By Louis Cantor
Beginning in 1949, whereas Elvis Presley and solar documents have been nonetheless almost 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 exhibit Red, sizzling and Blue. The mid-South's most well-liked white deejay, "Daddy-O-Dewey" is a part of rock 'n' roll historical past for being the 1st significant disc jockey to play Elvis Presley (and thus to behavior the 1st reside, on-air interview with Elvis). This booklet illustrates Phillips's function in turning a massive white viewers directly to formerly forbidden race track. 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 Fifties. utilizing own interviews, documentary assets, and the oral heritage collections on the middle 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 an important a part of rock 'n' roll history.
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