What is structure?

That’s one groovy chorus!

Structure is the order that different parts of the song are played in.

Traditional pop music usually follows a verse, chorus, verse structure.

If you listen to your favourite pop song you might notice that it not only follows this structure but it will repeat the chorus as this is the catchy bit of the song.

Elvis Presley performs to adoring fans in his hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi, 1957.
Elvis Presley performs to adoring fans in his hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi, 1957.

Who was Elvis?

Elvis Presley was an American singer, musician and actor. He released music in the 1950s – 1970s and was one of the most important artists of that time. People still call him ‘The King of Rock and Roll’ or simply ‘The King’.

Elvis was a leading artist of rockabilly, a new sound that mixed country music with rhythm and blues. This would soon become known as 'Rock and Roll' and Elvis became the leading figure. He had lots of chart-topping records including: ‘Hound Dog’, ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ and ‘All Shook Up’.

Elvis was both very popular and controversial. His hip-shaking dance moves had never been seen before. Many parents were shocked by his dancing and some TV shows would only film his head and shoulders!

Elvis Presley performing live on TVGetty
Elvis Presley performing live on TV
Four school children playing instruments around Elvis.

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