Tuesday 27 August Wednesday 28 August Thursday 29 August Friday 30 August Saturday 31 August Sunday 1 September Monday 2 September Tuesday 3 September Wednesday 4 September Thursday 5 September Friday 6 September Saturday 7 September Sunday 8 September Monday 9 September Tuesday 10 September Wednesday 11 September Thursday 12 September Friday 13 September Saturday 14 September Sunday 15 September Monday 16 September Tuesday 17 September Wednesday 18 September Thursday 19 September Friday 20 September Saturday 21 September Sunday 22 September Monday 23 September Tuesday 24 September Wednesday 25 September Thursday 26 September Friday 27 September Saturday 28 September Sunday 29 September Monday 30 September Tuesday 1 October Wednesday 2 October Thursday 3 October Friday 4 October Saturday 5 October Sunday 6 October Monday 7 October Tuesday 8 October Wednesday 9 October At its core, the blues has remained the same since its inception.
Most blues feature simple, usually three-chord, progressions and have simple structures that are open to endless improvisations, both lyrical and musical.
The blues grew out of African spirituals and worksongs. In the late s, southern African-Americans passed the songs down orally, and they collided with American folk and country from the Appalachians.
New hybrids appeared by each region, but all of the recorded blues from the early s are distinguished by simple, rural acoustic guitars and pianos. After World War II, the blues began to fragment, with some musicians holding on to acoustic traditions and others taking it to jazzier territory [using electric instruments].
The following passage from the PBS website emphasis added provides a further important dimension to understanding the blues :. That Elvis was heavily influenced by the blues is dramatically apparent by the ongoing accusation that he was the white boy who stole the blues.
Click here to read a more detailed examination of how Elvis was influenced by the blues. As famed Elvis biographer, Peter Guralnick, noted in his liner notes for the Reconsider Baby album, when Elvis faded in popularity and was "out of style" in the s:.
Male" ". His creative juices were once again flowing as he returned to some of his musical roots. His resurrection was completed when he entered the American Sound studios on 13 January for the start of an historic two session visit that year which would result in what many regard as the finest moments in his illustrious recording career.
Our list is likely to generate debate as several titles will not be regarded by many fans and critics as blues songs. However, all titles listed have appeared on at least one Elvis "blues" compilation or been cited as " blues " tracks by BMG liner notes contributors, including Peter Guralnick, Ernst Jorgensen and Brian Nevill.
I thought it was just like "urban blues. I called it, re-importing the blues from Europe, back in the USA. They sang a lot of the same things we did, using the same identical progressions we did and they called it "rock n' roll. And I thought it was a way of saying he's not black. There are enough well known Elvis recordings in our proposed release to allow BMG their customary 'primary' marketing hook. Tracks such as What'd I Say , Hound Dog , Stuck On You , Steamroller Blues and One Night of Sin have considerable street cred and fit neatly within the company's previous marketing strategies of "emphasising" or using Elvis' major hits as a "selling hook".
For an Elvis "blues" release to be successful there are several key elements which need to be met:. The "blues" is a genre Elvis mastered yet few of the general public appreciate the potency of his substantial "blues" catalog.
In EIN's opinion, a properly marketed release such as Elvis sings the "blues" would go a long way to reclaiming much of the public's "lost" respect for, and perception of Elvis, as a serious recording artist!
In addition, it would have the potential to bring Elvis' fertile "blues" repertoire to fans of the "blues", many of whom who are presently ignorant to its substance and passion. It is obvious Elvis is enjoying himnself as he gets right into the song's up-tempo marching beat.
Beach Boy Blues: Is it or isn't it? Many will argue this cut from Blue Hawaii isn't really "blues". However, it was included on BMG's Elvis blues album so we'll leave it to you to be the judge. A strong recording during Elvis' rebuilding period in the late s, his recording benefits from some great guitar work by Jerry Reed.
But as noted by Peter Guralnick, Elvis "improvises like a bluesman, making a virtue out of necessity and creating out of his hoarseness a sense of worldless menace". Much of the intensity is in the fast and furious, but precisely laid out detail work; there is a strong sense of spontaneity and discovery, but what ultimately makes this a hall-of-fame performance is the vocal performance; Elvis doing tricks, making sudden octave wide jumps.
It's a magnificent readying of the song - it's one of Elvis' finest vocals of this period and the spontaneity of the musicianship is simply a joy. One of the masterpieces of Sunrise. Well good evenin', don't that sun look good going down?
Song Lyrics. Review: RIFF-it. RIFF-it good. Listen while you read! Add Comment. Such An Easy Question 7. You're So Young And Beautiful You're The Devil in Disguise A Fool Such As I A House That Has Everything A Hundred Years From NowSurprisingly, given the wealth of great "blues" material recorded by Elvis, and a propensity by BMG/RCA to release countless Elvis "greatest hits" and "love songs" compilations, the company has released very little by way of Elvis "blues" compiles. In fact, there have been more "licensed" Elvis blues albums released than official BMG/RCA releases.