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Cultural impact of Elvis Presley

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Influence & Impact Of Elvis Presley (Excerpt from documentary)

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B.B. King talks about Elvis Presley

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Music That Would Not Exist Without Black People

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Ray Charles' thoughts on Elvis Presley

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August 1972 Las Vegas news report on impact of Elvis Presley on casino business

Since the beginning of his career, Elvis Presley has had an extensive cultural impact. According to Rolling Stone, "it was Elvis who made rock 'n' roll the international language of pop." Rolling Stone encyclopedia of Rock and Roll describes Presley as "an American music giant of the 20th century who single-handedly changed the course of music and culture in the mid-1950s." His recordings, dance moves, attitude and clothing came to be seen as embodiments of rock and roll. His music was heavily influenced by African-American blues, Christian gospel, and Southern country. In a list of the greatest English language singers, as compiled by Q Magazine, Presley was ranked first, and second in the list of greatest singers of 20th century by BBC Radio. Some people claim that Presley created a whole new style of music, "it wasn't black, wasn't white, wasn't pop or wasn't country- it was different". He gave teens music to grow up with and listen to, as most singers in his time created music geared for adults.
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