By Louis Cantor
Beginning in 1949, whereas Elvis Presley and solar documents have been nonetheless nearly unknown--and complete years ahead of Alan Freed famously "discovered" rock 'n' roll--Dewey Phillips introduced rock 'n' roll to the Memphis airwaves by means of enjoying Howlin' Wolf, B. B. King, and Muddy Waters on his nightly radio convey Red, scorching and Blue. The mid-South's hottest white deejay, "Daddy-O-Dewey" is a part of rock 'n' roll heritage for being the 1st significant disc jockey to play Elvis Presley (and in this case to behavior the 1st stay, on-air interview with Elvis). This publication illustrates Phillips's position in turning a tremendous white viewers directly to formerly forbidden race tune. His zeal for rhythm and blues legitimized the sound and set the level for either Elvis's next good fortune and the rock 'n' roll revolution of the Nineteen Fifties. utilizing own interviews, documentary resources, and the oral background collections on the heart for Southern Folklore and the college of Memphis, Louis Cantor offers a truly own view of the disc jockey whereas arguing for his position as a necessary a part of rock 'n' roll history.
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