rock and roll http://wknofm.org en Elvis' First Home In Memphis http://wknofm.org/post/elvis-first-home-memphis <p>Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi. He grew-up there in a shotgun shack that his father, Vernon, built.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Elvis was thirteen when his parents moved to Memphis. Throughout his teens, the family moved around, living in small apartments and low-cost public housing.</span></p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 22:50:00 +0000 Steve Pike 18076 at http://wknofm.org Elvis' First Home In Memphis Elvis Presley's Death http://wknofm.org/post/elvis-presleys-death <p>For many Memphians of a certain age, August 16, 1977 was really “The Day the Music Died.” Elvis Aaron Presley died at his mansion, Graceland.&nbsp;</p><p>A native of Tupelo, Elvis moved to Memphis as a teenager. After high school, he walked into Sun Studios to make a record for his mother, Gladys.</p><p>Sam Phillips heard him and realized that he had found a white singer with a black feel. Hits like “That's All Right Mama” and “Hound Dog” left the music world all shook up. And it's still shaking.</p> Thu, 16 Aug 2012 23:05:16 +0000 Steve Pike & Justin Willingham 18645 at http://wknofm.org Elvis Presley's Death Pharaoh Lets His People Go-Go http://wknofm.org/post/pharaoh-lets-his-people-go-go <p><span lang="EN">For a couple of years there, Sam The Sham was the real deal. Almost in tribute to his name, Sam had the first record to be named Billboard&rsquo;s number one song of the year which hadn&rsquo;t actually held the number one position during the year. And it probably won&rsquo;t come as a surprise that Sam wasn&rsquo;t even really his name. </span></p> Tue, 22 May 2012 12:35:30 +0000 Rob Grayson 14040 at http://wknofm.org Pharaoh Lets His People Go-Go Elvis Gets The "Memphis" Blues from Lonnie and Johnny http://wknofm.org/post/elvis-gets-memphis-blues-lonnie-and-johnny <p><span lang="EN">In May, 1963, Elvis Presley spent a couple of days in RCA&rsquo;s Studio B in Nashville working on an album project. Fourteen songs were recorded, of which &ldquo;Devil In Disguise&rdquo; and &ldquo;Please Don&rsquo;t Drag That String Around&rdquo; were immediately siphoned off as a single. The balance of the tunes never did coalesce as a unit, but were parceled off as single B-sides or album filler.</span></p> Tue, 15 May 2012 12:35:30 +0000 Rob Grayson 13596 at http://wknofm.org Elvis Gets The "Memphis" Blues from Lonnie and Johnny Travis Wammack Turns A Nashville Cat Into A Fraidy Cat http://wknofm.org/post/travis-wammack-turns-nashville-cat-fraidy-cat <p><span lang="EN">The story, as I understand it, can be summed up in these two parables, noted by Chris Davis in the <i>Memphis Flyer </i>in 2006. At the peak of their popularity in 1964, British duo Peter And Gordon played a gig in Chicago. At the time, they held the top spot nationwide with their song &ldquo;A World Without Love.&rdquo; Travis Wammack, who grew up in Memphis, was a young guitarist in the touring band, and also had a single on the charts. Before the concert, Wammack took a call from legendary WLS DJ Art Roberts. Tue, 01 May 2012 12:25:41 +0000 Rob Grayson 12927 at http://wknofm.org Travis Wammack Turns A Nashville Cat Into A Fraidy Cat