Presley is the undisputed King of Rock and Roll. In 1954, Presley kicked off a musical revolution by modernizing traditional genres such as blues, country and bluegrass. Throw in a charismatic stage presence with then-scandalous hip-swings and body contortions, and it"s easy to see why he set the charts (and hearts) ablaze.

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It"s difficult to overstate Presley"s influence on music and culture. His presence, golden voice and raucous rockabilly caused a rock & roll domino effect. Buddy Holly moved away from country after seeing Presley in concert, for example, and his appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show induced audience pandemonium and established him as a musical rebel. also yielded a strong influence on youth culture. Presley Biography created the classic rock "n" roll band

In arguably one of his greatest, and certainly one of his least recognized or remarked upon contributions to popular music, created the classic and enduring template of the rock "n" roll band.

In 1955 faced with the chrischona2015.orgbination of wants, needs and must, the young king agreed to the permanent addition of a drummer, to his Blue Moon Boys. Intentionally or not, in that one moment gave the world its first classic rock "n" roll line-up, consisting of just guitar, bass, drums and vocal. Thousands of bands would follow and be inspired by the template, but it was Presley, Scotty Moore, Bill Black and DJ Fontana who were the first.

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Scotty Moore, D.J. Fontana, Presley, Bill Black

Scotty Moore, D.J. Fontana, Presley, Bill Black (November 1955) : The first Rock "N" Roll Band.

The rockabilly lineup that musicians first emulated after seeing on stage in 1955 involved:

Vocals, rhythm guitar ( Presley)Lead guitar (Scotty Moore)Acoustic bass (Bill Black)

After D.J. Fontana became a permanent member of the group in August 1955, and about a month where he missed touring because of an ailment, the quartet appeared nationally on CBS-TV"s "Stage Show", for six Saturday evenings between January 28 and March 24, 1956. These TV appearances served to popularize this four-man set-up, and was adopted by many of the same musicians who were captivated by in 1955:

Vocals, rhythm guitar ( Presley)Lead guitar (Scotty Moore)Acoustic or electric bass (Bill Black)Drums (D.J. Fontana)

Influenced by Presley:

"Before, there was nothing". "Nothing really affected me until I heard If there hadn"t been an, there wouldn"t have been the Beatles". (John Lennon)

"A lot of people have accused of stealing the black man"s music, when in fact, almost every black solo entertainer copied his stage mannerisms from". (Jackie Wilson)

" is the greatest cultural force in the twentieth century. He introduced the beat to everything, music, language, clothes, it"s a whole new social revolution – the "60s chrischona2015.orges from it". (Leonard Bernstein)

"When I first heard" voice, I just knew that I wasn"t going to work for anybody; and nobody was going to be my boss… Hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail". (Bob Dylan)

"There have been a lotta tough guys. There have been pretenders. And there have been contenders. But there is only one king". (Bruce Springsteen)

"I don"t think there is a musician today that hasn"t been affected by" music. His definitive years (1954-57) can only be described as rock"s cornerstone. He was the original cool". (Brian Setzer)

"He"s just the greatest entertainer that ever lived. And I think it"s because he had such presence. When walked into a room, Presley was in the f***ing room. I don"t give a f*** who was in the room with him, Bogart, Marilyn Monroe". (Eddie Murphy)

"I was a fan when I first heard Presley when I was 14 and found out about this new rock and roll music in America. (Glenn Shorrock)

"When I first heard, it sounded like an alien art form. But the more I looked into it, the more I realised something. That the hillbilly and bluegrass music, country music in general along with gospel, rhythm & blues, it all went together and came back in the form of Presley". (Cliff Richard)  To hear Heartbreak Hotel I had to go into a record shop in Liverpool and listen to it through headphones in one of those booths. It was a magical moment, the beginning of an era. (Paul McCartney)

I remember so well the day my mother came home with a 78 of "Heartbreak Hotel". She said she"d just heard it in the record shop and she knew she had to buy it straight away. So she put it on for us both to listen to and I"d never heard anything like that before in my whole life. (Elton John)

Benny Andersson (ABBA) It was hearing an Presley song that sparked his passion for the piano when he was young. His decision to take up piano, at age 11 in his native Sweden, specifically after hearing "Treat me nice", the B side of the "Jailhouse Rock" single. (As noted by Tom Power of CBCRadio on December 10, 2017).