Remembering Presleymania

The man from Tupelo, Miss., appeared on the American music scene when young people's musical tastes were on the verge of a major change. The older generation was not yet wary of teenagers. The kids had no music of their own. They had yet to take over the fashion world.

Then along came Elvis. His synthesis of black, country and gospel music helped him create a simple, raw performing style. Onstage, he twisted and gyrated, much to the dismay of '50s parents. The more the older folks protested, the more popular the handsome Southerner became. His name was soon a household...

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