Category Archives: Music History

Rockabilly Music’s Appeal: The More It Changes, The More It Stays The Same

By Buster Fayte, Featured Author, Sad Man’s Tongue What was it about rockabilly music that held such strong appeal to the youth of the 1950s? Why was the music so powerful and why did it become such a defining force … Continue reading

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Elvis Presley 1956 – Photos by Alfred Wertheimer

“Elvis is the greatest cultural force in the twentieth century. He introduced the beat to everything, music, language, clothes, it’s a whole new social revolution – the 60’s comes from it.” -Leonard Bernstein, 1960s 1956 was pivotal year in America … Continue reading

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Lemmy Klimster, Joe Bonamassa, and Earl Slick to Honor Chuck Berry

  by Russell Hall, Featured Writer, Gibson.Com   Joe Bonamassa, Earl Slick and Lemmy Kilmister are among those set to perform when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame pays tribute to Chuck Berry at this year’s annual American Music … Continue reading

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In Honor of Telstar, I Give You the Nerdiest Elvis Album Cover

by Alexis Madrigal – Senior Editor, The Atlantic  50 years ago this month, the first Telstar communications satellite blasted off into space and began to relay information across vast distances. Almost 11 years later, three years after the moon landing drew … Continue reading

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The true story behind Million Dollar Quartet

by Richard Ouzounian, Theatre Critic, The Star Welcome to the Sun Studio in Memphis, Tenn., on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 1956: four superstars, no waiting. Fate brought Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins together that day in … Continue reading

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Elvis debuted ‘Hound Dog’ and hip gyrations 56 years ago today

  By DJ Pangburn, Featured Writer, Death & Taxes While a high degree of artistic experimentation and daring had existed within the underground of the world’s great cities long before 1956 (the Belle Epoque, Dada, futurism, surrealism, erotica, etc.), nothing … Continue reading

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James Burton: The Teen Who Invented American Guitar

You can listen to the story and hear James Burton’s great Guitar licks here as well. by Ed Ward, Featured Writer, NPR Music What were you doing when you were 16? When he was 16, James Burton was inventing the … Continue reading

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Which Rockabilly Cat Can Claim the Title of King of Rockabilly?

By Buster Fayte, Featured Author, Sad Man’s Tongue No one’s about to argue that Elvis is the King of Rock and Roll. While many will argue about who recorded the first song you could label as “Rockabilly,” it was undeniably … Continue reading

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That Big Ol’ Sun Just Keeps On Shining

By Buster Fayte, Featured Author, Sad Man’s Tongue While there have been far bigger record companies, it’s safe to say that no  record company in history has ever had as formative an influence on the world of  rock and roll … Continue reading

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Rockabilly Giants Formed the Million Dollar Quartet

By Buster Fayte, Featured Author, Sad Man’s Tongue On an auspicious Tuesday in early December, 1956, four of the greatest rock  and roll musicians ever met in the Memphis Recording Services Studios (home of  the famed Sun Records company) for … Continue reading

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