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Pinpointing Elvis Presley’s true persona can depend on when and whom you ask. Don Cravens/Getty Images

Was there anything real about Elvis Presley?

Presley never wrote a memoir. Nor did he keep a diary. His music could have been a window into his inner life, but he didn’t even write his songs.
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Meat Loaf – a complicated musical giant

Hits like Bat of Hell and I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t do That) characterise a career of risk-taking and genre-bending that also saw some spectacular lows.
Little Richard’s rock ‘n’ roll brought the margins to the center. Michael Ochs Archives via Getty Images

The 1950s queer black performers who inspired Little Richard

Little Richard honed his craft as a teenage drag queen. In everything from his hairstyle to his lyrics, we see the influence of gay contemporaries like Esquerita and Billy Wright.
During their 1962 residency at Hamburg’s Star-Club, the Beatles had the opportunity of a lifetime: opening for Little Richard. Horst Fascher/K & K Ulf Kruger OHG/Redferns via Getty Images

How Little Richard helped launch the Beatles

When a 14-year-old Paul McCartney watched Little Richard in the hit film ‘The Girl Can’t Help It,’ he couldn’t have imagined that the two would one day take the stage together.

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