. His appearance on The Steve Allen Show is a perfect example of this.

Elvis' career took a two year hiatus when he joined the army when he met his future wife. Upon returning to the charts, he hit Number 1 with "It's Now or Never," and "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" These songs are great examples of Elvis drifting away from his rockabilly roots and towards a more polished pop sound.

For much of the 60s, he was occupied with making movies and recording soundtracks and during this time, Presley starred in 31 movies. His religious albums stand out from this dull period, but He didn't return to the stage until 1968.

He followed this mid-career renaissance by recording some of the most mature songs of his career like "In the Ghetto," and "Suspicious Minds." If the 50s were devoted to rock n' roll and the 60s to movies, the 70s represent the performing chapter in his career.

Sadly, Presley's personal life was coming apart. His weight fluctuated wildly, his marriage fell apart, he became dependent on perspiration drugs, and worst of all, he became isolated from the outside world expect for touring. Presley’s body finally gave out on August 16, 1977.

Unfortunately, to much of American public, Elvis is more of an icon then an artist. Countless awful Hollywood films, increasingly exaggerated record sales and a personal life that became more sheltered from the real world has given his story a somewhat mythic status. By the time of his death, Elvis had become more a symbol of gross Americana than of musical innovation. The continued speculation about his career has sustained interest in his life, and supported a large tourist industry that may last until further notice, even if the fascination is fueled more by Presley’s fame than by his music.

Elvis was white and good looking, had charisma, a rich baritone voice, and a sneer that seemed to symbolize teenage unrest. His performances were a direct copy of what black artists had done and excited his teenage audiences. His musical climb is shown in two periods: the rockabilly era and his commercial success at RCA.

Elvis’ influence on later rock groups and singers from The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to Queen and Elton John is something that can still be seen in their music and in their stage presence. Just watch Mick Jaggar or Freddie Mercury perform and you’ll see Elvis' moves.

Posted by Andrew on Monday, 03.24.14 @ 23:55pm

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