Rock ‘n’ Roll sees the focus on two Kings this week – one past and one future. Elvis Presley would have been 79 years old on 8th January and this King of Rock ‘n’ Roll continues to wear the beat nick crown. Meanwhile our future King, Prince William takes on a different role as he exchanges his blue suede shoes for wellies and his own proverbial pack of hound dogs as he embarks on a 10- week course at Cambridge University in Agricultural Management.
At Home In The Country Field
Both William and Elvis and are at home in the country. The former with his father’s love of nature and the later with his repertoire of country-style ballads complete with a deep south,semi-whispered baritone line accompanied by the strident chords of an acoustic guitar.
Love Me Tender
Played at a slow tempo and sung by The King with passion and empathy ‘Love Me Tender’ continues to stand the test of time. Since its inception in the mid 50’s this ballad has been performed by countless artists and scored for the most fundamental of arrangements with its trademark 3-chord pattern. A simplest version today is written for digital piano and scored for rudimentary players beginning their keyboard studies:
G A7 D G
‘’Love me tender, Love me sweet, Never let me go’’etc
Rock ‘n’ Roll In The Hey, Hey, Hey!
With Prince William one day inheriting the Duchy of Cornwall Estate his bespoke course will teach him agriculture, natural resources, land management and animal husbandry. Now Elvis had no formal training but he did know how to use his most natural resource – his voice. So from hunting dogs to Hound Dog we see Elvis minus the muzzle as he takes the reins with the 12-bar blues;‘’You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog, Cryin’ all the time’’
The King’s husky vocal line, signatory guitar middle eight, shakes and lip curls all at to the bravado that earned The King his crown.
Kings Of Rock ‘n’ Role
As our Kings of the past and future walk together – they take similar paths as their legacies continue. While one King still wears the crown of yesteryear – the other looks forward to throne of tomorrow.Long live the Kings of Rock ‘n’ Role