All Shook Up

These days pop culture ripples across American culture in an instant. Much of this culture that permeates American minds comes from movies and music. An icon that reshaped America and the world would be celebrating his 83rd birthday so from Hancock International College to our ESL students… here is some history about the man himself, Elvis. says, “It’s been [over] 40 years since Elvis Presley last swiveled his hips, before his untimely death in 1977 at the age of 42. To date, Elvis’s singles – including Hound Dog, Blue Suede Shoes, and Suspicious Minds – as well as soundtracks and concert albums, have sold billions of copies worldwide. From humble origins in Tupelo, Mississippi, in the space of just a few years Elvis became an international superstar of fabulous wealth. His name, face, and voice were then – and still are now – recognized in an instant. But though he is the ‘king of rock-and-roll’, Elvis defies easy generalization.

During the summer of 1954, Elvis recorded a version of the old blues number That’s All Right (Mama) in downtown Memphis. The recording was a sensation, and was played nonstop on local radio stations. From there, Elvis and his band evolved a distinctive rock-and-roll – or ‘rockabilly’ – sound, blending different strains of music with an energetic vocal style, new rhythms and electric guitars.

In 1955, as his music career began to take off, Elvis signed with Nashville’s RCA record label, a deal arranged by music promoter Colonel Tom Parker, who later became the singer’s long-time manager. Elvis’s first RCA single, Heartbreak Hotel, released in 1956, topped the music charts in the US.

As his music rose through the tracks, Elvis appeared on a number of US network television variety shows, most notably the Ed Sullivan Show, accelerating his national profile and fame. Soon after he also launched a movie career with Love Me Tender, which was a success at the box office if not with critics.

…Rock-and-roll’s biracial origins, a fusion of white country and black rhythm-and-blues, and Elvis’s prominent role in developing the genre, also led to persistent accusations of cultural appropriation. That these debates played out against a backdrop of racial discrimination, segregation in the south and the national movement for civil rights only fueled resentment towards Elvis.

…From a shy young boy to global superstar, the icon of the 20th century that was Elvis Presley is still as enigmatic today as when he was alive. One of the most celebrated and influential popular musicians of all time, his gift and talent, flaws and failings are as enchanting now as they were when he first snarled his lips.”

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Idiom of the Day

Elvis Has Left the Building

Meaning: Said when an event or performance has come to an end, or when someone or something has left a place, especially in a dramatic fashion.

Example: We kept waiting for the manager to come back to the office to start the meeting, but it looked like Elvis had left the building.