Mourning of Lisa Marie

Laila Sanders, staff writer

Lisa Marie Presley was the daughter of the iconic Elvis Presley, also known as the king of rock n’ roll. As most of us know, Elvis passed in 1977, and although it was crushing, fans turned to Lisa to carry on his legacy.

Unfortunately, Lisa Marie recently passed away on January 12, 2022. Elvis and especially Lisa fans are mourning her tragic and far too soon death. From Channel 3 News, a representative of the Presley family states, “Priscilla Presley and the Presley family are shocked and devastated by the tragic death of their beloved Lisa Marie.” After celebrating her late father’s eighty-eighth birthday at Graceland, Lisa was rushed to the hospital after going into cardiac arrest. While at the hospital, she coded multiple times over the course of several hours before she was officially pronounced dead that same day. Her mom, Priscilla Presley, announced later that she had passed and that she would be buried in Graceland on January 19. The late beloved singer’s final resting place was in the meditation garden buried next to her son, Benjamin Keough.  

Lisa Marie’s music career debuted in 2003 with her album “To Whom it May Concern”. Lisa produced three albums, “To Whom it May Concern” (2003), “Now What” (2005), and “Storm & Grace” (2012). With “To Whom it May Concern” being her most successful album, making number 5 on the billboard 200 albums chart and was also certified gold. Of course, most of Lisa’s fame came from her father; she was shown in the spotlight since she was brought into this world. Lisa held the rightful title of princess of rock n’ roll; she also earned the title of queen of pop. Lisa is the sole heir to her father’s estate, Graceland, and since her death, the estate will be given to her three daughters, Riley Keough (33), Finley Aaron Love Lockwood (14), and Harper Vivienne Ann Lockwood (14). Lisa Marie Presley’s life was taken too soon and will be greatly missed and never forgotten.  

History of Rock n’ Roll  

Tribute to Lisa Marie.   

Rock n’ roll is a clash between African American rhythm and blues with a hence of multiple different music genres, infused with teenage rebellion and independence, with a distinct sound characterized by aggressive beats and very prominent electric guitars. The term itself dates to the 1920s with Trixie Smith’s recording of “My Baby Rocks Me with One Steady Roll” in 1922, but the first known recording of rock n’ roll was in 1951 called “Rocket 88” by Ike Turners Band the Kings of Rhythm. This song includes and creates the hallmarks of rock n’ roll: quick/upbeat tempo, propulsive rhythm, distorted guitar, and a saxophone solo. Changing the slow tempo of rhythm and blues to something faster and changing the lyrics to something more angsty, appealing more to America’s youth. Rock n’ roll lyrics focused on teenagers’ behavior, experiences, romantic feelings, and fantasies, making it easy to distinguish rock n’ roll from the more adult themes of rhythm and blues. Many early rock n’ roll artists even used comic or humorous lyrics, such as Little Richards’s “Tutti Frutti” (1955) and Chuck Berry’s “Maybellene” (1955). They also used nonsensical words like LaVern Baker’s “Bop-Ting-a-Ling” (1955).  

Today the rock n’ roll culture continues to be some of America’s youth’s most popular music. Rock n’ roll has become a music genre that is here to stay. This genre has given youth around the country a way to express themselves freely, regardless of race, gender, or orientation. 


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