SPL03094 – Elvis Presley: A Birthday Tribute to the King
Instructor: Steinway artist, Robert Wyatt
On Sept. 9, 1956, more than 60 million people witnessed a young entertainer croon his way into national consciousness on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” With an onstage persona that magnified unbridled sensuality and a versatile musical style that drew from rock and roll, gospel, blues, country, and pop, Elvis Aaron Presley exuded charms that would make him the best-selling solo artist in the history of popular music. American music specialist Robert Wyatt introduces you to “The King,” from his birth and childhood through the historic Sun Records sessions, meteoric rise to stardom, and tragic death at age 42. Remember the songs that peppered our earlier lives, songs like “Hound Dog,” “Are You Lonely Tonight?,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” and many more. Enjoy rare archival footage and interviews which clarify the life experiences that shaped his career and influenced him outside of the limelight.