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The Wall Street Journal Reviews ‘Young Man With The Big Beat’

Sep 09, 2011

The rise of Elvis Presley from hayseed to King in a single year—1956—remains unprecedented in American music history. Guided by a shrewd manager and strategic TV appearances, the 21-year-old Presley won screams from teens with his detention looks and loose hips. And then there was the voice. All 39 singles released in ’56 are here, including overlooked gems like “I Was the One” and “So Glad You’re Mine.” There also are previously unreleased live performances in Las Vegas (New Frontier Hotel), Little Rock, Ark., and Shreveport, La. There’s even a daily timeline of Presley’s grueling year—a granular accounting of rock’s greatest sales job.

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