Friday, December 3, 2010

Elvis vs. the Beatles

     I'm a Beatles fan, not an Elvis fan. I'm too young to have been a part of the Elvis craze. I wasn't even ten years old when he burst onto the scene in 1956 with "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Love Me Tender."

     By the time I was in high school -- that period when popular music seems to take over your life -- Elvis had already left for the army and come back wearing sequins, playing Vegas and getting fat. He was a joke.

      But credit where credit is due. The other day was the anniversary of George Harrison's death. (Can you believe it? It was nine years ago on Nov. 29, 2001.)

     And in connection with that I saw a clip where Harrison claimed it was the Beatles who in 1964 basically invented the music video, the art form that changed the way we listen to music and made MTV the cultural phenomenon it was in the 1980s. The Beatles did it, according to Harrison, with Hard Day's Night.

     But I remembered seeing another clip a while ago. It was from 1957. Elvis doing Jailhouse Rock. You can't tell me that's not an early version of a music video. So let's not forget how original and creative Elvis was in his early days. Elvis Presley was not only the king. He was the one who created the modern music video.

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