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Dewey and Elvis : the life and times of a rock 'n' roll deejay

Author: Louis Cantor
Publisher: Urbana, Ill. : University of Illinois Press, ©2005.
Series: Music in American life.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"It all started in 1949 when Memphis's own WDIA became the first radio station in the country to switch to all-black programming. After WDIA went off the air, WHBQ decided to capture some of this newly discovered black audience by putting "Daddy-O-Dewey" Phillips - the most popular white deejay in the mid-South - on a new show, Red, Hot and Blue. Although the show originally aired for just fifteen minutes a night,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Biographies
Named Person: Dewey Phillips; Elvis Presley; Dewey Phillips; Elvis Presley; Dewey Phillips; Elvis Presley; Elvis Presley; Dewey Phillips
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Louis Cantor
ISBN: 025202981X 9780252029813 9780252077326 0252077326
OCLC Number: 56591388
Description: x, 287 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Programmed chaos : Dewey Phillips on the air --
Before the storm : Dewey arrives at the five-and-dime --
The white brother on Beale Street --
The new Memphis sound : the birth of black programming --
"What in the world is that?" Is this guy black or white? --
Racial cross-pollination : black and white together --
The great convergence : "pop" tunes' one-stop --
The Phillips boys : soul (better than blood) brothers --
"Red, hot, and blue" : the hottest cotton-pickin' thang' in the country --
Dewey and Elvis : the synthesized sound --
Dewey introduces Elvis to the world --
The king and his court jester : men-children in the promised land --
Red hot at first --
blue at the very end --
The final descent : "If Dewey couldn't be number one, he didn't wanna be." --
"Goodbye, good people" --
The legacy : the next generation and beyond.
Series Title: Music in American life.
Responsibility: Louis Cantor.

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schema:reviewBody""It all started in 1949 when Memphis's own WDIA became the first radio station in the country to switch to all-black programming. After WDIA went off the air, WHBQ decided to capture some of this newly discovered black audience by putting "Daddy-O-Dewey" Phillips - the most popular white deejay in the mid-South - on a new show, Red, Hot and Blue. Although the show originally aired for just fifteen minutes a night, its impact was immeasurable." "While Elvis and Sun Records were still virtually unknown - and two full years before Alan Freed famously "discovered" rock 'n' roll - Dewey Phillips was playing Howlin' Wolf, B.B. King, and Muddy Waters. Phillips is already a part of rock 'n' roll history as the first major disc jockey to play Elvis Presley (and subsequently to conduct the first live, on-air interview with Elvis)." "Using personal interviews, documentary sources, and the oral history collections at the Center for Southern Folklore and the University of Memphis, Louis Cantor presents a very personal view of the disc jockey while arguing for his place as an essential part of rock 'n' roll history. Loaded with anecdotes and insights about key figures, including Elvis's close friend George Klein and Sun Records' Sam Phillips, Dewey and Elvis will be irresistible to anyone interested in Elvis, the Memphis music scene, or the history of rock 'n' roll."--Jacket."
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