By Louis Cantor
Beginning in 1949, whereas Elvis Presley and sunlight files have been nonetheless almost unknown--and complete years earlier than Alan Freed famously "discovered" rock 'n' roll--Dewey Phillips introduced rock 'n' roll to the Memphis airwaves via enjoying Howlin' Wolf, B. B. King, and Muddy Waters on his nightly radio exhibit Red, sizzling and Blue. The mid-South's hottest white deejay, "Daddy-O-Dewey" is a part of rock 'n' roll background for being the 1st significant disc jockey to play Elvis Presley (and to that end to behavior the 1st reside, on-air interview with Elvis). This publication illustrates Phillips's position in turning an important white viewers directly to formerly forbidden race song. His zeal for rhythm and blues legitimized the sound and set the level for either Elvis's next luck and the rock 'n' roll revolution of the Fifties. utilizing own interviews, documentary resources, and the oral heritage collections on the middle for Southern Folklore and the college of Memphis, Louis Cantor provides a really own view of the disc jockey whereas arguing for his position as a vital a part of rock 'n' roll history.
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Asks Frank Berretta. ”27 He didn’t need a mike but soon decided to get one. In fact, he conﬁscated Grant’s public address system, which had been used previously only to make announcements inside the store, and converted it into a broadcast mechanism to peddle records. Initially, he would do commercials for other departments at Grant’s, but it wasn’t long before the record department was the focus of the store’s activity and Dewey was its superstar. He knew every traditional record the store handled, but more important, he had keen appreciation for music that was soon to be labeled “rhythm and blues,” the new sound beginning to be gobbled up in everlarger quantities by Memphis’s rapidly expanding black clientele.
That gave the room an unusual sound because of the ‘boominess,’ the aura of that hollow ﬂoor under it because it was concrete. ”37 A special control room pleased everybody, even Dewey, who deﬁnitely liked to have his own space; that way he could appear to be running his own show. ”38 It was mostly the engineer who insisted that Dewey be carefully “quarantined” in a special studio, away from the other regular equipment. He had already had to put a special limiter on the console because Dewey’s volume would peg in the red so frequently.
Our favorite song was ‘That’s My Desire,’ which we’d listen to in the restaurant downstairs on the corner. indd 41 2/8/05 1:51:20 PM DEWEY AND ELVIS Dot Phillips manifests most of the positive attributes of the southern rural tradition. A calm, kind-hearted gentlewoman, she laughs quietly as she recalls the early, happy days of her association with the wildest of the wild men, Daddy-O-Dewey. Even though at the time everyone at home told Dot that she was “marrying a maniac,” it becomes immediately apparent that she has no reservations about her marriage.
Dewey and Elvis: The Life and Times of a Rock 'n' Roll Deejay by Louis Cantor