Legends aren’t born everyday, and each year we seem to bid goodbye to a figure that has shaped modern music. In 2018, we lost the queen of soul, Aretha Franklin. In 2017, it was blues legend, Chuck Berry. And in 2016, we lost the Starman himself, David Bowie. And the list goes on. But although these legends come and go, their music resonates across generations and, more recently, across media platforms.
In fact, many legends have been immortalized through mediums other than music. So here are some music legends whose legacies live on through the exciting world of online slot games.
After picking up the guitar at age 11, Elvis’ first hit came out in 1955 in the form of the song Heartbreak Hotel. A number one spot on the charts soon followed. This made Elvis’ self-titled debut album the first rock & roll album to reach this position in music history, forever changing the genre on a global scale.
Elvis Lives harkens back to Elvis’ Vegas stint. References to the King’s greatest hits litter the game through the Jukebox Feature, which includes these 4 classic Elvis songs: Hound Dog, Blue Suede Shoes, Big Hunk O’ Love, and Teddy Bear. For the man who lit up Vegas and the world, having a dedicated slot game is the perfect homage.
The Monkees were originally formed for a TV sitcom due to the success of the Beatles. Despite this the Monkees would go on to have a long and illustrious music career. More recently, there has been a lot of support behind inducting the Monkees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The Monkees slot game features the band’s biggest hit, Daydream Believer along with other iconic imagery associated with the group such as the double wild car. The game also features the faces of the band members as they are one of the most recognizable bands in music history and their personal style captured the 60s perfectly. The overall theme of the game is a riff on the original Monkees television show.
After enlisting in the army in 1961, Hendrix met lifetime collaborator, Billy Cox. Hendrix then went on to hop from city to city until he formed the Jimi Hendrix Experience in 1966. It was the release of the band’s debut album Are You Experienced that propelled Hendrix into global stardom. But it was with Hendrix’s band, Gypsy Sun and Rainbows, where he would deliver one of his most iconic performances at Woodstock in 1969.
Hendrix’s electric music and psychedelic album art makes him the perfect star to inspire a slot game. The Jimi Hendrix slot game on Sandlot Games continues the singer’s legacy by using the songs and imagery closely associated with his career. The gameplay even references his iconic performance at Woodstock through incorporating the flower and peace symbols. Jimi Hendrix’s performance at Woodstock is commemorated to this day for its status in music history.
Dean Martin was the King of Cool. Along with fellow members of the Rat Pack — which included Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop — Dean Martin defined the sound of the crooner era of music. Martin also established himself as an actor. You’d be hard-pressed to find another dual-threat artist such as Dean Martin. Such is the power of Martin’s songs that Billboard reports that even 50 years after Let it Snow was released it is still entering the charts.
Like his famous songs, Dean Martin lives on through Dean Martin’s Pool Party. This Dean Martin slots game is indicative of the innate coolness of the aforementioned King of Cool. The pool theme reflects the Hollywood glitz that was ever-present in the crooner’s long and fruitful career. The game uses golden age Hollywood imagery to transport the player to the time of the Rat Pack.
Author: Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.