Elvis Presley’s Methodist moment

January 15th, 2018 by Denton Faith UMC

By the start of 1956, Elvis Presley and his recording career had found a new place to dwell. It wasn’t at the end of Lonely Street, but in a building bustling with Methodists.  Presley at that point had only regional hits to his name. The giant RCA Records had gambled on the young singer and bought his contract from the small Sun Records.  The sounds of the South — rhythm & blues, country and rock — were starting to transform American airwaves. However, RCA did not yet have a studio of its own in the burgeoning “Music City” of Nashville. Instead, the record company leased studio space in a building it shared with the Methodist Church’s Television, Radio and Film Commission — one of the predecessors of today’s United Methodist Communications.  Read more about Elvis’s Methodist moment by clicking here.

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