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The Conversation: Elvis’s voice: like Mario Lanza singing the blues

Music 1 September 2017

Elvis Presley

Senior Lecturer Adrian York, teaching Commercial Music Performance, has recently written an article for The Conversation commenting on Elvis Presley’s voice for the singer’s 40th death anniversary. 

His article for The Conversation focused on Elvis Presley’s famous voice which made him one of the greatest singers of all time. “Etched into the grooves of all those records was the sound of an extraordinary singer with a range of more than two octaves, wonderful control, tone and vibrato and the ability to cross genres effortlessly.”

Adrian York particularly mentioned Elvis’s love for American tenor Mario Lanza who inspired the singer throughout his career.

He concluded: “Elvis was much more than just a collection of vocal techniques – and as a singer had to overcome the sometimes mediocre material he was saddled with. As his legend fades we will be left with the multiple sounds of his voice: tender, aggressive, loving, uncertain, swaggering, pious and sexual – all delivered with a consummate technical virtuosity that was as much assimilated as studied.”

Adrian York was also interviewed for BBC World on Elvis’ 40th death anniversary.

Read the full article on The Conversation official website.


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