PHOENIX -- The endless onslaught of flash-in-the-pan teen pop stars and boy bands might be preventing young children from appreciating the roots of rock and roll, but something very significant happened 60 years ago today -- Tuesday, July 8. Elvis Presley's debut single, "That's All Right," was heard on the radio for the first time. It changed music forever.
Bradley Snyder, a child expert and author of "What Every Child Needs to Know about Elvis Presley," (Barns and Noble and Independent Retailers www.needtoknowpublishing.com), sat down with 3TV's Javier Soto to talk about Presley and why kids need to know who he is and how he influenced the music they listen to today.
Snyder explained how "That's All Right," crossed color lines and brought the blues - a uniquely American art form - to an audience that had never heard it before.
Without it, rock and roll, something that we all take for granted, might never have happened. When children learn about this, they better appreciate music, history, and how far we have come.
"We say that these books are for young readers and pre-readers," Snyder explained. "These are books for adults to share with their children. These get read with the child and to the child.
"They're a great way to introduce a child to a favorite artist or to introduce a difficult topic, as with our cancer book, or even just to explain why adults are the way that we are," he continued.