Before Elvis was the King of Rock ‘N Roll, he was a struggling musician. He was just like any other guitar man of the day but people say there was something… special about him.
Growing up, my dad always listened to Elvis. I never understood. I just thought it was annoying. When I tried to connect with my dad and I became hungry for knowledge, I soon learned about the man known as “The King. Television controversy. Serving in the U.S. Army. Movies in the 60′s. A lifetime achievement Grammy award at 36. But before all that, he worked at Sun Records.
Everyone knows about his popular music career but before he made it big, he was just like any other musician trying to break through. Elvis had some unsuccessful material and was goofing off in the studio when he accidentally recorded his first hit, a remake of an R&B song called That’s All Right.
Classics like Blue Moon of Kentucky and I’m Right, You’re Left, She’s Gone have strong country sounds. Songs like Harbor Lights feature his future ballad skills. Songs like Trying To Get To You have a very bluesy feel. Overall, you won’t be disappointed with music if you’re a fan of music from the era.
The Sun Records Sessions give a glimpse of a young musician having fun. You can hear all of it in his voice. These are recordings of Elvis trying to find his sound. Elvis also recorded with the likes of Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis during his time at Sun Records.
Time would eventually tell the tale of a Elvis the movie star, Las Vegas lounge lizard and music legend. But before all this, Elvis’ early work shows a glimmer of that special something his potential would become.
The Sun Sessions are a great listen when you’re trying to relax and enjoy the day. But don’t take my word for it, Rolling Stone magazine ranks it #11 of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Check out the Sun Sessions on iTunes or on your Spotify account.
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