When it comes to young artists releasing incredibly successful albums, the King of Rock ‘N Roll was just finishing his teen years.
It was July 1954; Elvis Presley was at Sun Studios in Memphis recording a five year old country hit. He was nineteen years old.
The song was included on Elvis’s debut album that came out on 23 March 1956. Elvis, like practically every other popular music artists of the rock and roll era, probably gave little thought to his longterm career. In fact, he would have maybe been a little surprised if he could have known that he would still be playing concerts two decades later.
Tragically Elvis was to die in 1977, even on the day of his passing he was due to fly out of Memphis for a gig; Elvis Presley was 42 years old.
Today we accept it as common place that stars from the last 50 or so years are still touring and still making records. The late, great, B.B. King only stopped touring shortly before he passed away at 89 years old and the list of septuagenarian rock stars is led by the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Roger Daltrey, The Beach Boys and soon Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton and a string of other artists will join this elite band of brothers. Like Elvis few would have thought they would still be doing what they do best all those years later.
Many of these singers and bands are still performing tracks from albums they recorded 40 or 50 years ago and we thought it would be interesting to cast your minds back, with a little help from us, as to just how young many of them were when they made career defining records, classic albums and some of the greatest music of the modern era.
These are the ages that the young artists were when they began recording the album. What classic albums do you really like in which the protagonists are young?
Pete Townshend 23, Roger Daltrey 24 Keith Moon 22 and John Entwistle 23
Axel Rose 24, Slash 21, Izzy Stradlin 24, Duff McKagan 23, and Steven Adler 22