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Christopher Estilore US History Elvis Presley had a huge and lasting effect on American culture during the effect on America culture during the 1950s Presley became the teen idol of his decade In the mid-1950s Elvis was one of the young musicians rising to fame playing and singing a new type of popular music This music known as rock n roll came to define an era During his career he would be mobbed by screaming fans majority of which were young women He was one of the first pop culture icons in America Elvis stirred up many issues of controversy during his reign as king Censorship of his performance had been argued by many parents because of the suggestive motions of how he would dance which was though to be sexual His style of music was also a new sound The blend of southern rhythm-and-blues country music and gospel which he heard as a child growing up gave him a new and unique sound This fusion of sound in music was especially an issue because of segregation which was still in existence at the time The 1950s however would be a decade in which many events would lead to the end of segregation Elvis would bring a new way of singing by combining black and white styles of music which would symbolize the way that times were changing His death didnt even effect his popularity with his fans In the summer of 1953 Sam Philips President of the Sun Record Company had taken attention to Elvis Sam Philips was agains racism and segregation He believed that if he could get a white man to sing with the feel of a black man he could make a million dollars When Elvis went to make a personal record which was supposed to be a gift for his mother Sam Philips knew that Elvis Presley would be the man he was looking for A year later he
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