Tag: Elvis Presley

D.J. Fontana at the Country Music Hall of Fame

Bill Lloyd hosted another remarkable “Nashville Cats” session at the Country Music Hall of Fame this afternoon, interviewing pioneering rock ‘n’ roll drummer D.J. Fontana. Fontana, Scotty Moore and Bill Black were Elvis Presley’s first band, playing such classics as”Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog” and “Don’t Be Cruel.” Over time, Fontana drummed on almost 500 Presley recordings. Some snippets…

Presley, Armstrong and Foster among most influential Americans

In the spirit of the holiday, a friend posted a link to a 2006 Atlantic Magazine article listing the top 100 influential Americans. I went through the list and was glad to see that three musicians made the cut. The list, compiled by a panel of historians, identified Elvis Presley (#66), Louis Armstrong, (#79), and Stephen Foster (#97) as the…

Sam of Sun

My only aim was to stay in the business until I could prove, right or wrong, that we needed to be blazing some new trails. Sam Phillips, 1999, at the “Elvis and the First Amendment” program