This essay exaplins how and why elvis influenced American Music.

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Zella Mae Mosher, age 62, is sitting on her front stoop on a warm autumn afternoon. She is barefoot and her hair is wrapped up in purple rollers. "It was like a fire just burning up inside of me. My foot was thumping and my hips were bouncing around like a broken washing machine" Zella recalls. She is describing her first encounter with the music of Elvis Presley, America's most celebrated icon. Americans, for the most …

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