The Sonic Swagger of Elvis Presley

A Critical History of the Early Recordings

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About the Book

Elvis Presley’s clever manipulation of his numerous interests remains one of the music world’s great marvels. His synthesis of country, rhythm & blues and gospel created an inventive mixture of hair-raising rock & roll and balladry, with one foot in delta muck and the other in a country hoedown. This history focuses squarely on the music of Presley’s groundbreaking early years and includes a comprehensive analysis of every Presley recording session from the 1950s. Chapters deftly illustrate how Presley, and his musical compatriots Scotty Moore and Bill Black, fused two distinctly American musical forms—country and blues—to form what would come to be known as “rockabilly.” Also detailed is Presley’s influence on music and how his contributions are still celebrated today.

About the Author(s)

Gary Parker is the author of numerous works well reviewed in such publications as the Los Angeles Times and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He resides in Palm Springs California (website

Bibliographic Details

Gary Parker
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 35 photos, appendices, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8431-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4514-8
Imprint: McFarland