Rock 'n' roll was born in the USA in the 1950s. It was a mixture of blues and country music. Elvis Presley was the first rock 'n' roll superstar.
Who was Elvis?
Elvis Presley’s incredible life story began when Elvis Aaron Presley was born in Verona on January 8,1935. His twin brother, Jessie Garon , was stillborn , leaving Elvis to grow up as an only child. Elvis' musical influences were the pop and country music of the time, the gospel music he heard in church and at the all-night gospel sings he frequently attended, as well as the black R&B he absorbed on historic Beale Street as a Memphis teenager.
He started his singing career with the legendary Sun Records label in Memphis. He was an international sensation. With a sound and style that uniquely combined his diverse musical influences and blurred and challenged the social and racial barriers of the time, he ushered in a whole new era of American music and popular culture.
Globally, he has sold over one billion records, more than any other artist. His American sales have earned him gold and platinum awards. He demonstrated, all through his life, a great talent, good looks, sensuality, charisma, good humility and human kindness. He represented one of the most important figures of twentieth century popular culture.
Other popular artists
Soon rock 'n’ roll was popular outside the USA, too. In Britain four young musicians, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, were fans of this type of music. They were from Liverpool, in the north of England and they had started their own band, the Beatles. They contributed to music, film, literature, art and fashion, made a continuous impact on popular culture and the lifestyle of several generations. Their songs and images carrying powerful ideas of love, peace, help, and imagination evoked creativity and liberation and had an impact on human history.
At the beginning of the 1970s British bands, like Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Genesis, were very popular around the world. Their music was a combination of rock and classical music. But for some people, with these groups, something too serious was born. David Bowie and Elton John were its leaders. Their images were shocking. David Bowie had spiky red hair and Elton john had incredible clothes and crazy glasses.
In 1977 punk rock was born in the UK. But that year wasn't very important! The 1980s was the period of stadium rock. The superstars were Bon Jovi , Queen and U2.
They had sold-out concerts in enormous arenas in front of thousands of fans. I love the U2! What about you? Here are some curious facts about Bono Vox’s and his mates:
•Rolling Stone magazine named them "Band of the '80s".
•Bono is the only person in the history of the world to be nominated for an Accademy Award, a Nobel Prize, a Grammy and a Golden Globe.
•Bono 's first concert was The Clash's "White Riot" tour at Trinity College in Dublin.
•The band members met in high school in Ireland when Mullen posted a note looking to star a group. They have been together ever since.
•They appeared on the 200th episode of The Simpsons, where Homer interrupts their concert to ask the crowd to support him for Sanitation Commissioner. He is taken back stage and beaten up.
•They were originally called Feedback, after the awful noise they made in early rehearsals. Their next name was The Hype, followed by U2. The band's first two names were both suggested by Bono. He says that he doesn't like the name U2; he sees it as a bad pun.
Finally hip hop is popular with teenagers today. It's a mixture of rap music and rhythm and blues. Hip hop superstars include Beyoncè and Rihanna.
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