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Elvis created the classic rock 'n' roll band

By: Elvis Australia
Source: www.elvis.com.au
February 16, 2016
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In arguably one of his greatest, and certainly one of his least recognised or remarked upon contributions to popular music, Elvis created the classic and enduring template of the rock 'n' roll band.

In 1955 faced with the combination of wants, needs and must, the young king agreed to the permanent addition of a drummer, to his Blue Moon Boys. Intentionally or not, in that one moment Elvis gave the world its first classic rock 'n' roll line-up, consisting of just guitar, bass, drums and vocal. Thousands of bands would follow and be inspired by the template, but it was Elvis, Scotty, Bill and DJ who were the first.

Scotty Moore, D.J. Fontana, Elvis Presley, Bill Black : The first Rock 'N' Roll Band.

Scotty Moore, D.J. Fontana, Elvis Presley, Bill Black : The first Rock 'N' Roll Band.
Scotty Moore, D.J. Fontana, Elvis Presley, Bill Black (November 1955) : The first Rock 'N' Roll Band.

The rockabilly lineup that musicians first emulated after seeing Elvis on stage in 1955 involved:

Vocals, rhythm guitar (Elvis Presley)
Lead guitar (Scotty Moore)
Acoustic bass (Bill Black)

After D.J. Fontana became a permanent member of the group in August 1955, and about a month where he missed touring because of an ailment, the quartet appeared nationally on CBS-TV's 'Stage Show', for six Saturday evenings between January 28 and March 24, 1956. These TV appearances served to popularize this four-man set-up, and was adopted by many of the same musicians who were captivated by Elvis in 1955:

Vocals, rhythm guitar (Elvis Presley)
Lead guitar (Scotty Moore)
Acoustic or electric bass (Bill Black)
Drums (D.J. Fontana)

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