Song of the Day: Elvis Presley – “Blue Suede Shoes” (1956)

It was in March — March 23, 1956 to be exact, that the man with the risqué hips, Elvis Presley, dropped his self-titled debut. “Blue Suede Shoes” which was the album’s beginning track, was actually a cover of fellow Sun recording artist, Carl Perkins. “Blue Suede Shoes” wasn’t released as a traditional album single only to protect Perkins’ career, therefore, it’s the reason it’s the beginning track. It was later released as a single based on an experiment by RCA Victor. Presley is considered a pioneer in the genre of rockabilly, a genre that is an up-tempo, backbeat-driven fusion of country music and rhythm and blues. The king of rock n’ roll has been an influence on so many: Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, John Cale, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, ZZ Top, and many others. Elvis is a cultural icon that will never be forgotten.

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