When Did Elvis Presley Music Become Popular?

When Did Elvis Presley Music Become Popular?

When Did Elvis Presley Music Become Popular?

The music of Elvis Presley became popular in the mid-1950s. His first single, "Heartbreak Hotel," was a number-one hit upon its release in January 1956.

Presley, born in 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi, grew up there and in Memphis, Tennessee. He was an early proponent of a style of music called rockabilly that combines country and rhythm-and-blues. His superstardom is often attributed to the combination of his good looks and the newly-burgeoning teenage market of the postwar years. In addition, he offered a synthesis of African American music that was palatable to white audiences. Early television appearances also contributed to his fame, which helped him to reach a nationwide audience.