Elvis Presley and the ukulele

Also known as The King, Elvis Presley is an American singer who has long contributed to popularizing the ukulele. The latter being an instrument straight from Polynesia has become a staple in the world of music. Indeed, just like the guitar or the piano, there are many artists who play the ukulele. Especially since it is a unique musical instrument, recognized for its ability to provide unusual sounds for an original song and easy to assimilate. Certainly one of the reasons why Elvis Presley did not hesitate for a second to adopt the instrument that is the ukulele. In this article, learn the story of Elvis Presley and the ukulele.

Ukulele found its place in rock’n’roll thanks to Elvis Presley

For those who don't know it yet, Elvis Aaron Presley is an American singer, actor and producer born January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi. Commonly known as The King, Elvis Presley began his career in the 1954s with his performance with Bill Black and Scotty Moore. This famous artist has since been a great success and has become known around the world. With his creative spirit and his talent, Elvis Presley has brought the ukulele into the pantheon of rock’n’roll. It is clearly Elvis who gave his letters of nobility to this Polynesian musical instrument. And it must be said that the exotic touch of the Ukulele has clearly won unanimous support in rock. The King also took advantage of the three films in which he participated to establish the notoriety of the musical instrument that is the ukulele. From then on, Hawaii was associated with Rock and became the 2nd homeland of Elvis. Elvis Presley then became Hawaiian at heart and the ukulele became rock.

Elvis Presley: a true ukulele lover!

In Elvis Presley's biography, it is clearly noted that he was a ukulele aficionado. He played it all the time in the car during his journeys, especially between the cities where he was to perform and enter the scene. The ukulele was first seen in the hands of Elvis Presley in 1961 with its title "Blue Hawaii" or "under the blue skies of Hawaii". As you can imagine, this is a title that he specially dedicates to its origins to extol the peculiarity and beauty of the latter. Followed a year later by the song Girls! Girls! Girls! In French: Girls, still girls, Elvis Presley was also keen to produce a new tube with his ukulele. Filmed in Hawaii, this song is still known and listened to this day. Finally, it was not until the famous song called "Paradise Hawaiian Style" in 1966 that the King was found with a ukulele in his hand on several sequences. This title, which has also been a hit, highlights all the originality of the ukulele.


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