Elvis Presley
American singer and actor (1935–1977)
Elvis Aaron Presley (8 January 193516 August 1977) was an American Singer, musician, actor
The first time that I appeared on stage, it scared me to death. I really didn't know what all the yelling was about...
I like Brando's acting ... and James Dean ... and Richard Widmark. Quite a few of 'em I like.
When asked to name his favorite male actors, in "Elvis Exclusive Interview" with Ray Green in Little Rock, Arkansas (16 May 1956), as published in Elvis — Word for Word : What He Said, Exactly As He Said It (1999)
Rock and roll is a music, and why should a music contribute to ... juvenile delinquency? If people are going to be juvenile delinquents, they're going to be delinquents if they hear ... Mother Goose rhymes.
Pop Chronicles, Show 7 - The All American Boy: Enter Elvis and the rock-a-billies. Part 1, interview recorded 1956.
... I just know that, right now, ... the biggest record selling business there is is rock and roll.
Pop Chronicles: Show 55 - Crammer: A lively cram course on the history of rock and some other things, interview recorded 1956.
I'm never going to sing another song I don't believe in. I'm never going to make another picture I don't believe in.
After hearing Walter Earl Brown's If I Can Dream, the song inspired on Martin Luther King Jr. that would close Elvis' comeback show in 1968, and the phrase was remarked to its producer, Steve Binder.[1]
It just happened. I like to sing, and well, I just started singing and folks just started listening. I can't tell folks that I worked and learned and studied, and overcame disappointments, because I didn't.
Pop Chronicles, Show 7 - The All American Boy: Enter Elvis and the rock-a-billies. Part 1; C. Robert Jennings, "Elvis Lives!", 1968-Feb-18, L.A. Times Magazine, p. M28.
I'd like to thank the Jaycees for electing me as one of their outstanding young men. When I was a child, ladies and gentlemen, I was a dreamer. I read comic books, and I was the hero of the comic book. I saw movies, and I was the hero in the movie. So every dream I ever dreamed, has come true a hundred times... And these gentlemen over here, these are the type of people who care, they're dedicated, and they realize that it is possible that they might be building the kingdom of heaven, it's not just too far fetched, from reality. I'd like to say that I learned very early in life that "Without a song, the day would never end; without a song, a man ain't got a friend; without a song, the road would never bend — without a song." So I keep singing a song. Goodnight. Thank you.
Acceptance speech for the 1970 Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation Award (16 January 1971), published in Elvis — Word for Word: What He Said, Exactly As He Said It (1999) by Jerry Osborne, p. 188
The first time that I appeared on stage, it scared me to death. I really didn't know what all the yelling was about. I didn't realize that my body was moving. It's a natural thing to me. So to the manager backstage I said, "What'd I do? What'd I do?" And he said, "Whatever it is, go back and do it again."
Interview (March/April 1972), as quoted in The Leading Men of MGM (2006) by Jane Ellen Wayne, p. 406
The image is one thing and the human being is another...it's very hard to live up to an image.
Press conference (June 1972),also quoted in Elvis Culture : Fans, Faith, & Image (1999) by Erika Lee Doss, p. 218
Man, I was tame compared to what they do now. Are you kidding? I didn't do anything but just jiggle.
Press conference (June 1972) as quoted in Elvis — Word for Word : What He Said, Exactly As He Said It (1999), by Jerry Osborne, p. 208
A live concert to me is exciting because of all the electricity that is generated in the crowd and on stage. It's my favorite part of the business — live concerts.
Press conference (5 September 1972), also quoted in Paranoia & Power : Fear & Fame of Entertainment Icons (2007) by Gene N Landrum, p. 60
What honey? What is that? It's a sign, I can't see it, wait a minute. Oh, thank you darlin', thank you very much. Oh, thank you. The thought is beautiful dear, and I love you for it, but I, I haven't been caught up in this thing and I can't accept this kingship thing because to me there's only one, which is Christ.
September 30, 1974. South Bend, IN. Notre Dame Ath Center.[1][2]
I had too much praise, too much flattery and fawning over and I needed to remember who I was, where I came from. One time I called a relative in Tupelo. It was Christmas and they were havin' dinner. I asked, 'What?' and she was kind of quiet, then said, 'Meat loaf.' I was shocked as we'd had the best, you know, turkey, ham, steak, everything. She said that it was near the first and they'd run out of money so they just had meat loaf. It hurt me. and so, I ate meat loaf for about eight months, every night, so I'd remember where I came from and to remind me of how many people were unable to have what I did. It was kind of a penance...
originally from the book Blue Star Love by By Maia Chrystine Nartoomid.
I'm strictly for [Adlai] Stevenson. I don't dig the intellectual bit, but I'm telling you man, he knows the most.
Elvis Presley Was Always Too Busy to Vote for President
Song lyrics
Baby, if I made you mad
For something I might have said,
Please, let's forget the past,
The future looks bright ahead.
Don't be cruel to a heart that's true.
I don't want no other love,
Baby it's just you I'm thinking of.
Don't Be Cruel, written by Otis Blackwell and Elvis Presley (1956)
When you looked into my eyes,
I stood there like I was hyp-notized.
You sent a feeling to my spine,
A feeling warm and smooth and fine.
But all I could do were stand there paralyzed.
When we kissed, ooh what a thrill,
You took my hand and, ooh baby, what a chill.
I felt like grabbin' you real tight,
Squeeze and squeeze with all my might.
But all I could do were stand there paralyzed.
Paralyzed, written by Otis Blackwell and Elvis Presley (1956)
A well I bless my soul
What's wrong with me?
I'm itching like a man on a fuzzy tree.
My friends say I'm actin' wild as a bug.
I'm in love,
I'm all shook up.
Mm mm oh, oh, yeah, yeah!
All Shook Up, written by Otis Blackwell and Elvis Presley (1957)
The way she held your hand,
The little things you planned.
Her memory is with you yet,
That's someone you'll never forget.
That's Someone You Never Forget, from Pot Luck, written by Elvis Presley and Red West (1961)
Sweetheart we're alone
And you are mine.
Let's make this night a night to remember.
Don't make our love a cold dying ember,
For with the dawn, you'll be gone.
You'll Be Gone, written by Elvis Presley, Red West and Charlie Hodge (1961)

Love me tender, love me sweet,
Never let me go.
"Love Me Tender" (1956), the lyrics of this song are credited to Presley and co-writer Vera Matson, but were primarily written by Matson's husband, Ken Darby, who when asked why he credited his wife as co-writer with Presley replied "Because she didn't write it either."

The only thing black people can do for me is shine my shoes and buy my music.
Misattributed in "He wasn't my king" by Helen Kolawole in The Guardian (15 August 2002) apparently citing an unsourced anecdote, that has been debunked in Counterpunch (29 August 2002) which cites an article in Jet magazine (1 August 1957):
"Tracing that rumored racial slur to its source was like running a gopher to earth", Jet wrote. Some said Presley had said it in in Boston, which Elvis had never visited. Some said it was on Edward Murrow's on which Elvis had never appeared. Jet sent Louie Robinson to the set of Jailhouse Rock "When asked if he ever made the remark, Mississippi-born Elvis declared: 'I never said anything like that, and people who know me know I wouldn't have said it.'"
More on this misattribution at Snopes.com
Quotes about Elvis Presley
The last names, or names by which people are best known and whose quotes are included below are arranged alphabetically, for ease of referenceː
When I was about five years old, they again showed "Aloha from Hawaii" here in Norway. I had my parents wrapped around my finger, so they would let me stay up and watch it, because it was on after midnight. I was so amazed by the performance......
Abbath, Norway's globally renowned black metal superstar, as told to Tim Dawson of Team Rock, and published on 15 November 2016....
That is why we can waste no time promoting legitimate role models. This is where N.B.A. players come in. In 1956, Elvis Presley received his polio vaccine before one of his appearances on television, launching a highly effective vaccination campaign that by 1960 had reduced annual occurrences of polio by 90 percent. Health policy professionals suggest that public health campaigns using celebrities should focus on celebrities who are influential in particular communities in order to build trust. N.B.A. players, 81.1 percent of whom are Black, appeal to the under-35 and African-American demographics
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, in an Opinion Editorial on the Covid 19 pandemia, entitled "We Should Let Some N.B.A. Players Jump the Vaccine Queue", as published in the NYT's February 1, 2021 edition.
Love you allways (Sic), from the XXXX King
Photo dedication to Elvis by Prince Abdulmehsen, the 13th son of King Saud of Saudi Arabia and one of his several wives, Zainab (Um Thamer). A grammar and middle school student in London since the early 50's, and a huge Elvis fan, he and his three men entourage visited him at his rented house at #14 Goethestraße in Bad Nauheim, Germany on August 22, 1959 in order to gift him with a Royal Arabic black caftan and a Tea Service with the Royal Coat of Arms, all of it as a sign of gratitude for Elvis having helped the King and his 75 person entourage, secure an entire hotel, the Grunewald, in Bad Nauheim, in January of that same year (Elvis and his family who had taken an entire floor, vacated it, in order for the King to have full privacy), as noted in the book "A Date With Elvis: Army Years Revisited" by Andreas Schröer. ("Ein königlicher Besuch"
It's probably asking too much that “Ruben Brandt, Collector” sustain its pop-art ebullience across its entire running time. But the dips are hardly depressions, and there's nearly always a frisky detail to enjoy or virtuosic tableau to bathe in, all of it augmented wonderfully by Tibor Cári's appealing score. Mostly, though, Krstić, whose background encompasses set design and sculpture, painting and photography, has shown everybody how to throw down the first-feature gauntlet at the age of 66: with Warhol's holstered “Elvis I & II” facing down our hero and declaring, “Draw!”
Robert Abele, reviewing for the Los Angeles Times Milorad Krstić's animated film “Ruben Brandt, Collector” and as published in their November 13, 2018 edition.
By honoring Presley with the Medal of Freedom, the President paid tribute to someone who arguably did as much to bridge the cultural and racial divide as anyone who ever lived, an impressive and unifying act from someone usually considered the most divisive of presidents.
Gary Abernathy, contributor for the Washington Post, in an article dated 20 November 2018, and entitled "Trump honoring Elvis? It's about time", in reference to Elvis' being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in a ceremony held at the East Room in the White House, on November 16, 2018
Songwriter Earl Brown was tapped to create a special finale song that reflected Elvis' emotions about the social upheaval of the time. According to the show's director Steve Binder, the resulting song, “If I Can Dream,” was recorded with Elvis in the dark, almost in a fetal position, writhing on top of the studio's cement floor. And when he got done, Elvis came in the control room and asked for the song to be played more than a dozen times. Later, Binder also crafted a gospel segment populated with racially diverse singers and dancers, which he knew would spotlight the Southern-born Presley's disdain for prejudice. Fittingly, it was the highest-rated TV special of 1968 and signalled the rebirth of Elvis's career.
Lori Acken, of ReMIND Magazine, reviewing NBC-TV's 1968 Elvis special, as published on February 6, 2018.
I loved Elvis since i was a kid, as my dad was a huge Elvis fan. His range was incredible high, or low and he could croon. His impact on me was his love of African American music.
Yolanda Adams, in a filmed interview for Gracelancom
I am reminded of a comment made shortly after the death of Elvis Presley by a musician he had worked with. He pointed out that despite an impressive vocal range of two and a half octaves and something approaching perfect pitch, Elvis was totally willing to sing off-key when he thought the song required it. Those off-key notes were art.
Patrick H. Adkins, The Dream Vaults of Opar
One of the pieces recently up for auction by Phillips-- and setting the record for the most expensive Omega ever to sell at auction – was a wrist watch given to Elvis Presley by RCA Records in 1961 to celebrate his 75 millionth record sold. The 33 mm 18-karat white gold manually wound watch features a bezel set with 44 brilliant cut diamonds. The caseback features the engraving: “To Elvis, 75 Million Records, RCA Victor, 12-25-60. We were in on the bidding for that watch, which, according to our man there, Petros Protopapas, was very intense, with several watch collectors and Elvis collectors in on it. It was the most anyone at Omega had ever authorized to put a bid in for, and ultimately we garnered the piece at a hammer price of $1.8 million with buyers’ fees and premiums. In fact, we could have secretly bid on it, but we wanted people to know that it was us bidding for it and why we were doing it as this is an important part of our past and it should not be locked in a safe, but in our Museum, so we can shared it with the world.
Raynald Aeschlimann, CEO of Omega, discussing with Forbes the power of vintage watches as published on their January 7, 2019 edition.
I went to college in New Jersey and started off singing at open-mic spots in bars. I was so dreadful it embarrasses me even now to think about it. Music was always a passion growing up, like I used to translate Elvis Presley songs into Russian and sing them at home. Now that I've had a few multi-platinum albums in Russia, I want to have a go at Ireland, the UK and the rest of Europe. My heroes were Elvis, Elvis and Elvis! One of my favourite Elvis songs is My Boy, and now that I have been told that it was written by an Irishman [Phil Coulter] I love it even more.
Emin Agalarov, singer and businessman, son of Russian billionaire Aras Agalarov, in an article published in the USA Today affiliated North New Jersey's July 13, 2017 online edition, as well as following an interview published in the Irish Times̪ March 22, 2015 edition.
It must have been in January of 1958 when I went to a record store to buy a 45rpm single for my older sister's birthday. I was 8 years old. When I got there, I asked if they had "Wake up little Suzie" by the Everly Brothers, a song she had told me was her favourite of those then playing on Mexican radios. They did, and just as it was being wrapped up the salesperson told me that there was a special, if I bought another. I asked which one should I get and he said, "Of course, anything by Elvis". So, inspite of never having heard of Elvis, I got the "two for one" special and headed back home. When my sister arrived from school I gave the Everly's record to her, "two weeks in advance" I said, but only as long as she allowed me to play the one I had bought for free. It was "Don't be cruel" with "Hound Dog" on the B side. The moment I heard the A side, that was it...
Enrique Sealtiel Alatriste y Lozano, Mexican writer, promoter and diplomat, in his article, "Elvis Presleyː An out of time obituary", as published in la Revista de la UNAM. His timing was superb, as in less than 12 months, in June of 1959, there would be no Elvis records to be found in Mexican stores, as the second of his many bans there began to executed by the Government authorities.
He was an extraordinary figure of his and our time, his legacy tremendous in terms of the music he created, his films, and as an entertainment personality. The generosity that he showed toward others is simply remarkable and I think it's these aspects of his character, his persona, that make him such a special person.
Albert II, Prince of Monaco, after his visit to Graceland on August 7, 2010 as noted by EPE.
In an era when radio stations refused to play Chuck Berry songs, calling it “race music”, Elvis broke down barriers.
Janet Albrechtsen, Australian columnist, in an article entitled "Beware mob rule in the new racism" published in The Australian on 23 November 2017.
I've kind of been infatuated with Elvis since I was a kid, just always watching documentaries and stuff on him. It had a little bit to do with that and, honestly, I just wanted him to have something that wasn't very common.
Jason Aldean, explaining why he and his wife named their first son Memphis, as published on Soundslike Nashville on September 30, 2017.
I remember we were in his bathroom, he took my hand, asked me to sit down in a black leather chair, said some beautiful things and then he asked me to marry him.
Ginger Alden, who found Elvis lifeless in the main bathroom at Graceland, six weeks after he asked her to marry him in that same bathroom, in an interview for CBS aired in 1982.
When Elvis Presley died, he left a worldwide legion of music fans in mourning. It was no different on Long Island, where he had been scheduled to perform at the Nassau Coliseum a week later. As many as 700 fans had camped out overnight to buy tickets to the concert, which sold out quickly. On Aug. 22, the night the concert had been scheduled, over 5,000 fans gathered in the Coliseum parking lot for an impromptu tribute to Elvis that lasted two hours. Of the 16,700 tickets that had been sold, only 1,250 were returned for refund....
Michael Alexander, quoting an Editor's note of a Newsday story originally published on Aug. 17, 1977.
To host a Warhol show in a Hollywood Regency home felt like such an incredible opportunity, so when we were presented with it, we jumped at the chance. Given Warhol's fascination with Elvis, it was like this incredible opportunity to reenergize the home with the ghosts of the past in a supercool way. Part of what we love at the Future Perfect in general is the possibility to create that social interaction with the work that we present, because it completely changes the psychology of how you view it.”
David Alhadeff, founder of Future Perfect, a design gallery one of whose Los Angeles locations is at Elvis former home at the Trousdale Estates, now known as Casa Perfect, in an article published at Vogue Fashion's February 20,2019 edition.
Let us remember that Elvis’s style — which often included all-leather outfits and flashy jumpsuits — was also controversial for its mid-century time period. So, is Post Malone truly our modern-day Presley? Judging by his care-free attitude and penchant for leather Cuban heeled boots —another, Presley favorite—the verdict would appear to be yes.
Cristian Allaire, for Vogue Magazine, in an article entitled "Is Post Malone the new Elvis Presley of today̞?",as published on December 2, 2018
I was standing in the hallway, just before the show, and one of the managers told him there was a girl on the telephone who was in the hospital. She said she had tickets for the show but couldn't come as she had a serious illness. And Elvis said, 'I want to talk to her', so he marched into a room and held up the entire show for fifteen minutes to talk to that girl, asking her several questions, with warmth and interest. Just before hanging up, I remember he said, 'No, honey I don't have a blue Cadillac. I've got a pink one, a black one, a white one – a pause, and then he said, oh yeah, I do have a blue one'. He was a gentleman and I respected that immensely.
Lew Allen, a then 17 year old student who went on to earn an Associate's Degree in photography and a B.A. in Fine Arts/Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He was asked to photograph Elvis at the Cleveland Arena in Ohio, on November 23, 1956 because of a labour strike affecting the three major newspapers, as told by Mr. Allen in an interview published in Rock paper on June 6, 2005.
I didn't know very much about him, and those in the business knew very little about him. But, he was in the Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, so I saw this kid and it was hard to say what he had, but there was something unusual about him. He had an interesting quality and his sound wasn't that important. It was the way he conducted himself, the way he put a song over. Anyway, I made a note immediately to book him for our new show, and we just had the good fortune that between that night and when he appeared a few weeks later suddenly there was a lot of controversy and media attention.
Steve Allen's answer as to how did the Elvis appearance in his ABC.TV show, which drew 40 million viewers following the NBC TV Milton Berle controversy came about, as told in an interview on June 30 of 1996.
It was like a country show back then and we got to open it and we did a couple of his songs, which was just stupid because we thought we'd impress him and he'd like us. The first time I saw him play – I'd seen him one time before that particular tour came to town where we opened the show for him- I just couldn't believe it. He was such a rocker. I'd never seen anything like that before. Buddy was terribly impressed as well. All of us the same. Turned into a big fan. Buddy tried to sound like him for months. And personally, he was as charismatic as he could be...
Jerry Allison, drummer for Buddy Holly, as well as the Crickets, recalling the early days when they opened for Elvis at Buddy Holly's hometown of Lubbock, Texas, as published in Classicbands.com
Rock n' roll, through Elvis, became a target of southern segregationists, who believed that race mixing led, inevitably, to miscegenation and that exposure to black culture promoted juvenile delinquency and sexual immorality
Glenn C. Altschuler, in his book "All Shook Up: How Rock 'n Roll Changed America" (Oxford University Press 2003)
Obama is like Elvis, there will always be demand for impersonators of such popular and historical people.
Ilham Anas, Indonesia's most successful Obama impersonator, as reporter in This week in Asia, on November 5, 2016.
After one of Elvis Presley's last shows, I was heading back to my car when a matron from Zachary stopped me and gushed about how wonderful he had been. Didn't you just LOVE him?" she asked. "Well, I thought he looked tired and sick and was just going through the motions." Whereupon she whacked me on the head with the rolled-up Elvis poster she was carrying. LOL. I took it in stride — nobody ever said it was easy being a music critic. ...
Music critic Smiley Anders, writing for The Advocate in an article published on their March 25, 2019 edition.
Elvis Presley has been such a determining force in music, before and after his death. On a personal level, I owe so much to Elvis as he is essentially the musician who pushed me to be the performer I am. I have always loved his music so I am returning to celebrate him along with some of my amazing musician friends.
Daniel Anderson, vocalist in the Harvey World Travel East of London-organized benefit for the Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa)'s, entitled The Wonder of You: The Story of Elvis, as reported by the Go&Express, on October 6, 2017
I discovered the blues in a funny kind of a way, from the age of seven when I was listening to my father's war-time collection of big band jazz. It had that thing about it – I didn't really know what it was –, that set the pulse racing a bit; and then I heard echoes of it again, with early Elvis Presley.
Ian Anderson, singer, flautist and leader of Jethro Tull, explaining to G.Brown, of the Denver Music Examiner, his first experience with hearing the blues, starting at the age of 7, as published in that newspaper's online edition, on August 11, 2008.
Unbelievable! To hear my father grouped together with Elvis Presley, William Faulkner and Eudora Welty, it's a dream.
John Anderson, son of painter Waltyer Inglis Anderson, speaking of his father's induction into the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience Hall of Fame, as reported by ABC center on December 16, 2017, with the other 17 members being Jimmie Rodgers, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Leontyne Price, Elvis Presley, James Earl Jones, Jim Henson, Morgan Freeman, Oprah Winfrey, Sela Ward, George Ohr, William Faulkner, Richard Wright, Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams, and John Grisham
His latest album, "Piano", is a collection of his past work, stripped down so all you hear is his beloved piano. It was hearing an Elvis Presley song that sparked his passion for the piano when he was young.
About ABBA-founder Benny Andersson's decision to take up piano, at age 11 in his native Sweden, specifically after hearing "Treat me nice", the B side of the "Jailhouse Rock" single, as noted by Tom Power of CBCRadio on December 10, 2017
After doing ‘Dr. No’ with Sean Connery, the brass at Paramount proposed that I co-star with Elvis. At first I turned the offer down, mainly because after having dated James Dean, I had imagined Elvis to be an "ordinary" person. So they organized a meet-up and, to my amazement, I immediately fell for his charm. He was extremely well educated and when I told him I hated Rock and that I liked Gospel, he gave me his entire collection of gospel songs. Little did I know that was his main source of inspiration. Anyways, we became instant friends and he loved to cook for me when we were on location. He told me he would have loved to live in Europe and, when I told him my husband had sold our BMW 507, he gave me another as a present. Twenty years later, in 1982, I auctioned the one Elvis gave me for US$300,000 and then the person who bought it from me later sold it for 1.2 million UK pounds. He was in fact, a one in a billion type, a wholly adorable person and we remained in touch till his death.
Swiss actress Ursula Andress in an interview published in Mujer Hoy, on 12 January 2016.
His knowledge was even more extensive than mine. I prided myself on knowing all that stuff. And man, we'd be hanging out and Elvis would be talking about singers I didn't even know about!!!.
Sherman Andrus, Gospel Music Hall of Fame and one of the first African Americans to be integrated into a Southern Gospel group, (Elvis' personal group The Imperials), attesting to Elvis' deep knowledge of African American Gospel music, from the Gospel side of Elvis.
My older brothers played Elvis all the time and there was a lot about his music that inspired us all. Not only an inspiration but he showed up to give his generation permission on a lot of fronts to carry a torch. When I finally met him in Houston, it was like a receiving line at a wedding, as surreal a moment as any in my life. I could not even actually shake his hand. I just bowed.
Canadian singer Andy Kim, interviewed by phone from Toronto by Patrick Bales and published on the Orillia Packet & Time website on March 17, 2017
Beto, he's a rock star right now, he's Elvis Presley,
Maximo Anguiano, of the Texas Organizing Project, in reference to Beto O’Rourke being the candidate who could unseat Sentaro Ted Cruz in the 2018 mid-term elections.
In Vegas, we'd meet and we'd talk about everything. Slowly he started coming over to see my show; he'd sit up there and I'd come back after the show and we'd talk music. He would show up, this incredible God-like figure. He had everything, and the voice —what a great voice he had. Then, on August 17, 1977 I happened to be in Las Vegas, so when I turned on the news and learned of his death, I cried all day. He was a cool, nice man.
Paul Anka, from his autobiography "My way"
I want to celebrate his life. He was so gifted, I just cherish his memory, his generosity, and he was so private, like I am. He knew about honour, and respect, and was so considerate, and his manners, and the way he was so civilized. And as an entertainer he will never be repeated. I wanted him to know all that, and I did tell him, but very few others did...
Actress and entertainer Ann Margret, in an interview with Charlie Rose, as broadcast on February 11, 1994.
I think there was that part of the so-called punk idea that everything in the past was rubbish and all that mattered was punk. I was never really interested in the spitting and the safety pins or that nonsense. I liked the Sex Pistols, and that was about it. Adam and the Ants were very much outside of that anyway. So my liking of Elvis and rock and roll music that I'd grown up with was always in there; it was always something that was a big influence. Elvis's death was tragic, I remember when he died, it was a very sad day in general, so it's obviously a great loss to everybody. I never thought, Oh, he was something that didn't matter, because he did. I have visited Graceland and you could see the man was overwhelmingly honest. He never professed any taste other than his own, that is, country boy made good. He never pretended to be anyone else.
Adam Ant, leader of Adam and the Ants, a punk rock band, in an article published on September 5 2017, at the Tampa Bay Times
One day while he and Richard Davis were conversing he removed the watch from his wrist, handing it to Davis and stating there was something wrong with the back of it. When Davis turned the timepiece over to inspect it, he saw to his great surprise that the case back had been inscribed, "To Richard, From E.P. Elvis then said, "I guess it's yours now". He was known for being extremely generous, often giving away his valuable personal belongings as presents so it was not surprising that he gifted his prized 18kt yellow gold Corum Buckingham to Davis.
Antiquorum Auctioneers's notes for those attending the November 11 2018 auction held in Geneva, Switzerland, and highlighting the sale of a yellow 18k gold Corum 1960 Buckingham wristwatch gifted by Elvis to Richard Davis, his long time friend and last wardrobe manager, as detailed in Antiquorum webpage.
It was the early 1970s. I was 22, working in some little show in a hotel that's now gone, and he was doing a gig at the Las Vegas Hilton. We met backstage at a Tom Jones concert, then he showed me some karate moves, with a small party of folks ending up at his penthouse suite. There, he turned to me and said he had something to show me in his bedroom, so I thought, 'Oh, here comes the cliche,’ Turns out, he just wanted to read to me from Kahlil Gibran’s “The Prophet.” It was a sweet moment, as he sat on a footstool beside me and read like a child, his finger following the text. He signed the book, gave it to me and told me to have a blessed life. He was so sweet, that's what struck me the most. In retrospect, I view him as a prisoner of his fame. That, and his roots in gospel music and the church, fueled his desire to seek out more knowledge about the world and self-realization.
Actress Susan Anton, as told to Michael Grossberg at Dispatchcom.
"Are You Lonesome Tonight?” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart on Nov. 28, 1960, becoming Elvis' 15th No. 1 single. It would remain at the top of the chart for six weeks and nominated for Grammy Awards for Best Performance by a Pop Single Artist and Best Male Vocal Performance. A live version recorded in 1969 in which Elvis cracks up laughing almost throughout the spoken-word section would be a minor hit in England in the 1980s. At one point in that recording, Elvis becomes even more amused at one of his backup singers, who continues her part despite his laughter. That singer was Cissy Houston – Whitney Houston's mother.
Charles Apple, in an article entitled "Hitmaker" as published in Spokane's The Spokesman-Review's November 22, 2020 edition
The biggest surprise about his singing had been revealed when he gave us a private concert and sang "Love me tender" a soft, ultra-slow ballad at the quaint music bungalow on the far west side of 20th Century lot. It was away from the bustle of traffic and from the big stages and it looked like the kind of cottage Walt Disney would have built for Snow White and Prince Charming. This was where Elvis felt relaxed, comfortable. So Ken Darby sat at the grand piano at the far end of the living room and Elvis stood a few feet behind him and in front of a tall stained-glass window. He stood erect, as if he was in a choir. Ken started to play the soft melody and I hardly knew that Elvis had started to sing, as his voice, barely louder than the piano, was pitched slightly higher than his usual. It had a lot of resonance and vibration and Elvis was on-key for every note, no matter how long, short, high or low. When he finished, it seemed only normal to express our amazement. "People think all I can do is belt, I used to sing nothing but ballads before I went professional. I love to sing slow, but seldom get to do it", he said, then continued to explain that, as a boy, an only child, he would sing like that when he sang with his mother and dad in church. "It was a small church, only seated about 75, you couldn't sing too loud there."
Army Archerd, a columnist for Variety then interviewing Elvis for the Photoplay Magazine and who was present at the sessions, including an intimate concert for a dozen or so, which preceded the actual recording of the "Love Me Tender" soundtrack, as noted in a document entitled "Photoplay (Jul-Dec 1956)" as digitized by the Internet Archive in 2017 with funding from Media History Digital Library.
In the high-stakes game of Los Angeles real estate, a good celebrity pedigree is always a bonus. Of course, not all celebrities are created equal. A home that was once owned by Cary Grant or Elizabeth Taylor, for instance, would probably hold broader appeal than one formerly inhabited by, say, Zsa Zsa Gabor. On that score, David Alhadef definitely struck gold when he discovered the new location for Casa Perfect, the L.A. outpost of his furniture mecca, the Future Perfect: designed in 1958 by architect Rex Lotery and renovated in the mid-1960s, the house is an idiosyncratic mash-up of classic California modernism and Hollywood Regency. For six years, it belonged to Elvis Presley.
Mayer Rus, for Architectural Digest in an article entitled "Elvis Presley's Once-Home roars back to life as a dazzling showplace for contemporary furnishings, as published in AD's February 18, 2018 edition.
When I actually received the phone call, I couldn’t help my mind racing back to one magical day in 1956, that’s always remained vivid in my memory. When my cousin, four years older than me, played me two and a half minutes of music, which changed my life. That music was Elvis Presley, singing Hound Dog, and for the next six months – to my mother's absolute horror – I didn't want to hear anything but the rawest rock'n'roll I could lay my hands on. Do you know? For those who didn’t live through the Fifties, it’s really hard to imagine the enormous cultural gulf which existed between England and America at that time. Elvis himself was a God and in some of the first footage that we saw in England, seemed to us like an alien super being from a distant universe. I was 11 years old and I couldn’t in any way imagine being part of the same world. These early years were something of a dream. By 1964, we got a recording contract with Decca and then unbelievably by Christmas, found ourselves topping the U.S charts with our first record, “She’s Not There.” This magic land, which only eight years before had seemed so unimaginably remote and unconquerable and even more unbelievably, something we didn't find out until many years later, Elvis actually had our records on his jukebox. I could not believe that!
Rod Argent English musician, speaking about his reaction when told his band the Zombies would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as noted by RollingStone's 30 March,2019 edition.
I had been called up for national service and was stationed in Germany at the same time as Elvis when I came across an article on him in a magazine. The article even had his address in Germany, so with a girl friend we set off one morning to find him. We went there and rang the bell, it was a Sunday morning. The maid answered it and told us he'd be down in a few minutes. There was nobody else there, except my friend and I. He took us inside the hallway, and we had a nice chat. He posed for photographs and signed autographs. We were very lucky that morning.
Arthur Armstrong, on his love of Elvis Presley, as originally featured in a 2011 article in The Impartial Reporter and again reproduced on their issue of 7 January 2019, following his death at age 81 on December 12, 2018.
If anything, it's a lot of people here right now. It's like my record collection is actually sitting in this room. I'm truly fortunate. You know, I've always loved rock & roll music. I always have. Soon as I opened my eyes and took my first breath, I was a fan. With my brother David, we listened to Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Mötley Crüe and Cheap Trick and Pyromania by Def Leppard. My oldest brother Alan, he had the Beatles and the Stones and the Kinks. My sister Hollie was like "Kool and the Gang." My sister Anna for that record collection that turned my world inside out. And my sister, Marci, who's pretty much the person who showed me Elvis Presley for the first time. Thank you so much.
Excerpted from Billie Joe Armstrong's acceptance speech, as the founder, lead singer and frontman of the US punk supergroup Green Day, one of the 5 artists being chosen as performers at the 2015 edition of the inductees gala for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as published in its entirety by RollingStone magazine on April 18, 2015.
I'm definitively going to make a record with him. You would be surprised what we could do together. You ask me if I think he is good. How many Cadillacs was it he bought.? That boy's no fool...
Louis Armstrong, interviewed by Memphis Press Scimitar, March 1, 1957 edition.
George H.W. Bush was equally at ease in all settings, something that seemed so characteristic of the man I revered. But my work with him didn't end when he left politics. While working in government relations for Shell, I sometimes hosted foreign Ambassadors visiting Houston. On one occasion the Ambassador of Ukraine, Yuriy Shcherbak, was in town to meet with officials at NASA, give speeches and join up with the Ukrainian community there. On the last morning the Ambassador, who was a fan of Elvis Presley, did a live television interview on what by sheer coincidence happened to be Elvis' birthday, and the station had an Elvis impersonator on the set, to do a routine. When “Elvis” and the Ambassador crossed in the green room, the two exchanged bear hugs, and we took pictures. We later arrived at Bush's office, and he cordially received Ambassador Schckerbak and asked how the visit had gone. He politely talked about the various events, then with a twinkle in his eye said: “And this morning Bill introduced me to Elvis!”. Bush gave me a quizzical look as if to ask, “What have you done now?” The Ambassador then recounted the whole tale, followed by robust laughter all around...
Bill Arnold, former advance man for the then ( in 1980, therefore three years after Elvis̪ death), Vice Presidential candidate George H.W. Bush and, since 2000 Professor at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, at Rice University, recalling the Ukrainian Ambassador̪ to the US's fascination for all things Elvis, in an article written for the Houston Chronicle on the day after President Bush, for whom he worked, was laid to rest, December 5, 2018.
Of course, it was 1957, he had a beautiful blonde on the back of his motorcycle. Now, I wasn't watching the blonde and I didn't know who he was, so I took him down to the Las Vegas police station where I then worked and I gave him a pass...
Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, recalling his most memorable traffic stop, which involved a speeding motorcycle driven by a young Elvis, as published in an interview with CBS's channel 5 on August 8, 2018.
Arguably some of the most important tracks in the history of Rock and Roll, Elvis' SUN recordings demonstrate what a dynamic and talented vocalist he was; the young, raw, unadulterated Elvis whom musicologist Francis Davis once called "the greatest white blues singer”; I'm not one to argue with Mr. Davis.
Art's Strange World review of the CD "The Sun Sessions" (15 August 2007)
Elena Quarestani, an Italian collector with a Salvador Dalí painting, was entangled in these onerous rules, namely the Milanese officials wanting to protect his "Figure at a Table" (1925) as an example of Italian cultural heritage even though it is an early work of his that does not incorporate any of the motifs for which he is known. He would likely be amused by the surreality of the government's arbitrary ruling. Similarly, Andy Warhol would have loved that two of his early paintings hung in a casino in the German town of Aachen, a spa city near the border with Belgium and the Netherlands. On their way to slot machines and poker tables, gamblers passed "Triple Elvis", a 1963 silkscreen painting of three life-size images of Elvis Presley on a silver background and "Four Marlons", a 1966 silkscreen painting of four life-sized images of Marlon Brando on a motorcycle. Purchased in the late 1970s for $185,000 (approximately $700,000 today), the paintings were part of a plan to glamorize an otherwise off-the-beaten-track gambling parlor. When the casino conglomerate that owned the Aachen operation fell on hard times, a German state-owned bank seized control of the company and decided to sell the paintings. The sale was a reasonable action by the owners to raise cash for a troubled company. But protesters emerged, claiming this was a dangerous sale of cultural property owned by a state-run financial institution. The sale went ahead anyway, and the works sold for $151.1 million.
Artsy's Doug Woodham, in an article entitled "Why Becoming a National Treasure Can Lower an Artwork’s Value", as published on their January 2, 2019 edition.
I am the greatest contemporary artist of all-time.
Rapper ASAP Rocky´s claim, which writer Jake Boyer of "Highnobiety" sarcastically said "puts him the same playing field as everyone from Michelangelo to Elvis Presley", as published in their online page on November 22, 2017.
He was stationed in Germany doing his service so on the occasion he would go visit Paris coinciding with my time there. On his first visit, he took 40 dancing girls from the Lido to the Prince des Galles Hotel. On his next, he suddenly took a great shine to me but when someone told him I was trans-sexual, he stayed away. But, if by chance we would be in the same club, he would sent me a bottle of champagne every time. He was a divine human being.
April Ashley, a MBE, born George Jamieson and the first male Briton to have full sex reassignment surgery, recalling the time she met Elvis in 1959, as published in the Mirror on November 4, 2018.
I found him to be an interesting person, had an entourage of good old boys, was busy with karate, breaking his hand while doing it, but he was nice and cooperative and friendly. I really liked him.
Ed Asner, on the first time he met and worked with Elvis, namely during the shoot of "Kid Gallahad", in 1962, in an article published on July 16, 2018 on the Houston Chronicle.
South African Elvis fans won't see his new movie 'Flaming Star' in their country. The government, which has strict laws to keep the races separate, banned the picture because Presley plays the son of an American Indian woman and a white man
An Associated Press report from Johannesburg, dated May 31, 1961, the day when the film was set to open at theatres throughout the then Apartheid-ruled Republic of South Africa. A day later, 20th Century-Fox appealed and as a result the Board of Censors lifted the ban, on condition that the film not be shown to the country's indigenous population, with the film then opening to segregated theatres, starting in Durban in early June. However, it was permanently banned on cinemas in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, as colonial government officials in those territories were afraid the movie could reignite racial tensions in the aftermath of the bloody Mau Mau rebellion.
Princesses Margrit of Denmark (now HRH, the Queen of Denmark), Margaret of Sweden and I, were assigned to represent the people of Scandinavia on the SAS' maiden intercontinental flight to Los Angeles. We went to Disneyland, then to the Paramount Studios. He was making a film, we watched him sing a song and then he greeted us. He was very polite, a man with an M in capital letters. He was very pretty, had been our idol and we three had heard all his records, seen all his movies, so when I found out he had died, I was very saddened.
Princess Astrid of Norway, as told to Roger Mostad, son of Tod Mogstad, the Princess's personal hairdresser on October 12, 1987, and as detailed in a clip from youtube, THE KING, THE PRINCESS & ME
In times of trouble, I put my faith in Elvis Presley, who represented the South's better angels. He was a hard worker, and although he lived the high life, he never forgot that he had been born into poverty. And he was a self-made talent, perhaps the greatest entertainer of all time, born in a two-room shack in Tupelo, Miss., in 1935. I've been to that small shotgun house many times, reflecting on what it says about America. Greatness can be born anywhere. His father Vernon was a laborer who was often out of work, and the Presleys relied on the kindness of family and neighbors to get them through the hard times.When Elvis was young, the Presleys lost it, and they ended up shuttling around Tupelo, often living in black neighborhoods, where Elvis famously developed an ear for black gospel and blues to supplement his love of the old-time gospel he knew from his own church.I still believe in my heart that most Southerners are still more like Elvis than President Trump. We are most likely to pull over and help someone stranded on the roadside. Most of the people I know in my Mississippi town would give you the shirt off their backs. Most Southern preachers don't spend Sundays in the pulpit spewing hatred and intolerance. Most people agree that racism and white supremacy are evil. Even preschoolers know it's always better to tell the truth and take your lumps than lie and evade. And yet here we are. We know right from wrong, but most of us down here voted for wrong. As Elvis once said, “Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.
Ace Atkins, in his article, "In Elvis we trust", part of TIME magazine's August 6 special issue on the American South.
Elvis changed the country music scene quite a bit; he almost put country music out of business. He was white, but he sang black. It wasn't socially acceptable for white kids to buy black records at the time. Did I have any sense of how big he was going to be when he first came to RCA? Oh yeah, we knew. Back in those days, if a guy got hot in one area you could spread it around the country, maybe the world. He was already so big in East Texas and Louisiana you couldn't get him off stage with a firehose. We knew. When he came in to do “Heartbreak Hotel” I called up my wife and told her to come over. I said, You might not get a chance to see him again, he's gonna get so damn big. Lots of people have asked me if Elvis could play guitar. Well, he played pretty good. And he played piano and drums. The first sessions he'd come in and work. After that, when he got more confident, he'd come in and play drums a while, then guitar, then piano only to then go to work starting around 11 o'clock at night. But he loved gospel music. The first time I ever heard him I thought, “What in the hell is this?” I couldn't tell if he was black or bluegrass or gospel or what. Of course that was what made him what he was. He was so damn versatile he could sing anything.
Chet Atkins, Pop Chronicles, Show 8 - The All American Boy: Enter Elvis and the rock-a-billies. Part 2, interview recorded January 1968.
I was on third grade, listened to Elvis and then my dad bought me a guitar. I stuck with it, that is how it started.
Mickey Atkins, R&B musicians, founding member of Funkadelic, for Ultimate Classic Rock, as publshed on 6 August 2018
Coming upon these tapes, unspooling them and watching them glide across an Ampex 440 reel-to-reel deck for the first time was the closest I'll ever get to being a real life Indiana Jones. Beyond the staggering realization of what we had found, there was a musical element that also knocked our socks off: On these tapes Glen is singing pure rock and roll and with a sense of joy, passion and wild abandon that can only have come from knowing that his idol, the avatar Elvis Presley, would be an audience of one for these recordings.”
Stephen Auerbach, detailing for RollingStone what he felt after finding and playing tapes which had been lost of Glen Campbell doing demos for Elvis, as published on October 31, 2018.
When Elvis came back from the service and he was greeted by all the publicity, the press, the photographers, reporters, and so forth, someone said to him "Well, what do you think now that you're not number one but Avalon is ?" And he said " Oh, I love his song "Venus" and there's room for everybody." And I thought that was really genuine, nice compliment.
Frankie Avalon, as noted in whenstarsmeetstars.
1) Ed Sheeran 2) Will Smith 3) James Cordon 4) Peter Kay 5) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 6) Elvis Presley 7) Prince Harry 8) Michael Jackson 9) Beyonce and 10) Kim Kardashian
UK Avis Budget Group's list of most favoured celebrity travel buddies, from a poll taken in July of 2018, of over 14,000 consumers across Europe, aged 18-66+ including 1,000 British nationals
Did I? That was extremely immodest and foolish of me, my apologies. I would never dare to be so presumptuous. I am only interested in the legacy my father has left behind, and I would like to work towards giving it strength and respect for as long as I live.
Indian entertainer and former politician Amitabh Bachchan's answer to a question posed by a reporter on whether he recalled his once saying that he would like to leave a lasting legacy in the world, to be a sort of Elvis Presley, as published on the "Asian Age" on May 13, 2018
I'm living proof that Elvis was a pretty good driver. As innocent as the BMW 507 with its white paintwork might have looked, with a 150-horsepower V8 under the bonnet, it was something very special and Elvis drove like a maniac! Foot hard on the gas, then hard on the brakes, switching between lanes, slaloming between cars – it was like all hell had broken loose. (I was scared), and as a result wasn't quite able to enjoy the experience. The unvarnished truth is that I was just happy that we managed to get the car back to the dealership without a scratch on it. That short time I spent with Elvis was wonderful, though. The next day, I wrote to my mother , saying that I'd driven 100 miles up the autobahn with Elvis Presley. She thought I was kidding.”
Gus Backus, a member of the racially mixed doo-wop group The Del Vikings, recounting for BMW Group Classic the time then Private Elvis Presley asked him (then serving with the US Air Force in Germany), to accompany him as he was test driving a BMW 507 in Frankfurt. It was after the test drive that Elvis ordered specifications be made on another BMW 507, the now famous BMW 507 chassis #70079 previously owned by German car racer Hans Stuck and which is currently housed at the BMW Museum after a two year multi million euro restoration.
In May of 1998 I was in the middle of an Elvis Presley obsession, so I went to Graceland. Everything about the place seemed awesome to me, from the giant Corinthian columns out front, to the purple and yellow room with three televisions built into the wall, to the big man’s grave out back. But what has stuck with me the most from the visit is a particular story about Elvis. Elvis had grown up poor, and I’m sure when he was poor money was important. But when he started to make more money than he could ever spend, or maybe just enough money to have every material thing he wanted, it no longer held importance to him. So, during a party at Graceland he was inside with a guest who came from a poor background, and the other partygoers were outside on the lawn. His friend commented on how sophisticated all of the partygoers seemed. Elvis walked over to his desk, pulled a stack of money from one of the drawers, opened a window, and threw the bills out the window. The partygoers scrambled after the bills, shoving each other, trying to grab as much money as they could. Elvis turned to his friend and said, “They’re not that sophisticated.”
Brett Baker, for Chicago now, published on December 22, 2016.
i) We can even hazard a little analysis as to what made his voice so appealing. "That curious baritone," one critic called it. Actually, that is inexact. The voice had mixed propensities, hovering between tenor and bass and everything in between. Even a convincing falsetto lay within his range. One thing he was not, ever, was "Steve-'n-Edie", the polished, professionally accomplished Vegas artistes who once pronounced on an afternoon interview show (Mr. Lawrence enunciating the sentiment for himself and his partner/wife, Ms. Gorme), "We don't really think of Elvis as a singer. But he was a star." It is only when, years later, one gets past the indignation of hearing such apparent ignorance, that the sense of the observation becomes clear. A singer is someone like Steve Lawrence rolling effortlessly (and meaninglessly) through a shlock-standard like "What Now, My Love?". More or less like doing the scales. A star is the persona in whom one invests one's vicarious longings, a being who is constantly hazarding — and intermittently succeeding at — the impossible stretches that every soul wishes to attempt but lacks the means or the will to. It's not a matter of virtuosity. ii) Take My Baby Left Me (1956) by Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, the black Mississippi sharecropper whose That's All Right had literally been Elvis' first recording, in 1954. Crudup kept his blues in a bucket; Elvis put the lid on, and cooked; bar by bar, the song comes together; first comes D.J. Fontana's rapped-out drum riff, then a top-to-bottom run from Bill Black's stand-up bass, then the controlled gallop of Scotty Moore's lead guitar; then, last of all, Elvis singing in that imperious velvet growl of his, "Yes, my baby left me! Never said a word"; it is the most underestimated song in the canon; there is lightning in that bucket, and it could drive a train, any train. It literally took us into a new age. Endow a university! Elvis was a university. Whoever those mystics are who teach that the universe began with sound could use him as their full curriculum"
Jackson Baker, i) in "Memphis Magazine" (July 2002) ii) as published in "The Memphis Flyer", August 8-14, 1996 edition
He was fantastic. When he danced, the people danced, the girls would actually faint because of what he was doing. The people didn't care if he was white or black, he was a good artist and they felt his music.
Lavern Baker, commenting on her covering one of Presley's best early 60's songs, with a few changes in the lyrics, which she recorded in late 1961 as a answer to Presley's "Little Sister".
Presley's voice was remarkable in the sense that, through it, he touched people in a way only great artists can do. (In fact), the people he touched are as diverse as humanity itself and, because of that his popularity has transcended race, class, national boundaries, and culture. There is no simple answer about why that is so, all I can say is he had that magic. When Elvis Presley was first popular, many people said that he did not have a good voice. Almost everyone, today, knows that he did, but more people today should see him not simply as a performer, but as an artist with a great soul.
John Bakke, professor emeritus of the University of Memphis, in an interview with the US State Department, transcripted by UNUSINFO on July 18, 2006 on the legacy of Elvis Presley
I don't think any two men on this planet ever had the charisma of Elvis Presley and Jackie Wilson. The two of them remind me of each other: the charisma.
Hank Ballard, rhythm and blues singer and songwriter, lead vocalist of the Midnighters, as noted in the book "Jackie Wilson: Lonely Teardrops" by Tony Douglas.
With him, it's the pictures that spoke loudest about the man behind the genius. Take Sunday Times photographer Chris Smith's classic shot in which a scowling Seve, handsome head turned from the driving rain, jacket held across his chest like a matador's cape, and he is curling his lip. It tells you everything you need to know about his mood, his game, and his grim determination to outfox the elements and annihilate his opponent. It's pure Elvis.
About Seve Ballesteros, Spain's all time greatest golfer, as reported in the Sunday Times on May 8, 2011.
Then, in 1954, Elvis happened. The influence that the softly spoken Mississippi native had on popular music - and in particular rockabilly - is incalculable. First billed as 'The Hillbilly Cat' (again a nod towards black and white influences), the boy with the seemingly rubber limbs sang both blues and country songs infused with elements of this new rockabilly movement to the bemusement of a music industry not yet aware of the significance of what they were listening to. They didn't know it at the time, but the music establishment had just changed forever.Two years later he signed with RCA and the ensuing exposure he received on national television introduced rockabilly to its widest audience yet and, like fire to kindling, there was no stopping its spread. Other labels swooped to sign up any artists who sang even vaguely similar to Elvis and there was a bona fide musical gold rush underway and record executives and studio bigwigs fell over themselves to capitalise on this musical trend which was now sweeping the nation - ultimately playing a big part in rockabilly's eventual downfall, as more and more people tried to make money from it, (thus) watering down its raunchiness as they tried to make it appear to as large a market as possible, and (finally) taming its sound beyond recognition.
Excerpted from an article entitled "The Roots of Rockabilly: Examining the origins of a rock n' roll movement", by John Balfe, and as published in www.entertainment.ie
I might be the biggest Elvis fan you've ever met. I mean, I've seen it all. And I just loved him. I don't know what it was. I mean, probably the same reason everybody loved Elvis. Cause he was electric. He was just electric, the greatest entertainer I've ever seen, and I think the reason why was because — and I heard him say it many times in interviews — , he always did what he felt. Genuinely did what he felt. It wasn't choreographed. It wasn't, OK, well, I'm gonna do this move at this time. It was coming up from inside of him, and it was coming out. That's what it was, and that's why people connected with it. Cause it was the real deal.”
Country music songwriter and singer Frankie Ballard who, along with a few others, voted Elvis as the top entertainer in CMT Top 40 artist countdown, as published in CMT´s online edition of November 21, 2014.
It was the autumn of 1971, and two tickets to an Elvis show turned up at the offices of Creem magazine, where I was then employed. It was decided that those staff members who had never had the privilege of witnessing Elvis should get the tickets, which was how me and art director Charlie Auringer ended up in nearly the front row of the biggest arena in Detroit. Earlier Charlie had said, “Do you realize how much we could get if we sold these things?” I didn't, but how precious they were became totally clear the instant Elvis sauntered onto the stage. He was the only male performer I have ever seen to whom I responded sexually; it wasn't real arousal, rather an erection of the heart, when I looked at him I went mad with desire and envy and worship and self-projection. I mean, Mick Jagger, whom I saw as far back as 1964 and twice in ‘65, never even came close.
Rock critic Lester Bangs's opening sentence in Elvis' obituary, by special request from and published by the Village Voice on 20 August 1977.
I mean, don't tell me about Lenny Bruce, man - Lenny Bruce said dirty words in public and obtained a kind of consensual martyrdom. Plus which Lenny Bruce was hip, too goddam hip if you ask me, which was his undoing, whereas Elvis was not hip at all. Elvis was a goddam truck driver who worshipped his mother and would never say "shit" or "fuck" around her, and Elvis alerted America to the fact that it had a groin with imperatives that had been stifled. Lenny Bruce demonstrated how far you could push a society as repressed as ours and how much you could get away with, but Elvis kicked "How Much Is That Doggie in the Window" out the window and replaced it with "Let's fuck." The rest of us are still reeling from the impact. Sexual chaos reigns currently, but out of chaos may flow true understanding and harmony, and either way Elvis almost single handedly opened the floodgates.
Lester Bangs, "Where Were You When Elvis Died," originally published in "The Village Voice", August 29, 1977. Republished in Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung pg. 215-216
Elvis' lowest effective note was a low-G, as heard on "He'll Have To Go"(1976); on "King Creole" (1958), he growls some low-F's; going up, his highest full-voiced notes were the high-B's in "Surrender"(1961) and "Merry Christmas Baby" (1971), the high-G at the end of "My Way" (1976 live version), and the high-A of "An American Trilogy"(1972); using falsetto, Elvis could reach at least a high-E, e.g, as in "Unchained Melody" (1977), so, it was very nearly a three-octave range, although more practically two-and-a-half.
George Barbel, as a follow up to a question on what was Elvis' range, as published in All Experts.com, on 20th May, 2007.
I have nothing to do with him and therefore no reply is necessary
Brigitte Bardot's answer to a journalist who had been present at Elvis Press Conference at the Prince des Galles Hotel in Paris, on June 17, 1960, and where Elvis had stated he would welcome meeting her during what turned out to be his first of three US Army furloughs in Paris. Would she meet him? the journalist asked. As published in Briggite Bardot.net's August 16, 2017 edition.
By the time we got towards the end of our stay there, Elvis was worn out, so he got all the singers individually to do a song. Of course, all the musicians knew that I play and sang and they knew some of my songs. Elvis was obviously hesitating and thinking of something else to do, and Ronnie said: 'Let Bardwell sing'. He just went, 'Yeah, right ...'. And Guercio said, 'No, really. You wanna do something else, let him sing, because he can sing'. So Elvis went, 'Ladies and gentlemen, my bassplayer is going to sing now'. So Charlie Hodge gave me his guitar and I got Charlie's mike. Charlie was holding another mike on the guitar, for me to play it. And I didn't know what to do. I mean, how am I going to follow Kathy Westmoreland doing 'My Heavenly Father'? And Donnie Sumner said, 'Do the Hurricane song'. You know, 'Please Don't Bury Me' by John Prine. I got to the last verse of the song that's a bit off color. We were going from 'My Heavenly Father' to 'Kiss My Ass Goodbye', and it just took everybody by surprise. That was a really good moment, because I had shown Elvis a part of me that he didn't know of. He knew that what we had just done was show business, and it was good show business, because it was entertaining. I went back to the dressing room after the show, and Tom Diskin knocked on the door. We let him in, and he said 'I have a message for you from the Colonel' So I figured that I was fired when he sent Tom Diskin into the dressing room, but he said, He wants me to tell you that that's one of the funniest things he's ever seen at an Elvis Presley show'. I was thrilled with that. If I didn't do anything else I had done that. That was fun
TCB Bass player Duke Bardwell's story of how how he got to sing John Prine's ‘Please Don’t Bury Me’ during the October 14th, 1974 closing show in Lake Tahoe, NV, in an interview with Arjan as published on the FECC Forum'spage.
Baritones UnBound continues the second season of Asolo Rep's five-year American Character Project, an in-depth look at this nation and its people. No other voice has defined the United States quite like the booming sound of the baritone. From Sinatra to Elvis and much more, this musical journey chronicles some of the most beloved singers and songs of all time. Conceived by Broadway leading man and threetime Tony Award nominee Marc Kudisch and created by Merwin Foard, three dynamite baritones take the stage to give us a captivating musical tour of the baritone voice throughout history, namely Marc Kudisch, Jeff Mattsey, and Timothy Splain. Veteran singers Jeff Mattsey and Mark Delavan join Kudisch in an illuminating performance studded with classics from Broadway, opera and beyond. From Gregorian chants to well-known arias (“Ah! Per sempre,” “Largo”) including show tunes (“I am a Pirate King,” “Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’”) and popular music (“It Was a Very Good Year,” “It’s Now or Never,” and “Pretty Women”)
Baritoners Unbound's 2015' Press Release,in an article entitld Celebrating the UnCommon Voice of the Common Ma"n
Another time we played with Herman's Hermits who were very popular. Frankly, we didn't rate them musically, but we were impressed when they told us about they having met with Elvis Presley, "Elvo" to us. And when they told Ian Anderson he sang like 'Elvo' he was very flattered and to this day the rest of the band and I always call Ian 'Elvo'!”
Barriemore Barlow, drummer for Jethro Tull in an interview with Nick Dent-Robinson, recalling their attending Elvis' August 11, 1969 show at the International Hotel in Las Vegas on the special invitation of UK record producer Terry Ellis and as published on 03/04/2014 at the Jethro Tull Forum.
In 1956, I was President of his Los Angeles Fan Club and when I met him I noticed he had bad complexion and realized he wasnt perfect.So maybe it was a chance for me to make it in Hollywood (LOL)
Gregg Barrios, award-winning playwright, poet, and journalist, from an oral history interview on June 21, 2016, San Antonio, TX,
A few days before Christmas one year, Elvis was in the store buying guns for some of his friends as gifts. There was a customer off to the side looking at a display case that held nothing but expensive Browning over-under shotguns. Presley went up to the gentleman and commented on how nice the guns were. The man agreed, but said they were way out of his price range, since they were all probably in the thousand dollar plus area. Elvis asked the guy which one he would buy if he was purchasing, and the fellow said probably the Diana grade with the gold inlay. Elvis then went back to the counter where Jerry Knight was, and as he left said to Jerry, "When that guy gets ready to leave, take that Diana grade shotgun out and put it on the counter and give it to him. Tell him Elvis said Merry Christmas." Jerry said he did just that, and he thought the guy was going to faint when he received the gift.
Ken Barnes, who worked at Kerr's Beverly Hill's Sports Shop, as published by the Californian on December 13, 2017.
Not only did Elvis give teens their own music with which to identify, he proved that much of the disposable income of this generation would be spent on music, fashion, and media of its own choosing and thus turning that generation into a high-pro!le, identifiable group with their own fashion sense, hair styles, slang, taste in music, preferences in movie stars and other favorite pastimes.
Richard Barnet in his book The Story Behind the Song: 150 Songs that Chronicle the 20th Century. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2004.
What's more, the asset class “fine art” is to investing,is what science fiction is to the rest of literature. The "extreme" characteristics of sci-fi and high-end art help teach investors—or readers—important lessons. Science fiction speaks to human nature, while art offers a window on the nature of asset markets. What then qualifies as "extreme"? Take Andy Warhol. In 1986, collectors could buy a Warhol "Triple Elvis" painting for about $200,000, but a "Triple Elvis" went for $81.9 million at auction in 2018. That's a 400-fold gain—an investor's dream. The average annual return of the "Triple Elvis" works out to about 20.6%. Pretty good. And there is nothing more fundamental to investing than returns.
Barron's December 6, 2019 laud of the value of a "Triple Elvis" by Andy Warhol, as noted in an article entitled Don't Pay $120,000 for a Banana by Al Root. article entitled "Other Investing Lessons From Art Basel
While Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison were ruling the rock-pop charts in the US, he had everyone grooving to his music in Nepal. The song "Deula yo joban timilai deula" may have sounded similar to what was trending internationally, but was given a funky twist of his own, and arguably was responsible for introducing rock and pop to the entire nation. He became a heartthrob in his country and was soon called the Elvis Presley of Nepal because he came like a breath of fresh air in a music scene dominated by traditional tunes.
About Kumar Basnet, as noted in the Kathmandu post's March 15 edition.
He started drawing on my front all the way down to my navel, doodling as I spoke to him, in front of hundreds at his dressing room after his August 1970 opening show at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. Incredible sensation, he used a biro!!! That night back at my hotel, alone, I undressed and there they were, the doodlings. I did not wash until they wore off...
Shirley Bassey, as told to talk host Graham Norton.
As Jack Wilshere completed his first 90 minutes in the Premier League for Arsenal in over three years, and was arguably their best player in the 0-0 draw at West Ham's London Arena on Wednesday evening, "A Little Less Conversation", the song by Elvis Presley, was the tune that played the players off the pitch, the lyric urging for "a little more spark" a fair assessment of the game. But it is the line about the need for "a little less conversation, a little more action" that best sums up his situation at Arsenal...
Adam Bate, one of Sky Sports top anchors, assessing Wilshire's performance for his network, in an article published on December 11, 2017 ( Since Elvis' "The Wonder of you" is the song played at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium before players enter the field this could explain West Ham fans' decision to play "A little less conversation" when they, in turn, feel their own team needs to improve its play).
He had a musically textured rhythmic voice that had emotional intelligence; concentrate on his voice: sweet, remorseful, defiant, suggestive.
Eileen Battersby, literary correspondent, citing the reasons for her being hooked on Elvis after "discovering" him inadvertently as she changed the dial looking for her favorite classical music radio station, as published in the "Irish Times" in August of 2002.
Ronnie James Dio, Bon Scott, Bruce Dickinson and Elvis Presley..
Blaze Bayley, lead singer of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden, citing his biggest musical influences in an article published in Metalcastles's February 29, 2020 online edition.
In "Mystery Train" (1955), he rocks out with an astounding depth, Elvis' voice never sounding so rich, nor so pleading; best of all is his final spontaneous laugh & whoop of excitement, worth its weight in gold.
Review of the CD "Elvis at SUN", by Piers Beagley, as published in EIN, on 30th June, 2004
They are two equivalent beasts even with their differences. Diego Maradona is Elvis Presley singing 'My Way' at his last concert at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. He embodies the deity, the absolute power, the sunset, the snowy peaks and the abyss. And Lionel Messi is Paul McCartney, the long-play list, the continuity and the health. To ask one of them to have what the other has doesn't look to be a proof of social intelligence but one of galloping dissatisfaction of a country that doesn't conform with having two of the three best footballers in history in less than 40 years.
Argentinean novelist Juan José Becerra, in an article published in July of 2016 at El Clarin, his country's most prestigious newspaper.
I met Elvis in 1968 at the Aladdin Casino in Las Vegas and had a drink with him. A lady asked him for an autograph but he didn't have a pen, so I gave him mine. Then he gave me the pen back and that's when I said, “Naw, you keep it Elvis. I don’t think anyone’s going to be asking for my autograph.
William O. Beck, in an interview with Jeff Sterling for the Titusville Herald, and published on August 13, 2018.
Elvis is right up there with death and taxes in things that can't be avoided,
Writer Joel Beers, reviewing the 1968 NBC TV Elvis Special for OC Weekly, on January 4, 2018.
Like some sort of Grammy-powered "Super Friends", John Legend, Post Malone, Jennifer Lopez, Blake Shelton and more than a dozen more artists joined forces on February 17, 2019, for a prime time television special titled “Elvis All-Star Tribute". The union of Post Malone and Urban demonstrated that — for Elvis Presley Enterprises, at least — the show's mission, in large part, was to affirm the idea of Elvis' universal appeal. Adam Lambert wore a blue suit and blue suede shoes during his version of "Blue Suede Shoes", while Jennifer Lopez went full J.Lo during "Heartbreak Hotel"- Another highlight was Mac Davis' solo rendition of "Memories," a song he wrote for the original 1968 special. Davis, 77, the elder statesman amongst the performers (beating John Fogerty by four years), shared a poignant memory of holding the then infant Lisa Marie Presley during a visit to Elvis' Bel Air home. He later was joined by John Legend, who sang a Davis composition that has emerged as one of Elvis' biggest posthumous hits, "A Little Less Conversation." Others on the show included Darius Rucker, Ed Sheeran, Kelsea Ballerini, Alessia Cara, Josh Groban, Pistol Annies and Little Big Town. Lisa Marie did not perform, but introduced a gospel medley segment featuring Carrie Underwood and Yolanda Adams; similarly, actress Riley Keough, Lisa Marie's only daughter, introduced Dierks Bentley, who contributed with the rocker, "Little Sister". “I’m here tonight because 50 years ago a King returned,” said Shelton, host of the program and — not coincidentally — a judge on the hit NBC vocal competition program, “The Voice.”, then adding that the original special had been often imitated but never surpassed while, in addition changing, as it also did, the game forever in music and television.
John Beifuss, writing for the Commercial Appeal in an article entitled "Post Malone, J.Lo, Blake Shelton: The Elvis '68 Comeback comeback",as published on their February 18, 2019 edition.
Different as our sounds were in 1956, I could see that we were in parallel tracks, Elvis was interpreting one kind of black music, R&B, while I found my inspiration in black folk songs, spirituals and calypso. ( A year passed, and while in Las Vegas) Elvis came backstage to say hello and he couldn't have been more decorous, insisting in calling me Mr. Belafonte. Only later would I learn that he had hung out for years with a lot of black musicians and had come by his style legitimately. (Alas), he performed with such put on flash that over the next years, I noticed, he inspired a whole generation of R&B players who thought they could put that flash on, and become Elvis, too..
Harry Belafonte in his autobiography, My song, published in 2011.
I have been following the sound of my own voice since childhood, growing up in a family of academics in Knoxville. I spent my formative years playing air guitar while listening to the monolithic stereo console in my parents. My first concert experience was seeing an Elvis Presley in Knoxville. I was just about four years old but have some vivid memories of holding my parents' hands and people screaming, so it was kind of scary. I also remember him doing ‘Hound Dog’ and ‘Teddy Bear.’ And ‘Teddy Bear’ was such a favorite at the age of four that I brought out a big styrofoam guitar for it.
Brian Bell, discussing the effect seeing Elvis show in Knoxville, on April 8, 1972 had on him, for Live4ever, published on April 15, 2007.
One evening, it's said he rocked around the clock all night before disappearing into one of the rooms along with eight eager Bunnies. What happened behind closed doors remains a mystery, but Hugh Hefnerwas apparently so impressed that he named the spot 'The Elvis Room'.
Alex Belloti, in an article entitled "Playboy mansion secrets - ghost sightings, Elvis' wild night with Bunnies, 'sex rituals" as published in the Daily Mirror's August 6, 2021 edtion.
The whole exhibition is focused on artists that I’ve listened to at some point in my life who represented something. Lana Del Rey, I was listening to her a lot when I was around 14, and that was really the start of me developing my own taste in music.Adele, she’s iconic as well, and a lot of people would recognize that album. Elvis Presley too — he’s a huge artist. So I wanted the album (cover) to be recognizable, but also for the Western artists to be big, just to show how important these Arab artists are as well.”
Zineb Belrhiti, the UAE's top album designer, telling the Arab News why she chose Elvis images as well as those of Lana del Rey and Adele as inspiration for the album covers of Arab artists, in an article published on August 5, 2021.
Did you ever meet Elvis Presley?
Pope Benedict XVI's question to the then quite sick Irish comedian Frank Carson, who, in 1987, had been ordained with a Papal knighthood of the "Order of St. Gregory" by the now Saint Pope John Paul II. The then sitting Pope's interest, expressed some 30 years after Presley's death, may lie in the fact that he was stationed, as a young professor within the German priesthood at a town not too far from Presley's barracks during his 18 month stay in Germany with the US Army. Carson's zany reply to the Pope? "Not yet, your Holiness, but I soon will", (Published in the Belfast Telegraph on August 10, 2017).
I think she's going to become as big as Elvis Presley. He was, incidentally, the handsomest guy I ever met in my life, and a very nice person too.
Tony Bennett, referring to singer, songwriter, and actress Lady Gaga in an article on Billboard published on August 17, 2011 and during an interview with the Guardian, on 17 October, 2013.
I remember the first time in '56, I saw Elvis. I'm like, I'm buying that record because it's just the look that gets you, it's almost as much as the music. I kind of always had this theory that you look and listen with your eyes and your ears at the same time. He was the first rock 'n roll artist I loved. In my life, I started with him, but as I got into music, Elvis and the Rolling Stones led me to blues.
Bill Bentley,American music industry executive in an interview with Salon, published on May 25, 2018.
I listen to a lot of Elvis on the school bus. My bus driver, Ken Lyons, is — was, he's not with us anymore — but he's the biggest Elvis fan. So Channel 13 on SiriusXM radio, many, many nights listening to Elvis Presley and him educating me on Elvis. He's great, he's one of a kind. You can label him however you want to, but his country career was unbelievable. He had a voice that even if you didn't see all the moves and how good looking he was and all that stuff, you just listen to his voice when he's on the Louisiana Hayride with Faron Young and it's like, 'Wow, his voice is really unbelievable.' Great singer. And lot to learn.
Dierks Bentley, in an interview with popculturecountry and published on their February 15,2019 edition.
The reason I chose Elvis Presley' songs as the teaser for this article is to trigger some autobiographical memories for adults who were adolescents when his music topped the charts, which he dominated throughout the 1950s. Hopefully, these songs will inspire older adults, baby boomers, and people of all ages to get up from your chair and dance....
Christopher Bergland, activities of daily living in an article entitled ̊"One More Reason to Keep Dancing̊" as published in Psychology Today's December 19, 2018 edition.
Appropriation, then, has something to do with intent. When another culture's property is exploited for profit, that's appropriation, and it's always deserving of criticism. Elvis was just being Elvis. In "Elvis Presley:The Searcher" an HBO documentary, its signal achievement is in showing how the singer's early years, family culture, and socioeconomic background made inevitable the musician he was to become. It makes clear that he was, first, and foremost, a committed artist, utterly dedicated to music and its ability to move people.
Robby Berman, as published on the Big Think's April 19, 2018 edition, in an article entitled "Was Elvis Presley a cultural appropriator of black music?
Fernest Acernaux was not playing zydeco on that accordion, it was rhythm and blues. And you couldn’t make it playing French, so we played blues and rock ‘n’ roll from Fats Domino, Bobby Blue Bland and Elvis Presley.
Rod Bernard, celebrating his 72 years of pioneering "swamp pop", which combines New Orleans-style rhythm and blues, country and western, and Cajun and black Creole music, as ´published in the Daily Advertiser on November 6, 2017.
Elvis is the greatest cultural force in the twentieth century. He introduced the beat to everything, music, language, clothes, it's a whole new social revolution - the 60's comes from it.”
Leonard Bernstein, as told to TIME founder Henry Luce's top aide Richard Clurman in an article published by TIME on August 10, 2017.
Describe Elvis Presley? He was the greatest there ever was, is, or ever will be. We did not have the airwaves he had, but he delivered what he obtained brilliantly. Let me conclude by saying that I realized during those early years that Elvis and I were creating a new sound.
Chuck Berry as published in http://www.elvis.net/whattheysay/theysayframe.html and as noted in Harry DeWitts Elvis, the Sun years.
Eventually, everybody has to die, except Elvis.
Dave Berry, as published in http://www.elvis.net/whattheysay/theysayframe.html
Welcome to the "Veranda Suite", Elvis Presley used to stay here...
The Beverly Wilshire Hotel's Front Desk introduction to room 1001 on the 10th floor, which highlights a rooftop yurt purported to provide its guests with a one-in-a-million urban glamping experience right in the centre of the city of Los Angeles, as detailed in an article in the Telegraph on February 21, 2018.
i) When you think of Vegas, of show business, of flash, of those performances, you think of Elvis. He is iconic; a lot of performers today look to that for inspiration ii) You have to have soul to sing like Elvis, and Elvis had soul" "
Beyonce, i) as published in www.graceland.com and ii) Elvis Viva Las Vegas documentary.
Elvis Presley movies – I'm a big Elvis fan – although I don't think you should feel guilty about pleasures.
UK comedian Sanjeev Bhaska's answer to a question on what is his biggest guilty pleasure, in an interview with the Mail Online published on July 29, 2018.
When they asked me where I would want them to place my statue, I said I wanted it to stand between the figures of Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson,
Asha Bhosle, Superstar singer from India, on what she told the Madame Russaaud people in London on the day her statue, only the second from a woman from her country, was unveiled,as published on INDIARV's online website on October 2, 1917.
Intensity of communication, emotion, how the fusion of poetry is related to me as a listener. I'm disappointed by the bland and perfect vocal accomplishment, which I hear on so many recordings. Which is not to say that classical singers shouldn't try to become vocally masterful. I take my cue more and more from good pop singers. The other day I was looking at an early concert of Elvis Presley. It was fascinating to watch, the body language, the vocal suppleness
Conor Biggs, Irish bass/baritone and classical singer, a founding member of Psallentes, a Gregorian chant ensemble, explaining to Michael Dervan, of the Irishman, for tips he looks for in a recital, as a way to better communicate with a listener, as published on that paper on February 1, 2013
In late 1959, Ibn Saud, the then King of Saudi Arabia. was spending time in Germany for medical reasons. One of his sons was a huge Elvis admirer, giving him a precious garment with golden applications, a waterpipe and a tea set with the royal crest on it, as a thank you gesture for his having left the Grunwald Hotel so that his father and his entire entourage could make total use of it. Soon after posing with the garment for the King's son at his newly rented house on #14 Goethestrasse, his friend and fellow GI Charlie Hodge had a zany idea: why couldn't he go out and walk in front of the German people, or anyone, for that matter, using the garment so as not to be recognized. This was finally done on February 1960, as he took a cab to the "Mainzer Karneval", a big public party, staying there for 3 days in the nearby town of Mainz which was not far from Bad Nauheim. And nobody noticed the by then Sgt Elvis Presley, in spite of him being accompanied by Hodge, plus two bodyguards all dressed as sailors as well as by a mysterious girl from Bad Nauheim, who did the translations. Elvis joined the whole programme, the clubs, the pubs, the bars, parades but stayed sober. The others did not, LOL. but they all returned safe, late at night.
As published by BILD, Germany's highest selling tabloid, in an article published in March of 1960.
(For) Mississippi: Elvis Presley. He served as perhaps the most important figure in the mainstream popularization of early rock, his Billboard chart legacy being equally astounding. He's scored 109 Hot 100 hits between the chart's start in 1958 and 2020 (!) and boasts the most charted albums in the archives of the Billboard 200 albums chart. Simply, he's still the King of Rock & Roll.
Billboard,in an article focussing on the top 50 US artists from each of the 50 states of the Union, as published on their July 4, 2020 edition
So I said "Why don't we turn out all the lights so we don't see this vast empty looking studio the size of a football field and make it as intimate as we can?" We could barely make Elvis out through the glass from the control room into the studio when we cued him the backing-track. And then, Elvis started to sing. It was magic,. Next thing I know he's curled on the floor in almost a fetal position singing with a microphone next to his mouth. The hair on my arms were standing up. And that's the take that we wound up using on the soundtrack album. I did not use it in the TV show because I'm a total believer that if you're doing television I don't want anyone lip-syncing. I want the real thing. And to be completely honest, as great as the sit-down shows are, had I been able to get cameras and tape him there, it would have been even greater. I never put anybody I worked with on a pedestal, yet the first time I saw him, I was awed, first of all, by the way he looked. If he was not famous, you would still stop and stare. As a director, you're looking to see which is the good side, the bad side. Elvis was perfect from every angle. It was like a god walking in towards me...
Steve Binder, director of the 1968 NBC/TV Special explaining how Elvis recorded "If I can dream", on June 23, 1968, exclusive for The King's court, on February 6, 2010, as well as in an interview with Vanity Fair published on August 17, 2018.
His privileged access let him show Muhammad Ali away from the ring: preaching or sleeping, posing with black leaders like Malcolm X and James Meredith or playing with his children or with Elvis Presley.
About Howard Bingham, the photographer who took an estimated 1 million pictures of Muhammad Ali over more than 50 years while becoming one of the boxer's closest friends, as published in his obituary in the Seattle Times, on December 23, 2016
Time Magazine at the turn of the century asked its readers to tell them who they thought was the person who contributed most to the 20th Century. Well, obviously people said Martin Luther King Jr, others said Nelson Mandela and Elvis Presley. But who do you think was chosen? Einstein, whose books I saw being burned in 1933...
Journalist and Holocaust survivor Walter Bingham
I’m a kid of the ’60s. When I was growing up I used to love going to see Elvis Presley in the cinema. I’m still a big Elvis fan. They’ve rehashed some of his music, with Elvis singing, along with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Really incredible, so beautiful. Myself and my wife actually played one of the songs – And The Grass Won’t Pay No Mind – at our marriage ceremony, as we were walking into the registry office.
Irish Journalist Charlie Bird in an interview with the Irish Examiner as published on their March 11, 2021 edition.
The Elvis effect, resulted in a lot more people getting poliovirus vaccinations. We need a series of ‘Elvises’ to promote vaccination for COVID-19 protection
Pamela Bjorkman, structural biologist at the California Institute of Technology, in an article published by USA Today's April 19, 2021 edition.
Cilla would record and perform Beatles numbers throughout her career, but in the 60s and up to the mid-70s, she did more than most. Her renditions of "Yesterday","For No One" , "Across The Universe" and others became big favourites with radio DJs, not to mention with The Beatles, who always liked the way she interpreted their material. Previous praise from Randy Newman, for her take on one of his songs had been sweet music to her ears. And just imagine how she felt when Paul McCartney said to her that her "Long And Winding Road" was the song's definitive version. She had, however and this to her dying day, something to be immensely proud of – Elvis Presley had her "You're my world" on his famous jukebox at Graceland.
About UK singer Cilla Black, in an article published at the Sunday Post̪'s December 28, 2018 edition but which nevertheless fails to highlight that it was her "You're my world" which was actually being played at Elvis' jukebox when the Beatles visited him at his 525 Perugia Way home in Bel Air, California on August 27, 1965.
I was in a friend's studio when a buddy of his called and told him. 'I got some news for you. Do you want me to tell you now or later?' I said later because I was in the studio when President Kennedy was killed and also when Martin Luther King was killed, so I knew the effect bad news can have on a session. When the session was over he told me and I thought he was joking and it didn't hit me until I lay down to sleep. The one other time that I experienced that was when my mother and my son died. It wasn't because he wouldn't he doing any more of my songs. It was like a piece of the whole business. I mean some people you just figure are never going to die. Inside, they'll always live. When they're gone, a certain piece goes and you just can't believe it.
Reaction of Otis Blackwell, the African-American songwriter, singer, and pianist, whose work significantly influenced rock and roll, to the death of Elvis Presley
He would probably be considered a baritone, but he could reach notes that most baritone singers could not. Much of his abilities emanated from a very intense desire to execute a song as he wanted to do it, which meant that he really sang higher than he would normally be able to. When the adrenaline is going, and the song is really pumping, you can get into that mode where you can actually do things, vocally, that you couldn't normally do. So he had a tremendous range because of his desire to excel and be better, and that's why he could do a lot of things that most people couldn't.
Terry Blackwood, lead singer of the Gospel group, the "Imperials".
The moment he walked in, it was almost like all the guys there were bowing down to him, but he didn't care whatsoever. It was an amazing time, because the electricity just floated through the air. Everybody there was on cloud nine but he just acted the way a country boy would act. Elvis was truly a gentleman and a sweetheart of a guy.
Drummer Hal Blaine, telling Rollingstone what it felt like to be with Elvis in the studio during the taping of 1968 NBC special, and in an article published on August 16, 2017.
My grandmother, known as Ms Topp at the local public school, lived on Church Street. She taught Elvis Presley music and I'll tell you a funny story about it. Years later when I asked what he was like, she said ‘Oh you know, he really was a sweet boy but he didn’t have a lick of talent’ so that tells you something about how we judge talent in our family that's for sure,” LOL.
Marion Blakey, former head of Rolls-Royce North America and of the Federal Aviation Administration, recalling what she calls her "first claim to fame", in an interview to Tupelo's Daily Journal published on October 31, 2018.
Record producer Phil Spector, who is currently serving his sentence for the 2003 shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson,finally settled his divorce with his third wife, Rachelle Short. In the settlement, signed December 4, 2018, they are forced to sell their infamous castle and evenly divide the proceeds, while she keeps many of her vehicles, most notably a 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish and even a small aircraft. He, on the other hand, keeps his various Grammy Awards, Gold and Platinum Records, a 1965 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III and John Lennon memorabilia, including an electric guitar and a lithograph, as well as a pair of diamond cufflinks gifted personally to him by Elvis Presley.
Blast Magazine, in an article entitled "Phil Spector splits castle with ex-Wife, keeps diamond cufflinks from Elvis in divorce settlement", published twenty days after it was finalized, in an article published on December 24, 2018.
From Thursday to Sunday, fans traveled in a mob mentality with Tiger Woods, sprinting from hole to hole and emphatically yelling “He’s like Elvis Presley,” and, “We want to roar with you, baby!” along the way. It was the “Walking Dead” meets “Caddyshack.” A strange combination.. but the truth.
Jon Blauvelt, recalling the way Tiger Woods captivated the attention of thousands upon thousands of people who stormed upon Ponte Vedra Beach for the sole reason of watching him play, as published in the Ponte Vedta Reporter on May 13, 2018.
But better Elvis should pay those multi-millions in taxes (thereby doing as much for the War on Poverty) than you or I. "If his manager", said Goldman, "had sheltered his income from the taxman and invested it intelligently, Elvis Presley could have been as wealthy as Bob Hope". Well, I ask you. But I think we can be grateful to Elvis for his grin, his pelvis, his leap, and for the punky, biracial, engaging, ineluctably erotic and still mysterious tenor of his voice.
Roy Blount Jr., reviewing Albert Goldman's Elvis, for the NYT in 1981. See also Kelly Phillips Erb's essay on Forbes, focusing on Elvis being his country's highest personal taxpayer for almost a decade.
He had an amazing charisma, was so passionate about what he did, and the people could feel it.
James Blunt in a 1997 filmed interview
I remember well the afternoon when Elvis Presley and his mother came into the Tupelo Hardware. He wanted to buy a .22 rifle and his mother wanted him to buy a guitar. I showed him the rifle first and then I got the guitar for him to look at. I put a wood box behind the showcase and let him play the guitar for some time. Then he said he did not have that much money, which was only $7.75 plus a 2% sales tax. His mother told him that if he would buy the guitar instead of the rifle, she would pay the difference for him. The small amount of money that he had to spend had been earned from running errands and doing small jobs for people.
Forrest L. Bobo, of the Tupelo Hardware store in Tupelo, MS, in an affidavit written in 1979 where he confirmed the details of the purchase of Elvis first guitar, a 1940 Kay model, paid for by both Elvis, with his savings, and his mother, for his eleventh birthday and on January 8, 1946.
I want to do an Elvis Presley song...
Andrea Bocelli, as suggested to musician and producer David Foster during the rehearsals for a television special taped in Portofino, Italy, on August 11, 2012. They settled on "Love me Tender", one of Bocelli's favourite Elvis songs, with Foster playing the piano. According to Reba McEntire, Elvis is one of Bocelli's favourite singers.
We're now trying to get the National Park Service to recognize his home in Louisville as a national historic landmark. Hopefully we can partner with them to continue to run it as a museum, like they've done it with Martin Luther Kings home in Atlanta and with Elvis Presley's home in Memphis. Ali walks among those giants.”
George Bochetto, trial lawyer and former Pennsylvania State Boxing Commissioner in an article published at Wave3 on February 24, 2019
At age 5, he decided that he wanted to be a musician when his father took him to the Elvis Presley concert in his home town of Sioux City on May 26, 1956.
About US musician Tommy Bolin, (1951-76) former lead guitarist for the UK band Deep Purple, in an article penned by Tom Longden and published on the Des Moines Register on 23 December 2017.
Three friends of mine and I were singing ‘Teddy Bear" and I remember thinking it not at all remarkable that we would sing this Elvis Presley song. So here's these four black young men singing, ‘Just wanna be your Teddy Bear,’ We just said, “This is OK, this guy is alright.‘ I think my peers thought Elvis Presley was OK.
Julian Bond, African American Civil rights leader recalling the time, in 1957, when he and his friends found themselves singing an Elvis song at an ice-breaker event at Atlanta's prestigious black Morehouse College, as published by the Independent on August 16, 2017.
We Germans will never understand U.S. foreign policy. You save Europe with The Marshall Plan, Berlin with the Airlift, and then you turn around and give us.... Elvis Presley."
The Federal City of Bonn's Public Relations Office on the arrival of PFC Elvis Presley to Germany, on October 3, of 1958.
i) I recently met with Coretta Scott King, John Lewis and some of the other leaders of the American civil rights movement, and they reminded me of the cultural apartheid rock & roll was up against. I think the hill they climbed would have been much steeper were it not for the racial inroads black music was making on white pop culture. The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Creedence Clearwater Revival were all introduced to the blues through Elvis. He was already doing what the civil rights movement was demanding: breaking down barriers. You don't think of Elvis as political, but that is politics: changing the way people see the world. ii) In Elvis, you had the whole lot; it's all there in that elastic voice and body. As he changed shape, so did the world. His last performances showcase a voice even bigger than his gut, where you cry real tears as the music messiah sings his tired heart out, turning casino into temple. I think the Vegas period is underrated. I find it the most emotional. By that point Elvis was clearly not in control of his own life, and there is this incredible pathos. The big opera voice of the later years -- that's the one that really hurts me.
Bono lead singer of U2, for Rolling Stone Magazine, as published in their April 15, 2004 edition.- 2004 Issue Rolling Stone
I identify a lot with Elvis. He was a loyal guy and love his style of singing.
Jon Bon Jovi as published in http://www.elvis.net/whattheysay/theysayframe.html
Elvis Presley was serving in the military in 1959 when he came under the weather. Doctors diagnosed tonsillitis and suggested that the vocalist, then the biggest performer in the universe, have his tonsils removed. Presley, already more trustworthy than most modern performers in his pleasant acceptance of military duty, agreed. The problem was that no doctor nearby wanted to risk operating on the star, fearing that malpractice would leave him without his golden voice, and either a lawsuit or an an angry fan could ruin any medical career and/or life. They gave him penicillin instead and fortunately everything worked out
Ryan Book, in The Music Times Dec 1, 2014
When Bob King and I hosted our radio shows on WBMK and WKGN in the 1980s, we played R&B music of the 1940s through 1969, talked about the music, the artists and stories related to the music industry and revealed the real names of the performers while taking requests from the listeners. We would chuckle as we introduced “The Twist” by Ernest Evans. How could our audience know that the real name of the man who recorded “It’s Just a Matter of Time” was Benjamin Franklin Peay? I believe I would have changed my name to Brook Benton, too. Yet one could go from bad to worse. I don't know why Otha Elias Bates McDaniels changed his name to Bo Diddley. Dinah Washington had 34 top 10 records. She didn't like her birth name, Ruth Jones, and changed it. Some of the others were James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, with 107 hits during the time we were on the air. Billie Holiday, the great jazz singer changed her name from Eleanor Gough. Many referred to her as Lady Day. Ella Fitzgerald, the most honored jazz singer of all time, won the Down Beat Magazine poll as top female vocalist more than 20 times. Aretha Franklin was the Queen of Soul with 60 numbers on that chart during our broadcast. Although we did not play any Bessie Smith, we knew she had been dubbed Empress of the Blues. Finally, on our shows we recognized Elvis Presley, who had 33 numbers on the R&B chart, as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Robert J. Booker African American freelance writer and former executive director of the Beck Cultural Exchange Center, in an article published by the Knoxville News Sentinel on 11 October 2016.
We became very good friends, leased homes in Bel Air and visited each other. And back then, in the early 60's of course, I had a wife, and four little children, he was not married, and would come over some afternoons unannounced and visit with me, my wife and my children. They would maybe jump out of the swimming pool, and come running up and get in his lap, and he would become soaking wet, you know, and I would say, 'Girls, don't do that'. And Elvis said, 'Oh, no, let them, let them'. And I knew that he wanted a family.
Pat Boone, in an exclusiv3e interview with David Adamas, for elvisaustralia
He was not quite a hillbilly, not yet a drugstore cowboy. He was a Southern — in that word's connotation of rebellion and slow, sweet charm.
Stanley Booth, casting back to the 1950s in his Esquire magazine article “Situation Report: Elvis in Memphis, 1967.”
I may consider filing a resolution for Indiana to honor Elvis, after all we should do something to recognize the fact that his last concert was here in Indiana.
Bruce Borders Representative for the 45th District in the Indiana House of Representatives, former Mayor of Jasonville, Indiana and an Elvis ETA since 1980.
i) We must not condemn music which is not on a level as high as we’d like. A person who is listening to Elvis Presley in a five and ten is listening to a folk singer and is getting something from it. ii) The only thing he does like me is that he doesn´t come back for an encore. When he walks away the show is over.
Comedian Victor Borge,present at the Civic Auditorium, in Omaha, on May 20,1956.
We've drafted people who are far, far more important than he is.
Chairman of the Memphis Draft Board Stanley Bowers's statement to the media, made public about a month before it became known that he had made a special visit to Graceland, over the 1957 Christmas period, to PERSONALLY inform Elvis of his impending draft, the first time that such a special gesture had ever been made by any Army Board, to any draftee, in the history of the US Armed Forces, as noted in the book, "Colonel Parker, the Curious life of Elvis' manager"
Apparently Elvis heard my demos, because we were both on RCA, and Colonel Parker thought I should be introduced to him and maybe the two of us start working in a production-writer capacity. But it never came to pass. I would have loved to have worked with him. God, I would have adored it. He did send me a note once, which read "All the best, and have a great tour." I still have that note. He was a major hero of mine and I was probably stupid to think that having the same birthday as him meant something.
David Bowie, commenting on what could have taken place had he and Elvis worked together, as published in interview bowiewonderworld and wwwelvisnet
My celebrity crush was Elvis Presley. I got to first meet him with George at Madison Square Garden in 1972.
Pattie Boyd, the former wife of George Harrison and Eric Clapton, in an interview with the Sydney Herald in an article entitled " Pattie Boyd: What my marriage to George Harrison and Eric Clapton taught me, as published on May 5, 2018. Two years later, she accompanied Clapton to a meet up with Elvis at a Memphis cinema. (Kindly refer to Clapton's entry).
To have Elvis come home, so to speak during this bicentennial year for the state he was born into is very exciting,
Betsy Bradley, Director of the Mississippi Museum of Art, in Jackson, MS, commenting on the loan of a "Triple Elvis" by Andy Warhol, from Richmond's Virginia Museum of Fine Art, and which is being shown at the Jackson museum as part of its Mississippi bicentennial exhibition and as reported by CBS's WJTV Channel 12, on November 29, 2017.
When I was in high school, playing for Crystal City High at an away game in Memphis, I climbed up the wall that surrounded Graceland, reached over to a limb that was from a tree inside the wall, snapped the leaf off the tree and kept that leaf in my wallet for about six years.
Bill Bradley, NY Knicks forward, then U.S. Senator for the state of New Jersey who ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic Party's nomination for President in the 2000 election. in an article for CJonline, published on January 27, 2000
He was such a nice guy to work with, a quick study. He'd go over and play the demo acetate and listen to a bunch of them. When he finally found one he liked, by the time he walked from there back over to the mic, he knew the song.
Harold Bradley, guitarist who worked with Elvis in Nashville, as noted in his obituary published on CMT News̺'January 31, 2019 edition.
I was in Las Vegas giving a corporate presentation, because that's how I made money in the off season. Elvis called and I was skeptical at first. But then there is that specific way he spoke, and it was definitely him. He told me he liked the way I played and invited me to see him. It showed how much of a fan he was, that he wanted an NFL player to come and play with him and his buddies. But I had to catch a flight in an hour and man, it would have been the story of a lifetime, playing backyard football with Elvis. And I still think about it now.
Terry Bradshaw, recalling with much fondness the day when the phone rang at his Las Vegas hotel room, in the midst of the Pittsburgh Steelers' 1970s glory days, as noted in an article entitled "NFL, the story of Elvis and his NFL fandom" as reported by Fox News on their January 8, 2018 edition.
Elvis Presley bloated, over the hill, adolescent entertainer, suddenly drawing people into Las Vegas, had nothing to do with excellence, just myth. It’s convenient for people to believe that something is wonderful, therefore they’re wonderful.
Marlon Brando, as stated in an interview published in Playboy Magazine's January 1979 edition, thus only seventeen months after Presley passed away but more than three decades BEFORE his companion of eight years Rita Moreno, wrote in her 2014 autobiography entitled "Rita Moreno: A Memoir", that during their time together she once went out on a date with Elvis then duly informed Brando, but in both cases only to make him jealous. Brando, who threw chairs all over when told, died in 2004, weighing 310 pounds and was never aware of her ruse.
Winston Churchill would add wisdom, war stories and outrageous comments. As a dyslexic, and I love to learn from people with very different minds to my own, English mathematician and early computer developer, Ada Lovelace would be my second of six guests. Elvis Presley, one of the greatest entertainers of all time and an example of people with great talent, along with Nelson Mandela, would bring magic to the evening. Finally, the only person on my list whom I have already met is Princess Diana, the most delightful company, her presence at my dinner party spreading joy, laughter, and kindness around the room.
UK Billionaire Richard Branson's ideal dinner party, albeit partial, list, as published in Real Clear Life's edition of September 30, 2016.
Heartbreak, jealousy, loneliness-, Elvis Presley gave luxuriant voice to these less than cheerful emotions, but did you ever think of him as a balladeer of the unbearable bleakness of being, of the horror of existing without purpose in a godless universe? In the improbably vivacious London-born production of "Woyzeck", vintage Elvis recordings provide much of the background music for Daniel Kramer's adaptation of Georg Büchner's great, prophetic drama of existential emptiness from the 1830's. Dolly Parton and, more predictably, Beethoven, make aural guest appearances but it's the voice of the Pelvis that sets the rhythm of life. And if the "wedding" of Presley and Büchner is more shotgun marriage than natural love match, at least you leave the theater feeling less suicidal than you normally do, after two hours with one of the grimmest heroes in Western literature.
Ben Brantley, Chief Theater critic for The New York Times, in his article "Where Existential Despair Meets Elvis" (18 November 2006)
A supplicant asks priest and television star Father Gavlin "Who is more pupular, the Pope or Elvis Presley?" The question is rhetorical...
Gaylord Brewer, discussing celebrity on the Woody Allen "A Casebook" (p.124).
Like most black people in the South, and to whom God has pressed down the harp of a thousand strings, that harp only needed tuning. Elvis' voice was that type of voice that agreed with the thought of Calvary. He had that type of bent and that type of inclination, AND ATTITUDE, that suggested that God could use him. I gave the music a different approach, a new beat, one beat, two beats, high or low, it didn't matter. So, I said come on in here and put your things together. And it was a glorious experience and Elvis was in that group. And when Elvis passed away it was a saddening thing. It was as if the clouds themselves started crying.
W. Herbert Brewster, African American Baptist minister, composer, dramatist, singer, poet and community leader, explaining both how he changed the format of many gospel composed songs that led to him writing legendary Gospel songs many iconic Gospel legends such as Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin and others would go on to record, as well as the chance of fate that led to him meeting a yet unknown teenage Elvis Presley when radio DJ Dewey Phillips reached out to him in the early 1950's to integrate his All-Black Church services with some of Dewey's White listeners of his R&B music station, and as quoted in both "Elvis Presley & The Black Community - That Echo Will Never Die" and in his book "People Get Ready!: A New History of Black Gospel Music".
When you walk into a New Zealander's home there's occasionally a portrait of the Queen or the Pope, but more often than not, hanging on a lounge wall, is a piece of Elvis Presley memorabilia. You'd see a hell of a lot of Elvis. As far as we kiwis are concerned, Elvis never left the building.
Jackie Bridges, secretary of the Memory of Elvis Fan Club New Zealand, recalling her times in real estate in the city of Auckland, in an article entitled " Kiwis can't help falling in love with the memory of Elvis Presley", as published in Stuff.co.nz on August 11, 2018.
In early 1969, at American Studios in Memphis, I had a secret entrance made from an underground garage, a trap door coming from underneath the basement, so Elvis could drive in and the people wouldn't chase him. Girls would pull his hair, as well as his clothes off and all that stuff, which was fun, but eventually it got to be a pain. So I told him how he wouldn't have that problem, he could just go in, come up the steps, and we would record..
David Briggs, in an article published on Billboard Magazine, November 25, 2016 and entitled "As Nashville Grows and Gentrifies, David Briggs Sets About Preserving Music Row History"
I'd have Sir David Attenborough though I think everyone would have him. Then Emma Thompson was one that I think would be really nice to have dinner with as she's always seemed like a really interesting lady, so she would be on my alive list of guests. In terms of deceased people, I would have a young Elvis I think, or before he was at his peak anyway. Then JFK. They would be four interesting people, with different backgrounds. You could go right back and say Julius Caesar but I am NOT sure he would totally get what David Attenborough's been doing...
Miles Briggs, British politician and member of the Scottish Parliament after the 2016 election, answering a question of what would be his ideal short list of dinner guests at his table, as published in Horywood on January 17, 2018
That's when the price of art really started going up....
Billionaire Eli Broad, after pointing towards Andy Warhol's "Single Elvis", since 2015 gracing the walls of the then recently built family-owned Broad Museum in Los Angeles, CA, and as told to reporter Jeffrey Fleishman who interviewed him and his wife Edye inside the museum for the LA Times on August 22, 2015..
I'm sitting in the drive-through and I've got my three girls in the back and this station comes on and it's playing "Jailhouse Rock," the original version, and my girls are jumping up and down, going nuts. I'm looking around at them and they've heard Dad's music all the time and I don't see that out of them."
Garth Brooks, as published in www.graceland.com
I like what he's doing. He’s rocking the blues, that's all he's doing. Rock and roll is here to stay because it comes from natural people. Rock and roll is a natural steal from the blues, and the blues will never die and the blues can't die because it's a natural steal from the spirituals.
Bluesman Big Bill Broonzy, considered a profound influence on numerous African American musicians, including Muddy Waters, all of whom admired him, not just for his musicianship, but for having the courage to write several songs dealing with the injustices African-Americans suffered, particularly in the Jim Crow era, as stated in one of Studs Terkel's Chicago radio shows, sometime in 1957. Also equally important, perhaps even more important, were Big Bill Broonzy's blues songs of protest (he wrote a number of them) about African-Americans and what they were dealing with in the Jim Crow era.
I named it Planet Elvis (17059) because I had discovered a similar one, just two days before and which I called Rock and Roll (17058). It just seemed befitting...
Australian astronomer John Broughton, after having discovered a couple of small planets at the Ready Creek Observatory, located at the Gold Coast, in Queensland Australia, on April 13 and 15 of 1999, both of which now duly inscribed in Wikipedia's List of Minor Planets.
Imagine Elvis with a master's degree performing a whole set about mandatory staff meetings.
About Eddie Brown, who in 2017 posted a video called, 'What Teachers Really Say." which went viral, as did his next 60, making him an icon among educators throughout the US, as highlighted in the CBS Evening News' edition of February 9, 2018-
He said I was good and I said he was good, we never argued about that. I wasn't just a fan, I was his brother; Elvis was a hard worker, dedicated, and God loved him. Last time I saw him was at Graceland, We sang 'Old Blind Barnabus' together, a gospel song. I love him and hope to see him in heaven. There'll never be another like that soul brother.
James Brown, in the book Elvis Has Left the Building: The Day the King Died, p 30
He was one of a kind, nobody like him. And they all respected him. The unique thing about talking football to another celebrity is that it never comes as real, but with Elvis you could because he understood it at that level and that made it good for me to exchange because I could talk to him as I couldn't talk to an actual novice. He was the biggest personality, was truly big and I'm happy he was a friend of mine
Jim Brown, in a documentary entitled NFL Elvis, released on 30 November of 208.
As a vocalist, Elvis Presley possessed the rare ability to give the melodramatic a genuine authenticity; it's easy to take Elvis Presley for granted and yes, we all know that Elvis had a huge role in defining rock in the beginning, but few of us really know what that means; but then there's that voice, which Elvis uses to cut through to the most complex meaning of the song — the meaning that the song's writers might not even know exists — and lay it bare. On "From Elvis In Memphis", he takes the longing sentiment in "Any Day Now" (1969), his voice lending it a certain buoyancy that most artists would never even think belongs, and in doing so he embeds a deceptively simple pop song with depth and mystery, all through inflection; a craftsman at heart, his experimentation didn't manifest itself in innovation, but in refinement of his already incomparable technique; as a result, "From Elvis In Memphis" documents what happens when an artist who instinctively personalizes the songs he sings decides to get even more personal; the outcome is raw, stripped of all pretense, and dedicated to the idea of the song, his voice bringing with it a grave amount of weight; if you want an indication of why Elvis deserves a place in current pop culture, pick up "From Elvis In Memphis"; the music speaks for itself; authenticity never goes out of style.
Marty Brown, music critic for Culture Cartel.com, reviewing "From Elvis in Memphis", on 15 August 2002
In 1969 I was playing piano for the Stamps and we got invited to go to the Elvis suite at the International, after his first show there on July 31, 1969. J.D. Sumner, who was Elvis' idol from way back and the leader of the Stamps, said that we would have to flip a coin to see who would go with him to the suite and meet Elvis. And I won, and then when I entered the room, and saw him, I thought "Man if I could look like this dude, I could get every chick in the world. He was the coolest person I have ever seen in my life. Playing piano for him, even if it was only fir the last two years of his life, defines my own life, in spite of all the success I've had as a producer since.
Tony Brown American record executive and pianist, known primarily for his work in country music, producing Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, and George Strait, in an interview with the Today show, on August 16, 2017.
Elvis Presley, at age 13
Argentinean singer and director of the the Espacio Malaver Singing School Franciso Brunetta's answer as to who was his first and greatest influence, and at what age that took place, as published in Queen's Chronicle's edition of September 15, 2016. Brunetta was born actually 5 years AFTER Presley's death.
I‘m a music man and like to DJ on the decks in my kitchen, where I often listen to tunes while rustling up food, a bit like Gordon Ramsay. I love Ray Charles, Sting, Dire Straits and sometimes I‘ll even drop some Elvis and all that has got me into a bit of bother with neighbours
Frank Bruno, in an article entitled "UK Boxing legend Frank Bruno in trouble with neighbours for blasting out Elvis tunes" as published in the "Stock Daily Dish" 's December 1, 2019 edition.
What's amazing is that when we were walking up the stairs to come up, I was like ‘Gosh, a lot of cool people have come up these stairs.' That’s when Stephen Colbert pointed out to me that Elvis Presley performed right where our interview was taking place. He’s your dream collaboration,” Dierks Bentley, who was co-hosting then asked me: “Living or dead? I choose Elvis, which is a weird thing to ask somebody. People are like, ‘Living or dead? Who would you like to perform with?’ I'm like, ‘That’s kind of weird, but I always say Elvis. In fact, try to perform my shows like Elvis is watching and try to do the best I can night in and night out and have a big ol’ performance."
Luke Bryan, during the taping of his segment at the Ed Sullivan Theatre, for CBS's Late Show with Stephen Colbert, as published on CMT News on March 29, 2017
His death is like that of Elvis Presley.
African American Kobe Bryant fan, on his death at age 41 following a horrific helicopter crash, as told in an interview outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, on January 26, 2020
My first-grade music teacher played a video of an Elvis performance for the class and that was it for me. My mom dyed my hair black and I got a leather jacket, and she made me a gold lamé jacket, and I started writing ‘Elvis’ on all my papers because I believed, in first grade, that I was Elvis.”
Tyler Bryant, frontman for Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, arguing in favor of music programs not being cut in elementary schools, in an interview with Billboard and published on 26 October, 2017
I hold no brief for Presley and I’ve never seen him, but when police are allowed to set up cameras and be judge, that’s an invasion of an artist’s rights and should be looked into, mighty carefully, by every artist and actors’ agency in our business.
Yul Brynner Oscar winner for Best Actor in 1957, defending Elvis after the Los Angeles police set up cameras to watch his second show at the Pan Pacific Auditorium and ostensibly have some kind of proof should his behaviour be deemed inappropriate, in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, on 29 October, 1957.
I think that soul has little to do with the colour of your skin or where were you born. It's the same with acting, if the actor believes in the story, so does the public, so I thank Elvis, who is one of my favourites singers in both the R&R and R&B fields, for doing the music I love the most.
Canadian superstar Michael Bublé, in an interview to the Diario La Razon, in Buenos Aires, prior to his performing in his wife's country, and as published in that daily's online edition on 10 September 2014
At first his Vegas career didn't go quite as planned. In fact, Elvis's first appearance in the gambling capital was in 1956 at the New Frontier Hotel. However, he didn't receive the support from local publications, with many believing that his rough sound wasn't what the middle-aged audience in Vegas at the time wanted. Therefore his two-week residency was cut short after just a week. Nevertheless, he made the perfect comeback with hundreds upon hundreds of consecutive sell-outs from 1969 until December 1976. He opened the then-International Hotel Casino, with more than 2,000 fans turned out for opening night in July 1969 which saw the line that lead into the city's largest showroom stretch to the hotel's front lobby. No one has quite made as much of an impact since.
Brett Buchanan, in an article entitled "Who Is The Biggest Celeb To Perform At Vegas?" published at Alternative Nation on October 14, 2016
Just the other day, I was interviewed for a story, and sure enough, the interviewer brought up my night with Elvis in Paris and couldn't believe I had been in that close a relationship with him. People don't want to hear about President de Gaulle, President Kennedy or Frank Sinatra. They weren't that important, compared with him. A picture was taken of the two of us, but I can't find it. People just have to take my word for it. This is how it all happened. Elvis, in his Army uniform and on leave from Germany was staying at the Hotel Prince de Galles, so the moment I got the tip I went there to interview him and at one point I said, "What are you doing tonight?" He said, "Nothing, sir."I said, "Come out with me and I'll show you Paris." He said: "That would be very nice, sir. No one has offered to take me out in Paris." "That's because they don't know you're here. We'll just go out, the two of us, so we won't be bothered by a lot of fans." I came home for dinner and told my wife, "I'm going out with Elvis Presley tonight." She didn't believe it. I said: He's in Paris all alone and I'd be doing our country a service by showing him around." My wife didn't like the idea of the two of us going out on the town. She said, "I'd like to come along." I told her, "I promised Elvis it would only be the two of us." She said, "Why didn't you bring him here for dinner?" I said, "That wouldn't be Paris." I recall now her saying to my children, "Do you know who Daddy's going out with tonight?" They asked, "Who?" My wife said, "I can't tell you, but you have his records in your room." I picked Elvis up at his hotel and told him the Lido had the best show in town and I could get him the best table. After the show, we went backstage and that's when all the fun began. Everyone who has interviewed me wants a complete description of how he performed that night. I have been living off Elvis Presley ever since. To this day, when people ask me what was my greatest night in Paris, I tell them it was at the Lido with him. If only I could find that damn photo...
Art Buchwald, Pulitzer Prize winner journalist, humorist and commentator recalling his time spent with Elvis in Paris in June of 1959 in an article entitled The King and I, and published by the Paris based newspaper he worked for many years as a columnist, the International Herald Tribune, in 2006.
Presley brought an excitement to singing, in part because rock and roll was greeted as his invention, but for other reasons not so widely reflected on: Elvis Presley had the most beautiful singing voice of any human being on earth. Presley, for some fans, was primarily a balladeer. "Don't Leave Me Now" (1957), is a love song given distinctiveness by Presley's twangy enunciation, and sustained by the guitar and rhythm sections designed perfectly to complement the balladeer, filled out towards the song's end - as with so much of Presley- ,with what one conveniently calls the heavenly choir, which wafts him home but never overwhelms the country lilt Presley gives his music. said:
William F. Buckley, Jr. in his article "The Crooner, R.I.P.: Perry Como and the casual mode," published by the National Review on June 11, 20
I think it's a little harder to churn out interfaces with sociology. When I was a kid and Elvis broke through it was a sociological phenomenon that lasted through the Beatles and even a bit through Fleetwood. I grew up in Atherton, California, with my two older brothers, one of whom, Jeff turned me onto Elvis. Without Jeff, I probably wouldn't be here today, so damn you, Jeff!!!."
Lindsay Buckingham, lead singer and guitarist for the UK/American band Fleetwood Mac, speaking at the University of Southern California after a two-hour performance and Q&A session at the University's Bovard Auditorium and as published by Billboard on May 1, 2015
And then of course, the same Phillips auction that saw the new Speedmaster record, also gave us the new overall record for an Omega wristwatch in the form of a watch was owned by Elvis Presley. It absolutely crushed its pre-sale estimates of CHF 50,000-100,000 on the way to $1.8 million, overtaking a record set by a rare observatory tourbillon sold at Phillips's in November of 2017 Geneva sale.
Jon Bues, writing in an auction report on the sale of Elvis' 1960 Omega on May 12, 2018, the buyer being the Omega Museum on Biel Switzerland.
Angel loved kittens, horses, shopping and Elvis Presley. Most of all she loved giving hugs. Her parents would often take her mushroom hunting, usually carrying her Bible with her .
The Buffalo Reflex's obituary of Angel Elizabeth King, age 10, who died of brain cancer on December 15, 2018 and as published on their December 22, 2018 online edition.
He was the only man from Northern Mississippi who could shake his hips, and still be loved by rednecks, cops and hippies.
Jimmy Buffet, as published in http://www.elvis.net/whattheysay/theysayframe.html
I will release my tax returns if Donald Trump does too and yes, I will again wear my Elvis costume and even dance with Hillary in the streets of Omaha, as she wants, if she wins.
US Mega Billionaire Warren Buffet's promise, as delivered in an interview following an article published on the Washington Post on August 1, 2016.
In 1967, we were once performing two sets at DC's Cellar Door (a 163-seat music club) at 34th and M streets and as we were changing for the second set, the manager tapped on our door and said, ‘You have five minutes. By the way, 'The King' is in the house. I was the baby in the group and the others had seen queens and kings, they perform all over the world. I had never seen a king. I changed my clothes and cleaned up. I peeked and when I looked out, there was Elvis. He and Col. Parker were secluded from the audience. They had been there for the first set. When he stood up I was breathless. He asked me to sit down, but I had to go. I said, ‘I want you to know, I followed your career.’ And he said in his Elvis voice, ‘The Platters were very influential in my career. You did extremely well on ‘I Only Have Eyes for You.’ He said he liked the way I sang it in the first set. I went back and told the guys and they didn't believe me. I said, ‘Yes he is out there.’ We go on stage and I was looking for him. I had the microphone in my hands and he was gone.....
Milton Bullock when asked what was his favourite moment as a singer for The Platters,in an interview for the Daily Herald and published on 16 September 2018.
He had a love for God, his family, the congregation and a true reverence of Elvis Presley.
About Reverend Clayton Burch, of Goshen Free Will Baptist Church in Mount Holly, as quoted from his eulogy by Rev. Tommy Bulla, and as reported in the Gaston Gazzete on December 8, 2018
One male vocalist stands out above all others, and that is Elvis Presley. To understand why, I suggest listening to Elvis's 1954 Sun recording of "Blue Moon" and his 1960 version of "Fever." And be sure not to miss his rockabilly version of "Good Rockin' Tonight." Then check out his tender, sweet version of "Crying in the Chapel." Next, listen to the powerful high notes he hits on "American Trilogy," especially his version of "Battle Hymn of the Republic." Then listen to his undervalued masterpiece "What Now My Love" and "It's Now or Never." The latter is wonderfully sweet, until the power of Elvis's voice kicks in and takes the song to another dimension. Now listen to him growl out "One Night." Finish by listening to his enchanting country-flavored "That's Alright (Mama)" and gospel songs like "Peace in the Valley." Try as I may, I can't think of another male singer who can go from nearly infinite sweetness, to ferocity, to spirituality, to tremendous power the way Elvis does. With the right song in hand, he was untouchable. But was Elvis the greatest male falsetto singer of all time? It's hard to say if Elvis was really singing falsetto at times because his voice was so wonderfully high, pure, sweet and effortless. But does it really matter how he did what he did?
Poet and music columnist Michael R. Burch, as noted in his website The Hyper Texts and for an article entitled the World's Greatest Falsetto singers
Rock and roll then, is a combination of gospel songs, blues, bebop, the love ballad, the folksy material of the hillbilly or western type song, and things based on personal experience. Rock and roll today has no color lines in its listening appreciation or in its development.
Dan Burley, African American musician and journalist, as quoted in a chapter detailing the mass reaction to the early Elvis by the black community and as noted in page 135 of the book entitled "Just My Soul Responding: Rhythm and Blues, Black Consciousness, and Race"by Brian Ward.
He stepped onto the stage, the band started to play, His hips began to move. He sang 'Good Rockin' Tonight' and before he was done, the crowd was whirled into a frenzy. Boy, he was different. As soon as he walked into the building you could feel his energy. He had the looks, the songs and the charisma. Whatever a star has, he had it - more than anyone else.”
Guitarist Sonny Burgess, talking about seeing Elvis perform, in 1955, in an article on the WashingtonTimes.com
When at last I made my journey to the land of the blues, I never dreamt for one minute that I'd actually become friends with the guys who were my mentors, heroes and my cultural icons. (Witherspoon's) voice held a great mysticism for me, like when I first heard the voice of Elvis Presley—you knew it was coming from the source.
Eric Burdon, lead singer of "The Animals", commenting on his meeting bluesman Jimmy Witherspoon, as published in Gadfly's March 1998 edition.
When I was on 'The Ed Sullivan Show,' I met Elvis. He was doing his 2nd appearance there, was super hot, very sweet and I even got his autograph for my kid sister. And did I think there would be something between us? Well, yes I thought so, but he didn't.(LOL)
Comedian Carol Burnett, in an interview with Andy Cohen, and speaking about meeting the 20th Century's greatest celebrities, as published on TooFab on May 10, 2018.
We never played together but I went to where he was playing and doing the blues. He took the blues and made rock 'n' roll out of it. And he give an account of everything he did. He said this is so-and-so's music. You know down in Birmingham, I can't think of the guys name, but Elvis did one of his numbers. Had it on a record, ya know. He went down there where Elvis was playing and walked up and his car had quit on him on the highway.After he got done with his album, he bought him a brand new car. He would do things like that. He made 2 or 3 people down in Atlanta and Birmingham rich, ya know. He had been doing their music and they didn't think they were gonna get nothing out of it, but he went down and found 'em, in fact bought 'em homes, gave them money and everything. I think he helped the black people. I sure enough do...
R.L Burnside, African American blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist, as published in Rockmattares, from an interview in 1996 entitled "One bad ass bluesman"
He's Elvis. We've found Elvis and he looks like Tiger.
Rick Burton, director of the Warsaw Sports Marketing Centre at the University of Oregon, comparing Tiger Woods with Elvis Presley.
One day, my mother-in-law received a call from the school principal, who said that George was in his office, after having disrupted his music class. In true Elvis fashion, he'd taken a piece of charcoal and drawn sideburns and then tried to perform as Elvis for the other children."
Former US First Lady Laura Bush, recalling his mother in law's, the also US First Lady Barbara Bush, having to go to school to pick up the future President of the United States, then 10 year old, after his having been on partial detention for imitating Elvis.
You Memphis politicians had better watch out if Elvis Presley ever decides to enter politics.
George H. W. Bush, during a speech at a luncheon previous to the Jaycees ceremony honoring Elvis, in 1970.
Elvis Presley was a great entertainer who helped define an era. Thirty years after his death, his unmissable sound and sensational performances continue to influence generations of artists and inspire countless fans. This week is an opportunity to celebrate his life and career and be recognize his enduring contribution to popular culture.
US President George W. Bush's laud of Elvis on the 30th Anniversary of his death, in a letter addressed to EPE and the Presley family, sent from his White House office and signed by him on Jul 19, 2007
I heard Elvis Presley and I knew what my life was meant to be.
Robert Butcher, English born photographer, best known for his American Madonnas and Liars, as published in Geeks of Doom.
I am just profoundly honored that Baz has invited me on this journey with him. It’s an extraordinary privilege. And I just feel so blessed to be working with such singular directors like him and Quentin Tarantino.”
Austin Butler, as reported by People Magazine on its July 23,2019 edition in connection with his being cast as Elvis in Baz Luhrmann's 2020 biopic.
Why can't you see, what you're doing to me....
Gral. Micael Bydén, Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces, singing "Suspicious Minds" while marching in front of a huge crowd at 2018's Stockholm's Pride parade.
Elvis Presley? I can’t see that he has any talent.”
Cab Calloway, as reported in The Ottawa Citizen, on April 3, 1956
His life took a major turn at the age of 10, when listening to Radio Luxembourg and he heard Elvis Presley.
Cindy Campbell, speaking about his dad, Irish Musician Eamonn Campbell, in an article published on October 27, 2017 by Irish Herald
I didn't see a color, he wasn't white, he wasn't black... he was Elvis.
Naomi Campbell, UK model and actress, in Elvis Lives an ABC 2002 Special.
I met him in Albuquerque, NM, in 1956 and I got to see him on the raw, with Bill, Scottie and DJ. They were just awesome, so electrifying, with so much energy. I could understand why he was becoming so big then, and become even bigger later. He was a very handsome man, his aura and his honesty. His charisma was huge, but his was very special.....
Glen Campbell, in an interview with Elvisaustralia.
Had Presley never sung a note he might have still caused a stir, but sing he did. Watershed hits such as "All Shook Up" (1957) or, for instance, "Are You Lonesome Tonight", (1960), were eminently Presley's from the moment he put his stamp on them. His jagged, bubbly highs, and Southern baritone jump from those recordings like spirits from a cauldron. Elvis crooned romantically, then screeched relentlessly, always pouring his heart into the lyric and melody. After Elvis, the male vocalist could no longer just sing a song, especially in the new world of rock-n-roll. The "feel" of a performance far out-weighed the perfection of the take.
James Campion, in his book "The 25 Most Influential Americans of the 20th Century", published in 1996.
We let him sing, he did fine and the crowd loved him but I thought at the time he would be a flash in the pan.
Ace Cannon, recalling the night in the late summer of 1954 when DJ Dewey Phillips brought a guy to the Eagles's Nest, where Ace was playing with his band, and asked him to let him sing a song, as published in Scotty Moore's online page.
I don't get it. Why would all these people stand in line for so long to get my husband's autograph? I wouldn't stand in line for anyone, except for one person - Elvis Presley.
Dot Cannon, wife of Billy Cannon, twice a Heisman Trophy winner for LSU's football team, and an All American who later became a pro player in teams in both the AFL and the NFL.
When I met him the first time in Memphis at the Peabody Hotel, it was a thrill. The thing was, he turned around and said to me “Freddy, I bought 'Tallahassee Lassie' and put it in my jukebox at Graceland”. All these singers were in the room, like Fabian, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, Chubby Checker, you could go down the line. So when he said that in front of all of them, he made me feel like a hundred feet tall. He liked my record because it was rock-and-roll. That was the biggest compliment of my life.
Freddy Cannon in his autobiography "Where the action is"
You can not knock the fact that he's one of the kings of rap. His ability is second to none and he's definitely gonna go on the Mount Rushmore of Rap as one of the kings. He's Elvis Presley, the guy that took it to another level
Nick Cannon for HipHopDX, speaking about Eminem, in an article published on their January 3, 2019 edition
There is no way to describe the pandemonium. I never saw as many women in my life. They were screaming, yelling. I was just horrified. I thought, 'They're going to kill him.' And they would have if they could have gotten loose, I'm afraid.
Comedian Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon, who'd come in on the flight with Elvis to be one of his co-stars at the Pearl Harbor USS Arizona Memorial benefit, as noted in Biography's December 4, 2018 online edition.
The opening strains of "Heartbreak Hotel", which catapulted Presley's regional popularity into national hysteria, opened a fissure in the massive mile-thick wall of post-war regimentation, standardization, bureaucratization, and commercialization in American society and let come rushing through the rift a cataract from the immense waters of sheer, human pain and frustration that have been building up for ten decades behind it.
Critic Robert Cantwell, in his memoir Twigs of Folly
Elvis Presley gave me the only dinner party I've ever heard of his giving in Las Vegas. He lived very near me in Palm Springs, CA, and just as he was going to open at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, he invited me for dinner at the hotel. I had never seen him before, but he was nice and I sort of liked him.
Truman Capote, on the night he met Elvis at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, in August of 1969, as published on hellsunutterablelament's August 2, 2010 edition.
In Memphis, they had built a football stadium, so we televised it for a two weeks to test the market. One Monday I am in the hotel, and so I get a phone call and this guy identifies himself as one of my fans, and he says he's Elvis Presley. I thought he was kidding, so he said "You don't believe me, go down to the front of the hotel in 10 minutes, and I ll prove it to you" So I went down there and he walks out of a Rolls Royce, we shake hands and takes me to Graceland. So after 15 minutes, I went to do the basket ball game then I came beck to his house. We sang, spoke, and suddenly he asked me if I had dinner, and if I liked barbecue ribs, so I stayed until 6 am eating a barrel of BBQ Ribs from The Rendevous, a restaurant which he called to make the order himself. That is how sensitive that guy was.
Harry Caray, sportscaster on radio and television, in a 1998 interview with Roy Firestone
I almost died when I was told I would be his co-star. He was an extraordinary handsome person with a very down to earth personality and a velvet voice. When he sang in the film I would melt. "Why is this happening to me?" I would say. I just couldn't believe it...
Elsa Cardenas, Mexican actress who starred with Elvis in 1962's Paramount-produced "Fun in Acapulco"
In New Haven, they put me on the stage to help whip up some interest in "Bayou". They hollered when I did the dance. It out-Elvises Elvis. Years later, during the filming of Change of Habit, he came up to me and said, ‘Aren’t you Timothy Carey? Didn’t you do The World's greatest sinner?" I said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘I always wanted to see that movie- Do you have a 16mm version?’ I only had a 35mm, but we proceeded to talk about it. He knew all about it. I only had four prints. That was one of the reasons that I didn't send it. All hail the King! Oh, and Elvis too.
Timothy Carey, who would later appeared in Elvis last film, Change of Habit (1969), recalling the time he played the first of two characters, the other being the lead in "The world's greatest sinner", whose dancing was totally and purposely based on Elvis's act, as told to columnist George Murray in 1958.
The first thing I think of when I think about coming to Las Vegas and playing is always Elvis, it's always the first thing on my mind. When we were working on 'The Joke, my producer Dave Cobb wanted me to understand the emotion and intensity in a song, so suggested my listening to 'American Trilogy'
Brandi Carlile, as published in www.graceland.com and on Billboard's edition of February 2, 2018.
Both came from humble backgrounds and meteorically captured their respective fields in a way that seemed to break entirely with the past and they both went into film as a means of exploring the mythic dimensions of their celebrity.
John Carlin, as quoted in Christie'e laud of both Elvis and Andy Warhol, in connection with the May 15, 2019 sale of a Double Elvis, as noted by Christie's online page.
In 1957, I traveled for the Toronto Telegram to Buffalo for Elvis' first concert there. I observed that he was a quiet, soft-spoken fellow, not so much affected by his new-found stardom as bewildered by it. He was savvy enough to hoist himself onto a backstage sawhorse so that, in a photo of the two, he appeared much taller than me, though the difference was actually only an inch. That photo became my treasured family memento.
Canadian reporter Mike Carmichael, as noted in the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Telegram, on 23 November, 2017 in an obituary entitled "Carmichael, a witness to history".
The success of posthumous duets is often indirectly correlated to the respect with which the dearly departed is treated: the higher the pedestal, the less convincing the result. Wisely, the female country stars on “Christmas Duets” try to match Elvis Presley's mood, whether it's Carrie Underwood's tenderness on “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” (1957), or Wynonna Judd's brawn on “Santa Claus Is Back in Town.” (1957), On a wild eight-minute “Merry Christmas Baby,”(1971), Gretchen Wilson saunters up to the song, full of attitude, before giving in; it sounds as if she's flirting with Mr. Presley just across the bar.
Jon Carmanica, reviewing the "Christmas Duets" album for the New York Times, as published on 4 December, 2008
In dealing with "Elvis", I am bringing a lot of my own feelings, because I really love Elvis, loved his music, in some sense, I feel lucky to direct a movie about a man who was bigger than life, a human being, yes, but who became mythical.
John Carpenter, in a 1979 interview on the making of the ABC film "Elvis" which he directed.
I wanted to meet him so a few friends from Jackson and I traveled to Memphis on Jan. 18, 1971, to the Jaycees' 10 Outstanding Young Men of America ceremony. Elvis was the final recipient that evening at the old Ellis Auditorium. Of course, every one was trying to get to Elvis,but security would stop them and send them back. It looked like I wasn't going to meet him, after all. But my friends kept urging me, ‘Go on, Martha. Go see him.’ We were only about 40 feet from him. So I finally walked over toward him.” I was stopped by security, only to have Elvis step in: “Let her come on,” he said. I had my program for him to sign, and he did. Then Elvis said, ‘Would you like my water glass?’ I said, ‘Yes, please.’ He said, ‘Would you like my nametag?’ ‘Of course,’ I told him. That water glass has never been cleaned. It's in a shadow box with the nametag in the glass and the autographed program displayed. His DNA has never been washed out of that glass — and never will be.And the man who presented Elvis his award, George H. W. Bush, became America's 41st president 18 years later.
Martha Carr, recalling the day she met Elvis, for the Clarion Ledger, and as published on March 8, 2018
I was 34 when I met him. You had to realize that my father, being Mexican American, was very, very strict. He never allowed us to hear rock 'n roll or anything on the radio. Anything that had to do with music was the Big Band era with the records they had and/or the ranchera Mexican American music and the Mexican artists. So, when I would hear about Elvis, Elvis, Elvis, I could not relate to the hysteria. Okay, so I was in Vegas and I was engaged to this doctor who took care of Elvis when he was there. One day he said, "Elvis wants to meet you." so I said, "Oh, yeah. Right!" He said, "No. Really. So, we went to his show, but my attitude was like "Show me!" I was looking at the show, obviously as a fellow performer the overall look of the show, the staging, the lighting and I was so impressed. Then his singers came out, The Sweet Inspirations. They were incredible. So, then he came out in his white suit. I noticed his stance and I'm thinking to myself, he is standing up there very sure of himself. Plant yourself well and the way his fingers would kind of bend. Of course now everybody's going crazy and I'm looking around and going, "Wow!" Then towards the end of the show he says, "Now I'd like to introduce one of the greatest singers because she sings from her gut" and I'm looking around because the people are all screaming and I said, "Oh, my God, who the heck is here?" (Laughs). He says, Miss. Vikki Carr!" My fiance said, "Vikki, stand up!" I said, "I'm trying to. My brain is saying stand, but my legs won't work. So, I finally stood up and then Elvis has his hand out. So, I went up and he gave me a kiss on the cheek. And then he dedicated It's now or never to me.He was wonderful to me.
Vikki Carr, as told to Gary James in an undated interview published on wwwclassibandscom.
As the "The Times" correspondent reminds him of Elvis Presley, he pauses, then reconsiders, "Oh yes, I think he was a fantastic artist and the best in his field. Absolutely.
Spanish tenor Jose Carreras, in an interview for the Times in which he had suggested that no pop singer can take on classical music, except perhaps for Elvis
i) Guess who celebrated their 40th birthday today?” Elvis Presley. He is now wearing orthopedic blue suede shoes He looks very young, though, but I hear he got an orthopedic, I mean he got a surgical hip lift...he is only allowed to swivel now in the presence of a registered nurse. That's what the nurse told me and ii) If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead
NBC TV's Johnny Carson, as taken from his monologues as broadcast on the Tonight Show, at NBC, on Jan. 8, 1975 and March 21, 1991, respectively.
I listen to a lot of Elvis Presley. He is one of my favorite musicians of all time.
Singer Sofia Carson's answer to Parade as to who does she listens to the most on her iPod, as published on November 25th, 2016
Elvis Presley's death deprives our country of a part of itself. He was unique, irreplaceable. More than twenty years ago, he burst upon the scene with an impact that was unprecedented and will probably never be equaled. His music and his personality, fusing the styles of white country and black rhythm and blues, permanently changed the face of American popular culture. His following was immense. And he was a symbol to people the world over of the vitality, rebelliousness and good humor of this country.”
President Jimmy Carter' official statement following Elvis' death, as reprinted by graceland.com
He had a thing like sort of a quiet charisma because certain people have this confidence. And I am not saying he was Elvis Presley, but he ended up doing a sketch where he's kind of doing an Elvis type singer and did it so well.
Dana Carvey recalling hockey icon Wayne Gretzky's only appearance on Saturday Night Live, in 1989, which he hosted as well, in a segment entitled "Waikiki Hockey", a parody of Elvis movies, where Gretzky plays a busboy who enters a Hawaiian ice hockey tournament to impress a girl, as noted in an article entitled An Oral History Of The Time Wayne Gretzky Hosted SNL, as published on the Aug 29, 2019 edition of Forbes
I don't know if I'd be in any hurry to do another research-intensive project. I found that out the hard way when I tried jumping into another one — during the final stages of production on ̊"Jesusfreak" — that dealt with the last few weeks of Elvis Presley's life. It seemed quite fitting to go from Jesus to Elvis...
Joe Casey, in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter and describing why he felt his comic book, graphic novel entitled "Jesusfreak" should be bookended by the lives of Jesus and Elvis, as published on their March 18,2019 edition
That night at the "Eagle's Nest", I remember, he was playing a (1942) D-18 Martin acoustic guitar and he was dressed in the latest teen fashion, but the thing I really noticed though, was his guitar playing. Elvis was a fabulous rhythm player. He'd start into "That’s All Right", with his own guitar, alone, and you didn't want to hear anything else.
Johnny Cash, in "Cash, the autobiography", recalling the first time he saw Presley perform, at the "Eagles Nest", in Memphis (1954)
Hey Elvis, how's Vegas?
David Cassidy's sarcastic reaction to someone at the other end of the phone who wanted to talk to him and had introduced himself as Elvis Presley. In fact, it was indeed Presley, in 1974, asking Cassidy, whom he had never met, whether his then 6 year old daughter Lisa Marie, a huge fan of David, could get the chance to meet him, which she did, on the next day, as noted in the book Elvis Presley: The Man. The Life. The Legend.
We are seeing disruption, and it is freaking out the news media and the old establishment in Washington, Its like watching Elvis Presley on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Alex Castellanos, Cuban American Republican strategist, speaking about the situation after the US 2016 election at an ABC Sunday News Powerhouse Roundtable hosted by George Stephanopoulos and broadcast on December 4, 2016.
At 4225 Beach Drive SW, stands the Chambliss House, a bright blue home on the Puget Sound with a plaque above the doorway that states "Elvis Presley Slept Here, May 18, 1962." The plaque speaks the truth, according to Alan Chambliss, building owner and 30-year resident. He wasn't around to witness Elvis, but tells the story like it happened yesterday. About 15 years ago, Chambliss noticed a man and woman filming his house. Wondering what the fuss was about, he asked them what they were doing. Their father, dying of cancer lived in the upstairs apartment years before and loved it so much the family wanted to document it as part of a remembrance video. While making their keepsake, the family mentioned that the dying man was Elvis Presley's army buddy and that Elvis once spent the night in the upstairs apartment. As proof of their story, they showed Chambliss pictures of their father with the music legend. Elvis and his chum kept in touch throughout the years. In 1962, Elvis came to Seattle to film "It Happened at the World's Fair" and the friend picked him up from Sea-Tac and drove him to the house on Beach Drive. "He didn’t expect to stay the night at first," Chambliss says. Perhaps the Rock-and-Roll Legend was a sucker for water views Chambliss let the dying man's family film the upstairs apartment. About three weeks later he received the plaque, now mounted above the doorway, along with a thank you note for being so welcoming.
As told by tenant Bob Castonguay, who now rents the upstairs apartment that Elvis slept in, as published in the West Seattle Herald
Many of our vagabonds, the sons of the burgoise, can be seen gallivanting around with their tight trousers, some of them with a guitar heralding Elvis Presley attitudes which lead them to erroneously believe they will be able to freely attend rallies where they can lobby their gay and effeminate ways. But we will not allow such degenerate feelings.
Fidel Castro in a speech delivered in front of 100,000 at the steps of the University of Havana on 13 March 1963, the day that signaled the last nail on the coffin of rock music as an art form in Cuba, until at least the first decade of the 21sty Century.
Elvis had a center of gravity that was low, but also set back and deep; his sexiest moves – legs lolling back and forth, smooth like jelly, hips rolling and tossing everywhere – were performed as if there were a paperweight on a string tied around his waist, and hung from his lower back; with his own weight adjusted to the back, he could free one leg to twist, pop, and jerk while maintaining perfect balance; Elvis' glory was in the shifting of his weight; when he gets going fast, the force of the shifts make his shoulders jerk so hard he looks like he is being electrocuted.
New York Sun columnist Pia Catton, explaining the reasons for Elvis' star quality, as a stage performer, (16 August 2007)
You can't be both Elvis Presley and Miles Davis", I once said to him. But then when someone recently asked me what his dreams were when he was young he answer to me was that he wanted to be Elvis".
American entertainment producer and business owner Bob Cavallo, former manager of Prince, explaining his client's longings, as published by both the Texas Public Radio's online page on Saturday, December 6, 2014 and by the Examiner, on April 26, 2016.
I was very moved by your letter. I’m sure your dad would have been very happy with his Elvis-themed funeral. Thinking about it, I would be very happy with one too — to be ushered into the next world by the voice of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll singer of them all. Kentucky Rain, that’s what I’d like, Kentucky Rain and How Great Thou Art — Elvis singing gospel, with heaven and all its angels listening. It was a lovely thing to do for your dad. Sounds like you did a great job.'
Nick Cave, when asked what songs would he like played at his funeral,as part of the Red Hand Files series and as published in its 19 August 2021 editio
One day I was nervous and struggling with one scene that stretched into about 30 takes, and I could see the director was getting frustrated,so I started stuttering. Then Elvis said, 'That's it, it's a wrap, the little lady and I are going to have something to eat", so he took me to dinner and the next day I nailed the scene immediately. At that early age, I didn't understand the magnitude of his fame and popularity, but he was a true gentleman...
Vicky Cayetano, Philippine born child actress who at age 6 starred with Elvis in "It happened at the World's fair" and later became the First Lady of Hawaii, following her marriage to Governor Ben Cayetano (D).
There was a crowd gathered in one corner of the PX store and the rest of it seemed deserted, though the parking lot was filled with Jeeps, so I asked what was going on and they said that Elvis Presley was over there. I thought to myself, well, that's interesting, and I went about my business, got what I had come for, then went out to my jeep to kill time for awhile. Some time later, I noticed that Elvis was walking out of the store directly toward me. His Jeep was parked right next to mine. So we hung out and talked for 45 minutes. I asked someone to shoot a photo, but I never got a print. I also asked for his autograph, which I sent home to the daughter of one of my store managers who was a fan. He was just the nicest guy you could meet, an ordinary guy, with one exception, and that was that he was even better looking than he was in pictures LOL.
Gus A. Chafoulias, Chairman of Titan and of GM Rochester, who served in the US Army with Elvis in Germany, in an article entitled "Business Person of the Year: Chafoulias, at 80, has no plans to slow down", as published on the March 8, 2019 edition of the Minnesota Post Bulletin.
I've always loved Elvis, how he entertained, how he performed, so that's where I try and take inspiration from
Jake Chamberlain, discussing "Miss Trouble", his first album in an interview with Amanda Hill and as published in the Standard Journal's online edition of March 13, 2015.
Obviously after the Elvis concert, I said how can this any better? It was mid August of 1969. The year after, Bill Medley played the smaller lounge, and since I had been in high school a fan of the Righteous Brothers, I went with my girlfriend to see him, sat down in one of those half moon booths. So, in the middle of Bill's concert, I noticed the entire room, about 500 people, all stand up so I turn around and watch as Elvis walks down the aisle towards the stage. He had not even been introduced, and by a struck of luck, sat next to me and my girlfriend at the booth, So I rushed outside to see if I could get a pen, to get his autograph, which I did. When I came back, with paper and pen in hand, I waited until Bill stopped singing, and I then asked Elvis to sing an autograph. To my amazement, he instead started talking to me as if he and I were friends our entire lives, and when I told him I was a music major, he asked me about my courses at the University of Las Vegas. Unbeknownst to Elvis and I, Bill and the entire audience remained silent during our conversation, looking at us, for a full five minutes.LOL. So, finally, he signs the autograph, shakes my hand, and says " Stay in school". The impression of him being who he was, and of talking to a man who had changed the world, was amazing, but more than anything I will cherish how he treated me....
Christopher Chandlers's laud of Elvis Presley, on the 81st anniversary of Elvis birth, January 8, 2017 (YouTube)
In a "Family Guy" parody of Rocky VI, Rocky goes to fight a boxing match on Mars. Even though there's no oxygen, he's not afraid of fighting an alien on another planet. Is there anything that would put fear into either Sly Stallone or Rocky Balboa? The answer is Elvis Presley. Since Elvis couldn't just go to- /a th02e/atr2e do-w them theatre down the block, he invited Sly to come down to Graceland with a copy of the film and do a private screening. Stallone was too intimidated and instead just sent a copy, which Elvis watched with friends and enjoyed
Chris Chan Roberson, in an article entitled "On the sly", published at CBR.com on October 8, 2018.
Charlie was always aware of the public. While at the Manoir in the 1950's, a friend visited him and brought him a record of a new singer called Elvis Presley. Charlie hadn't heard of him. "This man has made a sensation in the States," his friend said. "I can't understand it. He wiggles his hips and sings and people go mad." "If he's made such an impact," Charlie replied, "he must have something. You can't fool the public." --
Charles Chaplin' in his biography by Jerry Epstein
Jerry Quarry and I got married right before his August 31, 1973 2nd round KO of James J. Woody, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. And, after that, we to see Elvis in concert at the Las Vegas Hilton. In fact, Jerry's mom was with us and she loved Elvis. Once there, his mom asked Red West backstage if she could have a scarf for Elvis to sign. Some time later, Red handed her a scarf but when Elvis recognised me, he threw me up in the air and said, ‘Hi kid how are you doing?’ It was so cute, such a fabulous feeling. Then he looked at Jerry and said: “Listen, you’d better treat this girl good. I know her and if you don’t, I’m gonna kick your butt!” to which Jerry said “Yes sir! Yes sir! LOL. But then, suddenly, Jerry's mom threw the scarf back in my face. When I asked her why she had done that, she said “Look at this.....He signed this to you, not to me...
Arlene Charles, recalling the hilarious time when Elvis, with whom she had worked seven years earlier in "Spinout", finally got to meet her husband, heavyweight boxer Jerry Quarry as well as her mother in law, both of whom had been huge Elvis fans, as noted in the Express's July 14, 2020 edition.
Ummm, OK. Here was a white kid that could rock and roll, made a lot of people listen to songs that they would not have listened to, rhythm and blues, or whatever you want to call it, and the girls would swoon over him. I dont want to talk more about Elvis because I am gonna lose one third of my fans.
Ray Charles's answer on whether Elvis was talented, as told in a 1999 interview with Bob Cosrtas.
I've always been a big Elvis fan, so the idea of taking this classic and splattering it with some signature INK bloodshed struck me as a match made in hell...
Spencer Charnas, frontman for Ice Nine Kills, in reference to their 2021 haunting cover of "Can't help falling in love", as published by Livewire's February 11, 2021 edition.
He looked like a prince from another planet, narrow-eyed, with high Indian cheek bones and a smooth brown skin untouched by his 37 years. When Elvis started to work with the mike, his right hand flailing air, his left leg moving as though it had a life of its own, time stopped, and everyone in the place was 17 again. It was a lesson in dominance; we had just seen the comic who couldn't control anybody, not even himself, and that had got us nervous; now Elvis made it all right again.Elvis used the stage, he worked to the people. The ones in front, in the best seats, the ones in back, and up in the peanut galleries. He turned, he moved, and when a girl threw a handkerchief on the stage, he wiped his forehead with it and threw it back, a gift of sweat from an earthy god. Young girls moaned, and stood in their seats trying to dance, and one kid took a giant leap from a loge seat clear to the stage, only to be caught and taken away. A special champion comes along, a Joe Louis, a Jose Capablanca, a Joe DiMaggio, someone in whose hands the way a thing is done becomes more important than the thing itself. When DiMaggio hit a baseball, his grace made the act look easy and inevitable. Friday Night at Madison Square Garden, Elvis was like that. He stood there at the end, his arms stretched out, the great gold cloak giving him wings, a champion, the only one in his class.
Chris Chase, critic for The New York Times, reviewing Elvis June 9 concert, the first of four back to back he performed there, and on Sunday, June 11, 1972
He as such a nice person, when I found out he died, I really was saddened
Chubby Checker, recalling the time he found out about his death
Take me, take me...
Eight year old Judy Chelette's retort to the then 20 year old Elvis after witnessing first hand her much older sister Mary Jo Chelette's decline of an invitation from Elvis for the two of them to go out on a date, this taking place on the night of 25 November 1955 and as noted in a eulogy for Judy by writer Ken Stickney published in the Port Arthur News' November 2, 2018 edition.
The first concert I attended was an Elvis concert at Oakland when I was eleven. Even at that age he made me realize the tremendous effect a performer could have on an audience.
Cher, as published in www.graceland.com
The series of Warhol inspired works by Russian artists was not done especially for this exhibition, but when the Moscow curator Andrei Yerofeyev heard about them, he did everything in his power to include the works in the show and catalog. The show ends with two black and white canvases facing each other from opposite walls with space for exhibition visitors in between them. On one wall is Elvis Presley dressed as a cowboy pointing a gun at the visitors. Across from him are executioners of the NKVD with red stars on their caps shooting back.....
Peter Cheremushkin of The Moscow Times's , review of the first massive Andy Warhol exhibition at the Sevkabel Port, in St. Petersburg and entitled "Russian Artists Take Andy Warhol's Pop Art Vision and Run With It", as published in the Moscow Times' July 2, 2021 editon.
And the singer explodes, no longer laying back, now letting it fly. It is a raw, ragged sound, but the singer is so far into the moment that he doesn't care, and neither does anyone else. "When I read your lovin' letter, my heart began to sink," he roars with ache and ardor in his voice. "There's a million miles between us, but they didn't mean a thing." This glorious minute of "Trying to Get to You" is from Elvis Presley's 1968 television comeback special, one of 77 previously unreleased performances collected on a new four-CD box set, "Platinum: A Life in Music" (RCA). It affirms that 20 years after his death on Aug. 16, 1977, after countless books, albums, tabloid stories, imitators and Graceland tours have wrung seemingly every drop of mystery from his legacy, there remains plenty to learn about Presley. Or, perhaps more precisely, relearn. For in the last 20 years, the essential truth about Presley has been lost. But the truth of his 23 years of public music making is this: He was the most quintessentially American of singers, an artist who drew no boundaries between Saturday night blues and Sunday morning gospel, middle-of-the-road schmaltz and dirt-road hillbilly country. And he could swing a tune like nobody's business. More than anything else, those two factors--his openness to just about any kind of music and his ability to personalize that music with his unique feel for rhythm--are why Presley mattered, and still matters.
The Chicago Tribune's review of Platinum, published on August 3rd, 1997
Having had the opportunity to work with these recordings, I am now more convinced than ever that Elvis Presley was the most passionate vocalist this world has known.
Andy Childs, US country music singer-songwriter, writing on the liner notes for the album "Where no one stands alone", released in 2018.
Recorded at the Beatles' old Abbey Road Studios, it offers one more chance to enjoy Presley's voice in a different context, deliciously backed by a world-class orchestra geared toward the nuances of his delivery. It's a new twist on a very familiar, and treasured, body of work. This one is a tried and true concept, basically a variation on last year's quite successful posthumous pairing of Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, but the fact that it's been done once before doesn't diminish the pleasure. There are few surprises, but it's a reminder of Presley's range and vocal dexterity. The orchestral style suits Elvis well: taken out of the rock and roll context, there is no need for his swagger or his snarl, as the orchestra is restrained and understated, allowing Presley's vocals alone to carry the day. The orchestral format also gives rise to "live" concerts with Elvis singing on screen while the Royal Philharmonic performs. A series of six British shows in major arenas this fall is expected to draw thousands of the faithful — the number doesn't seem to be dwindling, even 39 years after his death in a country, the UK, where he never performed.
The China Post's review of the album The Wonder of You, as published on 21 October 2016.
Personally, I resent the ‘shouldn’t do that’ attitude of many guardians and reformers who want to straighten out the younger generation. I am young and don't doubt that I need a great deal of correcting, but when we stop listening to Elvis, stop reading comics, stop doing this, and stop doing that, what are we going to do then? In short, what have you older folks provided for us in the way of wholesome entertainment? Until you older folks can provide something in this line, I would appreciate it if you leave our literature, music, and Elvis alone.
Harry Chinnis, in an letter to the Editor of Charleston's Post and Courier, in regards to another letter to the Editor dated July 3, 1956, in which a man by the name of W.A Morris (kindly see his letter, under the last name Morris, below) had stated that it would probably would require a hurricane to de-contaminate the entire estate of South Carolina properly after Presley's appearance on June 28, 1956.
One year I met President Eisenhower, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra and thought I had met all the important people in the world.,.
The Chordettes̼'s baritone singer, Carol Buschmann in an article published on December 17, 2018 by the USA Today Network and entitled 'Bring me a dream': Remembering Wisconsin's famed Chordettes
We haven't been the same since Elvis. He defined an era, he was America, the fresh young outsider who shook up the system, the shining star with clay feet and the dissipated innocent who could not understand what he had become. That is the stuff of legends.
Sandra Choron and Bob Oskam, in the introduction to their book ̊"The 328 best (and worse) things ever said about Elvis Presley" published in 1991 by Citadel Press̼ Books.
i) Then, in mid 1968 he taped a television special in a black leather suit, in front of a select live audience, opening with "Guitar Man" and closing with a mild social-conscience song, "If I Can Dream". But it wasn't until Greil Marcus brought out the recording of that performance for me, almost three years later, that I realized how significant it had been. Marcus has spent as much time listening as anyone who is liable to be objective, and he believes Elvis may have made the best music of his life that crucial comeback night. It's so easy to forget that Elvis was, or is, a great singer. Any account of his impact that omits that fundamental fact amounts to a dismissal. ii) Elvis made a great many major recordings, and no matter what jaded undergraduates think, few rock and rollers of any era have moved with such salacious insouciance. But it's my best guess that rocking or romantic, young or old, thin or fat, innocent or decadent, inspired or automatic, Elvis touches the millions he touches most deeply with that ineffable chestnut, the grain of his voice; from the pure possibility of "Mystery Train" and "Love Me Tender", to the schlock passion of "In the Ghetto", no singer has ever duplicated his aura of unguarded self-acceptance. The very refusal of sophistication that renders him unlistenable to Sinatraphiles is what his faithful love most about him. (In fact), listeners with looser standards in cultural articulation have a clearer pipeline to the meanings that voice might hold.
i) Rock critic Robert Christgau, from his article entitled, "The King and I", as published in www.robertchristgau.com and ii) in his 1973 book "Any old way you choose"
It's called 'Love Song of the Year' and it's on the 'Promised Land' album, When I met Elvis, he leaned over and said, "How do you like what I did with your song?".Not one single artist who used my songs ever did something like that, but Elvis did.
Chris Christian as noted in an interview with Newswest 9, and published on their February 23,2019 edition.
Elvis Presley is widely regarded as the most significant global cultural icon of the 20th century.
Auction house Christie's's laud of Elvis, as presented to bidders prior to the auction held in their NYC office on 17 May, 2018, and which later translated into an Andy Warhol's "Double Elvis" being sold, for the second time in 6 years, for another US̩37,000,000.
Elvis was a brilliant artist. As a musicologist — and I consider myself one — there was always a great deal of respect for Elvis, especially during his Sun sessions. As a black people, we all knew that. (In fact), Eminem is the new Elvis because, number one, he had the respect for black music that Elvis had.
Chuck D explaining how his feelings for Elvis' legacy are much more complicated than it was suggested by the lyrics in his song, "Fight The Power", which was written 12 years earlier (published following an interview with the Associated Press in connection with the 25th Anniversary of Presley's death)
I came late to the Elvis party. I never grabbed on to his shooting star in the ascendancy of his career. I was more into groups. And then a strange thing happened. Either Elvis changed or I did. Almost two decades ago, I began my oldies show on Thursday nights on WSRK in Oneonta and this is where I had the epiphany that Elvis Presley possessed one of the best male singing voices to ever climb the charts. Deep, passionate, powerful, no frills, no twang, no screaming. Classic. In the 1950s, nobody knew what he was. Still, it is the voice. I'm in awe of it and am a little embarrassed that I jumped on the bandwagon so late. But now that I am on it, I'm in the front seat, cheering all the way. Elvis is the King, let nobody doubt it. And if you are still a parade straggler, take my suggestion. Find yourself a copy of “An American Trilogy” (1972). It was recorded live before a sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden. This is Elvis' magnum opus. As he slides from “Dixie” to the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” you will be swept away. The orchestra provides the fanfare, the urban sounds of the background singers will mesmerize you and Elvis' vocals will lift you up. This one performance can actually be transformative. It is powerful yet sensitive, subtle yet bombastic. I don't know how, but it all works. And his voice was never better than on this song. “American Trilogy” is a Master Class. By a truly great artist.
Big Chuck, radio personality, WSRK in Oneonta. NY, as published in the Daily Star, on January 12, 2015.
From 1952 to 1980, we called it the industrialization generation. From 1980 to 2000, it was the democratization generation. Post-2000 we call it the millennial generation. I came of age in the 1980s and I have been very much influenced by American culture. In fact, Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley were the biggest stars for the Korean people.
Phillip Chun, Chairman of the Paradise Group, a market-leading integrated resort (IR) developer currently building Korea's first IR near the international airport in Incheon at a cost of more than $1 billion, in an article published on September 19, 2016 on the Worldfolio.
When we visited Blenheim Palace, as Oxford University's Class of 1979 for post graduate diplomatc studies, the man who acted as Cicerone for us was Oxonian Godfrey Davis. As we got closer to the end of the tour, we approched a cardboard removable visual timeline where the largest photo was that of Sgt Elvis Presley. Questioned as to why was this so, Davis explained Sir Winston had come to like Elvis as a result of listening to "Its now ot never" and "Surrender...
About Sir Winston Churchill 's liking of Elvis Presley, as told to members of the Foreign Service Programme by Godfrey Davis, the translator of the Magna Carta, during a tour of Blenheim Palace in the winter of 1979.
Who the hell's limousine is that?” That was Elvis Presley’s reaction to the sight of a long, black limo parked in front of the General Cinema in Memphis–one of Elvis’s favorite spots for personal midnight movie screenings. The limo happened to belong to me. In fact I had made a pilgrimage to meet him, at the special request of Jerry Schilling, one of Elvis’s entourage. “I think it’s probably Eric’s!, Schilling later told me how he answered Elvis question. Now, inside the theatre, the chance for a great summit meeting seemed to diminish when Elvis walked in and saw me and Pattie Harrison (George’s ex), sitting about 12th row center--right in Elvis’s seats. There was some tension, until Schilling made the introductions, and right away I made it really clear how much respect I had for him. Seeing that, he relaxed and turned into a charming host, and we fell into a really nice, friendly conversation.
Eric Clapton in an article published in EC MUsic News, dated December 27, 2010.
It’s rare when an artist’s talent can touch an entire generation of people. It’s even rarer when that same influence affects several generations. Elvis made an imprint on the world of pop music unequaled by any other single performer.”
Dick Clark, as published in Elvis.net
I was lucky to be 12 years old when rock ‘n’ roll really busted out. I saw Elvis in Tulsa at the Fairground on his first big tour and all the girls screaming. I couldn't hear for days after that. He came out and did a half an hour without stopping. It was just amazing
US Photographer Larry Clark, recalling for Andy Warhol's Interview the time when as a 12 year old he saw Presley perform in April of 1956, and published on November 9, 2010
I met him in 1969 with Karen Carpenter, neither of us had ever met him before, so we went so see him perform at a show in Las Vegas. He was on great form and then we were invited back to his dressing room and, well, he was flirting with us. In the end I got us out of there and that really amused Elvis and when I saw him again after that we both had a good laugh about it.
Petula Clark, her meeting Elvis, as noted in petula-clark-on-meeting-legends-of-stage-and-screen-13004/#ZUtve4JAGDc7XYvu.99
Taking ownership in the wrong way (Michael Bolton trying to out-soul Percy Sledge in “When a Man Loves a Woman”) can lead to accusations of cultural appropriation — a nice euphemism for stealing. It's complicated. Pat Boone did sound like he was ripping off Little Richard with “Tutti Frutti.” But Elvis, to me (and to James Brown), sounded like he was delivering the goods".
Roy Peter Clark US editor, and teacher of writing in an article published on Poynter on August 16, 2018.
Prince had great respect for Elvis, the Bar Keys, Al Green and the influence on the music world from the Memphis' sound.
Kurt Clayton, African American music producer and University of Memphis professor whose spouse, R&B singer Cherrelle is Prince's cousin, in an interview was from WREG News Channel 3 Memphis.
"It's Now Or Never" from "O Sole Mio", "Surrender" from Torna A Sorrento", "Tonight Is So Right For Love" from "Bacarolle and The Tales of Hoffman", "Today, Tomorrow And Forever", from "Liebestraume no. 3 in A flat", "Can't Help Falling In Love" from "Plaisir d'Amour", "Sleepy Heads" from "Guten Abend, Gut Nacht", "Also Sprach Zarathustra" by Johann Strauss II, and "Tonight's all Right For Love", from Strauss "Tales from the Vienna Woods".
According to the UK's Classical FM, the 8 times Elvis Presley borrowed from classical music, as published on 14 February 2018
He was a fantastic Monty Pythom fan. He would watch us, while seated in bed with his wife,and do our sketches while simultaneously having to learn all the dialogue.
John Cleese, in an interview with the Nightly Show, recounting what Priscilla Presley once told her friend Barbara Trentham (Cleese's 2nd of 4 wives)
Very early in his rise to music fame, Elvis once visited the Tennessee Governor's mansion after his manager called ( my father) Governor Frank Clement and said he wanted him to meet Elvis. He told him to bring him out and also invited a group of African American state prison musicians called The Prisonaires. Everyone eventually retired to an upstairs room, where Elvis and the Prisonaires took turns performing numbers. Elvis got so carried away that he stayed until 3 am.He seemed shy, and so soft-spoken.
Tennessee Congressman Bob Clement's recollections of his father, Governor Frank G. Clement on a night in 1957 when he hosted a meeting at the Governor's mansion with Elvis and the R&B group the Prisonaires, as related in the book entitled "Presidents, Kings and Convicts" by the younger Clement, and as published by John Shearer in the Chattanoogan, on March 27, 2017.
In fact, Dylan's most recent Broward Center concert came just one month after the Nobel announcement, and despite all the public confusion and pearls-clutching over his win, the then 75-year-old artist appeared to be in high spirits, even striking Elvis Presley-inspired poses while leaning on his microphone stand and breaking into bowlegged, broncobuster shuffles during songs that otherwise would seem to reject them..
Jake Cline, reviewing Bob Dylan's latest appearance in Ft Lauderdale, FL, in an article published on SouthFlorodacom on August 6, 2018 on
You know, Bush is always comparing me to Elvis in sort of unflattering ways. I don't think Bush would have liked Elvis very much, and that's just another thing that's wrong with him. He was the first and the best, and is my favorite of all time.
Bill Clinton, during the 1992 presidential campaign, obviously unaware that Bush was a Presley admirer, and had in fact met him at the 1971 Jaycees ceremony, during his time as US Ambassador to the United Nations.
No element of the South's culture has had more influence on the culture of the U.S. and other nations than its music. While the ballads and fiddle tunes brought by British settlers provided the foundation for what would become country music, the work songs and field hollers that were a vital part of the slaves' African heritage formed the basis of the blues. These musical forms did not always respect the South's racial divisions. There was more interaction than many realized as both the blues and country music grew more commercialized and, as members of both races left the farm in droves, more urbanized as well. When local radio stations and recording studios in cities like Memphis and New Orleans began to feature the work of both black and white performers after World War II, the closer contact and familiarity bred the revolutionary new sound that would become "rock 'n roll." Elvis Presley quickly won an enormous youthful following as a white singer who sounded "black," but if he succeeded by borrowing heavily from black stylings, he also helped to open the door to white audiences much wider for a host of black performers ranging from Little Richard to Chuck Berry.
Author James C. Cobb, in an article entitled History of the South, Abbreviated: The Ol' Bloviator Boils It Down, published in "Flagpole" Magazine's 17 February 2016 edition.
The "Shrine" Auditorium in Los Angeles, was his first California stop, then Long Beach. He's the cat man...
Eddie Cochrane, who turned to rock after seeing Elvis at a concert at the Sportatorium in Dallas, TX on April 16, 1955, correcting his wife Alice, who had said she had attended Elvis first concert in California, at the Long Beach Arena. The exchange took place in London, during Eddie's last tour there.
You won't find many books that range from Elvis to Helen Keller to Sir Isaac Newton that can change your life. This one also could"
John Cochran, former ABC News and White House correspondent, speaking about Dr. E. Gaylon McCollough's memoirs and musings, in an interview with Fox News, Channel 10, on August 29, 2018.
Sometime in the mid seventies, Elvis befriended a young black woman who was having trouble purchasing a car, struggling as a student in college at the time, so he went into the dealership got the car, then asked her to report to him the next day saying she would get a steady job answering the phones at Graceland (where most of her time was spent doing very little), thereby allowing for her to both have a place to study and focus on her school work and grades. She was ONLY required to report him every quarter showing him her grades. So not only did he buy a car for her, but he purposely *created* a job for her, where she could receive a steady paycheck while studying.
Marion Cocke, Elvis' nurse, in an interview for the documentary "Why Elvis"
Elvis is the greatest blues singer in the world today.
Joe Cocker, who started his career imitating Elvis under the name Vance Arnold, circa 1961, as noted in about education.com
The healing power of music isn't just anecdotal and Music & Memory, a nonprofit organization that uses personalized music playlists to help improve the lives of those suffering from Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, is dedicated to helping patients through the power of song. Along with enabling patients to find renewed meaning and connection by giving them access to music, the organization's work has been effective at reducing the use of anti-psychotic medications and helping manage the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia, according to a Brown University study. To celebrate the organization's fundraising efforts to provide music and joy to patients nationwide, I wish to share a playlist featuring several of the most popular songs from Music & Memory's facilities around the world, including nostalgic favorites from Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra to The Supremes. The latter's "Stop! In the Name of Love" tends to be one that people remember from high school and that makes them happy, according to the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Frank Sinatra's "Theme From New York, New York" is being requested by almost every nursing home in Delaware, bringing joy to many and improving mood and behaviors. Also, as reported bu the states of Wisconsin and Texas, Elvis' "Hound Dog" inspires movement in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Dan Cohen, in an article entitled "Giving Tuesday playlist: songs that help bring joy to Alzheimer’s patients", as published in USA Today's November 27, 2018 edition.
I was relieved that all the stuff we'd been feeling for so long found expression in Presley and in rock in general. I was playing his records all the time to friends when they'd come over. I'd say, 'This guy is a great singer' - and they thought this was some kind of inverse snobbery, but it wasn't. Presley had that special kind of voice which makes your heart go out to a singer. I was a huge fan of Elvis. In fact, I was in town until today and bought a compilation LP of the man. Soon you will hear me sing “Don’t” and “Are You Lonesome Tonight” – but not at the plate. My voice is too deep, with 20,000 cigarettes leading my tone of voice three to four notches down too far.
Leonard Cohen, as told to Bard Oses in an interview published on March 26, 2012 at "Leonard Cohen Jukebox" internet page. )
Of course, the main harbinger of the homer era was probably Ruth himself. After “Heartbreak Hotel,” no one wanted to be Perry Como. They wanted to be Elvis Presley. After 1920, no one wanted to be Ty Cobb. They wanted to be Babe Ruth. The old game had been about precision, strategy, incremental progress. The new game was about power, the single blast that busts open the piñata.
Writer Rich Cohen, as published in the Washington Post on 27 October, 2017 in an article entitled Baseball didn't always love home runs. Here's how they took over the game.
He treats the song as a private meditation, full of pain and the yearning to believe. Though the lyrics speak of hope, Elvis turns them into a cry, as if reaching for one last sliver of light in engulfing darkness. 'I am alone', he seems to be saying. But maybe, just maybe, we can find someone or something to cling to. In his case, it's God. But each of us, hearing him, reaches for our own salvation; if great art needs nakedness (then), those few minutes of Elvis alone at the piano amount to the most naked performance I've ever witnessed.
Nik Cohn, commenting on Elvis Presley's rendition, totally alone at the piano, of "You'll never walk alone", as witnessed by a full house of 17,500 gathering at the second of his two shows at the Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY, on 19 July, 1975, as published on the Guardian's Sunday edition, on January 21, 2007, in an article entitled "The 25 best gigs of all time".
Forty one years ago this week, as the BBC's correspondent in Washington DC, I was filming an interview with a lawyer about political corruption when his secretary burst in. 'Oh my God,' she cried, putting her hands to her face. 'Elvis Presley's dead!' Without a word, my cameraman and I packed up and headed to Washington's National Airport. When we landed in Memphis, it was late. Early on the next morning, we were outside Graceland when I was suddenly aware of a very big man next to me. 'Mr Cole,' he said, very firmly, 'I am the Deputy Sheriff of Memphis. I am commanded by the Presley family to invite you to visit with the deceased. He then took me by the elbow eventually ushering me through the doors to a scene I shall never forget. In the hall, a coffin had been placed on trestles. Behind it, in a sombre arc, stood members of the Presley family, including Elvis's ex-wife Priscilla, daughter Lisa Marie, and his father Vernon. One by one, I shook hands with them, extending my arm across the coffin where the greatest singer of the 20th century lay dead at the age of 42. Twenty years later, in 1997, I was telephoned by a BBC producer. He said he was making a programme about cults. He said they looked through all the newspaper, radio and television coverage when Elvis died and were sure that I had been the first person to report that some people were refusing to believe that he was dead. What he didn't ask was how I could know for sure that it was Elvis in the coffin. And of course, I couldn't as I had never seen him in the flesh before that morning. So, when you next read about Elvis Presley being spotted, aged 83, down at the chip shop or on the Moon, you now know who to blame: Me.
Michael Cole, BBC Washington correspondent on the day Elvis died, as told in an interview for the Mail Online and published on August 14, 2018.
You see through the eyes of Queen Victoria how she saw the world. When she was young, she drew ballerinas, opera scenes, melodrama, but when she was older she drew landscapes, children, very domestic, simple things. Also tremendously helpful to me were my own own two personal encounters with Queen Elizabeth II, who in 2015 succeeded her great-great grandmother Victoria, as the longest-reigning British monarch. Our first meeting was at the premiere of Dr. Who, at which time the she told me that to travel through time and space must be fun. I next saw her at a polo match. What was most interesting and helpful was how people responded to her. The Queen's presence, as opposed say, that of Elvis Presley, was a hushed silence followed by calm...
Jenna Coleman, UK actress playing Queen Victoria, as interviewed by Jane Levere for Forbes' January 12, 2019 edition
This sound is like burnished gold, it shines. In Elvis's voice the ants will hear manifest destiny.
Nick Coleman, reviewing Elvis' voice in his book "Voices: How a Great Singer Can Change Your Life" , as published by The Guardian on January 14, 2018.
I accidentally met Elvis in 1967 in Palm Springs, California. I was 15 years old, and had just finished marching in a parade with the high school drill team and band.All of a sudden, one of my pals shrieked, "There's Elvis Presley!" I looked across the street and there he was. My girlfriends and I ran across four lanes of traffic to see him up close. He looked tan, healthy, trim, was very cordial, charming even, to the people who had gathered in the crowd, signing things they handed to him. After several minutes, he thanked everyone and said he needed to go inside to see his dentist, I, being an overly excitable 15-year-old, yelled from the outskirts of the crowd, "Please, Elvis, just one more signature!"He looked over the heads in the crowd, smiled at me, and said, "Okay, just one more."And he let me through and I stood there, looking up at Elvis Presley.Gobsmacked doesn't even begin to describe how I felt. He asked me what I wanted him to sign and I realized I had nothing. So I said, "Sign my back. I meant the back of my shirt, but he lifted my hair and placed the pen on the back of my neck and started writing. "Sign the back of my shirt." I said. I could feel the pressure of his pen on my back and as he wrote he spelled out, "T-h-e b-a-c-k o-f m-y s-h-i-r-t" as though he were signing my exact words.I turned around and said, "Is that what you wrote?" And he gave me that curled-lip grin and said, "No, honey, I wrote my name." And he went inside the dentist's office...
Colleen Collins, award winning author and writer of dozens of novels published by Harlequin Enterprises, on the day she met Elvis, as published in her webstite's August 16, 2017 edition.
Run by controversial ex-Lotus boss, Dany Bahar, and based on the Lamborghini Huracan, the Project Panther is designed to be a modern interpretation of the DeTomaso Pantera. Produced between 1971 and 1992, the Pantera was initially powered by a Ford V8 engine making around 250kW of power, before later models pushed that figure closer to 265kW. But the car isn't famous for its engine, nor its rakish good looks. Instead, it's best known as the car Elvis Presley shot. He bought a Pantera for then-girlfriend Linda Thompson. After a fight, he tried to leave in a blaze of V8-powered burnout smoke but the car refused to start. So rather than giving it the last laugh, Presley whipped out his revolver and fired three shots, leaving two holes in the steering wheel and one in the floor. As far as we can tell, there are no bullet holes in Bahar's modern re-interpretation....
Scott Collie, reviewing the Project Panther car for Caradvice on December 17, 2017
I've come up under people that were before me that inspired me: Elvis Presley, Little Richard, you name it from back in the day, Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone. All these cats had not only music, but they had expressions in what they wore."
Bootsy Collins African American musicians in a 2001 interview with Tom Murphy as published on the West Word Music
Elvis Presley did more to change the course of popular music and youth culture than any other entertainer in the twentieth century, beginning with his meeting Sam Phillips in 1954, at the Sun Records label, in Memphis. In 1956, for Presley's first single at RCA, producer Steve Sholes was adamant that Phillips' sonic treatments be adhered to, as closely as possible. So, in attempting to recreate the Sun echo sound, Sholes relied on the ambiance of RCA's then-cavernous recording studio in Nashville, rather than the tape-delay method; the major problem facing Sholes was Presley's tendency to get carried away with the music and wander away from the microphone; so, rather than spoil the singer's fun, Sholes decided to position three microphones around Presley to capture his quivering voice, no matter where he strayed; the results were breathtaking.
Columbia University's "History of Record Production" (Part II of syllabus)
Elvis was danger, and passion and sex, and he broke all those barriers.
M. Tye Comer, Editor for Billboard, in an interview with Geraldo Rivera for Fox's Rise to Fame, as broadcast on January 8, 2015.
All the Christians felt Elvis was a sin, so my sister Sarah and I loved Elvis, We obtained an Elvis record, sneaked it into dad's study to listen to it, BUT NOT BEFORE placing a towel across the bottom of the door to muffle the sound. I then obtained an autograph from him while I visited Memphis, which remains one of my treasured possessions.
Charles Paul Conn, President of Lee University in Cleveland, TN, recalling his younger days in an article published in the Cleveland Daily Banner, on October 21, 2017
The generosity and public spirited zeal with which you donate your services to the Arizona Memorial Fund are appreciated by all of us in the Navy.
Secretary of the Navy John Connally's words, read by Rear Admiral Robert L.Campbell, just prior to Elvis entering the stage to deliver his promise to donate all the proceeds, and more, towards the construction of the Arizona Memorial, on March 25, 1961. The above mentioned contribution, then set at US$64,000, is equivalent after adjustments made for inflation to $517,574, in 2016 dollars.
The black leather concert from Elvis Presley's 1968 Comeback Special
Mezzo soprano Sarah Connally's answer to the question of what would she consider to be her musical guilty pleasure, as published in the Guardian's March 6, 2016 edition.
About two days after Elvis's 1969 Vegas shows, I was back in New York and went into Albert Grossman's office because I was trying to see Bob Dylan and he managed him. He said that he was in Woodstock. For some reason he suddenly put me on the phone with Dylan and I didn't know what to say to him because I hadn't planned to interview him. I told him I'd just been to see Elvis. From that moment instead of me being a Bob Dylan fan we were both Elvis fans. Dylan asked me precisely, "What did he do? Did he do the Sun stuff? Did he do 'That's All Right, Mama'? Did he do 'Mystery Train'? Who's in the band?" Dylan read the New York Times review but he wanted to know what I thought of it. All these questions. Two days later I'm back in England and I'm on the phone with John Lennon and I get exactly the same questions from him about Elvis. Lennon asked, "How was the show? Did he do any of the Sun numbers? Did he play 'Mystery Train'?" It showed me more than anything that rock stars are basically fans.
Ray Connolly, UK columnist, novelist, script-writer and interviewer and biographer for both Lennon and Presley, as told to Ken Sharp, of EIN, on January 9,2010
I met Elvis on a football field. I was trying to get to him and I finally sent him to the floor. That's how we became friends. I like Elvis a lot, he is a legend who just died too young.
Robert Conrad in an interview with the PM show.
In Las Vegas, he was a different Elvis, putting on the blitz, the neon signs dared him. In a sense, he codified, encapsulated, permeated, embodied Americana. It was so real in its total artificiality, as Elvis brought it all together and made it work.
Tom Constanten, keyboardist for the Grateful Dead, as interviewed by the BBC in 2017.
In the mid fifties, Presley initiated a new phase in the popularizing of African American vocal techniques, combining them with influences from country music to create a unique style full of hiccups, between the beat accents, and striking register shifts, from chest voice baritone to falsetto. First, when writing about the echo effect in his early SUN recordings, Richard Middleton, in his "Studying Popular Music", says the effect is largely used to intensify star presence, in fact, Presley becomes larger than life. Conversely, as Henry Pleasants noted in his book "The great american Popular singers¨¨, Presley was said to dominate a vocal style appropriate to different generic contexts, thereby developing a vocal multiplicity, a sound for country, a sound for gospel, a sound for ballads and a sound for R&B.
Continuum Encyclopèdia of Popular Music of the World, Volume II (Performance and Production),section pertaining to relevant vocal techniques in modern music.
The first thing you think of is his cool charisma, his electric personality, the larger than life thing that all those figures embody. But there’s also that little wide-eyed, innocent, naive country boy that is as much a part of it as anything. Elvis embodied both of those.
Mike Cooley, songwriter, singer, and guitarist from Tuscumbia and a member of the band Drive-By Truckers. talking about Elvis in an installment of the “Birthplace Sessions,” filmed on the front porch of the Presley home in Tupelo, Mississippi.
Well, I love Elvis Presley.
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper's earnest assertion to another CNN reporter who asked him if he (who is not married and in fact is openly gay), wouldn't mind being married by an Elvis impersonator, as reported by CNN and as part of the 2018 New Year's celebration in a live broadcast from Las Vegas.NV.
i) He was wearing giraffe skin pants and Aladdin shoes and a pair of socks that Elvis gave him ii) Rock has always had religion. After all, it started as gospel music. Elvis Presley knew every gospel song ever made. I'm not an alarmist or nihilist, but the world gets more dangerous every day. I think our natural survival instinct makes us question where we stand with God even if some claim atheism.”
Alice Cooper's tale of his visiting his friend, Salvador Dali, another huge Elvis fan, at the St Regis Hotel, in New York ii) As published in the foreword to Mark Joseph{s newest book on Rock and Religion.
On his live versions of songs like "How Great Thou Art"(1975),"Unchained Melody"(1976) and "Hurt" (1977), you will be able to hear how high he can go; but, it is essentially on "What Now My Love" (sang live at his "Aloha from Hawaii" global telecast, which reached 1 billion viewers when first aired in 1973), where he goes up three octaves at the end of the song, that you can really hear his true vocal power.
Cory Cooper, vocal connoisseur, on Presley's vocal range, as published in ALLEXPERTS.com, on 4 February 2005.
Elvis Presley all the way. He was my hero when I was seven and remains so to this day
UK poet John Cooper Clarke's answer to the question of who his heroes are, as published on the New Statesman Magazine's November 7, 2018 edition.
She was involved in everything we did at the Junior Shop, our ladies' wear store. I remember her working very hard, but one thing that always really stood out for me was when someone would come in needing a dress for a family member who had passed away. She would always say, ‘just take it. Even when some of those people insisted on paying anyway, she would tear up the check right after they walked out the door. She used to have us call the radio station to request Elvis Presley singing ‘How Great Thou Art’ all the time. As her health increasingly declined, I knew there was one last thing I could do for her, so I had it playing when she died.
Laura Cooper, speaking about the death of her mother Gaynelle Blackmon Nunnelley, a huge Elvis fan, in an article entitled "Remembered for kindness" and as published in the December 25, 2018 edition of Alabama's Arab Tribune
Since 1962, and the first appearance of Elvis, as silkscreened by Warhol, the face of America changed. The most insistent question posed by the ElvisWarhol series concerns the nature of their specifically charged content, and the viewing of Warhol's imagery not as signs, but as icons dealing with a larger content of culture in America. To a large group of Americans, Presley has long been a folk hero, yet his musical impact has overshadowed his sociological significance. Presley's importance is not simply as a popular entertainer but as a bearer of new verities.
UK art curator John Coplans's laud of Elvis Presley, as noted in his "Warhol and Elvis", Studio International, 1971.
SUN Records founder Sam Phillips was surprised that the then 19 year old Elvis Presley knew bluesmen like Arthur Crudup -- but he had spent his last 6 years immersing himself in the blues and Beale Street, where the music and culture of the black Mississippi Delta had settled. Presley was so "blue" -- and his speech so Deep Southern -- that radio announcers took pains to assure listeners in the still-segregated South that the young singer was white. If you go to Sun Studio today is like to travel in time. At 706 Union Ave., it's still 1954. "You are walking on holy ground," the guide tells visitors...
Christopher Corbett writing for the Washington Post, in an article entitled "Sun Worship" as published in their August 2, 1996 edition.
One day at the MGM lot a round Italian looking guy came into the set. He said something like “I’m one of Elvis’ guys, we are shooting at stage 16 and since Elvis saw “Synanon” and loved it he would like to invite you to lunch.” What did I say? Hell yes! Before I knew it I was in Elvis’ dressing room eating a catered lunch.
Alex Cord, in reply to numerous of his fans asking him if he ever met Elvis, as quoted from his online page on its October 19, 2013 edition
We are startled, on the amazing "Blue Moon,"(1954), by his trick of shifting, in a heartbeat, from saloon baritone to pants-too-tight wailing and by his near Hawaiian avoiding of consonants ("Ya-hoo A-know Ah can be fou'/ Sittin' home all alo'"), from "Don't Be Cruel" (1956), a song that comes close to redefining the art of the pop vocal; So, what's left? A terrific crooner who was closer, in intonation, vocal virtuosity and care for a song's mood, to Bing Crosby, than to any top singer of the rock era. Toward the end, he still had it as a Gospel balladeer, the choir-soloist power of the hymn "He Touched Me" (1971) — his voice breaking poignantly at the end of the hymn, as if he had just seen Jesus — still thrills and haunts. So does his desire to please an audience of kids and grandmas, instead of comfortably occupying a niche, as almost every pop star has done since.
Richard Corliss, TIME magazine`s Music Editor, reviewing the "Platinum", box-set, as published in the magazine`s January 8, 2003 edition.
The Danish gave birth to not only Lego. Legends are also top billing in that part of Europe and most deal with Vikings and Norsemen pillaging and plundering — visiting neighbours not in a nice way —. But this boutique nation also houses a big tribute to Elvis Presley. Now, one probably knows about the mermaid statue in Copenhagen harbour and may be surprised to discover how small it is. And yet another may likewise be aware of Hans Christian Andersen, a Dane whose fairy stories, including The Little Mermaid, have delighted young readers and listeners all over the world. Presley's life was another sort of fairytale, all the more so for being cut short. And the legend came in tangible form to a Danish town, thanks to a fan who, as an eight-year-old boy, had heard "Burning love". On that day in 1973 Henrik Knudsen could not, as the song went, have been lifted any higher so by the time Elvis died in 1977, he was absolutely hooked. In school, his English teacher, who was from East Germany, told him his music was banned in her country. Forbidden? Music? Very interesting. So he got books from the library and found out all he could. For Henrik, the flame of love lasted into adulthood. In 1990 he founded The Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Denmark and within three years he had gathered truck-fulls of Presleyana to open an exhibition. From there the only way was over the top and into a sizeable building in the town of Randers, about an hour's drive north of Aarhus, Denmark's second city. And then Graceland Randers was born...
Patrick Cornish, for the The West Australian, in an article published in the Travel section of their December 27, 2018 edition and focusing on how Henrik Knudsen and his extraordinary replica of Graceland, now a big tourist attraction in Denmark, came into being.
Now Ali is in ring center, dancing around in that robe Elvis Presley gave him at his last fight in Las Vegas, some 6 weeks ago prior to his fight against British Champion Joe Bugner.
Sportscaster Howard Cosell's introduction of Muhammad Ali for his first fight against Ken Norton, an event he called for ABC TV' Wide World of Sport's on March 31, 1973
When my pop music pals were singing in the mirror pretending to be Elvis Presley, I was pretending to conduct his band.”
Phil Coulter, in the Irish Times's October 12, 2019 edition.
He stood for rock 'n' roll at a time when rock 'n' roll was rebellion, but I think he stood for so many more things than that. He was a southern kid, came from very humble roots, became very popular and very rich and very famous. In this country, that's the American Dream. And that's the Elvis story. What was interesting is that at the outset, Elvis came in through the Country and Western world, signed by RCA in Nashville, not in New York, then went to Pop and soon started to have hits on all three charts, including the R&B chart, and was landing hits everywhere, a fact that totally surprised the music industry. But they were surely delighted to make the money..
John Covach, Professor and Chair, Department of Music, School of Arts and Sciences at the Eastman School of Music, at the University of Rochester, in an article for the Atlantic, published on January 8, 2016 and during his lecture entitled "Out of Nowhere: The Surprising Emergence of Elvis Presley and The Beatles, available on YouTube since March 7, 2014.
With all the Led Zeppelin comparisons and stuff - it was very much a hybrid of 1957's 'Jailhouse Rock' by Elvis Presley and the middle piece was inspired by a Jeff Beck Group song called 'Rice Pudding.'
David Coverdale, Whitesnake's mastermind, discussing the band's staple 1987 hit "Still of the Night,"in an interview with Ultimate Guitar as published on 2 December 2017.
He was was very funny and had charisma that was bigger than life. I enjoyed our friendship.
Ralph Wolfe Cowan, the only painter for whom Elvis ever sat, recalling the moments he spent with him, in 1969,as noted in an article published in the January 8, 2010 edition of the Smithsonian Magazine.
Of course everyone is influenced by hearing or seeing the music of the era being performed by the people that made it famous. Take for example Elvis Presley — I think at first glance you see this rock ‘n’ roll god who gets every girl, and then you hear such a beautiful melody and vocal and it completely changes the way you view music. It broadens your mind. Growing up listening to him, I think everything right from the phrasing, the presence on stage has influenced me in some way.
Harrison Craig, Australian singer who was runner up in the Voice's 2013 edition, in an interview for news.com.au, published on 9 March, 2017 on the influence the city of Las Vegas and Elvis had on his performing and singing style.
But let's not be to harsh on Mr.Presley. Doubtless he is doing the best he can. But when the american public shell more than a million dollars in one year to see him, well, let us leave it at that, but maybe this is the Elvis Presley Century.,
Ed Creagh, for The Troy Messenger in an article entitled "Craig Wonders whether the 20th Century will be known as the Century of Elvis Presley", as published in The Troy Messenger's Friday Nov. 30, 1956 edition.
I met Elvis only once and I figure him for a pretty nice guy. And as to music, I really dig his stuff.
Thomas W Creel, in late 1959, the member of the Army's Company D of the 13th Cavalry stationed in the then West Germany who was selected by Hollywood producer Hal Wallis as Elvis's double in the exterior scenes shot on that country for "G.I. Blues" mainly because Wallis felt he looked and walked like him from a distance, as reported in the Army-edited newspaper the Stars and Stripes's issue of November of 1959.
It was a question that would occupy biographers, novelists and the public to the end of the century and beyond. It would spawn theories of conspiracies and cover-ups that would range from Hollywood to Washington. The imagery of Marilyn Monroe would survive to be reinvented and recycled in ways none of us could have imagined in 1962. Yet after 15 years, we might have learned something about that process when the news of Elvis Presley arrived in August 16 1977. I was on vacation that month. If the death of Marilyn seemed sensational, it was sedate compared to Presley's passing, which became a story of crowd control. Now, a good obituary invokes nostalgia in some, curiosity in others and no one could manage both better than my colleague Charles Kuralt, but he couldn't peer into the future and see all the peculiar ways in which Presley mania would persist. Almost two months later to that day, the top story on the CBS Evening News was the death of Bing Crosby. Now, he, Sinatra, Reagan, Churchill and others whose obituaries have been written all lived long enough to see their debts to fame settled.Monroe and Presley did not. They were given the riches, but they were cut off before their time. I don't know if they were unhappy, but for their public, it was easy to imagine their youth and self-destruction as a kind of romantic, self-inflicted martyrdom. To many, that aura is at least as fascinating as the person, or the work, but it only materializes after the obituaries have been filed, as life goes on, even in death.
Walter Cronkite for NPR News in an article entitled "The Art of the obituary" , and as published in their April 20, 2006 edition.
He helped to kill off the influence of me and my contemporaries, but I respect him for that because music always has to progress, and no-one could have opened the door to the future like he did.
Bing Crosby, as published in iheart.com
Yeah, I think I do. Aside from the performing, we were up in his suite at the Sahara in Lake Tahoe and the guys were all just sitting around. We were having just a general conversation. He liked to do that. He would have that just about every night after work. The guys would all come up to his suite and they'd sit around and chat. And I remember him just getting so involved in the conversation and listening so carefully to what everybody else had to say. He never once dominated. He never once tried to say, 'Hey, I'm the boss'. You know, this is what I got to say. He really cared about what the other people contributed to the conversation and he listened. And I respected that so much because unfortunately as I said earlier, we have so many people in our business who are ego controlled who don't understand that maybe somebody else does know something. So I was very profoundly affected by that and respectful of him
Comedian Norm Crosby's answer to a reporter who asked him whether he had any special memorries of him, from an interview published in Facebook's Elvis Educatiuon Forum page.
Titley uses the memoirs of mostly former nuns very adroitly to give us a sense of what life was like during this period for those who felt or were persuaded that they had a vocation. Despite the church's toxic fear of sexuality, the “Brides of Christ” designation for nuns had a very unhealthy aura of sexual desire built into it, channelling feelings that would otherwise have found outlets in human sexual partnerships. One nun recounts how her teacher (a nun) was thrilled when Dolores Hart, an actress who was the first to kiss Elvis Presley on screen, became a Benedictine sister: even Elvis could not compete with Jesus.
Catriona Crowe, Head of Special Projects at the National Archives of Ireland, reviewing Brian Titley's "Into Silence and Servitude" for the Irish Times, and published there on January 7, 2018.
I still really don't know to this day what the fuck that was all about. All I know is, I arrived in LA, got to my hotel, as I'd done umpteen times before, started unpacking, and there was a knock at the door and a team of FBI guys wanted to sit down and discuss something with me. And then, for nearly two years, they were always around. I remember going to the Golden Globes and having, like, 16 security guys with me. I don't even know why...and of course, people were like: 'Look at him, he thinks he's fucking Elvis'
Russell Crowe,in an interview to the Daily Mirror, discussing the time he was targeted as a possible kidnapping subject by Al Qaeda, sometime in 2001.
Yes, my dad killed JFK, he is secretly Elvis, and Jimmy Hoffa is buried in his backyard
Ted Cruz, in a tweet to Donald Trump, who suggested his father had been a friend of Lee Harvey Oswald,sent on May of 2016
I wasn't thinking and thought I must press the suit and since it was a gold lamé, it wrinkled like the face of a modern Keith Richards!!!
Manuel Cuevas Mexican born designer best known for the creation of Elvis' US$10,000 Gold Lame suit for Nudie's in Hollywood. He was actually recalling, in 2016, what happened moments before Elvis and Col. Parker picked up the suit at Nudie's, in the spring of 1957, as told in the book "Manuel, the Rhinestone Rembrandt".
There's also the Elvis connexion, the idea that he faked his death in 1977, but wanted to carry on being on screen, so he made a cameo appearance in "Home Alone". Remember the rocker at the airport?
Child actor and singer Macaulay Culkin, pointing out some of the interesting conspiracies that derived from the huge success of "Home Alone", in an interview with the Irish Times published on March 3, 2018.
Actor Ed Asner and I quickly became friends. We would sit outside our dressing rooms and talk about politics and the civil rights movement. Ed described himself as a liberal and he didn't agree with what was going on in the country. One day as we were talking Elvis came over to join the conversation. So there the three of us were Elvis, Ed Asner and myself - kicking it around. Elvis played the doctor running a medical clinic in the ghetto. I played a black militant and Ed was the local police officer that played peacekeeper.I was impressed to be working with Elvis but you must remember these were turbulent times for our country and nobody knew what sudden provocation might shape or change our interactions on a daily basis. One evening after we finished shooting Elvis invited me to his dressing room. He was about to release a new album and wanted to get my opinion on one particular song; "In the Ghetto". I really enjoyed the song. I was impressed and I told him so. He was pleased that I liked it and he shared his satisfaction with me we had a drink or two. During a certain part of the evening I took it upon myself to ask him a question that had been on my mind for some time I was rather reluctant to ask given our conversation thus far has been so pleasant. but I felt like I had to pose this question to him. I said you know "Elvis, there is word going around our community that you said 'the only thing black people could do for you what shine your shoes and buy your records." Silence. More silence. Uncomfortable silence. I began to think that he was going to kick me out of his room. Suddenly he surprised me,got slightly emotional and look me dead in my eyes. "I've heard that rumor" he said "It's a vicious lie, and if I knew who started it I would flat kick their asses" He went on to say that he had a special place in his heart for black people declaring that he learned to sing by listening to black people sing gospel and the blues. He claimed he learned how to dance by watching black dudes do their thing. Some of the people closest to him, he said, were black. I could tell immediately that the rumor I had brought up deeply hurt his feelings. I could also tell that he was speaking to me from his heart. That conversation really opened my eyes to the person that Elvis Presley really was -- not the media portrayal ,not the stage persona, not the roles he played in movies, but the real Elvis Presley, the man. He truly earned my respect and we parted ways as friends.Years later I was on location in Knoxville Tennessee co-starring in a television series [Roots] when I got word of Elvis's passing. It shocked me and I was tremendously distressed by his death, as was the whole country.
African American actor Ji-Tu Cumbuka, from his biography" A Giant to Remember: The Black Actor in Hollywood"
I think we're living in a very diverse country now, and if you look at the nativity, traditionally, it was Mary and Joseph, whereas every time I go to a Nativity play it's a loose story. I think it is time to modernise it a little bit and bring a bit of diversity. Why would people not want Elvis and Lobsters instead of Jesus? Come to think of it, when you go to watch the nativity you go and watch them perform.
Jessica Cunningham, former candidate in the Apprentice, making the case, to hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, for UK primary schools to ditch the traditional nativity in favour of a more modern and diverse play, the latter after a survey revealed that only 37% of schools will be performing a traditional nativity play, and as reported by UK Yahoo news on December 11. 2018.
I'd been quilting for 40 years, lost all of my teaching gigs and seminars for the rest of 2020. They sell for about $9,500 each and I do four-day retreats that can cost $1,400 but after making more than 100 masks, I realized I was going to have to restructure my business. I did a lecture and studio tour on Zoom, and then hosted my first online class. I was skeptical as to how many people would pay $35 for it, but was thrilled that 268 people signed up for the webinar. It's not like I'm Elvis Presley, but that's a cheap workshop with me.”
Joe Cunningham, noted quilter from San Francisco, CA, on his now making a profit doing masks, after the 2020 pandemic and as reported by the Washington Post on their July 1, 2020 edition in an article entitled "The pandemic-fueled demand for masks has reignited interest in an age-old skill"
Vocally is where I see him as this great synthesiser of American traditions; his voice is something of a shape shifter, it can sound high and mournful and soulful, and he can also sound like a preacher, or be quite gruff, or be a sweet crooner; it's not the tone, it's the technique, like he had to adopt all these other techniques and put them together to make something extraordinary; the reason there are so many Elvis impersonators is because the voice is undoable – it's a mystery.
Justin Currie Scottish songwriter and singer, explaining Elvis´art to staff writer Graem Thompson, as published in the Scottish Herald, on 26 July 2010.
I was making 'The Rat Race' at Paramount and he was also on the lot, shooting "G.I. Blues". So I happened to be walking by a trailer when its door opens, I look up, and there he was, so he grabs me, pulls me in and he says, 'Mr Curtis, I want you to know what a fan I am. I used to watch your movies in Tennessee'. And I said, 'Please, don't call me Mr Curtis'. And this handsome kid looks at me and says, 'So what do you want me to call you?' And I said, 'Just call me Tony'. And I said, 'So what do I call you?' And he said, 'Mr Presley'. Bam, was he funny. We had a great time together.
Tony Curtis, as ´published in For Elvis Fans Only on May 18, 2008
When I was asked to direct Elvis and after a few conversations with him, I began to sit up and take notice. This is a lovely boy, and he's going to be a wonderful actor. When I told him that he would sing three ballads without one single movement, I didn't get the answer you'd expect. Instead, he merely nodded and said simply, 'You're the boss, Mr. Curtiz.'I found him an amazingly restless, ever-searching young man, pliable, absorbing with a bounce like a rubber ball. In my manner of thinking, he possesses much the same qualities which Gary Cooper and John Wayne showed when they first started in pictures --with one notable exception, namely that they capitalized and still capitalize on an element of awkwardness, while Elvis is agile and resilient with a smoothness that you'd expect in a veteran. I guarantee that he'll amaze everyone. He shows a formidable talent. What's more, he'll get the respect he so dearly desires.
Two time Oscar winning Director Michael Curtiz, focusing on Elvis acting capacities in King Creole, which he directed, as published in the Daily notes, on April 9, 1958
"Younger Now", my new album, was inspired by my love of Elvis Presley and the fantasies I had about him. I used to rewind one of his movies, Blue Hawaii, just to hear him say my name. I would do this over and over and over again because he would say 'I love you, Miley' and I would fantasize HIM telling ME that he loved ME.
Miley Cyrus, revealing for the Daily Mail the source for inspiration for her latest album, Younger now, in an article published on 28 September, 2017.
My fans always remember and recognise me for "Disco Dancer", making the song and me inseparable. This song is also special because its various movements and dance steps are inspired by the great singer and performer Elvis Presley. I feel my pelvic thrust "Disco Dancer" was just a bad copy of Presley's signature move and for me, he will always be the King of dance.”
Mithum Da, real name Mithun Chakraborty, Indian actor, singer and former Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament, in an article published by the Bollywood news on February 5, 2018
Elvis Presley's incendiary vocal performance of "Baby, let's play house"(1955), hails from rockabilly's formative era, when the rules hadn't yet been cast in stone, and Elvis was still experimenting in overdrive, searching for the compelling sound that would catapult him to icon status in little over a year. Presley's slapback, echo laden hiccuping - briefly rendered "a cappella" before the snarling low end guitar of Scotty Moore enters -, segues into an irresistibly lascivious declaration of lust, and a not-so-subtle hint of violence. Both of Scotty Moore's immaculately conceived, and executed solos were monstrously influential to the rockabilly idiom, copied by countless Southern axe-wielding teens. And Bill Black slaps his thundering upright bass so percussively, that no drummer was necessary.
Bill Dahl, reviewing Elvis' fourth release at the Sun Records label, for AllMusicGuide.com
Millennials, those born in between 1980 and 2000, get blamed for ruining all kinds of things, from iconic brands, to the economy. That generation is portrayed by the media as being stubborn, lazy, entitled, whiny, and oh yeah, capable of wiping out entire industries with just the flick of a mason jar. But what the baby boomers seem to forget is that every older generation casts aspersions on the young folks, shaking their heads at how things change and reminiscing over the “good old days.” There was a time when Elvis Presley's gyrations were considered the height of vulgarity. Now we have HBO.
Amanda Harding, for the Daily Beast's The Cheat Sheet, in an article published on March 2, 2018.
From a shy young boy to global superstar, the icon of the 20th century that was Elvis Presley is still as enigmatic today as when he was alive. One of the most celebrated and influential popular musicians of all time, his gift and talent, flaws and failings are as enchanting now as they were when he first snarled his lips
Beth Daley, Editor and General Manager of Australia's The Conversation, in an editorial published on August 14, 2017.
Growing up with the Beatles, then Bowie, I used to think Elvis Presley was an old-fashioned crooner, someone your auntie liked, a hillbilly rocker with greasy hair who starred in cheesy films. I had no idea that before Elvis, blues music was played by black people, country by their white neighbours, and gospel by both, but never together. I was blind to the fact that, before Elvis, radio stations and record labels, like everything in the south, were divided by colour. It was Elvis who, as if by magic, merged the blues, country and gospel and created the soundtrack to the modern world. He didn't “steal” black music. He absorbed it from an early age, growing up in poor neighbourhoods in Tupelo, MS, then Memphis TN. He lived and breathed rhythm and blues. He had soul.
Susan Dalgety, Scottish Civil Rights writer, for the The Scotsman, as published in July 21, 2018 in an article entitled "Embrace legacy of Otis and Elvis in the name of freedom"
You cut the hair of the greatest singer and now you can say you cut the moustache of the greatest artist. Incidentally he came to my place in 1972, in NYC, we had a great time and as we bid our goodbyes, I told him how I loved the shirt he was wearing. So he took it off, slowly, and handed it to me. When he left the building he was naked from the waist up. LOL. Anyways I then used it to paint that week, and for sentimental reasons, I never failed to put it on again, whenever I painted"
Salvador Dali's words to Larry Geller, Elvis hair stylist, after spending with him an entire week in Paris, during which he insisted he trimmed his animated and eccentric moustache, as published in Geller's Leaves of Elvis Garden.
I eventually went to Woodstock, the Monterey Festival, Altamont and did the Manson story for Rolling Stone so to cover Elvis' first live show in many years was a must see for me. Elvis was still a huge idol. We saw him as a god. It was a quasi-religious experience. It was one of those wonderful symbiotic events where the audience and the star are both creating a combined energy field. Elvis was getting off on it. It was like some sort of a strange play starring this kid from Tupelo, Mississippi who was made King. That show was a really ecstatic event for me to witness. Much of the audience was the same age as him but Elvis seemed ageless, almost like a folk hero.
David Dalton, covering Elvis first show at the International Hotel in Las Vegas on 31 July 1969, for Rolling Stone the magazine whose editorship he had headed two years earlier when he was barely 22 years old.
When I saw Elvis on Ed Sullivan, I knew he was having more fun than any other human being up there, actually he was having cosmic fun, and I wanted to do it, too. I didn't want to be no rock star, when I was young I didn't even know what that was. I just wanted his job, whatever it was.
Jim Dandy, lead singer and frontman for the American Southern rock band Black Oak Arkansas, in an interview published on September 7, 2016 at TEAMROCK.COM
It was just before Christmas 1962 and as I was driving from El Paso to the East Coast, I began forming the idea that would become this song; not very long afterwards my long-time friend Bob Johnston invited me to Nashville, and we finished this one together; Bob did a demo on it and when Elvis came to town, he picked it up and held it for almost a year in what was then called his portfolio; so, anyway, he recorded it and it was by far the biggest thing that had ever happened to me in my life.
Charlie Daniels, explaining how the power ballad "It hurts me" came into being, and what it meant to him, as published in SONGFACTS.com
I just loved Elvis. We had a couple of pictures together from 1969, so I put the first near the bar, at my club. But they kept stealing it, in fact it and the other, as well as numerous copies, disappeared twice a week for a period of thirty years. They had to be replaced hundreds of times. Anyways, one day, a cute girl walked up to me, and then asked me whether she could take a picture, so I got all excited and just as she got real next to me to have our picture taken, she just took the Elvis picture, left the club and said "Thanks Rodney, you're as doll". What was also hilarious was when my wife discovered that Elvis had a handkerchief that was apparently stained with his sweat and it went for a lot of money. So I had a 'eureka' moment. I sweat more than anybody, so my sweat has to be as good as Elvis' sweat, right? So my wife went right to work, ordering hundreds of perfume-sample bottles and setting about farming my perspiration. She was the 'sweat collector, taking a sponge and spoon and collect my sweat -- about an inch at a time.. She thought we could water it down but I said, 'No, that wouldn't be right.' " Ultimately, the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, where I performed a lot in my later years, put the brakes on the operation: "They said, no, we couldn't offer that sweat. An insurance issue. I was crestfallen." My wife still keeps the cloudy fluid in a Tupperware container, which she'll transfer to a crystal decanter for special occasions. "It means a lot to her, she knows how hard I worked to make people laugh."
Rodney Dangerfield, from his autobiography Its not easy being me.
Rock 'n' Roll was not my cup of tea, so you could understand why I was not crazy about Elvis Presley. Before I met him, one day driving along Sunset Blvd, I heard on the radio a singer, unknown to me, singing beautifully an English version of "O Sole Mio". To my great surprise, the announcer said that the singer was Elvis. When we worked together in "Viva Las Vegas" we became very good friends and I found out what a wonderful person, gentleman, performer and dear friend he really was. I also had an opportunity to work with Elvis off camera. He asked me to help him with the Italian lyrics of "Santa Lucia" I did it with great pleasure and that confirmed what I already knew was another facet of his great talent. He learned the song in no time whatsoever and, as you well know, performed it beautifully. If I had a chance to talk to him. I would tell him how much I miss him.
Cesare Danova, Italian American Actor, in a letter to Sue Weigerat, who invited him to appear as a guest in an event focusing on the life and death of Elvis Presley
He always wore his affinity for Elvis Presley like a batch, covered "Trouble" on his eponymous band's Thrall-Demonsweatlive EP in 1993 and most recently, filmed a Danzig Legacy concert video that stylistically recalled Presley's '68 comeback special, playing in the round with guitarists from throughout his career and singing in front of his name lit up in red. Although he credits director Mark Brooks with the theme for the film, he said he loved the idea himself and is even in the midst of recording an LP of Elvis covers. "Elvis is actually how I got into music, since I was a kid, I was cutting school pretending I was sick and I would lie at home watching old movies, and "Jailhouse Rock" came on and I was like, 'I want to do this. This is great.' And that's how I veered to music. But the thing that has connected all of his sessions is his desire to record new versions of Elvis songs for the upcoming Danzig Sings Elvis LP. "I'm stripping some of the stuff down to the bare bones, very old-school Fifties echoey slap-back vocals," he says. Every time I go back into the studio to work on a new Danzig record, if we have time, I'm like, 'Let's do another Elvis song.' So I keep adding and we'll see what ends up on the record." Some of the songs he has recorded, he says, include "Home Is Where the Heart Is" and the Faron Young–composed "Is It So Strange?"It's a connection that has been a part of him for years. "We have been stopping by Graceland and Elvis' grave since my days in [goth-punk group] Samhain," Danzig says. "Just, you know, hanging out."
Glenn Danzig during a visit to Rolling Stone, recalling how Elvis Presley influenced him and how, coincidentally, he went on to write songs for Presley's one time Sun Records label-mates Johnny Cash ("Thirteen") and Roy Orbison ("Life Fades Away"), as published in the magazine's online edition on July 1, 2015.
Screw them all, you can't go on like this.
Bobby Darin's reaction when told by Elvis that he was having a horrible time with bad scripts, pills and diets, as told by his wife Sandra Dee in an interview published at wwwelvispresleymusiccomau.
Elvis Presley was not just an enormous personality, but also a huge comic book fan. Reportedly, a fan of Captain Marvel Jr., he modeled his looks on him, including the hair with a spit curl, high collars, a short cape, and a lightning belt buckle. Notably, Elvis also appeared in DC comics.
Shuvrajit Das Biswas, Editor of Newsbytes, in an article entitled "At ComicBytes, five celebrities crazy about comics", published on October 27, 2018
Melding a range of disparate influences, along with his energetic jiving, to create a new musical form that still sways listeners -- and in its time, helped break race barriers in the US -- he became a best-selling and influential solo musician of his generation and a significant cultural icon. That explains Elvis Presley's depictions across all media, save literature, where his appearances rarely match his status.His fictional forays -- which span cosmic comedy, high fantasy, science fiction, horror and more, by authors from Douglas Adams to Sir Terry Pratchett (along with Neil Gaiman), from Stephen King to Rick Riordan and Robert Rankin to John Grisham -- see him appear in various guises and forms but rarely in the way we know him. And that is rather unfortunate, for his life has all the makings of a captivating story. From a humble background in the first two decades of his life, he rose to global fame which he retained in his remaining life -- despite his visible physical decline in the final years of his short but eventful life.He had good relations with his parents, was courteous to all, respected fellow singers and acknowledged many as better, and hated the title "King of Rock 'n' Roll". His untimely death left many people shocked, and others suspicious. This is behind the most familiar Elvis trope -- "Elvis Lives". It works on the supposition that Elvis is not dead, and that, either by conspiracy, alien abduction (and later return), or retirement, he is still among us.
Vikas Datta in a survey of novels that feature Elvis (March 25, 2018).
Elvis was never short of any stage performance. There is still a lot to be learned there. It gives you an idea of how to work a stage. He drew people in, you know, defiantly. He had that look; he looked like a star. At any rate, I can't compare myself to Elvis, not even a little bit. People put you on a pedestal; it almost feels like you're being worshiped sometimes which is not normal for a human being to deal with, not even a little."
Chris Daughtry,as published in www.graceland.com
When I photographed him in 1960, right after he got back from the Army, I had direct access to him, rode with him in the train all the way from Fort Dix in New Jersey to Graceland. It was so interesting to see all the girls running by and screaming and crying at every stop. And I was right there with him, eating sandwiches and laughing. At that time, there was no wall between the photographer and the star. But then, after I finished that shoot, it was as if a kind of curtain came down. This was the start of publicists getting involved. You didn't have direct access to celebrities anymore.
Henri Dauman, one of Life Magazine's top photographers and the father of Philippe Dauman, discussing how stars and newsmen started to see the value of publicity,in an article published at the Hollywood Reporter on April 27, 2018.
One night at about 1 in the morning I got a call for me to get the aircraft ready to fly from Memphis to Denver, a 2 and a half hour flight. Enroute, I asked one of the people in his staff, what was the reason we were flying there. He told me it was to get some peanut butter sandwiches. Right, I said. But when we landed, a limo pulled next to the plane, and a man got out with silver trays and there they were, peanut butter sandwiches for all of us. It was the best I have ever had...
Elwood David, pilot for the Lisa Marie aircraft, recalling a 1976 trip to Denver, in a 1984 television documentary entitled Graceland.
He loved all of the well-known performers, but the one that really brought him out of his shell was Elvis Presley.
Ronald C. Davidson's son, describing the musical taste of his namesake father, a pioneer of fusion power and Professor Emeritus of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University.
i) While writing a song in 1977, I learnt that Elvis had died, which influenced its lyric. Staying in New York at the time, I looked out my window late at night, saw a single light on in one of the buildings, then imagined that light being the apartment of an ardent Elvis fan, which became the character Dan the Fan in the song. In fact, the line, "The King is dead, rock is done," is a reference to Elvis. ii) In fact, Elvis turned up one night during our 1969 gig at the Whiskey a GoGo. He sat in the corner with his wife. I didn't know until after. I wouldn't have been able to cope...
Ray Davies, leader of the Kinks, on the writing of ROCK 'N' ROLL FANTASY, which he called a "Method acting songwriting job", as published in SONGFACTS.com and ii) in an interview with actor Mark Hamill and published on April 20, 2016
i) I think Elvis took a huge chance in doing "In the Ghetto". It was a big risk. ii) The first time I saw Elvis in person I knew he was special. Number one he was the prettiest man you ever saw in your life, he was really beyond handsome. There was something electric about him. Coming along when he did, moving the way he did, jumping around the way he did, plus the fact that every woman was totally mesmerized by him. Everything came to standstill when you saw Elvis. This was when he was 19 and again when he was 30. I saw him at both instances and there was the same reaction both times. You couldn't have wiped the smiles off their faces with a hand grenade. He knew what he could do and what he had and he played on it. He came along at a time in the Fifties, him and James Dean, it was the two of them. They were everything.
Mac Davis, i) in an interview to EIN, published on July 31, 2013. ii) idem, in 2006
I have a respect for Elvis and my friendship. It ain't my business what he did in private. The only thing I want to know is, 'Was he my friend?', 'Did I enjoy him as a performer?', 'Did he give the world of entertainment something?' - and the answer is YES on all accounts. The other jazz just don't matter'. 'Early on somebody told me that Elvis was black. And I said 'No, he's white but he's down-home'. And that is what it's all about. Not being black or white it's being 'down-home' and which part of down-home you come from. On a 1 to 10, I would rate him an 11
Sammy Davis Jr, as published in http://www.elvis.net/whattheysay/theysayframe.html​, published in the magazine's online edition on July 1,2015.
After I'd seen through Christianity, I was still influenced by the elegance of the living world, what appeared to be intelligent design. And that was reinforced when I discovered that my great hero, Elvis Presley, had done a religious album, called Peace in the Valley. Elvis was kind of a minor God to me and my companions, so when I discovered that he was religious, it felt like a call from heaven. This is Elvis, personally calling me.
Richard Dawkins, English author and scientist, on how his world was changed by Elvis Presley, as published on MPR news, on October 7, 2013.
After a day on set we were talking about how youngsters have to save every penny to buy a car after their graduation. In the US, most youngsters were given a car, not so in the UK.I was 17, but soon after Elvis took me outside and told me to close my eyes, at that moment I knew he had a surprise waiting for me, but never in my wildest dreams could I have thought of a sports car. It was a white 1967 Ford Mustang convertible. Elvis handed me the keys and said 'It's yours.' I couldn't believe it, but I think if he was able to help somebody, he liked to do that.
Annete Day, whose only acting role was as a rich heiress in MGM's 1967 "Double Trouble", as told in an interview quoted for the Express's August 31, 2021 edition by Stefan Kiryazis.
Many say that the his passing was akin to the assassination of President Kennedy, Martin Luther King or Robert Kennedy, in that they remember precisely where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news. Like them, I, too, remember. I was on the air at WSRW, filling in for one of the guys on vacation and going to the AP teletype machine when I saw a bulletin in bold print, much as a national emergency bulletin would appear, announcing that earlier in the afternoon he had been found dead in Graceland. I also remember waiting to announce it to make certain it was real and not a hoax. Unfortunately, it wasn't....
Herb Day, writing for The Times-Gazette on October 29, 2018, in an article entitled "So you think you're Elvis?
I say emotional because you don’t just drive a Corvette. It drives you—and not in a chauffeur kind of way, either. I’m talking about the nameplate and everything that it stands for. The impact it had on pop culture, car culture, and the entire American culture. I struggle to think of a car that has had more songs written about it, nor can I think of one that has shaped so many dreams. To say the Corvette is just a great car is like saying Elvis was just a great singer. They are far more than that. They are the original American Idols.
James Deakin, automotive journalist and TV host at CNN Philippines, in an article entitled "The Corvette, Like Elvis Presley, Is The Original American Idol" and published at the Philippine Tatler on October 18, 2018
We had a really brilliant Elvis double. And he certainly moved like him. They even did a little CG work on his face to make him a little more like him. [laughs] Originally, his song played much longer through the scene, but Director Denis Villeneuve said that when they were cutting it they just had little echoes of the song and it was much eerier because of that. Isn't that interesting?
Cinematographer Roger Deakins, answering the question of why the Elvis "malfunctioning hologram" scene worked so well in the 2017 movie "Blade Runner 2049", as published in the LA Times on 20 November 2017
That is really amazing
James Dean's reaction after hearing a minute's worth of “That's alright Mama” being played by actress Steffi Sidney at a record player she had in her dressing room during the 1955 shoot of the Warner Brothers' production of "Rebel without a cause", as noted by Quora.
It just fired him up to be in front of people again. He had a charisma where he and the audience became one thing. Not just the little girls, but also women and everybody got caught up in it.
Guitarist Mike Deasy, telling Rolingstone what it felt to play guitar for Elvis in the 1968 NBC special, and in an article published on August 16, 2017.
Although most of the other boys wore white tuxedos, Elvis chose a relatively conservative dark blue suit. Shyly, he pinned a pink carnation corsage on Regis' dress and as they entered the Continental Ballroom at the Peabody, the band was playing, and couples were already out on the dance floor. But Elvis steered her to a seat and offered her a Coke. "I can't dance," Elvis apologized. She took it that he didn't dance because he was so religious and sweetly replied, "That's all right." And so they sat out the entire night, talking and sipping on soda pop while watching the other couples. Finally, they all lined up for the grand march, stepping through a mammoth heart as their names were called and their picture was taken. A few weeks after the prom, Elvis dropped by Regis' house to see her and found that she and her family had simply vanished. Regis's mother, financially strapped, had decided to move the family to Florida to live with her relatives. Regis said she was "embarrassed" to tell Elvis how bad their financial situation was, so she never said goodbye. In the family's move to Florida, she lost her photo but Elvis always kept his, and a few years later Gladys gave a copy to a fan magazine. By then, Elvis was a sensation, with very specific dance moves all his own.
Actor Eddie Deezen, who was filming the prom scene on the set of "Grease" when Elvis died, recalling Elvis' own prom night with his date Regis Wilson in an article for Mental Floss entitled "The Sad Story of Elvis Presley's Senior Prom and published on May 5, 2018
Al Pacino was saying "Hoffa's like the Beatles, you know – so famous, like Elvis Presley". Well, 'size' was important for this ( 40 year old) story, told in such a small, intimate way...
Robert De Niro, telling Tom Nicholson why were the Elvis and the Beatles non-scripted references inserted in a scene of Netflix's 2019 production of "The Irishman", about the "disappearance" of Jimmy Hoffa, and as published in Esquire's August 11, 2019 edition.
"Happy Xmas"b by John Lennon "A Marshmallow World" by Dean Martin and "White Christmas" by Elvis Presley.
Inès de La Fressange, French model, fashion designer and perfumer as told to Vogue Paris, whose unnamed interviewer asked her to name her three favourite Christmas songs and as published on December 13, 2018,.
i) My young black panther, he is a fine young man. He has the look of a Latin, dark and lithe, moves like a cat, is a good actor and I even like his singing. I would like him for a son ii) In 1960 Dolores del Río finally returned to Hollywood. She starred with Elvis Presley in "Flaming Star" directed by Don Siegel. Having been out of Hollywood for eighteen years at this point Presley nevertheless received her with a bouquet of flowers and said: "Lady, I know exactly who you are. It's an honor to work with one of the biggest and most respected legends of Hollywood. As you will be my mother in the film, I want to ask permission for my ophthalmologist to make contact lenses that mimic the color of your eyes". Del Río immediately took maternal affection to the young Presley.
i) From and ii) about legendary Mexican star of the stage and screen Dolores del Rio and her instant affection for Elvis, as noted in her biography by Linda Hall, Beauty in Light and Shade, and published in 2013.
But then there's Elvis. I love Elvis Presley, in a totally non-ironic way.
Benicio del Toro, in an interview for Earnoize, in April of 2014.
Elvis Presley`s talent as a musical artist was double barrelled and more; his voice, on the one hand, was extraordinary for its quality, range and power, as well as being a unique stage performer with instinctive natural abilities in both areas; he was the master of a wide and diverse range of vocal stylings and ventriloquist effects, from the clear tenor of his C&W heroes, to the vibrato of the Gospel singers he loved, his voice invariably possessing an aching sincerity and an indefinable quality of yearning virtually impossible to pigeonhole.
From the U.S Department of the Interior`s paper on criteria for greatness as a vocalist, which, together with all aspects of his life and legacy, led to the inclusion of his home, Graceland, in the National Register of Historic Places, in 2006.
He was wearing black and looked like ten Greek Gods as he tore through "Love me Tender, "Don't be cruel, and "Jailhouse Rock". He was sweating, in the flesh, alive, inhaling and exhaling. And there I was, breathing the same air, sitting with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, completely and entirely beside myself. Some sideburned greased monkey appeared after the show, asking Jimmy if he would like to meet Elvis. He said "No, thank you," and I never quite got over it....
Pamela Des Barres, rock and roll groupie extraordinaire, actor, author and magazine writer, blaming her then love interest Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin for declining to meet Presley after his midnight show at the International Hotel (now the Westgate, Las Vegas) on August 12, 1969, ostensibly in reference to the fact Page knew she was a huge Elvis fan but because of his jealously-derived decision, never got to meet him (as noted in page 139 of her biography. "I am with the band").
Sam Phillips originally drafted Elvis to replace an absent ballad singer but, after pairing him with ambitious guitarist Scotty Moore and his upright bass-playing friend Bill Black, the music quickly veered in another direction entirely; the SUN Sessions began as an impromptu jam, the absence of drums being purely incidental given it was a small studio, but the light echo the producer used to compensate, inadvertently had an effect on Presley's own voice which was far more interesting; Elvis himself was a raw talent, but his singing prowess was immediately apparent, with a vocal range of roughly three octaves, perfect control and ability to jump between bass, baritone and tenor with the greatest of ease; over fifty years after the fact, we can see that what teenagers saw in him, was a genuinely brilliant vocalist that could just as easily convey a soft ballad, as it could a wild rock song; as a rule, the importance of an album is completely separate from its actual quality but, invariably, albums this influential are influential because they're genuinely great recordings, and "The Sun Sessions", though not formally compiled until 1976, were certainly great, great classic recordings.
Dave De Sylvia reviewing "The Sun Sessions", and Elvis' vocal abilities, for SPUTNIK Music, on June 1, 2006
The voice of Elvis Presley is perhaps the most contested acoustical phenomenon in modern culture. I can understand why some listeners may prefer the original versions (of R&B artists) to Presley's covers, but it is more difficult to claim that these were immoral or unethical. In terms of vocal style and instrumental arrangement, Presley actually borrows relatively little, his appropriations (being) more straightforward, taking from the materials already protected by copyright: lyrics and melody. So, unless he can be criticized for not imitating an original R&B artist's rendition, we have to reevaluate Elvis' transgressions.
Joanna Demers, in her book “Musical appreciation, musical meaning and the Law”, published in 2007.
Anyways, after his midnight show,I spent about fifteen minutes with him, in the hope to take him to bed, but there is a limit to what a woman can say to arouse a man, even for a French woman. I have yet to see, to this day, a more strikingly beautiful man..
Catherine Deneuve, in her 2005 autobiography recalling "Close up and personal" recalling the time she met Elvis on August 8, 1969.
In terms of being a groundbreaker, Elvis is at the forefront, breaking ground before groundbreaking was invented. What comes before groundbreaking, anyway? Whatever it is, that's Elvis. Elvis's career took off with the torque equivalent to that of ""Space Shuttle Atlantis[, and rarely slowed. Elvis had entered the building with an uncompromising style that began with black pants within which his famous hips tortured everyone from young women to fathers. Summing it up, slicked back, jet-black hair in a subtle pompadour with modest sideburns, black button-down shirt tucked into black straight-leg jeans with pair of slender, 50s-style Gucci boots will forever be a cool look...
Alicia Dennis, defining why Elvis was ranked #8 by Zimbio, in the all time list of the most influential people in the field of fashion in the 20th Century, as published in Zimbio's December 15, 2008 edition.
Once the vaccine is available to the early majority, it is important to employ word-of-mouth “seeding” techniques. That means enlisting mega-influencers—celebrities, prominent clergy, and social leaders—and everyday people who serve as micro-influencers to endorse the vaccine and encourage people to seek it. In the 1950s, when polio was rampant, Elvis Presley extolled the benefits of his own widely publicized vaccination, generating buzz about the shot.
US noted economist Rohit Deshpande, writing on the COVID pandemia for the Harvard Business School in an article entitled "How Influencers, Celebrities, and FOMO Can Win Over Vaccine Skeptics" and as published in the HBS journal's January 29, 2021 edition.
A 262-year-old rare artifact stolen in 1952 from the Dearborn Historical Museum was returned Tuesday — just in time for the city's 90th birthday. The artifact, a powder horn on loan from the Detroit Historical Society which originally went missing just before the opening of an exhibit entitled "Saga of a Settler.", was recovered by the FBI's Art Crime Division team in Philadelphia, from an auction in Pennsylvania. That Division, created in 2004, has recovered since more than 14,850 items valued at more than $165 million in art-related investigations worldwide, diving into cases such as the theft of Elvis Presley's memorabilia to pre-Colombian South American artifacts.
The Detroit Free Press's account of the extraordinary find, by the FBI, of a powder horn used both in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, and as published on their January 15, 2019 edition.
Elvis Presley is ready to help pedestrians rock'n'roll across the street in the German town of Friedberg near Frankfurt. Three traffic lights featuring his image have been placed around the town's Elvis Presley Square to commemorate the singer. While people are waiting to cross, he appears in the red light striking a pose at a microphone. When the lights go green he is shown swinging his hips in a famous dance move. Transforming traffic lights has become something of a trend in Germany, with the most famous being the Ampelmännchen in East Berlin now installed throughout the united city followed by the Kasperl character in a pointed hat in the city of Ausberg, the Mainzelmännchen in Mainz, the Beethoven traffic lights in Bonn and even the Karl Marx figures in Trier.
The Deutsche Welle's official announcement that the German Police authorities in Friedburg have now installed Elvis-themed traffic lights to commemorate his having been posted there for 8 months with the US Army, and as published on their December 6, 2018 online edition.
David Karns and John Grabish, since a very early age, were influenced by three kings: Jesus Christ, Elvis Presley and King Coal. They grew up, as Elvis fans, in two small Schuylkill County towns shaped by King Coal and graduated from Nativity BVM Catholic High School in the 1960s. As priests at Catholic parishes in Berks, Lehigh and Schuylkill counties, they devoted their adult lives to preaching the word of Christ the King. But Father Grabish is a solo act now. Father Karns, who last served as pastor of St. Stephen's in Port Carbon, Schuylkill County, died a year ago of cancer at age 69. Not surprisingly, he left his collection of Elvis memorabilia to Father Grabish, pastor of St. Paul and St. Joseph parishes in Reading. On Nov. 10, 2018 from 7 to 11 p.m., Father Karns' Elvis collection and other 1950s and '60s memorabilia will be auctioned during a gala in the Inn at Reading, Wyomissing whose proceeds will go to the St. Paul and St. Joseph maintenance funds. In his homily at Father Karns' funeral at St. Ambrose Church on Oct. 12, 2017, Father Grabish recalled their visits to Normandy Beach on Memorial Day in 1994, the 50th anniversary of D-Day. and, of course, to Graceland, the Sun Studio and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Both priests had been celebrants in the annual Mass in observance of Elvis' death, which is held on Aug. 16 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Memphis. Though his homily quoted the Book of Job and the Gospel of John, Grabish's most poignant tribute to his friend came as he quoted Elvis : "Memories, pressed between the pages of my mind. Memories, sweetened through the ages just like wine".
Ron Devlin, writing for the Reading Eagle in an article entitled "Elvis was part of tie that bound priests as friends for decades", as published on November 3, 2018
When in 1955 Chuck Berry arrived in New York for the Alan Freed Big Rock and Roll Show, he checked into the Alvin Hotel and soon after, went over to Manhattan to meet Freed. It was from Freed that Berry heard some gossip about Elvis, but Barry told Freed that he was already aware of him. Not only had Elvis played St Louis, his hometown, but he had heard about him all over the South. The crossover popularity of Berry's music was further demonstrated when ̊"Maybelline" was covered by white jazz artists and established orchestra leaders looking to rock music for new material. Berry was surprised at the number of jazz and big band artists that liked his song. He had realized during those shows that his music and that of Elvis were in fact creating a new sound...
Howard DeWitt, in his book, ElvisːThe Sun years.
I started watching a lot of videos of Elvis Presley. The way he held the crowd in the palm of his hand. He also said in one of his interviews that the crowd is like sheep. They will go as directed. You have to actually own that moment so I imagined myself being Elvis Presley the next time he was on stage and it worked.
Varun Dhawan, Indian actor, explaining to Zoom, how watching Elvis helped him to overcome stage fright, in an interview published on Mar 22, 2018 |
I have never made no secret of my affinity for Elvis Presley. My favorite song is "Suspicious Minds.I first got into Elvis after discovering a longtime associate provost, who was an avid Elvis collector, was retiring. So, one night I dressed up as Elvis and sang at her retirement party. Here's the interesting thing: I put on the Elvis outfit and parents flock to me and want to take a picture, but their kids didn't recognized me
Todd Diacon, President of Kent State University, in an article published at the www.wksu.org's July 1,2019 edition
I went down to Vegas, had never met him, I was awed, amazing live performer, electric, and halfway through the show he introduced me and it was like, worshiping a God, and then that God says, hey stand up, take a bow, so I stood up and the audience started to cheer, and some telling me to get on the stage with him. Over the years, I thought of it, but I am glad I didn't, it wouldn't have been a good idea. He was warm, very generous to me and I think it was best left at that.
Neil Diamond in an interview with Andrew Denton on "Enough Rope"
That is going to be my Elvis dress, Catherine
Diana Princess of Wales, as told to her designer, Catherine Walker upon seeing her first sketches of the dress she had expressedly ordered in late 1989.
Two uniquely American art forms spawned in the 20th century were comic books and rock n' roll. But before that, in the early 1940s, the Captain Marvel comics became so popular that he even outsold those of Superman for several years. So, the character's publisher decided to create a spin-off hero and one of the new Captain Marvel Jr. comics' most ardent fans was a young boy named Elvis Aaron Presley. So when did he exactly come across it? No one is sure but a copy of 1947's Captain Marvel Jr. #51 is placed on the desk in the recreation of his childhood room at Memphis' Lauderdale Courts housing complex. There are the other clues: Elvis' early haircut seems very much based on that of Freddie Freeman from his late '40s period. Elvis' signature "half capes" worn on stage also seem very inspired by those worn by the teenage hero. And the insignia for Elvis' core rhythm section, the TCB band? It's a very Shazam-esque lightning logo. These all point to direct homages to the superhero he grew up loving the most. And in turn, ever since it was revealed how much Elvis loved Captain Marvel Jr., the comics themselves have returned that inspiration. In the 2000s era Teen Titans series, Captain Marvel Jr. was described as a big Elvis fan. Another famous homage took place in DC's seminal graphic novel Kingdom Come, where we get a glimpse of a future version of Captain Marvel, Jr., whom artist Alex Ross specifically designed to look just like '70s-era Elvis. He even named the character "King Shazam," as a tribute to him. So, will Jack Dylan Grazer pay homage to Elvis in Shazamǃǃ, the movie? Unknown, but if it were to happen, it would sure be in keeping with tradition.
Eric Diaz, for Nerdist, in an article entitled ̊"How A SHAZAM! Character Inspired Elvis Presley" as published in their 26 March 2019 edition.
I was 11 when he died and that's when I saw King Creoleǃǃ What a guyǃǃ The moment I got to school I spent the whole day imitating him. It was like a rocking pneumonia.
Gabino Diego, Spanish actor, as noted in an article entitled "The movie that changed my life" as published in Fotogramas's 27/06/2014 edition
He arrived on the scene when the young needed a romantic image. He filled the bill and on top of that, he can sing.
Marlene Dietrich, on page 27 of the 1999 book The Last Word.
Tonight, I want to introduce the greatest entertainer of all time. Mr. Elvis Presley. He was Las Vegas and if it wasn't for him, so many performers like myself would not have the chance to do what we do in this town. He really was the king.”
Celine Dion, in introduction to a "duet" with recordings of Presley
That ran its course and rock ’n roll came round, Elvis Presley happened and that changed the whole thing. So that was the advent of proper rock ’n roll...
Davey Ditchburn,left handed guitar player and lead singer for several Glam Rock bands, explaining how he switched from skiffle to rock and roll in 1956, in an article entitled "How guitar present led to a life of music", as published on the Shields Gazette 22 January 2017 edition.
I feel like I'm not the only rapper here, Elvis was like a rapper, wore fancy clothes, he drove a Cadillac!!"
DJ Paul, youngest member of the Oscar winning rap group Three 6 Mafia, in accepting their inclusion as members of the first class of inductees to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, as reported by the Jackson Free Press, on November 30, 2012.
I fell in love with this song, mostly because of Elvis' superior voice, not really thinking about the true meaning behind the lyrics, but rather how the title relates to the music genre I play as DJ house music.
Progressive Italian DJ Spankox, on his re-mix of Elvis' classic "Baby Let’s Play House"(1955), as published on an UPI wire relayed worldwide on the day of the song's release, June 3, 2008
It was amazing when the assistant director knocks on the door of my dressing room trailer and he comes in, and right there, behind him in the doorway stands Elvis Presley. It was unbelievable. So Elvis gets into the trailer and he introduces himself first to my Mom, the gentleman that he was, and then he introduces himself to me and I'm telling you the man was totally gracious as can be and again that's pretty much the essence of Elvis, he was gracious, understated, humble genuine, he was a true gentleman from the old school,in fact so understated that he really listened to you. He was the genuine article. I tell you towards the end of the production, I had turned nine years old and they had a little surprise birthday for me on the set and Elvis was there. My nephew who was about the same age and was my stand was there also, so Elvis bought me gifts for my birthday and GAVE my nephew gifts too so that HE wouldn't feel left out. And I thought that was awesome...
Larry Domasin, US child actor who starred with Elvis in Fun In Acapulco, in an interview with the Elvis podcast in 2015.
His was the one voice I wish to have had, of all those emanating from singers in the popular music field.
Placido Domingo, in an interview given to "Hola" Magazine (Spanish version), as published in June of 1994.
i) When I was playing at the Flamingo Hotel, in 1969, I went to his room and played for him. I remember him telling me, “You know, Fats, I’m opening up tomorrow but when I first came here I flopped!" But when he got back there it was all gold and every night it was sold out. Boy, he could sing. He could sing spirituals, country and western, everything he sang I liked. Elvis Presley did a lot before he passed. He made movies, he was traveling, everything. I don't see how he did it; you'd have to stay up day and night. ii) Elvis came to see me before he got a record deal. I liked him. I liked to hear him sing. He was just starting out, almost. He wasn't dressing up. Matter of fact, he had plain boots on. He wasn't wearing all those fancy clothes. He told me he flopped the first time he came to Las Vegas. I loved his music. He could sing anything. And he was a nice fellow, shy. His face was so pretty, so soft. I'm glad we took this picture.
Fats Domino, recalling his relationship with Elvis in an interview with Michael Hurtt for the magazine Backtalk and published on June 1,2004 ii) referring to the picture they had of each other, it was taken minutes after Elvis himself called Fats “the King of Rock ’n’ Roll.” in a 1969 press conference when he diverted the attention of members of the press from calling him "King" and directed attention to Fats, who was also at the press conference. Rewinding to 1956, it was a time when musicians borrowed from each other in creating this new sound, leading to a bridge over the nation's racial divide being constructed from the rockabilly crafted in Memphis by Bill, Scotty and Elvis.
One day, I got a phone call and the guy said "Hey look what Elvis Presley has done, he's covered your masterpiece". I was all shook up, first because I was his fan, and also because I would do covers of his songs, albeit in my terrible English. Years later, i went to Graceland and saw the RIAA Award for "You don't have to say you love me" and naturally, I again felt so honoured.
Pino Donaggio, Italian singer-songwriter, in an interview with quelliche...ilcinema, dated 26.05.2016
Some people I cannot even imagine with a beard. Elvis Presley comes to mind. I thought Elvis with a beard would be very strange, then I did an Internet search and by golly there they were, a plethora of young Elvis Presley images in photographs with beards and mustaches. How does a child of the sixties like me not remember Elvis with a beard? Shoot, somedays I can't remember what I ate for breakfast. or my last bowel movement. As usual when I speak of Elvis Presley's physical appearance I throw out a kind of disclaimer. Look, I am a flaming heterosexual male but that Elvis was one handsome dude..
Lindon Dodd, columnist for Indiana's News and Tribune, in an article entitled "The art of growing a beard" as published on September 28, 2018.
When they celebrated the 10th anniversary of his death, it was more like a canonization,people lining up to visit Graceland, both women and men, with tears in their eyes...
Kirk Douglas,in page 79 of the book The last word, 1999.
Elvis, what he had was this unique quality, remember I described the sensation of people in that geographic location of the United States at that particular time being a mixed culture artistically? They were playing country, gospel, jazz and the blues and you did not know whether they were black or white, or who's playing what, because you're not looking at a tube, all you're doing is listening to a radio, and they are so good at emulating each other's styles that you don't know what's happening. Elvis blotted up as close as any white man could, the black culture. And he was sensitive to the black culture. If he heard something that he fancied doing and it was white, he didn't make it sound black. If it was black, he didn't make it sound white. He kept it in its tradition. That was one of Elvis' unique facilities.
Tom Dowd, record producer for Atlentic, credited with being amongst those who shaped the very sound of popular music through his studio work with the likes of Ray Charles, Otis Redding, the Drifters, the Coasters, Ruth Brown and even Bobby Darin, whose cover of "Mack the Knife" he captured marvellously, as was the case with John Coltrane Thelonious Monk, and Charlie Parker compositions.
What he actually did was take 'black' and 'white' music and transform them into this third thing; (in the final analysis), no one sang so many different kinds of music - rock, gospel, country, standards -, as well as Presley sang them, at such a high level, and for such a long time.
Greg Drew, world famous voice coach whose clients include Lenny Kravits, Avril Lavigne, and Corey Glover, as quoted in Mike Brewster`s "The Great Innovators: Birth of a Rock star", published by Business Week in its September 24, 2004 issue.
Radio Head, Harry Styles, and Elvis Presley— that is the wide range of genres likely responsible for my sound and style of writing.
Trevor Drury, model and musician, in an interview with Backstrage, as published on November 8, 2017
Is music fandom a realm of spiritual practice? Do fans use their connections with heroes to adopt practices like veneration, sanctification or idolatry? While appearing to be magical and important social figures, stars are not necessarily deified. In the two decades since I started researching Elvis fandom, I have never met anyone who was “saved” or redeemed by Elvis Presley. On the other hand, I have met many fans that have been seduced, fascinated, empowered and inspired by his music. They all say that he has changed their lives for the better, but none expect heavenly rewards because of their fandom. Elvis loved gospel and used it to enter the mainstream. Despite his own intentions, he did not, however, practice “worship” music. His fans respected his values, some saying that Elvis used his music as a God-given gift, in part because the reading aligns Elvis’ values with his talents.......
Mark Duffett, in his article "Elvis’ Gospel Music: Between the Secular and the Spiritual? and as published on RELIGIONS' March 9, 2015 edition.
I take offence at being accused of being Bono or Prince — I would have thought Elvis was more appropriate.
Craig Duffy, Australian Gold Coast entrepreneur and such a huge Elvis Presley fan that his Ferrari number plate is a well-known Presley acronym TCB (Taking Care of Business), as published on the Gold Coast Bulletin on November 23, 2017
In a survey taken in 1996, a sampling of Chinese people were asked to name three famous Westerners. They chose Jesus, Nixon and Elvis. The Chinese, the most closed society over the last half century knew about Elvis? Oh yes, they knew. In fact, that same year, a NYT reporter attending a Chinese US summit, spoke of the time when the Chinese leader Jiang Zemin, then visiting the Philippines, proceeded to do a duet, in perfect English, of "Love me tender" his partner being his host, President Fidel Ramos.
King Duncan, in his 2001 book The Amazing Law of influence
Elvis wore a halo. Otis Redding did, too. You knew you were playing with a star when you played with them.
Bassman Donald "Duck" Dunn, as noted in brainyquote
Kim Jong-il was obsessed with Elvis Presley, his mansion crammed with his idol's records and his collection of 20,000 Hollywood movies included Presley's titles. He even copied the King's Vegas-era look of giant shades, jumpsuits and bouffant hairstyle.
Tom Newton Dunn, as published in Jong Il' obituary in the Sun, on 20 December 2011.
Well, you might have known trouble was coming if you were here in 1957. That was the year Elvis Presley paid us a visit. I think we might have made him famous, too."
Sam Durham, from "A Ghost Tour of Jerome, America's Largest Ghost Town" 1989, Creative Video Productions, Sedona AZ.
i) When I first heard Elvis' voice, I just knew that I wasn't going to work for anybody; and nobody was going to be my boss. Hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail.ii) Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun didn't think much of my songs. He produced some great records, no question about it, like Ray Charles, Ray Brown, just to name a few. But Sam Phillips, he recorded Elvis and Jerry Lee, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash. Radical eyes that shook the very essence of humanity. Revolution in style and scope. Heavy shape and color. Radical to the bone. Songs that cut you to the bone. Renegades in all degrees, doing songs that would never decay, and still resound to this day. Oh, yeah, I'd rather have Sam Phillips' blessing any day. iii) You feel like an impostor, when someone says something you know you're not, like you're a prophet, or a saviour. Elvis, yes, I could easily want to become him. iv) I went over my whole life. I went over my whole childhood. I didn't talk to anyone for a week after Elvis died. If it wasn't for Elvis and Hank Williams, I couldn't be doing what I do today. v) When I first heard Elvis's voice I just knew that I wasn't going to work for anybody and nobody was going to be my boss. He is the deity supreme of rock and roll religion as it exists in today's form. Hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail. I think for a long time that freedom to me was Elvis singing 'Blue Moon of Kentucky.' I thank God for Elvis. vi) I liked Elvis Presley. Elvis Presley recorded a song of mine. That's the one recording I treasure the most ... it was called "Tomorrow Is a Long Time." I wrote it but never recorded it.
2016 Nobel Prize for Literature Bob Dylan i) speaking about those who influenced his life and music, as part of his acceptance speech after being named the 2015 MusiCares's Person of the Year and as delivered at the Gala organized by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences at the Los Angeles Convention Center on 6 February, 2015. iii) in response to a question from CBS correspondent Ed Bradley, who asked him how he saw himself in his early years, as told in a one hour special retrospective on his life, entitled "Dylan looks back" and broadcast in the December 5, 2004 edition of "60 Minutes" iv) as published in www.graceland.com v) US magazine, 24 August 1987 vi) Rolling Stone magazine interview November 29, 1969
I remember him working on the next stage, always with an entourage of about 15 guys. And I also recall that everybody was doing fast draw – that was the gimmick then. Who was the fastest gun? I was particularly good at it and I can remember taking on Elvis. He was a good guy. And we knew each other and, at that time, we both felt were on the brink of really going somewhere.
Clint Eastwood, recalling his early friendship with Elvis, in an interview with Marty Palmer for the Mail, on Sunday 17 January 2011
He's one of the three greatest of all-time along with Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley.
Michael Eavis, founder and organiser of the annual Glastonbury Festival, in reference to David Bowie, whom he hosted at his festival in 1971, as told to his daughter Emily Eavis, and reported in an article published on October 2, 2018 at Radio X's online page.
In 1971, at a hotel, he treated me like a peer, just a great guy. So cool, great manners. I had seen him first in Phoenix in 1956, and we sat at the Grand Stand at the Fairgrounds, so girls are climbing on top of the fence. And then a car enters through the race track, stops, girls are gouing crazy, Then nothing, until the door pops open and he gets out and on to the stage, starts singing, man that was exciting., What a great way to come in a show. I was country, but seeing this, I turned into rock, because Elvis was the one who defined and made it huge.
Guitarrist Duane Eddy in a youtube video entitled Hangin' with Elvis. How Duane Eddy turned from COUNTRY to ROCK N' ROLL
He was a lovely, lovely human being, gentle, kind, and I loved his music.
Barbara Eden, one of Elvis' co-stars in ̊"Flaming Star", as published in Starsat60's March 21, 2019 edition.
A musician who also felt the power of Presley's Madison Square Garden shows was Paul Stanley, the rhythm guitarist and primary lead vocalist of the rock band Kiss who, as a struggling musician and part-time cab driver at night took numerous customers to, and from the Garden during the three days of Presley's NYC engagement. Hearing about and feeling the excitement directly from those who shared his numerous rides made him think very seriously about his future career, promising himself to one day fill the Garden, something which he accomplished with his band in early February 1977, some 5 months before Presley's death.
Bruce Eder, as noted in Wikipedia's page on the 1972 album Elvis as recorded at Madison Square Garde
I was talking with Elvis' manager, and he said, ‘Come on up to my room, and you can meet him.’ I've had people up to my room when I've been on the road who have turned out to be boors, and I didn't want to do that to him. So I said, ‘No, but thank you.’ I figured since we also had the same promoter that I'd be bound to run into him — but then, of course, he died three or four months later so I never did get to meet him.
Graeme Edge, drummer for the Moody Blues, in an interview published on Palm Springs Live on May 30, 2017
He could sing good. Good singer
Delta Blues singer and guitarist David "Honeyboy" Edwards, a friend and contemporary of bluesman extraordinaire Robert Johnson, speaking about the white boy that came out of Mississippi and went on to become famous, at a concert the Hale House, in Matunuck, RI on Oct 7, 2010.
The myth makes it bigger but when you go in there, you know where you are. I've been in many places bigger than that and it ain't the same"
Photographer William Eggleston, telling Richard Harrington of the Washington Post on December 10, 1983 how he felt about Graceland after photographing it in 1982, as part of the publication of a paperback entitled “Elvis at Graceland”, the visual images of which having been comnmissioned to him, on the recommendation of Andy Warhol, by the Elvis Presley Estate. On April 7, 2021, almost 4 decades after that assignment, a set made up of just 11 of those prints was auctioned at Phillips in New York, hammering at US$226,000
I ask him what it's like to know that he's now part of a franchise that will outlive him. It's an impossible question for him to answer, and when he does it, he endears himself to me forever by quoting Lester Bangs’s 1977 obituary for Elvis Presley, which doubled as a eulogy for the community bred by shared reverence. “At the end of it, Bangs is like, ‘We’re not gonna ever have this again, so instead of saying goodbye to Elvis, I’ll say goodbye to you,’ ”
About Alden Ehrenreich, lead actor in "Solo: A Star Wars Story", which focuses on the character's early years, in an interview for Esquire's April 24, 2018 edition.
I can remember sitting in front of my television set at age 25 and watching the Elvis special. I already knew that I could never do what he did as an artist, but seeing that show had a great deal to do with my dreams of having a career in television production.
Kenneth Ehrlich, television producer for the 2019 NBC special honouring the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Elvis special, in an article published by Variety on December 3, 2018.
When I was seven years old, I saw Elvis Presley on TV. That hit me as to why I wanted to play music. Through a succession of different instruments, I ended up with the guitar.Then when I was 24, I heard my first mandolin player, Jethro Burns, at a bluegrass festival in Indiana. Those two and Bill Monroe, of course, were my main, early influences.
Eight of January's Bob Knysz, lead singer and mandolin player, recalling his influences for the Marietta Daily Journal' s January 2, 2019 edition, in an article entitled "The Boys of Bluegrass: Georgia band gets set to pull some strings"
My girlfriends and I are writing all the way from Montana. We think it's bad enough to send Elvis Presley to the army, but if you cut his sideburns off, we will just die. You don't know how we feel about him, I really don't see why you have to send him in the Army at all, but we beg you please please don't give him a G.I. hair cut, oh please please don't! If you do, we will just about die!
Letter, one of thousands, sent to US Pres. Dwight Eisenhower after Elvis was drafted and signed by then 8th graders Linda Kelly, Sherry Bane and Micky Mattson. Original now at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC
Some of the mossbacks of our city, who haven't had a youthful thought since the Civil War, say that rock and roll music is the theme song of juvenile delinquency and that Elvis Presley is making ‘dead end kids’ out of the whole generation. Nothing could be more idiotic. It is supposed to be perfectly all right for every bald-headed man in American to drool as Marilyn Monroe goes slithering across the pages of our time on the arm of husband number three. But the very moment that youth dance and Elvis shakes his left leg a bit, it's supposed to be juvenile delinquency of the worst sort.
Reverend James H. Elder of Mullins' Methodist Church in Memphis, in an interview with the Toronto Star on July 7, 1956.
Rock n' roll won't last. Labels don't make money on long play albums. No single artist is worth $35,000. That's what the majority believed when Elvis Presley signed on RCA's dotted line and released his debut self-titled album in March of 1956. The bulk of RCA ’s rock n’ roll gamble was recorded in Nashville and augmented with a few previously unreleased SUN selections to round out the platter. I could argue that the chemistry between Elvis, guitarist Scotty Moore, and bassist Bill Black was put through the washin' machine once the Blue Moon Boys went to RCA– but I'd probably lose the debate. Even for hardcore rockabilly enthusiasts who consider SUN the alpha and omega, it's hard to fault the version of “Money Honey” or lambast the album's cover of Ray Charles' iconic (if misogynistic) “I Got A Woman”. The crown jewel of the album is the lead track, “Blue Suede Shoes”. In fact, Elvis Presley became the first rock n' roll album to sell a million copies, shattering industry notions, establishing Elvis as the genre's first megastar, and for good or ill, changed popular music forever after.
The 11th Hour's laud of Elvis first album, released in 1956, as published on their ̊̊"Do This" column dated January 21, 2019.
Now tell me all about Elvis Presley? Will he come to England?'"
Queen Elizabeth II's question to UK actress Suzzanna Leigh, whom she knew had recently co-starred with Elvis, who in turn she admired tremendously, as Her Majesty greeted guests on the line-up to the Royal Film Variety Performance Gala in 1966. Almost thirty years after Elvis died, she confided to UK TV and radio personality Terry Wogan her favourite Presley song was the laughing version of "Are you lonesome Tonight", as told in an interview held at the HQ of the BBC's Broadcasting House on April 20, 2006.
And here this entity was standing in the doorway, this black suit on, and there was absolutely a dead silence in the room, just like somebody had sucked all of the air out of it. And he came in and stood behind a chair, and Dad got up and walked around and shook hands with him, and he sat down at the end of the table. And then the sergeant-at-arms from the legislature, they were meeting in a joint session, which meant that the Senate and the House of Representatives all came together there. And the galleries were filled with people screaming. And when the sergeant-of-arms came down and said it was time for Dad and Elvis to go on upstairs to the legislature, that was when Elvis came up and sat down next to me, the sergeant-of-arms said, 'Okay, time to go,' Elvis says, 'You're going, aren't you?' And I said, 'No, I'm not gonna be a part of this'. And he says, 'Yeah, I need for you to go'. And I said, 'I don't think I'm supposed to go. There's not seats arranged up there for me, and seats were a premium, believe me'. And he said, 'Yeah, you've got to go'. He grabs my hand, and Dad gives the nod, it's okay, go ahead, you know. And here we go, out through the crowd, down the hallway, up the steps, and then into the opening, and the Speaker of the House, Mr. James Bomar announced that Elvis Presley would be presented to the House of Representatives. At first I was somewhat nervous around him. I mean the persona was so immense, you know. And then it didn't take long though, when he became comfortable with you, that all of that just dissipated. And it was just like you had known him forever...
Ann Ellington, daughter of Tennessee Gov. Buford Ellington, describing her delight after being asked by Elvis to accompany him during his address at the TN State Legislature on March 8, 1961.
Having those voices surround me as I sang was the most indescribable feeling I had ever experienced. Now I understand why this means so much to you.
Cass Elliot, of the Mamas and the Papas, after having asked Elvis why did he sing Gospel music, over and over after his shows, and Elvis challenging her to do so herself, with the backing of his gospel quartet, which they did.
In January 1971, I was attending a conference on the 10 Outstanding Young Men of America, which that year was held in Memphis, Tennessee. Elvis Presley was one of the ten being honored and then-congressman George H.W. Bush was the guest speaker. At the end of the program, Bush ran up to Presley and shook his hand. I was able to photograph the encounter. So years later I said, "Oh my gosh. I was right up there on Elvis but I didn’t realize how important Bush was going to be. I met Presley later at the conference and hoped to get a photo with him, but I got his autograph instead. The truth is I wimped at the last moment when I met him that night in the receiving line...
Gordon Elliot, who took the photograph of George H. W. Bush with Elvis, on the day the future US President was the guest speaker who read the citation naming Elvis one of America's 10 outstanding young men, as published by the Springsfield Newsleader on the day the former President was laid to rest, December 5, 2018
I was fourteen when I met him and took photos of him. One morning, I persuaded my mother to drive before daylight to where I believed Elvis was filming on location. A pink Cadillac with Tennessee plates, parked outside of an unassuming house told me my hunch was right. Elvis suddenly strolled out and up to me and began nonchalantly chatting. He had an amazing aura as he almost seemed to float, not walk towards me. I then told him about how neighborhood kids had made fun of my adulation for him. The blood rushed to my head and I could feel myself blushing as my mother blurted out to Elvis, "Oh, you have no idea how many days he would come home from school having been in fights to defend you!" "I'll teach you something to take care of that," Elvis grinned."Karate?" I asked."Yeah."Well, I had no idea what karate really was. I only knew the term because I had read so much about Elvis' fascination with the sport. I had some idea that it had to do with judo. He never mentioned the offer when I saw him over the next month or so. As we sat around and chatted Elvis' moods seemed to roller coaster regularly. Oh, he was always friendly, always sweet but you could see lonely wash up regularly. All these years later, I am still starry-eyed as I fondly remember the softly spoken and seemingly shy Elvis behaving like a comforting big brother.
Ronny Elliot, country singer/songwriter and Tampa native, recalling the time he spent a few days with Elvis during the filming of Follow that dream, as noted in WMNF̪s 10 January 2019 edition.
As a teenager in England, the first record I ever owned was a 78rpm copy of Elvis' Tutti Frutti/Blue Suede Shoes. I became a huge fan and was always first in line at my local record store to buy his new singles. To me he was the absolute epitome of a star. He never toured in the UK, so in 1969, when I was on the road with Jethro Tull, we made the pilgrimage from Los Angeles to Las Vegas to see his performance at the International Hotel. That evening stands out as a milestone event in my life.
Terry Ellis, English record producer and co-founder of music publishing company Chrysalis Music, in his company's Facebook page.
To quote Elvis Presley my favorite artist, "Wise men say only fools rush in, but I can’t help falling in love with you."
Christina El Moussa, US real estate investor and TV personality, in reference to her boyfriend, UK TV personality Ant Anstead, as reported by Today, on October 29, 2018.
After his midnight show on August 24, 1974, tired of the racist implications inherent in the white angels mounted on the huge walls of the Hilton Showroom, Elvis used a ladder and with the help of Jerry Schilling, proceeded to paint them all black, save for one, who he said represented Jerry, then in a serious relationship with one of his backing singers, Myrna Smith of the African American group the Sweet Inspirations. He then also painted one of the decorative eighteenth century, court-of-Louis-XIV ladies also hanging on the showroom wall black, to represent Myrna. On the next day and in nearly all of the succeeding shows, he jokingly compared himself to Michelangelo, painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The Hilton management, which had nothing to do with the placing of the angels and or the ladies, this being done by the art designers hired by the previous management under Kirk Kerkorian, could only listen...
Elvis Presley Pedia, published on August 24, 2004.
For Mrs. Clinton to suggest I was telling Barbara Bush personal stories about the Clintons is extreme paranoia. First, I would never ever do such a thing, and second, anyone who knows Barbara Bush knows she would never tolerate or listen to such nonsense. What was interesting was Bill Clinton's allergies to Christmas trees, George H.W. Bush calling himself “Mr. Smooth," and the large collection of Elvis Presley CDs stored in the East Wing.
Christopher Emery, Chief Enterprise Architect for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and a former White House Usher, as told in his book "White House Usher: Stories from the Inside"
I'll tell you one thing. One respect I do have for that guy was that, well, obviously he was a great artist. When I was trying to learn "Jailhouse Rock" for the "Without me" video, I was like "Man, this guy could dance!!"
Eminem, in an interview for the Detroit Metro Times, and published on May 13, 2009.
The first time I laid eyes on him was a couple of years before I met and worked with him. He got out of a white Cadillac, on his way to the theatre he had rented on Memphis, he was on the sidewalk and I was at a distance of three feet from him, and I kept walking and remember thinking that I had never seen a better looking person in my life, like if he wasn't real. He was cute...
Bobby Emmons keyboard player and member of the American studio staff who produced the Memphis Sessions in 1969, in an interview for YouTube.
When it was announced in early 1958 that Presley had been drafted and would enter the U.S. Army, there was that rarest of all pop culture events, a moment of true grief. More important, he served as the great cultural catalyst of his period, projecting a mixed vision of humility and self-confidence, of intense commitment and comic disbelief in his ability to inspire frenzy. He inspired literally thousands of musicians—initially those more or less like-minded Southerners, from Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins on down, who were the first generation of rockabillies, and, later, people who had far different combinations of musical and cultural influences and ambitions. From John Lennon to Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan to Prince, it was impossible to think of a rock star of any importance who did not owe an explicit debt to Presley.
Encyclopædia Britannica's laud on the influence of Elvis Presley (2018 online edition).
He personified a new form of American popular music in the mid-1950s. Rock and roll was a guitar-based sound with a strong (if loose) beat that drew equally on African American and white traditions from the southern United States, on blues, church music, and country music. Presley’s rapid rise to national stardom revealed the new cultural and economic power of both teenagers and teen-aimed media—records, radio, television, and motion pictures.
Encyclopædia Britannica's reference to Elvis as one of the crucial performers in the rock idiom.
On the sunny side, there was that moment, during Pres. Trump's 2019 State of the Union address, when the place erupted with a gusty/lusty HAPPY BIRTHDAY. This was to honor a man in the audience Trump saluted for valor in surviving first the Holocaust and then the Pittsburgh “Tree of Life” massacre – and now his 81st birthday. There was nearly breakdancing and moonwalking in the balconies of Congress. Decorum be damned. We are Americans. Freedom is our bequest. Frivolity is our nature. I saw the same gusto at the Navy base in Haifa; also for an impromptu birthday. They are Israelis. Their love of life and country runs so deep they can't sit still and prefer to party, as it was that day in America. For where else but in America and Israel would a solemn occasion turn spontaneously to rock and roll? Try that in the parliaments of other countries while the leader speaks, and see who comes out alive. Instead, we insist on joy. We celebrate our freedoms through acts of whimsy. Long ago we traded in their Richard Wagner for our Elvis Presley.
Writer Jack Engelhard, in an article entitled "Dear Dems – bitterness is no way to run a country" and published on the Israel National News February 8, 2019 edition
I do not think they should meet Elvis through the efforts of any newspaper representative. In my view, the meeting can only be arranged as entirely private and unpublished. It is absolutely inadvisable to allow any pressman or photographer to interview, or take pictures whilst they are in his house.
Beatles manager Brian Epstein's scrawled notes to the Beatles' road manager Mal Evans on how to organize the meeting between them at Elvis' rented house at 625 Perugia way, B el Air, CA, an event he attended and which took place on August 27, 1965, exactly a year before his untimely death. A transcript of the note can be read on "LA Observed"'s August 24, 2015 edition in an article by Ivor Davis, the Beatles' tour reporter.
The idea of Elvis Presley cherishing the Book of Mormon had captured the popular imagination of Latter-day Saints. The story of this book has been told by fireside speakers, classroom teachers, newspaper columnists, and an independent filmmaker. And the story continues to circulate throughout the market for “uplifting” books and social media. However, after carefully analyzing the historical opportunities for Presley to have read this volume and the handwriting throughout its pages, I affirm that Elvis Presley did not write in this Book of Mormon. A detailed presentation of the analysis with photographic evidence will be published in a forthcoming issue of BYU Studies, but my findings about the book's history, its forged signature, and its forged annotations are as of this moment, final
Keith A. Erekson, Director of the Church History Library in an article published on the deseret News on November 14, 2018.
The so called “self-lecture” series meets during one day of the month, allowing anyone to give a lecture in one of our halls on any topic to do with culture — ranging from Peter the Great's insistence on exhibiting fleas at the oldest museum in Russia,the Kunstkamera all the way to arguing about the finer points of Elvis Presley's music. This is a chance not just for the audience-attendance being always free-to-learn something new and interesting but also for the orator to practice public speaking and get even more immersed in a topic of interest.
The Erarta Museum in Saint Petersburg's explanation of one of their most effective education projects.
Yes, life has taught me not to leave anything for tomorrow. I've made a list, some are personal, intimate, others are places I have to visit before I die, like going to Japan, which I did two weeks ago. And, it all actually started when I was at the intensive care unit, and all I kept thinking was that I wasn't going to make it to see Elvis' house.
Mikel Erentxun Spanish/French songwriter and singer, after successfully undergoing bypass heart surgery and as published in the Spanish daily "La Razon" on 18 March, 2015 in an article entitled " I thought I would die without seeing Elvis' house"
In keeping with the spirit of the week, Senator Ernst introduced the "Cost Openness and Spending Transparency Act (COST Act) after a report released this week from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) identified several government projects which did not follow the guidelines, incluiding a $90,000 NIH study focused on a sour cream and onion flavored potato chip resembling Elvis Presley.
About Iowa Senator Mikel Erentxun's 2019 new legislation which requires every project supported with federal funds to include a price tag with its cost that is transparent and easily available for taxpayers,as reported by the KIOW station's March 19,2019 online edition.
I would occasionally miss the bus that took me from my post back to my living quarters. When that happened, a fellow soldier in my battalion, the most celebrated soldier in the Army, Elvis Presley, who lived a few doors away would offer me a ride. And despite all the hoopla surrounding his military service, he remained remarkably humble and grounded. I'd first met him at Fort Hood in Texas and saw each other every day while we finished training in a M48 tank battalion. After six months, our company was then shipped off to Germany. There Elvis lived a few doors from me. In fact, throngs of German girls camped out in front of his residence. If he revealed in all the attention, he didn’t show it, was kind of on the shy side and wasn’t one to shout out, ‘I’m Elvis Presley the superstar.’ He just kind of kept to himself. But keeping to himself also didn't mean he was aloof. Out in the field, he wasn't afraid to get his hands dirty and never shied away from the work that was expected of him, and the rest of the tank company. After our two-year enlistment ended we parted ways and wouldn't see each other again until 1972, a short time before he was to play a concert at the old Chicago Stadium. I knew a Chicago police watch commander who was working security that night and although the police tried to stop us, my wife and I, from getting backstage at first, Elvis saw them and talked with them for a few minutes. It was the last time we would see or talk to him.
Bob Errant, who served in Elvis' Army tank battalion in Germany
In 1982, we went to Washington DC, and did the tour of the FBI Building, visited Pres. Kennedy's grave at Arlington Memorial and had our pictures taken outside the White House. From there we went to Graceland. Pablo loved Elvis. While we were there he bought his entire record collection. From that moment on, he played his tapes all the time, even danced like him. In 1991, when we first surrendered to the Colombian Army authorities, that collection was one of the few things he took to prison with him. When we escaped from prison a year later, we could not take it with us even if we had wanted to. The reason? It had been just stolen by a jail mate, something Pablo deeply regretted...
Roberto de Jesús Escobar Gaviria, older brother of Colombian drug lord and narcoterrorist Pablo Escobar, in his book "The Accountant's Story: Inside the Violent World of the Medellín Cartel"
i) And as a human being? As long as I live, I know I will never see anyone have such a profound effect on people. He could make anyone feel like he was the most important person in the world just by talking with him. He had charisma and charm that is just indescribable and he didn't even have to sing. When Elvis entered a room, you could feel the energy of his presence tingle at your nerves because the power of his magnetism was that intense and Elvis was just as perplexed by this phenomenon as you or I. He was a humble man but keenly aware of his unique gifts and spent most of his life searching the spirituality, over and over throughout his life asking himself, Why me? Since his death I have asked myself the same question, “why me?” and why, of all the people Elvis met in the service, did he pay special attention to me? In fact, why was I even in the Army? Did destiny lead me into the Army for the sole purpose of meeting Elvis Presley? Why was I selected to become “right hand man to the most celebrated entertainer in history, and to be chosen by Elvis Presley as a best man at his wedding? ii) When you worked for Elvis it wasn’t eight hours a day or 10 hours a day. It was 24 hours a day, seven days a week, because we did everything together. went on vacations together, traveled together. Everything we ever did we all did it together.
Joe Esposito, right hand man to Elvis since their return from the Army, in 1960, until Elvis' death in 1977 ii) New York Times obituary, November 27, 2916.
"I was in Washington studying music and wanted to meet the perfect boyfriend, get married, etc. But for some reason I also wanted to visit a convent in Nashville but had no money to finance the trip, so a friend who was going to Graceland to pay her respects offered me a ride and, as a result and thank God for Elvis, I became a nun!!
Sister Rose Mary Esseff, of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, as published in elmundocatlicos- 13 February 2012 edition.
Alemayehu Eshete is one of the most popular singers to emerge from the golden age of music in the capital Addis Ababa. His “rock n roll funk” stylings and Elvis manner of dress and way of acting has given him “dint of rampant Americanism,” as well as the nickname of The Ethiopian Elvis,
About Ethiopian Jazz musician Alemayehu Eshete, as noted by his producer Francis Falceto, in an article entitled "Alemayehu Eshete says he is not retiring" and as published on the Ethiopian Observer's December 2, 2018 edition.
Well, Jesus and I are Capricorns, and Elvis Preslewas born on the same day as me. I read an article the other day about only children and about they being more successful because they never have to compete for love,
Bob Eubanks, disc jockey, television personality and game show host also known for bringing and producing the Beatles' two tours of California, replying to a question on what was the best and worst thing about being an only child...and a Capricorn, as published on the USA Today's Ventura County Star on August 7, 2018.
By virtue of Elvis Presley being Mississippi's most beloved son.
Katie Eubanks of the Clarion-Ledger, explaining why The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond lent one of the only two known copies of Andy Warhol's "Triple Elvis" for a show at the Mississippi Museum of Art entitled “Picturing Mississippi.”, which in turn heralds the state 's bicentennial. The other known copy was sold at Christie's in NYC in November of 2014, to the San Francisco MOMA, for US$82 million. (The Ledger, December 1, 2017)
It had been expected for a half a million dollars to be raised from the music festival which included appearances by Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Mahalia Jackson, the Staple Singers, the Dells and others, including the Rolling Stones. With the money raised, plans had been made to use part of it for some work to be done on the Robert F. Kennedy Park and Playground in Fayette. More than 47 years later, the then Mayor Charles Evers finally revealed that Presley, who along with the Stones did not participate in the festival, had wanted to come and perform there, especially because of his being a huge follower of B.B. King. Evers said he and his brother, Medgar, fought for change because they knew Mississippi would be the greatest state in the nation if that change took place. With the nomination of Evelyn Gandy, James Hardy, Aaron Henry, Ida B. Wells and Elvis he now believes Mississippi is one of the greatest states to live in...
About civil rights activist Charles Evers's decision to tell the press about a secret report written in 1969 by the segregationist Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission which had Elvis Presley helping the integrationist cause, the latter after Presley's nomination for the Mississippi Hall of Fame, as detailed in an article entitled "47 years after spy report, Mississippi welcomes Elvis into Hall", published on the Clarion Ledger on December 12, 2016.
I guess I should have set a price before I set foot in the boat, but I felt pretty ritzy later that day as we stepped into our gondola. "How much to sing "O Sole Mio?" I asked. I had been taken with the song and Venice since seeing it in movies. If there was one piece of music associated with Venice and its canals, it was this. I knew that Pavarotti had recorded it. So had Caruso. And Mario Lanza. And Elvis Presley, recently released from the Army, had a version written for him called "It's Now Or Never." Without missing a beat the gondolieri told me, "Sixty dollars, U.S." He put his oar in the water and we splashed off. He was a pretty good singer, actually, and I imagined that we were in an old MGM Technicolor musical. My wife Roz was smiling and I was thinking, Yeah, this is a magical moment.I thought about imagining this moment from the time I was growing up in Brooklyn, and that I probably never would have wanted anything better. When we had gotten married all those years before, taking a gondola on a Venice canal, listening to "O Sole Mio" and "It's now or never", it wasn't something I even dared consider. It would have been a fantasy. Now, I was living that fantasy as we held hands and he wound up with a full-throated last note.When the sail ended, I peeled off three twenty-dollar bills, and thanked him. We walked away, humming.
Gerald Eskenazi, former sports writer for the NYT and current Forbes contributor, recounting his most recent visit to Venice, as published in an article entitled "Enjoying A Gondola Ride in Venice--With Pavarotti And Presley", published on March 5 2018
I really am a big Elvis fan – at six foot three I’m one of the biggest. In all the excitement about accompanying the Beatles to their rmeeting with Elvis, I sent my suit to the cleaners to prepare for the big meeting. However, the cleaners had sewn up my pockets where I kept a bunch of guitar picks that I always had on hand for the boys. So, inevitably when Elvis asked for a guitar pick that night, I went into a panic. I couldn’t access the picks in my sewn-up pockets, so I frantically ran into the kitchen and smashed up a bunch of plastic spoons to create makeshift picks. I’d have loved to have given Elvis a pick, have him play it, then got it back and had it framed.
Mal Evans, the Beatles' road manager recounting his time with Elvis and the Beatles on the night of August 27, 1965, when they met at Elvis' 525 Perugia Way home in Bel Air, CA. It helps understand why on his first visit to Graceland, in 2013, Paul McCartney took a pick, engraved with his initials and placed it alongside his grave, with a tweet that said "So you can play guitar in heaven". Evans' story was published in an article entitled "When The Beatles met Elvis, who was Presley’s biggest fan?", on August 26, 2016.
I remember whan I first saw Elvis, I had been playing guitar since I was 8, so then I saw him I said, WOW, finally people are gonna know what a guitar is. (After him) it was cool to have a guitar around your neck, when before, it wasnt"
Don Everly,from an interview with VIP in 1996.
The moment I first saw him, the presence he had, wow, he was so beautiful, and had such a charisma that no one could even utter a word. Anyways, a couple of days later, at the MGM Commissary, which was a gigantic place, you know, full of stars, directors, I was seated in a table, my back was facing the door, and then everybody started to get up, and they were all rushing outside, so I turned around and you know, when you are trying to look through a glass, with the sun behind you, so you kind of cover your face, and it was Elvis, outside, looking for me, inside, so there he was, at one of the lowest times in his career, and all 700 people, many celebrities themselves, rush and try to meet him. He almost didn't have a chance to survive THAT kind of celebrity...
Shelley Fabares, telling interviewers at MGM how, even in 1965, when they were filming "Girl Happy", Elvis would cause a riot...
Elvis Presley would probably have to be my biggest musical influence. After all, he was from the same region as I am and it inspired me to continue my music career into college, even though my major is architecture.
Famous Maroon Band's Brittany Roberts, who is 18, commenting for 58Nation on the musician who had the biggest influence on her, as published on their online page on 27 July 2017.
I was fortunate enough to auction Elvis Presley's jet, which was kind of cool
Jeffrey Farber, the 2018 Iowa Champion Auctioneer, as told to O.K. Henderson, of Radio Iowa, on August 14, 2018
Elvis Presley shared the soul of black music's best performers. He was a reflection of our life experience".
Louis Farrakhan, in a 1993 statement on the subject Elvis' contribution to the acceptance of black music.
Teenagers dominated the mid-20th century, the term being invented only in the 1930s, and no one gave them more visibility than Elvis Presley, who began his own career at 18, embodying the teen desire for liberation from their parents' culture and mirroring their more open sexuality, as he gave youth everywhere in the world music to call their own.
Paula Fass History Professor at the University of California, at Berkeley, answering "The Atlantic Magazine" 's Big Question, on who was the most influential teenager of all time, as published in their April, 2015 edition.
John and Paul hit it off very quickly. There was something both of them had that just locked together. Perhaps it was a crazy kind of attitude towards life, a contemptuous mockery that later became the trademark of the four Beatles, or perhaps it was just a teenage friendship that stuck. As far as John was concerned, Paul was not only a good guitarist – as good as John himself – but he also resembled their mutual idol, Elvis.”
Julius Fast in his 1968 book, "The Beatles, the Real Story".
Well I did a couple of movies with Elvis, he was really fun to work with, a really nice guy
Actor Edward Faulkner's laud of Elvis, in a filmed interview on YouTube
I have enjoyed a lot of songs of various genres in my life but Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, and John Denver are my favorite American male singers.
Feedback's Labu Rahman, singer and guitarist for Bangladesh's top rock band, in an interview with the Daily Star and as published on February 2, 2018.
It's been more than five decades, but there's still such freshness to the recording, such unexpectedness bursting through the familiarity. Scotty Moore and Bill Black, on guitar and upright bass, hang on for all they're worth, trying to keep up with this crazy kid as Elvis's voice - urgent, insinuating - floats out over the beat, a croon that joins joy and nerves and arrogance (already you can hear his sneer), and that voice turns almost spectral as it slides into its upper register whenever it comes to allll ri-iiiiii-ght. (Forget “E pluribus unum’’ or “In God we trust.’’ The words that should appear on our currency are “That’s all right. What I was hearing transcended beauty...
Mark Feeney, in his article, "Elvis at 75: Can we ever again see the performer, not the punch line?", as published on January 3, 2010 at BOSTONCOM
Not wanting to spoil anyone's party, but in the context of the Grand Bear market of that time, and it certainly was a Very Grand Global Bear Market, the demise of Lehman Brothers was by no means the most important event, and it happened quite late on the timeline as well. Today, books have been written and the event features in a number of documentaries, while the question "Where were you when Lehman went bankrupt?" sits right up there with 9/11, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the death of Elvis Presley.
Rudi Filapek-Vandyck, founder and Editor of FNArena, a major supplier of supplier of financial, business and economic news, analysis and data services for small and large investors dealing with the Australian Stock market, in a article entitled Ten Years On, The World Is Still Turning, published in LiveWire's October 3 2018's online edition.
I want him to have an earring hanging from his tongue. He is the REAL love of my life. When I am with him, and I walk with him, is like being with Elvis Presley.
Carrie Fisher, speaking about the love of his life, her dog Gary, in an interview with Vulture.com, published three months before her death.
Nobody ever asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, and all I wanted to be was Elvis Presley. But listening to Elvis was not allowed.
Top Israeli cantor and performer Dudu Fisher, as told to the audience at the Chabad Jewish Center of Monroe, LA, and as reported by The Cranbury Press on September 29, 2011
It's like people saying Elvis Presley was only famous because he was white. He had, y'know, the rhythm of James Brown but he had his own thing. He was Elvis, he wasn't just a white man. Things like that are going to be picked up between black people and white people and anybody, it doesn't mean a person is or isn't great because they're influenced by something associated with another race. It doesn't matter. Anyway, that period was different, like when he was there, they were stopping everything, and he had the moment for real. While I'm here, its not all about 50 Cent, but it was all about Elvis.”
Rapper 50 Cent, in an interview with Noisey to talk about his upcoming album, Animal Ambition, as published at Noisey.vice.com on March 19, 2014.
I learned music listening to Elvis' records. His measurable effect on culture and music was even greater in England than in the States."
Mick Fleetwood, as published in www.graceland.com
As a youngster I discovered what I could do almost by accident. I grew up in Lima, where my father was a folk singer and my mother managed a pub that presented live music. So,as a teenager, I would sometimes sing a variety of popular songs from Elvis Preskley onwards. I was drawn to music from the start so I started guitar lessons at 11 and began to learn music theory at about 14. Then I started to write my own songs but always this was pop-oriented. It was only when I entered the National Music Conservatory at age 17, that I started to discover classical music. In fact, I came late to classical music, preferring instead pop music and Elvis Presley.
Juan Diego Florez, Peruvian tenor, thought of being the successor of Luciano Pavarotti, in an article published on the Independent on May 7, 2010 and entitled Opera's superstar: Why Juan Diego Flórez is the heir to Pavarotti
From his eerie 1954 reading of “Blue Moon” up to 1976's “Hurt,” Elvis established himself as a pre-eminent ballad singer, something a lot of people forget in the flurry to hail his anarchic rock material. “It Hurts Me” from 1963 isn't the first great ballad of his career, but it's one of the finest. Recorded in Nashville at the same session which yielded his supple version of Chuck Berry's “Memphis, Tennessee,” “It Hurts Me” fuses Elvis' love for gospel melisma with the heartache of a lover forced to stand on the sidelines of a romance. He approaches the song — a forebearer of the Four Seasons' “Silence Is Golden” — at first delicately, as if he's afraid any force would snap the song's tension. By the second bar, the song is all tension, with the pain of watching the right woman with the wrong man becoming too much to bear. When the roaring finale comes sweeping through, its two minutes and some-odd seconds seem to have encompassed a lifetime of anguish.
John Floyd, for MEMPHIS, THE CITY MAGAZINE, reviewing the subject of Elvis the balladeer, in an article entitled Did Elvis saved the best for last_ and re/published on August 26, 2018.
Mickey Mantle's mystique is unquantifiable. He's like Clint Eastwood and Elvis Presley. There's something there. An aura. The manliness of all three of them. Each of them is a classic in their field.
Marshall Fogel, the world's top collector of baseball memorabilia, commenting for Forbes Magazine, on June 24, 2018, the arrival at the Colorado Center Museum of a US$10m 1952 Mickey Mantle Card and not just in an armored car, but after its having been insured for $12m.
I remembers watching the Elvis special when it aired in December 1968, just as my band was beginning to erupt as a major force in rock & roll. In fact,we released our first Top 40 hit, “Suzie Q,” that same year. Many people my age, especially after the Beatles, had kind of pushed Elvis aside a little bit. And that was the neat thing about the special — there was Elvis, your long lost friend, looking really good and sounding good. It was great to have him back.
John Fogerty, front man of the Creedence Clearwater Revival, on how he reacted to the 1968 Special at the beginning of his career, in an interview with Rolling Stone and published in their February 13,2019 edition.
The public's imagination was caught by Elvis through two things: his unique ability to synthesize all American music styles and his fantastic interpretive qualities as a vocalist; that he managed to keep the public's attention after the music began to suffer, is due to his remarkable charisma, an unparalleled force that was stronger than any ten other men in his peer group; (while) it's the charisma that allowed him to get away with covering substandard songs like "A Little Less Conversation," (1968), it's his musical ability alone that elevated it to a status it didn't deserve, creating something so endearing that the simplest of remix jobs could make it sound contemporary, a quarter-century after his death; he may always be a punchline to some people, but the continuing evolution of our fascination with the King has to do with his ability to reinvent himself every time he's heard; even, apparently, from beyond.
Robert Fontenot, music historian and critic at www.about.com, commenting on JXL's re-mix of "A little less conversation", which topped the world's charts in 2002.
He was a cultural icon and his legacy spilled over into the culinary world.
Addie Gundry, one of the The Food Network Star's thirteenth season contestants, explaining some of Elvis' favourite recipes in an article entitled "Retro recipes from a 'Food Network Star' published on the Herald Palladium on February 14, 2014
It’s big, full of color and pattern and imbued with the outsized personality of its most famous owner. Graceland, Elvis Presley’s home in Memphis, Tennessee, is the second-most visited house museum in the U.S., with over 600,000 visitors a year. Only the White House sees more tourists.
Forbes Magazine's Real Estate contributor Regina Cole, in her article entitled ̊"The Dichotomy Of Elvis' Graceland, America's True House Museum"", as published on their Aug 9, 2018 online edition.
After the Second World War's boosts, top tax rates wouldn’t dip below 90% until 1964, when they plunged to 77%, remaining in that range until 1982, when they dropped to 50%. In comparison, for the tax 2013, the top tax bracket is 39.6%, kicking in at $400,000. Elvis remained in the spotlight since 1956 until his death, and he continued to tour despite health problems related to his lifestyle. Even when he didn’t tour, he made money, as was the case in the early 60′s, when despite having no personal appearances, he earned $5 million a year ($40,000,000 in today’s dollars). By 1973, he was still raking in money and, as if to give credit to his manager's assertion ("I consider it my patriotic duty to keep Elvis up in the 90 percent tax bracket", was Col. Parker's motto), he was allegedly the top taxpayer in the country.
Forbes Magazine's Senior Editor Kelly Phillips Erb, in her article "Elvis Presley Topped Charts And Tax Brackets" as published in their Aug 16, 2013 edition
Elvis Presley was a masterful vocal artist. I really do appreciate what Elvis was able to do.
Harrison Ford, on whether or not Elvis Presley is his favorite singer, for GMA News, as published on October 1, 2017.
It was scientist Isaac Newton who told us in his "Three Laws Of Motion" that each action has an equal and opposite reaction. One could say the same about the behaviour of human societies. Glance at history and you will see what I mean. The Regency period, with an example of a randy slob who later became George IV, was a time of loose morals and widespread immorality. Then came the Victorian era. This we are told was a time of rigid prudishness. That lasted for more than a hundred years. I recall it as a provincial shopkeeper's son in the 1940s. Back then, respectability was all. When did British society revert to its natural preference for randiness? There were three impulses. One was the arrival of The Pill. ­Another was the arrival of marijuana. And yet another was the arrival in the mid-1950s of pop music. I recall the utter horror of the older generation and the forecasts of the end of civilisation and teenage girls swooning at the wildly gyrating hips of Elvis Presley. The pop fraternity was king and the pop stars “screwed around”. In short I wish the sudden legion of moralists (where have they been all these years of Playboy and Penthouse?) would put two short words on their bucket list of chores to accomplish before they drop off the perch. A simple resolution: Grow Up.
Author and CBE Frederick Forsyth, in an article entitled "We need grown-up thinking on morality", as published in The Express on February 10, 2018.
I felt like I was meeting Elvis Presley or the president.
Leeann Fortenberry, in reference to how she felt meeting Dr Adrian R. Krainer, a Uruguayan-American Biochemist who chairs the Cancer and Molecular Biology Department at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York and who is currently treating her daughter Faith, a sixth grader, with Spinraza, the first and only US- FDA approved medication to treat a form of muscular dystrophy she lives with called SMA Type 2, in an interview aired by Channel 10, KWT on November 8, 2018.
Art didn't quite hear what all the fuss was about (he even asked, “What kind of a name is that?”), but he went with an offer for the contract. He then called me a few days later saying there's no way he's pay what Sam Phillips wanted — $50,000. His highest offer was $35,000, so I said, ‘Art, you can give him $500,000, it won’t matter, you’ll make it back on the first record" Then “He said, ‘You’re insane.’ I said, ‘Possibly, never had to debate that, but I know what I’m telling you.'” Art never went above $35,000, Elvis' contract went to RCA for $40,000, and the rest is history.
Fred Foster, record producer and founder of Monument Records, commenting on his unsuccessfully trying to convince Mercury Records marketing director Art Talmadge to sign Elvis in November of 1955, as published on Wide Open Country, on 28 November 2016.
I started singing in 1967. My brother had a song book which contained songs of Elvis Presley so we used to share the songs and I would imitate a lot of English songs. This helped me when I went to Victoria Falls Casino Hotel where I would sing and entertain whites in the early 1970s. I joined The Four Brothers in 1983 and that is when we recorded ‘Zvinonaka Zvinodhura’ and the following year, we did the ‘Tosangana Ikoko’ album which had eight tracks.
Patrick Mukwamba from the Four Brothers, Zimbabwe's most successful music band. as reported by the Mail, on 27 October 2017
It was the best thing that ever happened ... to me I mean.
Comedian Redd Foxx, on being one of the few who attended Presley's wedding, as noted in his biography, Black & Blue: The Redd Foxx Story.
I remember seeing David playing in a local band before I even went to the school since my dad was David's art teacher. I remember seeing this band play on the school steps and this thing with hair sticking straight up and playing the saxophone doing Elvis Presley songs. I looked at my dad and said, “Dad, who is that?” He said, “Oh, that’s Jones.” I said, “I want to be him"
Peter Frampton,in a Rolling Stone interview, recalling how he first got really hooked into rock music by seeing a very young David Bowie play Elvis, as published in their 23 February 2019 edition.
A few months after I released my version of "Crying in the Chapel", RCA released Elvis' version and sales of mine crushed. By sheer chance, I had a encounter with him in California, a few years later. so I confronted him over the issue and told him his version had cost me a lot of money. After explaining that he had not been aware that his song was going to be released, he just quietly got out his checkbook and wrote me a check. I was still upset so I didn't look at it until several months later when Christmas was approaching and money in my family was tight. Worse, my mother had already scraped together what little money she had so she could buy presents for our family at that time. Except she didn't really buy the presents because she only had enough money to put them away in layaway. Anyways, I unfolded the check and let me tell you, I had never seen that many zeros on a check before. It was for US$10,000 (the equivalent of US$80,000 in 2017 dollars). I then took just US$50 dollars for myself, and sent the rest to my mother. And they never had a better Christmas.
Carol Fran, soul blues singer, pianist and songwriter, as noted by Roy Black in an article entitled HOW ROOTS MUSIC MADE ME BECOME A FASHION WRITER, and ´published on Awaiting the Flood on September 26, 2013.
When Elvis heard me sing this song in Las Vegas in late August of 1958, he became so emotional that he had to leave the show. The next day, he sent me two dozen yellow roses with a note explaining that he had just lost his mother and hearing me sing 'Mama' was more that he could bear
Connie Francis,in an interview for Newsmax as published on 30 September, 2017.
My mom was a huge Elvis fan, she's always, ever since I can remember, always had small Elvis dolls and random Elvis memorabilia around the house. Growing up, I finally asked her why she decided to name me Elvis, and originally, she was going to name me Gregory. But she had a dream two weeks before I was born that she was at an Elvis concert and her newborn baby was at the concert as well. So instead of Gregory, she decided to call me Elvis. Yeah, she was about as big of an Elvis fan as possible.
Dr. Elvis Francois, an orthopedic surgeon resident at the Mayo Clinic, telling reporter Ann Halliwell of the Post Bulletin the reason he was named Elvis as published on the paper's 30 December 2018 edition in an article entitled. "Why a Mayo surgery resident is always singing on the job"
If you're ever in Japan, consider a trip to "Chineskikan",two hours outside Tokyo in the city of Chichibu. The museum is the only one of its kind ion the world, dedicated entirely to rocks that look like human faces. Owned and operated by Yoshiko Hayama, "Chineskikan" is home to some of the most spectacular stones nature has to offer, with rocks that resemble everyone from Elvis Presley to E.T.
Mark Fraunfelder, in a film entitled "Enter Japan’s Museum of Rocks With Faces", as published on "Boeing Boeing" on February 1, 2018.
I was just really getting started good when he came out. I loved his work. He was one of a kind. People talk about somebody being big, and people will compare them to Elvis, but there's never been another Elvis. I never got to meet him, but I talked to him on the phone one time. He was looking for a song, and he told me he loved 'Chain of Fools' and he asked me if I could write a similar song for him. I tried, but all I could think about was the other song and I never could write it. That's the closest I got to meeting him."
Dallas Frazier,telling the Boot about the day he almost met Elvis, as published on their August 16, 2012 edtion.
We are still considering names, but since the twins were born on Elvis' birthday, I guess that for now we can call the little boy Prince Elvis.
HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, in jokingly speaking to the press on the day his wife HRH, Crown Princess Mary gave birth to twins. Moments later, the press asked Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II (who incidentally had met Presley at the Paramount Studio in 1960) if she, as the grandmother, alas, as the Queen, could confirm what her son had just said. She was noncommittal, but it was later learnt that no Prince or Princess in line to be King or Queen of Denmark can be given any name which is not that of another King or Queen, respectively.}, and as reported on January 8, 2011, in Hola magazine.
He's really the only white man who can sing the blues. He's got a real feeling to it, which comes from the contact he had as a child with negroes
Alan Freed, disc jockey and radio personality credited with launching the term "rock and roll", circa 1950, as excerpted from an interview with Anita Behrnam in an article entitled “What Alan Freed really thinks about Rock and Roll", published on the October 1958 issue of the "People Weekly" magazine, (p.22), and in response to Ms. Behrnam's question on how he felt about Presley, then serving in the US Army in Germany.
I was discharged today and I'm doing very well, feel real good. I just would like thank the staff at Elvis Presley Trauma Center and many, many thanks to all the well-wishers. It's great to know people care about you.
Morgan Freeman in an interview to E Entertainment News, just after his release from treatment and full recovery at the EP Trauma Center in Memphis, TN, on August 5, following a car accident three days earlier.
Freddy had two people in a pedestal, Elvis Presley and John Lennon. Those were the people he thought made a difference in music and he would never had dreamed he would be put in the same pedestal alongside them. I think he got his wish...
Peter Freestone, personal assistant to Freddy Mercury, in an interview with El Nuevo Dia and published on September 4, 2016
As far as I'm concerned, I hope this rage passes as quickly as it has spring up. Elvis strides on stage, takes a wide-legged stance, grabs up a guitar, gives it a couple of whangs, opens his mouth and starts gyrating. He shivers and shakes, he quivers and quakes. The faster Presley moves, the more agitated the crowd becomes. An announcer implored the crowd, “If you want to see Elvis Presley in the pictures, write Paramount Pictures. As far as I can learn from Paramount’s local office, there is no deal cooking on Presley.
Terry Frei, for the Denver Post, recalling a review of the Rocky Mountain News from April of 1956, in an article published on March 8, 2017 and informing readers that thousands upon thousands did write, with eventually being Paramount's rival 20th Century Fox who released Elvis’ first movie, “Love Me Tender,” on Nov. 15.
When I was 20 years old and TWISTED SISTER began, I don't think I would have ever asked someone who was 60 where the music industry was going.I think that I would look around at my peers and see where the scene is at, rather than go to, let's say, Elvis Presley's producers and go, 'Hey, man, give me some advice as to how I can move forward because I don't think that they're seeing things the way I'm seeing things. When they were 20, they were seeing things in their way. So when I talk to 20-year-olds, I say to them, number one, I didn't have a mentor — I never had a mentor. And number two, I was smart and I just looked around me. I think it was impossible to think that before Elvis came, nobody thought Elvis was gonna come. And it should never be predictable.
Jay Jay French, TWISTED SISTER guitarist's reply when requested to offer some advice to up-and-coming artists, as seen in a clip from Daniel Sarkissian's film "What Is Classic Rock?
He has sung for years about murder and biblical torment and characters who hurt one another just for the philosophical kick. It's a nasty congruence that his lyrics set him up to sing about a death he knew nothing of, until it was time to record, something of a ham — possibly down to thinking Elvis Presley is as biblical as anything else.
Sasha Frere-Jones, speaking about Nick Cave in an article for the Village Voice and entitled "Navigating the Darkness with David Bowie, Nick Cave, and Leonard Cohen" as published on November 9, 2016.
In the Sun Studio in Memphis it hit me like a blow. What a musician, what an upheaval. It is still there, the old microphone, the silver Shure 5-5 with the lateral grooves, by means of which a certain Elvis Aaron Presley in July 1953, just 18 years of age, made his first recording. This man has shaped pop culture like no other, in fact influenced all music after him.
Bänz Friedli, Swiss linguist, in an interview with kxan, as published on their February 16,2019 edition.
He touched their lives....
David Frost, English television and media personality which hosted, in 1980, a Yorkshire Television special focusing on 300 Elvis UK fans going with him, to Memphis, TN, on the third anniversary of Elvis death.
At Sun Studio in Memphis Elvis Presley called to life what would soon be known as rock and roll with a voice that bore strains of the Grand Ole Opry and Beale Street, of country and the blues. At that moment, he ensured — instinctively, unknowingly — that pop music would never again be as simple as black and white.
David Fricke in Rolling Stone (1986)
He is more like an Elvis Presley or a Marilyn Monroe, who died early and left their impression on the world.
Lesley Frowick, top designer Halston's niece, commenting on the 2021 Netflix mini series ‘Halston’ and which according to her and the entire family, does not reflect the real Halston, as published in WWD's May 11, 2021 edition.
To the extent that the cultural-appropriation police are urging their targets to respect others who are different, they are saying something that everyone needs to hear. But beyond that, they can plunge into doomed tangles. American popular culture is a mishmash of influences: British Isles, Eastern European, West African, and who knows what else. Cole Porter committed no wrong by borrowing from Jewish music and Elvis Presley enriched the world when he fused country-and-western with rhythm-and-blues.
David Frum, writing for the Atlantic in an article entitled "Every Culture Appropriates[, published oh May 8, 2018.
Sakuraba is just magic, proving to the world that the Gracies could be beat. He walked into that arena like if he was Elvis and he was the man who did it.
Don Frye, in reference to Kazushi Sakuraba being inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame, as published on 5 June, 2017 at SB Nation.
Fifty-six years ago last April, in a studio on Fifth Av in Nashville, a 25-year-old Elvis Presley spit out another platinum-selling record. “It’s Now or Never” hit the airwaves one day after the 4th of July, and topped the charts for weeks. It sold over 20 million records worldwide and became one of his most successful releases. Studios up and down Nashville's famed “Music Row” have cradled the genius of America's music masters for generations. For Elvis Presley and many others, that six-block span has been a place where dreams really can come true. But today, in a global internet economy rife with piracy and wanton copyright violations, the future of America's music industry is threatened. For many musicians, songwriters, and the more than 56,000 Nashville workers whose jobs depend on the resilience of America's music industry, the time to fight back against those threats truly is “Now or Never.”
U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Froman, talking about the Trans-Pacific Partnership and how it affects Tennessee, as published in the Tennessean, on November 4, 2016.
At one point, Elvis used to have football games in his front yard in LA. Glen Campbell and I were on Rick Nelson's team and we would play against his.At first, it was supposed to be flag football but people wound up with black eyes and things like that. It got pretty rough, but I think that's where Glen might have hooked up early with Elvis. Then, it was when Glen and I played "The Crossbow", that Elvis would visit whenever he was in Albuquerque. They even had a little balcony to keep Elvis' group out of the crowd down below...
Jerry Fuller, songwriter, singer and record producer, on the matter of when and where Glen Campbell might have become close to Elvis, in an article entitled “He Could Do Anything”: "Glen Campbell Remembered By His Closest Friends", written in connection with his 2018 album consisting of songs written for Elvis to sing and which Glen recorded as demos before he became nationally known.
They mention me and they mention Elvis, not the same... RELAX. Not more slaps than Presley..Elvis super legendary.
Fulture 's instagram messages on May 30, 2020, after being told he had surpassed Elvis in the number of Billboard Top 100 hits.
Was Elvis up to the challenge? He was. The resulting Elvis special, which aired on December 3, 1968 on NBC, became the top rated show of the season and NBC's biggest success of the year. But the key moment came on the night of June 4, when Elvis was at the Binder/Howe offices. A television set broadcasting Senator Robert Kennedy’s speech at L.A.’s Ambassador Hotel played in the background; the presidential hopeful had just won California’s state primary. Minutes later, Kennedy was shot (he died 26 hours later on June 6) and the assassination provoked a cathartic reaction in Elvis. From the moment that was on, for the rest of the night, we sat in that room and Elvis started to tell us his life story...
Gillian G. Gaar, discussing how the narrative of the 1968 special came into being, as published in Goldmine magazine's 9 January 2019 edition.
After Trump-Clinton, the Vice-Presidential Debate Isn’t Exactly ‘the Return of Elvis’
Trip Gabriel's headline to his New York Times article of October 1, 2016
Decades ago, during the polio epidemic, people were hesitant to get the vaccine, which became available in 1955. Public sentiment turned in 1956, after the biggest influencer of that era, Elvis Presley, got the shot backstage before he made an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Immunization levels among teens at the time rose from 0.6% to 80%.
Dr. Terry Gaff, in an article entitled"Vaccinated people are discovering benefits of VIP treatment" , as published in the KPC Media Group's News online edition of May 16, 2021
Yuri was a celebrity, a héro of the USSR, the first man in space. For the Kremlin, he defined the Soviet spirit. Born poor, then becoming one of the world's moot celebrated. He was the Elvis of the Soviet Union.
About Yuri Gagarin, as noted by Andrew L. Jenks, author of the 2015 biography entitled "The Cosmonaut who couldn’t stop smiling: The life and leyend of Yuri Gagarin"
In the early going at the Charlotte Coliseum, there were scattered notes here and there that made you wonder if finally he was gonna do it but, always, he would pull up short, rely on the grins, the charisma and the legend, until finally a little before 10:45, he came to the gospel classic, "How Great Thou Art"-. And that was it. As he came to the part where he belts out the title, he sounded like Mario Lanza with soul, cutting loose a series of high notes that would tingle the spine of even the diehard skeptic; but crescendo came on a song called "Hurt"; it's an old song that Elvis didn't record until a couple of years ago, and the key ingredient is its range, an awesome collection of notes that could leave a normal set of vocal chords in shreds; he finished in what seemed his most potent style, but wasn't satisfied, and mumbled to the band, "Let's do that last part again."; he did, and if there was anyone among the packed-house crowd who had thought Elvis was a fluke, they no doubt came away converted.
Frye Gaillard, reviewing his February 20, 1977 show at the Coliseum, for the "The Charlotte Observer"
My father had very specific tastes, and that's what we listened to, namely Chopin, Bach, Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and David Bowie. I think that's it.
Charlotte Gainsbourg, British-French actress and singer, the daughter of English actress Jane Birkin and French singer and songwriter Serge Gainsbourg, the latter of whose musical tastes she detailed in an interview published by NOISEY on December 4, 2017.
I jumped out of my 1975 Firebird and rushed to get photos of him. So, that's when he turned to me and said "Who are you with cat?
Photographer Ron Galella in his book Shooting Stars
There is only Elvis and me, and I couldn't say which one of us is the best.
Liam Gallagher, Oasis frontman, as published at Emol.com -
In May of 1959, at the Midnight premiere of "King Creole" , in Mexico City, more than 500 teenagerw broke into the cinema, overtook various side balconies and threw seats and even burning papers to those in attendance at the floor below. A huge fight erupted. As many girls tried to leave the cinema, they were stripped of their clothings and harrassed by the rioters. Police arrived at about 1 am in the morning but incredibly, there were many injured but no arrests.
Parménides García Saldaña, recounting the incident he was a witness of, on his book "El Rey Criollo", which led to Elvis' being banned from all Mexican record stores, a follow up to his 1957 ban. (See Pompeyo, Hebre)
Elvis Presley brought down the house and all the attendance records of the Houston Live Stock Show and Rodeo came tumbling down on the shoulders of his white shirt Saturday night at the Astrodome. The largest crowd ever to attend a rodeo performance to Houston - 43,614 screaming fans - were present Saturday night for the rodeo and Elvis' fourth of six performances. Hours earlier, he had drawn the largest matinee crowd - 34,443 Saturday and his two performance total exceeded by former records by the two-performance total attracted by Roy Rogers and Dale Evans two years ago. In fact, the four performances in which Presley, his band and vocal group have have appeared thus have drawn a total of 131,064 people to the Astrodome. It is by far the greatest start that the Houston event has made since it moved to the Dome in 1966. Presley who has never been known as a talker on stage, probably expressed it perfectly Saturday night when he commented: "You have been a fantastic audience," he said prior to introducing his associate in the 45-minute show. Police are stationed around the arena to keep the audience away from Elvis but Saturday afternoon, a fan sneaked in through the rodeo chutes and was within a few feet of the star when he was apprehended by police...
Charles Garder for the Houston Post, in reviewing the first four of Elvis's six back to back performances at the Houston Astrodome, as published on their March 1, 1970 edition.
I have a great respect for him and I have to say that "Viva Las Vegas" was the very first job I ever had, so he was the first person I worked with in a movie. It really was a big influence on me. Maybe it was me that made it up, but I thought, he's a person, I'm a person. If he can do it, I can do it. And he made you feel like that, too. You know, he made you be an equal. And, of course, it wasn't true, but as I said I lived in a big fantasy world and still do, but he made you feel like you were the same. And I think that really was an incredible catalyst for me. I mean, you're working with Elvis Presley and he thinks that you guys are alike so maybe, if he can do it, you can do it. So then something like that, it's a subliminal subconscious incredible influence he had on me.
Teri Garr, on working with Elvis, particularly in Viva Las Vegas.
I was appearing at the Sands and a friend of mine, a fellow comedian working with Elvis, told him I'm a black belt. So I got a call from one of Elvis' buddies. He traveled with this massive entourage. So this pal tells me, "Would you be interested in doing Elvis Presley the honor of sparring with him?" I said, "Sure, I’ll give the kid a break." *Laughs*. He rented a hall and arrived with this huge group of people. We looked at each other and he calls me "sensei," which means "teacher." I said, "Oh Elvis, you don’t have to call me that because we’re of equal rank." And he says, "OK, sensei." Then he goes, "Do me a favor, please. Don’t hit me in the face because I have a show to do tonight." And I said, "Well, don’t hit me in my face because I, too, have a show tonight." He responds, "Sensei, if I hit you in the face, it would be an improvement." I said, "I’m going to kill you. You know that, right?" Then we spar. But he was wonderful. He was very, very good in fact. I've sparred with a lot of people and not many were as good as he was. But when we weren't sparring, he was a gentleman at all times.
Hank Garrett, in an article entitled "Hollywood tough guy Hank Garrett recalls breaking Robert Redford’s nose during brutal fight scene in memoir", as pubished on Fox News January 11, 2021 online edition.
I am an angry man, so angry I burn myself and I heat up the air around me. This is the nuclear fuel I use to make my music. In a world so full of pain and madness we need to be better than ever, to evolve not devolve, to become masters of our fate and stop listening to the snake talkers who would steal our last breath. It's time to go Elvis and shoot the cursed TV.
Duke Garwood, UK multi-instrumentalist, in an interview with Live4Ever, published on November 3, 2016.
Elvis let you know that he cared about you, that he noticed you. He made you feel good. No other entertainment stars ever took the same effort Elvis did, to be honest. They didn't. He took that extra step. Elvis took good care of us, man, I swear to God. Bonuses at the end of tours, also (on top of the regular paycheck). I mean nobody treats musicians and the people that were with him the way Elvis did. Nobody."
Greg Gaskins, 1960's -'70's Soul, R&B guitarist who played with the Manhattans, Otis Redding, Al Green, Jackie Wilson and Sweet Inspirations, as told in August 2017 to Jay Vivian, the latter in connection with Gaskins' having been so quoted in the book "Reflections on race.Myna and Desert Storm" by author Darrin Lee Memmer.
Elvis, and that was it
Marc Gasol, Spanish basketball player,when asked what did he know about Memphis,on his arrival in 2008 to play for the Grizzlies, as noted in the Commercial Appeal's February 10, 2019 edition.
The Elvis tattoo on my chest? I started listening to 'Jailhouse Rock' and loved it.
Rapper Kevin Gates as published on November 24, 2016, at ppcornon.
I started my first job in 1977 at the age of 14 as a carhop at an A&W Root Beer restaurant in Fort Lauderdale. The day I was hired, I was promoted to lead carhop when a radio DJ interrupted the music and broke the news that Elvis had died. The lead carhop took off her money belt and announced ‘I must go to Memphis.’ She drove off in her Ford Pinto and was never heard from again. The money I saved that year definitely helped pay for tuition and college expenses and it was a super fun job and a great experience. I learned the value of a dollar and how to make a seriously delicious root beer float – all thanks to Elvis Presley.
Monica Gates, Mayor of Kingman, AR, as published in the Daily Miner, on September 2, 2017
First of all, I admire Elvis, not just as a singer but as a creator of a style, a personality. What he has achieved is worth of respect. Regarding the rivalry between Rock ´n Roll and Bolero, there are enough fans for both styles.
Lucho Gatica, the King of Bolero, in an interview published in Ecran's January 27, 1957 edition.
One time, Elvis was in town and invited folks to his suite for a party. His idea of a party? Eating food and having his backup singers belt out gospel songs...
Jack Gaughan, President of the Musicians Union of Las Vegas, in an interview with Jan Hogan of the Las Vegas Review Journal on December 2, 2016.
The thing is, I've always wanted to be a star. I've always wanted to be an Elvis Presley or a Tupac - like, a huge icon.
G-Eazy, in Brainy Quote's Elvis section.
The inspiration for my career came from Elvis Presley. I heard him singing ‘My Way" and that somehow gave me the strength to start a painting business. I knew it was time, as they say, to take the bull by the horns, create my own job. Almost fifty years later, I am still painting, still doing it my way.
Leo Geise, holder of the Guinness World Record for the oldest professional house painter, at 78 years and 198 days, as verified in Delphos, Ohio, on July 8, 2018 and as published in limaohiocom̪'s December 16, 2018 online edition.
Well, it started when I saw him was as a little kid at a 1957 concert at LA's Pan Pacific Auditorium concert. 'Then, I became a hairdresser, so the first time I cut his hair, which was in 1964, it took about me 45 minutes to finish it and the whole time Elvis didn't say a word, but his eyes would follow every move I made. I was then already working with people like Warren Beatty & Paul Newman and the most handsome guys of the movies, but I can tell you Elvis eclipsed them all. He had the face, the voice, the career, the fans, the fame, the money and he had.... the hair, which was unbelievable to work on. He insisted that I trim his animated and eccentric moustache.
Larry Geller, Elvis ' hairdresser, as noted in his autobiography.
Singer Lloyd "Lonzo" George (of the "Lonzo and Oscar" C&W duo), was visiting his relatives, so his teenage nephew, Jim, invited all his friends to his house to meet his famous uncle. But there was one quiet 15-year-old boy whom Jim's parents would not allow to come inside their house. He was poor so they called him “white trash” and treated as if he was from a lower class. When Jim told Uncle "Lonzo" that the boy outside had a guitar but didn't know how to tune it, he gladly offered to show him how. Since he not allowed inside the house, they arranged to meet outside. It was obvious to "Lonzo" that the boy was embarrassed and felt out of place in a rich neighborhood. The boy's guitar was old, cheap, and hung around his neck with just a piece of string. After "Lonzo" showed the shy teenager how to tune his guitar, he offered to teach him some songs. The boy was so surprised and happy that Lonzo spent two whole hours playing and singing with him that he started feeling confident in his own ability to play and sing. "Lonzo" never met that boy again, at least not face to face. Thay boy was Elvis Presley.
As told by Jim George, nephew of Gonzo, of the Lonzo and Oscar duet and published in the Samoa Observer in an article entitled "Recognizing royalty"., on December 28, 2016
Friday's article about the contribution of minority groups throughout American history brought some fascinating reactions. First, quite a few folks who aren't usually fans of me or of National Review actually reached out and said, “Thank you for writing this.” No doubt a lot of people hunger for the message, “Your ancestors helped build this country, too” and perhaps with it an alternative to a well-established and not-all-that-accurate narrative that minority groups' role in America was almost entirely that of the helpless victims. But it was perhaps even more amazing to see the (admittedly mostly anonymous, possibly bot-like) responses on Twitter — who appeared deeply upset by a list of how minority groups shaped America from the beginning. The goal was to repeat it enough to make people think whites barely had a hand in building the nation, Really? You think people are going to forget or overlook the first 43 presidents, the Pilgrims, John Smith, Paul Revere, Thomas Paine, Ben Franklin, Henry Knox, Thomas Edison, Lewis and Clark, Buffalo Bill, Butch Cassidy, Wild Bill Hickock, Wild Bill Donovan, Wyatt Earp, Eliot Ness, General George S. Patton, Neil Armstrong, Mark Twain, Andrew Carnegie, J. P. Morgan, Elvis Presley, the Wright Brothers, Chuck Yeager, Will Rogers, Douglas MacArthur, Charles Lindbergh, J. Edgar Hoover, Ernest Hemingway, John D. Rockefeller, Charlie Chaplin, Babe Ruth, Billy Graham, Henry Ford, T. S. Eliot, Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, Upton Sinclair, General John J. Pershing, Robert F. Kennedy, Earl Warren, Andy Warhol, Allen Dulles, Frank Lloyd Wright, Norman Rockwell, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edgar Allen Poe, Walt Whitman, the Minutemen, the Green Mountain Boys, the Texas Rangers, Is there anyone who's even remotely historically literate who believes that “whites barely had a hand in building the nation”?
Jim Geraghty, in an article entitled "Why Are Some People So Insistent that Certain Chapters of History Not Be Discussed?", as published in the National Review's December 17, 2018 edition
Some years ago, while in Memphis to officiate a wedding, I took some time to visit the home of Elvis Presley. I was reminded of his complicated life. He was certainly not a perfect person but, in the rooms of Graceland, there was memorabilia showing how he gave enormously to charities in Memphis, and how he loved his mother more than anything. Not perfect, but there WAS a lot of good in him...
Ronald Gerson, Rabbi Emeritus of the Shabbat's Congregation Children of Israel in Athens, GA, in an article entitled "Perfection is elusive, so it’s best to accept faults and accentuate the positive"as published in the Augusta Chronicle on July 14, 2018
Elvis Presley's spirit is another that keeps coming forward, but seemingly, is not at rest. He wants to communicate, he’s there...
Barri Ghai, UK born paranormal investigator, creator of the television series "Help My House is Haunted" and recent contributor to Ghost Hunt, in an article published in the Daily Star online, on August 6, 2018.
What intrigues me is how memory colors history, what remains in the end is collective memory. Elvis in that sense was an excellent way to study the period after the Second World War, for epitomizing those times. It was the beginning of the cold war, but also the start of a firm and optimistic belief in the future.
Adrian Ghenie, Rumanian painter whose "Elvis", measuring 40 x 31 cm sold at a Phillips auction in Geneva for US$510,000 in May 17, 2018, explaining to the auctioneers what was that moved him to paint him, as noted in Phillips' catalogue essay of that same date.
Presley of course was not only a pioneer in music, but also a cultural icon whose influence has endured over generations. One of the earliest musicians to make rockabilly - an uptempo, backbeat-driven fusion of country music, rhythm and blues - popular, Presley was also a consummate showman. And he had a huge influence on Bollywood as well, most obviously on Shammi Kapoor, who was inspired by him all the way from his looks to his moves, and to his movies as well.
Suktara Ghosh for the BloombergQuint an Indian news organization associated to Bloomberg, in an article published on January 8, 2018.
i) Religion in and of itself and spirituality are the absolute pure tools of a songwriter. For instance, if you listen to mountain music or immigrant music or bluegrass music, religion was the only subject. So when you listen to that kind of music, you realize they didn't have anything else but religion. So religion over the years and through rock ‘n’ roll and through people like Elvis Presley, hey, just listen to him singing gospel music, c'mon.... It never went away, it never will and the idea of true faith is behind every artist that ever gets to the place they want to be ii) I remember the time I stopped in at Graceland to say hello to Elvis after he had performed in Las vegas a version of a song I wrote, "Words". I was allowed to go up the driveway – the yellow brick road if you like – and I got to the front door and there was a limousine there. His uncle told me I could go up and knock on the door and I might get to meet him. So I knocked. But for some reason he didnt come out. But that’s ok, because I looked inside the limo and saw the first television in a car I’d ever seen and that was all a thrill anyway.
Barry Gibb, in a 2016 interview for New Zealand's Roxborogh Report ii) from an interview with METRO, as published on their Janyuary 8, 2021 edition.,
Know thyself means that you need to know what you want out of life. What are your strengths your weakness, your values, your morals, your beliefs. Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Muhammad Ali, Abraham Lincoln and Harry S. Truman are listening to this class from the walls of this classroom where their photos hang. Hopefully, you, my students are, too, because if you are one to be happy, you need to love yourself for who you are, always striving to improve. My fear is that too many people judge themselves on who they are NOT and what they don't possess physically and materially. I think life is too short to focus on the negative.”
Teacher Drew Gibb, addressing his students at Hickory High, in an article published in the Herald, on February 4, 2018.
In the collective memory of his fans, he reigns as the sleek musical genius who soaked up the multiple influences of America's vernacular music -gospel, country swing, rhythm 'n' blues—, and made them his own; Bob Dylan, one of pop's favorite poets, put it best: Elvis, he said, was "the incendiary atomic musical firebrand loner who conquered the western world.
Gwen Gibson, in his article "The Top 10 Pop Stars, Ever", published in the AARP's May 2003 edition
The Museum of the Bible is without a doubt the newest, most intriguing and most talked-about attraction in DC. Since opening in December 2017, more than 200,000 people have visited it. The second floor of the building, called “The Impact of the Bible.” clearly deals with the bringing of the book to the United States and its impact on the nation. There, its most popular item is Elvis Presley's Bible. It's not exactly archaeology, but people had their pictures taken next to its glass display case with way greater excitement than any other item, including what was observed next to a stone brought from Jerusalem.
Moshe Gilad, Israeli reporter and the Washington DC correspondent for Haaretz, as published on its February 9 2018 edition.
i) I don't really think Elvis' voice was significantly lower than those of any other baritones. The color of the voice and the sense of warmth and richness of tone gave the sense that the voice was much deeper. Elvis, in fact, did not force his lower register, comfortable as he was with it, which in turn gave the impression that it was lower than those of other baritones. ii) People will often say that opera singers sound too stiff and operatic when singing contemporary music. This is because the vowels in an operatic style tend to be more open, whereas in a rock style singers tend to thin out the vowel. There is nothing wrong, and everything right, in opening the vowel in the higher register so that the higher notes can be sustained. Elvis Presley was very open in his singing style even though he was 'the' rock and roller.
i) and ii) Brian Gilbertson, world-famous voice teacher, explaining the deepness of Elvis' lower registry.
He was very good, great, nice, sweet and a gentleman.
Actress Sandra Giles who appeared in It happened at the World's Fair, in an interview with Enews.
Along with the rest of "Deep Purple", I once had the chance to meet Elvis. For a young singer like me, he was an absolute inspiration. I soaked up what he did like blotting paper. It's the same as being in school — you learn by copying the maestro. His personality was also extremely endearing, his interviews were very self-effacing (and), he came over as gentle and was generous in his praise of others. He had a natural, technical ability, but there was something in the humanity of his voice, and his delivery. Those early records at the Sun Records label are still incredible and the reason is simple: he was the greatest singer that ever lived.
Ian Gillan, lead singer and frontman of the UK hard rock band "Deep Purple", interviewed by Classic Rock magazine, explaining why Presley belongs in the list of rock icons ( as published in blabbermouth.net, on 3rd January, 2007)
It was Elvis' Jailhouse Rock that made me first pick up a guitar and say, ‘I’ve got to do a bit of that. He was absolutely brilliant. Elvis, in his very early years, was staggering
David Gilmour, guitarist and singer for Pink Floyd, speaking at the launch of his new DVD Remember That Night – Live At The Royal Albert Hall,as noted in cobtactmusiccom on May 17, 2019
When I was about 10, my dad took me to an Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash concert in Lubbock. That had a profound effect on me. As a result, I completely fell in love with that New Orleans (sound) that I liked on the radio, with Little Richard and Fats Domino. That music is really in a sense still my very favorite.
Jimmie Dale Gilmore, member of the Flatlanders and now in his 70's and still touring, in an interview for the Sacramento Bee, published on September 25, 2017.
I was living in France about five years ago, and that's when I discovered the Elvis Sun Sessions recordings. To me, most people know the later Elvis stuff, you know, "Blue Suede Shoes" and what he later recorded at RCA. But this stuff just has the energy and modesty and integrity of where he came from. It's his start and it was really the start of rock and roll, holding on to the roots of American music in every way, the blues, rockabilly. I think these recordings represent really the discovery of one of the greatest singers and performers of all time. It's the beginning".
Katie Glassman, singer and fiddler, explaining to Nathalia Velez, of Westword, her interest in Elvis' earliest recordings and as published by www.westword.com on 17 January, 2013.
As far as I know, Presley and Gould never crossed paths. A media-mediated symbiotic relationship existed between the two of them, however, which extended beyond their dependencies, night-crawling work habits, and inner circles of hard-core loyal friends. Like Gould, Presley had the hermit's need for sanctuary in the studio, where his genius, every bit the equal of the pianist's, harnessed the full potential of playbacks and editing to sharpen and refine even the most thrown-off sounding uh-huh. The degree their sexuality was groomed for media consumption was another shared attribute.
Peter Goddard, on page 94 of his biography of Glenn Gould, a Canadian musician widely recognized as one of the greatest classical music pianists of the 20th Century. (The bio, published in 2017, is entitled The Great Gould)
The same mystic power Michelangelo held in his hands Elvis held in his windpipe, a power nobody should have been allowed to put a price on, but for the love of the ‘ching!’, they did.
Simon Goddard, speaking about the money making effect the voice of Elvis had, in his book The Comeback: Elvis And The Story Of The 68 Special
He became nationally known in April 1945 when, as CBS's morning-radio man in Washington, he took the microphone for a live, firsthand account of President Roosevelt's funeral procession. The entire CBS network picked up the broadcast, later preserved in the Edward R. Murrow and Fred W. Friendly record series, I Can Hear it Now. Later, through his Talent Scout television show, he significantly assisted the careers of Pat Boone, Tony Bennett, Eddie Fisher, Connie Francis, Leslie Uggams, Lenny Bruce, Steve Lawrence, Connie Francis, Roy Clark, and Patsy Cline. Yet he proved fallible. In April of 1955, he turned down Elvis Presley.
About Arhtur Godfrey, whose talent scout TV show was the highest rated during the 1951–1952 season, while remaining a highly popular show through the decade, as noted by WIKIPEDIA.
Our bomb shelter generation revolted against the stiff, straight old ways. They threw away their traditional leather shorts for blue jeans and started standing and walking like cowboys. They were bored with '0 Tannenbaum!' and skipped 'Ach du lieber Augustin' to hear rock n' roll. Elvis Presley was just what they were looking for -- an American Pied Piper to lead them to excitement."
Werner Goetze, West Germaby's top DJ, in an article published at the Baltimore Sun "This Week" magazine on Sunday, July 19, 1959.
Elvis" “Tupac,” “Obama”
La Rams Quarterback Jared Goff's favourite line-of-scrimmage calls, as reported by Sam farmer of the Observer on January 2,2018
The day that Elvis died, Aug. 16, 1977 was a pretty big deal. Not as well remembered was Oct. 28, 1956, the day that he got a polio shot. The event, staged at CBS studios by the New York City health department, made the national television evening news and the New York Times. Photos suggest that he was having a blast. The New York City health department arranged for the public inoculation in order to encourage adolescents — the group most susceptible to polio after young children — to get their shots. Only a very low percent of the city's teenagers had received the newly licensed Salk vaccine. I'd like to think that if Elvis were still with us he'd be getting an HPV shot — vaccination rates for the cancer-causing human papilloma virus are among the lowest of recommended vaccines — and tweeting about it. But he has left the stage. Instead of Elvis posing for a shot we have celebrities caught up in the trap of unscientific thinking promoting vaccine refusal.last year. This is not a red-blue issue: Green Party candidate Jill Stein is a vaccine skeptic as well. If that irrational fear-based movement continues to gain ground and data-driven medical science and advances that can save lives are ignored, we'll watching people get sick or even die from preventable diseases. Luckily, the movement has a way to go in the United States.. August is National Immunization Awareness Month, a good time to check that you and your family are up to date on vaccine coverage/ According to a survey conducted in 2014, and published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 87.6% to teenagers were up-to-date with the Tdap (tenanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis) vaccine and 60% had meningitis vaccine coverage. The rate for HPV vaccine, which requires 3 doses, was lower, perhaps because of its cost or opposition to the inoculations on the grounds that the way to avoid a sexually transmitted disease is to abstain from sex. HPV is transmitted sexually and the vaccine can prevent most genital warts and most cases of cervical cancer, which is projected to kill 4,120 women in 2016. Young men and women who get the vaccine also can dramatically lower their risk of some anal and oral cancers, which are on the rise. I miss Elvis, the King of Vaccines.
Janet Golden, PhD, for the Philadelphia Inquirer in an article published on their August 16, 2016 edition and entitled "Let's honor Elvis and the lives he saved by supporting vaccines.
Gorgeous ! - or same equally effusive effeminate word - is the only way to describe Elvis Presley's latest epiphany at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. Not since Marlene Dietrich stunned the ringside with the sight of those legs encased from hip to ankles in a transparent gown has any performer so electrified this jaded town with a personal appearance. Without twanging a string, burbling a note or offering a hint of hip. Elvis transfixed a tough opening night audience of flacks and entertainers simply by striding on-stage in the costume of the Year. Not quite the erotic politician that Jim Morrison proved to be when he disrobed on stage. Elvis manages very well his constituency by occasionally grabbing a lady at ringside and kissing her firmly on the mouth. Grander than the "Fountainblue," the International has found itself an attraction magnetic enough to pull the shut-in generation over 30 out of their ranch houses onto nonstop jets and down in to the Valley of Loose Gold where the King presides over his people, with eternal youth and joy and jamboree.
Excerpted from Albert Goldman's review of the opening night of Elvis second engagement at the Internatinal Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. It was published in LIFE Magazine's March 20, 1970 edition thus a few years before he wrote the controvertial biographies of Lenny Bruce, Elvis, John Lennon and Jim Morrison, the last of which he left unfinished as he died of a heart attack on March 28, 1994, while flying from Miami to London.
They had me convinced that no teenage girl was safe around him. They wanted to have him watched at the theater and they wanted his hotel room watched. They had him pictured as a real villain. In my chambers, I warned him and his manager that I would be present at the first of six shows and that I had prepared warrants charging him with "impairing the morality of minors". As if for proof, deputies would be stationed in wings of the theater, I added. Once on the stage, he opened with "Heartbreak Hotel", threw his hips out once and so I immediately told the lawyer on the theater, in a whisper that I was going to put him in jail, sure as anything. But then, miraculously, Elvis caught himself. "Wait a minute. I can't do this. They won't let me do this here," I heard Elvis say. To everyone's amazement, instead of shaking, wiggling, and jumping around, Elvis stood perfectly still, wiggled his little finger suggestively in place of his usual movements, which thrilled the crowd, who I guess found "the finger" both hilarious and deeply erotic. So in the end, my wife, my three daughters and their girlfriends all watched as Elvis wiggled his finger suggestively throughout the show. And they roared when Elvis dedicated "Hound Dog" to me. Everybody in the audience got the biggest charge out of that. I was later told that Elvis continued the finger twitching movements throughout the other five Jacksonville shows. But he had made some new fans, including my grandson, Tony, who would grow up to idolize him by plastering his posters all over his bedroom walls.
Judge Marion W. Gooding, recalling how, in early August of 1956, he had warned Elvis (whom he later described as a sweet, gentle kid with the sort of good manners that we associate with southern politeness), to avoid moving during any of his 6 shows at the famed Florida Theater, in Jacksonville Florida, as published in Mental Floss, on March 21, 2012
I was told a couple of pieces of advice, one was ̊"just remember that whatever you do, try your best, because they aren't going to choose your best scene with Elvis, but Elvis' best with you". When I met him, he was utterly flattering. I then felt like an older sister for him, even taught him to twist. There was something about his wholesomeness, his courtesy, and that is why he is still as big as he is.
Laurel Goodwin, sharing her memories from the movie set of "Girls, Girls, Girls" with Tom Brown, in an episode of the Gates of Graceland, aired on October 10, 2018
Until recently, Western research on Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union all but ignored the role of rock music in those societies. There have been a few academic articles on rock in socialist countries, but no serious book-length studies. Last November, the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies held its first session ever on the subject. Mowever, the recent collapse of the Iron Curtain has revealed societies not only aware of, but also significantly involved in, Western-style rock culture. In fact,none other than Raisa Gorbachev has publicly declared herself a fan of Elvis Presley
About Raisa Gorbachev's love of Elvis, in an article entitled "Raisa Gorbachev Is an Elvis Fan, and Other Reasons Why Scholars Should Study the Role of Rock in Eastern Europe" and pubished in The Chronicle' s June 6, 1990 edition.
It's real gold, it cost $2500, some sort of impregnated unborn calf skin. It's very dramatic and almost unbelievable when you see an artist walk out on a stage and receive an ovation like the one we have witnessed tonight
Australian promotor Lee Gordon, commenting on Elvis' appearance in St Louis, in 1957.
Mississippi is also about people helping people. We lead the nation in charitable donations per-capita. When disaster strikes, our people respond with immediate relief for their neighbors, as they did after the Mississippi River flood of 1927 and following devastating hurricanes like Camille and Katrina of recent times and dozens of tornadoes and fires. Elvis Presley helped to rebuild McComb after a January 1975 tornado nearly leveled the place by giving a concert to aid storm victims. Today, Presley's birthplace in Tupelo is among the state's leading travel destinations, rivaling the Gulf Coast and Mississippi River-area casinos that annually pour millions of badly-needed dollars into the state treasure. There are more musicians, singers and other artisans of note per square foot here than anywhere else in America. Presley and Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner presided over our creative class, but they have been surrounded by a skyful of bright lights in the artistic constellation.
Writer Mac Gordon, in an article published by the Clarion Ledger on December 8, 2017.
I remember having a conversation with some of the older artists at STAX about when Elvis was breaking in the mid 1950's like the Reverend Bishop Dwight Arnold “Gatemouth” Moore, a disc jockey who had been a huge blues singer in the 1920´s and 1930's and became a gospel singer thereafter. In fact, it was he who said, 'Elvis gave us a second career'. That's what some people thought, but it's like you hear, some thought he was doing great things for African-Americans, bringing a respect to that music. I've read the newspaper articles of the time and the sense of fear and anger that Elvis instilled and the way he was despised was a real jolt, and it remains an amazing representation of America at the time. At the same time, the fact it was a white guy doing it made it different and I think a lot of people did get a new life.
Writer and film director Robert Gordon, interviewed by Graham Reid for the Elsewhere magazine and published on November 7, 2013
In the music world, there had always been a distinction between black and white music, the assumption being that black was R&B and white was pop. But with the explosion of Elvis and rock and roll those clear distinctions began to disappear. In fact, Elvis Presley was the first white artist to blur the lines of color among artists.
TAMLA and MOTOWN's founder Barry Gordy's description of what Presley meant to the blurring of the colour lines, as mentioned in autobiography entitled "To be loved"" (pp 180-81)
It’s always been my dream to come to Madison Square Garden and be the warm-up act for Elvis.
Then Senator Gore, accepting the nomination for vice president at the 1992 Democratic Convention & prior to Bill Clinton's (aka "Elvis" by his security staff) acceptance of the presidential nomination, as published in www.graceland.com
My uncle Perry came in, when I was six and started to create this character in the mirror. Because he was putting on this show, all my family were in the act so I was head of security, wearing this little official gold jacket, and suddenly there are all these screaming people, and my uncle - who has a moustache, a birthmark on his face and no hair - becomes Elvis and he's amazing. When the show was over, it felt like this weird emotional storm had taken over our house and sometimes when I try to figure out why I'm acting, I figure that had to be it.
Actor Ryan Gosling, crediting Elvis and his uncle Perry, who was an Elvis impersonator, with starting his acting career, as published on January 8, 2013 at the Belfast Telegraph.
That the prime exponent of this new style of music should be a singer who possessed no prior professional experience was an anomaly; (in fact), not only were most of the mannerisms that would define his vocal style present at the creation — from the sudden swoops in register to the habit, derived from gospel singing, of starting his lines with a throat-clearing "well" that gave whatever followed the feeling of a retort, but what was even more impressive was the extent to which his first professional recording was marked by the trait that has characterized every great popular singer: the absolute assertion of his personality over the song; from this, it might be concluded that Presley was simply a "natural.", but the truth, as ever, was more complex than that.
Jonathan Gould, on his Beatles-inspired book, "Can't Buy Me Love", referring to Presley's early SUN Records label recordings and their influence on the Liverpool rock and roll scene" (2007)
When he shot the television set? He also shot at 50 other people. LOL. What I do remember was when we sat together backstage for two hours. And he was a charming, delightful man. And at one point I said, "That's a beautiful ring you have there." He said "You like it?" I said, "It's beautiful!" He took it off his hand and put it on mine. He gave me his ring. And years later all the jewelry I had in my house - I trust everybody. I was brought up to believe that you cannot steal, cheat or lie and I've been stolen from, cheated or lied to all of my life. And so jewelry - who needs it? But this one was something special to me and it's gone.
Robert Goulet in an interview with Christopher Blank, as published on The Commercial Appeal's August 14, 2004 edition.
On May 3, 1957, at Hollywood̺'s Radio Recorders Studios, Elvis and his band were working on a soundtrack session for “Jailhouse Rock". Bill Black had a difficult time laying down the bass line for (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care on his new electric bass, and he eventually gave up, frustrated. Elvis surprised everyone by picking up the bass and playing the part – so perfect that Jerry Lieber performed a scratch vocal, and the two recorded the perfect instrumental master for Elvis to sing a new vocal track over, which he did less than a week later.
As posted by Graceland on Dec 3, 2015 in an article entitled Elvis Presley, the Musician.
I never met him but I believe I will see him in heaven because he was very deeply religious, especially in the last two or three years of his life.
Billy Graham, as reported by San Francisco Chronicle for October 8, 1977.
We were shooting a musical number on a merry-go-round where he's taken this little girl to the park and she's riding around and Elvis is singing to her. Well, she was a very young girl and she could only work for a few hours a day with us getting into all kinds of penalties and overtime. So when it came time to do Elvis' close up the little girl wasn't available to do the offstage. So Elvis said to me, 'I always feel better if I can sing to somebody'. He says, 'I wonder if you would mind standing beside the camera and let me sing to you when I do my close ups'. So I had Elvis Presley sing a song directly to me in a movie, and that was quite a thrill. (In fact), of all the people I've ever worked with in my entire life, and I've been a director for 47 years, Elvis was wonderful, the politest and nicest actor I ever worked with. A great guy."
Director William Graham, in an interview with AMC magazine.
But that doesn't mean I view systematically scrubbing Alex Jones from the internet, as Apple, Facebook, and YouTube have tried to do, as a victory. Why? Because I enjoy hip-hop, Elvis Presley, and "The Catcher in the Rye" -- and at some point in our country's history, all three were in the sights of people who didn't approve of its content (or in Elvis' case, hips). Again, I don't like what Jones has to say but I do like the fact I can call him an idiot. That's America, baby.
LZ Granderson, African American journalist and political analyst for ESPN's SportsNation, in an interview broadcast on August 6, 2018.
I was in a Hollywood restaurant having lunch and he bounded up and said he'd seen me in "King Solomon’s Mines" more than 60 times. I told him I was flattered. Elvis then shook his head sadly and added: ‘I didn’t have any choice in the matter, Mr Granger. You see, at the time I was working as an usher in a cinema where the godawful film was playing. LOL.
Stewart Granger, as noted in an article entitled Star Turns: How Elvis Presley couldn’t stop watching actor Stewart Granger and published in the July 30, 2020 edition of The New European.
As sound leaves the body, it needs to resonate against something specific. There are options – you can direct that flow of sound to the nose, the throat, the jaw or to the sinus cavities in the face-, but I think what Elvis did – as evidenced by his lip curl – was to aim the vibration stream right at his teeth.
Renee Grant-Williams, voice coach, and author of "Voice Power: Using Your Voice to Captivate, Persuade, and Command Attention", explaining where some of the power to please the ear, in Elvis' voice, may have come from, as published in Newsreleasewire.com, on December 12, 2006
I believe in moments that change everything, are powerful, mostly unplanned, and define lives. I remember the exact moment I met Toni. We were both at Batson Children's Hospital, she as a patient with her mother, and I was the visitor. I was with a team of people whose entire purpose in being there was to treat the soul while the physicians treated the body. We were responsible for giving children moments of relief from months of pain. Toni needed a moment. She had not felt like coming out of her room in a while. Leukemia will do that. This was our first moment. Our next was Hallowing also at Batson. Toni's mother and I exchanged numbers, and I stayed in touch regularly. She told me Toni's whites were very low and she was in isolation. No visitors. Our final moment was at the end of 2016, when Toni introduced me to a song I'd never heard before, in a church of all places. I sat in the back by myself until Toni's Childlife workers from Batson came to show their respects and maybe have one more moment and then we listened to Elvis Presley sing that "There must be peace and understanding sometime, strong winds of promise that will blow away, the doubt and fear" What a moment! I wish I could say I planned all of my life-changing moments, but I can't. Proverbs 16:9 says, “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” I planned to be at Batson, but I didn't plan the moment. That was all God and a little girl named Toni. Now, I'm so thankful for unplanned moments. Those little bits of peace and understanding from God and someone else who had no idea they were shaping my life. If we can be anything for anyone, why not a moment? Why not live Elvis' song and be a strong wind of promise that blows away someone's doubt and fear.......if only for a moment?
Justin Graves, Director of Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Mississippi College, in an article published by the Clarion Ledger on 29 December 2017.
The world is slowly reopening for business, including Elvis Presley's Graceland in Memphis. I don't think it is an exaggeration to say he remains is the most influential person to ever come from Mississippi. And we've had a lot Mississippians who have left their mark on the world. But Elvis changed the world.
Walt Grayson's laud of Elvis Presley, on the eve of businesses opening in the US after the first three months of the Coronavirus pandemic, as noted in his article entitled "Mississippi Moment: Elvis Presley’s impact on music" ,as published in WJTV's May 20,2020 online edition.
i) I loved Mahalia Jackson, all the great gospel singers, but the most important music to me was those hip-shakin' boys, like Wilson Pickett and Elvis Presley. I just loved Elvis Presley. Whatever he got, I went out and bought. But I liked “Love Me Tender” the most. In fact, Elvis had an influence on everybody with his musical approach. He broke the ice for all of us ii) Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, you know, I liked them all. See, we were used to the Motown era and the Stax era. And I really had an Elvis Presley collection of records, myself. I lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and I liked all the Elvis records, had no idea I would move to Memphis, Tennessee, and (in fact) I didn't know Elvis lived in Memphis.
Al Green's answer as to what music did he listen to as a 13 year old kid, growing up, as published in Al Green's Wikipedia page ii) his reply as to which singers influenced him the most, from interview with Wax Poetics
Elvis manages to pull off exponential, seismic shifts in energy, unleashing hoards of it through his voice whilst, within the space of a second, racing up the highest, most absolute vocal intensity; it's almost voyeuristic to see a single performer put so much energy; you look around to see if it's really possible; the voice just becomes a big tank panzering through the screen, punching in chorus after driving chorus and it is insanely, inexplicably thrilling seismic TV, bigger than the moon landing, a one-man volcano of energy; he makes it seem so damn effortless and, despite all the waiting and expected attention during the solo numbers, he always puts in an on-performance, the three unflagging takes of "If I can Dream" all intense, committed; and he does this through vocal performance alone, not moves; this is probably one of the few times where the vocals mattered most to him, and it shows; after days of intense singing, he hardly even loses his voice; I challenge any current pop singer to match this three-day heavy intensity, this sheer rock and roll energy.
Francis K. Green, as excerpted from his review of Elvis' TV Special, shot at the NBC Burbank Studios over three days in the summer of 1968, and as published at SLOWREVIEW.COM
His flip-flops in 1988 on abortion and other issues so important to Deep Blue State voters was so legendary that Dick Gephardt became a running joke in Berkeley Breathed's "Bloom County" comic strip. After being abducted by aliens, 30-something permanent frat boy and womanizer Steve Dallas underwent a process of "Gephardtization"ː On board their spaceship, the aliens had originally planned to transplant Elvis Presley's brain into Steve's head. However, after Steve threatened the aliens with a lawsuit, they decided to perform the "Gephardtization" process on him instead, which was the same procedure used previously on Dick Gephardt to completely reverse opinions and attitudes. After being presumed dead by the residents of Bloom County, Steve was zapped back to earth a few days later. To the whole county's amazement, he was now a sensitive, caring liberal and feminist. He also stopped wearing his trademark sunglasses, quit smoking, and got a perm.
Stephen Greene, quoting a Berkeley Breathed'comic strip, in an article quite critical on Dick Gephardt entitled ̊̊"Democrats Can Kiss Ohio Goodbye̊", as published in PJ Media's April 22,2019 edition.
I was making for the door when he opened his eyes, blinked, as if he wasn't sure for a moment what I was doing there. He twitched a shoulder toward the phone and said ‘Would you mind calling room service and ordering me a fried-egg sandwich?. At that moment, it might have been clear I was born to be a restaurant critic. I just didn’t know it yet...
Writer and restaurant critic Gael Greene, recalling the last words Elvis said after she, inter-ália, interviewed him at the 24th floor penthouse suite atop Detroit's Book-Cadillac Hotel (now Westiin) immediately after the second of two shows he performed on 31 March, 1957 at the city's Olympia Stadium, as noted in her biography "Insatiable"
It's easy to buy his pitch; after all who knows better than Vladmir Putin what the threat of foreign interference can mean for an unstable government? But the truth of the matter is that his “wall” will serve only to isolate the people of Russia from the world. Putin will have an “off” switch if an election doesn't go his way or a foreign press publishes some dirt he doesn't like. He'll have the power to disrupt his people's communication and keep open-source idea exchanges at arm's length. Sure, data finds a way. Just like Levi's blue jeans and Elvis Presley records took up residence in the basements and attics of rebellious Russians in the 1950s and 1960s, the people of Russia will find a way to circumvent the censors and access the world-wide-web. But not all of them. Many will embrace the change.
Tristan Greene, qwriting for The Next Web, as published in their December 3, 2019 edition in an article entitled "Vladmir Putin is extricating Russia from the world-wide-web",
Well, what strikes me about it is there may be a lesson here in how the great wheel turns, that is, in 1956, when Presley hit the national scene and some of us rock 'n' roll aficionados found him entertaining it's safe to say, I would guess the art section of the "National Review" didn't greet him at the time with hosannas. And now, by the time he died, he becomes Middle America's favorite guy, the guy who was nice to his mother, emblematic of the values that people thought 20 years earlier he was challenging?
Jeff Greenfield, in a rethorical question to the National Review's William Buckley Jr. who surprised him with his deep appreciation for Elvis'voice, in an interview aired at CNN on September 3, 2001
Returning to my car after buying the tickets, four huge guys came toward me down the alley. One looked familiar, then I remembered the picture my girlfriend had shown me. ‘Are you Elvis Presley?’ I asked. ‘I surely am,’ he replied. I asked for his autograph and got it. When I gave it to my girlfriend, she fainted.
John Grier, for MYAJC, recalling his attending one of Elvis' 4 back to back performances at Atlanta's Paramount Theatre on June 23, 1956, as published on 9 January 2016.
Ok, so I think Elvis would've dug Bruce, because he not only sings from his gut and heart, he paints really deep canvases with his words. Even if you can't stand his voice, no one, but no one, can take away his incredible talent of writing. Man to get Elvis singing a Bruce song, WOW!! Anyways, so I was in Hollywood shooting an escape from a straitjacket hanging upside down on the Hollywood sign, and my photographer said let's eat at George Santo Pietro's Restaurant. We got there and it was sparsely occupied a few tables, very private and next to me and just behind me sat Bruce Springsteen eating with someone else (I was told later it was a guitarist from the Stones) I got nervous and my date said go up and say hey. I waited for the guitarist to leave while others in the restaurant left. Here's my chance, should I? should I? Oh shit. So I said "Hi I'm Michael Griffin. I'm in town shooting a show and I love Elvis music and yours". Holy crap Bruce said sit down. We were talking and ordered another pizza, US$34 for that pizza and stuff. We kept going on and on about Elvis and the feel of music in the gut and how when I was given a Bruce record (the River) I finally found that OTHER guy who sings from the gut and writes it perfectly too. Bruce was incredibly nice, just down to earth cool guy no airs about him. Dinner ended and I thoroughly enjoyed my expensive pizza with The Boss at Santo Pietro's...
Michael Griffin, escape artist, as published in linkedin.
Elvis is Dead And I Don't Feel So Good Myself
Lewis Grizzard, from his 1984 book of the same title.
So we made plans to go to a local football game, and a Greyhound bus pulled up in Graceland so we all got in, wives, girlfriends, everyone. We watched the game, had a great time. Before the end of it, Elvis wanted to leave, so the bus was now en route to Graceland when suddenly there was a railroad crossing, and a train stopped there, so we couldn't advance. Elvis opens the door of the bus, there is no one outside, very dark, ghetto territory, so Elvis keeps walking alone, goes through between two train cars, so I followed him, and we finally see a liquor store, with eight African American middle aged men seated on the curb drinking. He walks up to each one, introduces himself as Elvis Presley and then asks, "Does any one of you have a car"? One guy says that he does, he stands up and says, "Yes, I do", so now Elvis asks him if he can take us to Graceland. It was a very old Olds, with no windows. Elvis gets in, and off we go, me, Elvis, and three of the eight guys, to Graceland. En route, he said he would give them 100 bucks, but he had no money, and neither did I, or so I thought. Once we got to Graceland, they honked, but the guard does not recognize the car, so he goes back into the gate. Elvis stick his head out the window frame, orders the guy to open the gates. And then, what does Elvis do next? He takes the three African American guys he just met through a personal, midnight tour of Graceland. After that, he gives each a hundred dollars, the three bills I had in my pocket, all along, but didn't remember having. That was Elvis Presley...
Dick Grob, Elvis head of Security, in an interview filmed in Memphis, in January of 2018, and as verified in a book by Shirley Connelly, a friend of the Presley family who was a witness on their arriving at Graceland together in the car that night.
The Writers Institute's intimate dinner gatherings – typically 10 or 12 seated at a round table with a modest buffet from our University at Albany campus food service – are a reminder that wonderful things happen when we turn off our mobile devices, make eye contact and actually engage in the give-and-take of dialogue. At a recent dinner, the conversation swung around a couple of otherworldly experiences. One story revolved around a "possessed" Elvis Presley clock, actually a detour into paranormal activity. The Lady who spoke and her husband, explained that they were both fans of Elvis so they made a pilgrimage years ago to Graceland, where they purchased a kitschy clock that featured Elvis swiveling his hips in sync to the movement of the clock's tick-tock. The batteries had long died, but they left the clock on the wall for sentimental reasons. A decade later, the Lady described that while she watched a recent documentary on Priscilla Presley, the clock surged back to life and Elvis began swiveling his hips once more after years of stoppage. I was the dubious journalist again, arguing that so-called dead batteries retain a small amount of voltage even though they stop powering a device. Sometimes, they mysteriously recharge, but she refused to yield to the notion that the clock's unsettling movement could be explained by natural laws...
Writer and journalist Paul Grondahl, in an article entitled "Dinner conversation returns one Elvis clock..." as published on the Times Union on March 6, 2018
In western art song and opera, voices like those of Kathleen Ferrier, Luciano Pavarotti or Maria Callas have the capacity to leap out from the score to touch anyone who has ever heard their unique sound. There have always been certain singing voices that seem to reach out and speak to something beyond most of the others. Some great voices do this, in part, because their distinctiveness is intimately associated with some large moral cause: Paul Robeson with racial justice or Joan Baez with civil rights, for example. Others achieve their connection by representing the zenith of a particular cultural tradition: Umm Kulthum in Egypt, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in Pakistan or Youssou N'Dour in Senegal. Still others uniquely embody a time and place in their art: John McCormack with early 20th-century Ireland, perhaps, or Édith Piaf with postwar Paris. In 20th-century pop music, the voice of Elvis Presley is as iconic and identifiable in the west as that of Teresa Teng – whose voice was memorably described as “seven parts sweetness, three parts tears” – is in the east. No list of examples will be exhaustive. There are, it goes without saying, many others. Yet when Rolling Stone selected Aretha Franklin as the greatest popular singer of all time, we all understood why.
The Guardian's laud of Aretha Franklin, in an editorial published on the day after her death and entitled "The Guardian view on the secret of singing: whatever it is, Aretha knew it!"
Elvis got that number and made it famous, but I didn't get a chance to shake his hand
Arthur Gunter bluesman who wrote "Baby let's play house" in 1954, a song covered by Elvis at SUN, in 1955 with the latter being on the one hand, the main inspiration for Jimmy Page's decision, at age 12, to take up a life in music, as well as the source of one of the verses of a Beatles's composition, namely "Run for your life", on the other.
But the core of the album, and perhaps the core of Elvis' music itself, are the soulful gospel-flavored ballads. Well, it's often seemed as if Elvis bore more than a passing resemblance to soul singer Salomon Burke. The way in which he uses his voice, his dramatic exploitation of vocal contrast, the alternate intensity and effortless nonchalance of his approach, all put one in mind of a singer who passed this way before, only going the other way. And here he uses these qualities to create a music which, while undeniable country, puts him in touch more directly with the soul singer than with traditional country music. It was his dramatic extravagance, in fact, which set him apart from the beginning, and it is to this perhaps, as much as anything else -- to the very theatrics which Elvis brought to hillbilly music --, that we can trace the emergence of rock & roll.
Peter Guralnick, who wrote major biographies on Robert Johnson, Sam Cooke and Elvis Presley, reviewing the album Elvis Country (1970), for Rolling Stone Magazine in 1971.
When one studies the properties of atoms one found that the reality is far stranger than anybody would have invented in the form of fiction. Particles really do have the possibility of, in some sense, being in more than one place at one time. Thus, and essentially, anything that can happen does happen in one of the alternatives which means that superimposed on top of the Universe that we know of, is an alternative universe where Elvis Presley is still alive. This idea was so uncomfortable that for decades scientists dismissed it, but in time parallel universes would make a spectacular comeback. This time they'd be different, they'd be even stranger than Elvis being alive. There's an old proverb that says: be careful what you wish for in case your wish comes true. The most fervent wish of physics has long been that it could find a single elegant theory which would sum up everything in our Universe. It was this dream which would lead unwittingly to the rediscovery of parallel universes. It's a dream which has driven the work of almost every physicist.
Alan Guth, physicist at MIT, and narrator Dilly Barlow, as extracted from the BBC-TWO documentary "Parallel Universes" originally shown Thursday 14 February 2002
So there we all were, Pete Seeger, Too Rodriguez and I, in Denmark, a few years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, playing at a Folk Festival with thirty thousand screaming, drinking, laughing, singing people. And we were all singing an old Elvis tune! It was then that I suddenly realized how proud I was to come from a country where our songs are known and loved all over the world, by all kinds of people. I also learnt a little bit about what folk songs are, or are not, in fact sometimes they are not even about anything. Again, there we were, singing an old Elvis tune that did not say anything about the state of the world, but boy, more was being said about who was singing it and about how they were feeling, than we trying to sing a lot of songs that try to say a lot of stuff...
Arlo Guthrie's inter-play with the audience as he sang "Cant help falling in love" with Pete Seeger on banjo, and Too Rodriguez on backing vocals as a tribute to Elvis, on August 8, 1993.
I'm not much of an Elvis Presley fan, but when I found an "Elvis 24 Karat Hits!" LP a few years ago I played it once or twice and filed it away. In the midst of writing this review, I by chance played that LP again. This time Elvis spoke to me, his phrasing and power, and his band's rockin' rhythms got my juices flowing. The mmf-1.5 brought me closer to Elvis' music, something I had not ever noticed before...
Steve Guttenberg, former projectionist and, in 2018, a CNET contributor, reviewing the Music Hall mmf-1.5 turntable for CNET on February 3, 2018
I had visited him several times back in April. No name marked the thick metal door that sheltered his loft from the neighborhood derelicts and crack vendors, and the ground-floor studio/kitchen/dining room looked both busy and cozy. The floor would always be covered with unstretched canvases in various stages of completion, and he would trot messily across them to fetch me a beer or tend to the spaghetti. The place looked lighthearted, with dark-side-of-Pop touches—portraits of Elvis and James Dean—and a giant birdcage adorned with a rubber bat and containing the bird's nest that he sometimes wore to parties. The only visible artwork not by him was a portrait of him by his one-time mentor Andy Warhol.
Art critic Anthony Haden-Guest, describing the ambiance of Jean Michael Basquiat's loft in New York City, a few months before his untimely death on August 12, 1988, as published in Vanity Fair's November 1988 edition.
I think and my roots are blues, country, soul and rock. Rock is fourth believe it or not. I did not start out playing rock; I started out playing blues and R&B. When I was going back – my first musical experience with my father was listening to Hank Williams. And then Elvis Presley came along and my big sisters went with that, so that's really country/rockabilly/blues. So those are my roots and they are really starting to come out even deeper...
Sammy Hagar, frontman and guitarist for bands Montrose and Van Halen, the latter when replacing David Lee Roth.
I once had a personal visit with Elvis Presley following his 1972 concert here in San Antonio. He had a deep sensitivity for the Lord, received Grammy's for his religious recordings, "How great thou art", and "He touched me", sang about heaven with a real passion and touched the lives of people even through a record. I know some of you are going to start writing me nasty letters for saying such nice things about Elvis Presley... Please... when you get to be perfect... then send me the letter.
Sermon by John Hague, Pastor of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas and also CEO of the non-profit corporation, Global Evangelism Television (GETV).
Elvis touched the life of every ear that heard him, and you could not help to LISTEN while he sang.
Merle Haggard, as published in http://www.elvis.net/whattheysay/theysayframe.html
I believe the three most important events of the 1950's were the Brown vs Board of Education decision, the building of Levitttown and the emergence of Elvis Presley.
Writer and journalist David Halberstam, as noted in http://www.elvis.net/whattheysay/theysayframe.html
I was asked who would be my dream opponent in the ultimate game of truth or dare, anyone, living or dead, and I picked Elvis Presley who I love so much that I named my dog after him.
Actress and singer Lucy Hale, in an interview with the Inquisitor, as published on 12 April, 2018.
Ị've always been obsessed with Elvis Presley.
Alex Hall, Canadian country music artist, as published in the Digital Journal's December 15 2018 online edition.
He was already assured of his ability as a performer since he had been perfecting his style on the road for more than a year. If you look at that first appearance on Stage Show, you'll witness a young confident singer with his own unique style. He would enhance his popularity with five more appearances on Stage Show (February 4, 11, 18; March 17, 24) and would become a superstar by the end of that year. On that historic television debut of January 28, 1956, the spotlight was first shown on the two people who had made it happen - the promoter and the performer - disc jockey Bill Randle and the new singing sensation, Electric Elvis.
Roger Hall, music preservationist and songwriter, in his essay "Shake, Rattle and Roll: Bill Randle and Electric Elvis", Elvis Symposium (2003)
I adored all that period in the history of cinema — everything that spilled forth from the Actors Studio. I actually wanted to be an actor before I became a singer. But when I was 12, I discovered rock ’n’ roll through Elvis Presley. He became a part of my life, had a great voice and was the first rock star I saw in the cinema. In fact, the day he died, my entire youth went with him.
Johnny Hallyday French rocker, in a an interview for Canadian television in 2002 and with Fort Lauderdale's Sun-Sentinel in 2003.
The point of Elvis Presley was that, after a dismal eight years on the screen, he returned to the stage where he always belonged and to the grinding treadmill of being on the road, which has killed so many of America's artists; he may not have pushed the boundaries of music farther but when he opened his mouth to release that baritone - the only white voice that could ever match the blues-, all you could feel was his longing and your own stirrings.
Adrian Hamilton, writing for "The Independent", on August 14, 2002
I went to Alana and told her that if she wanted to get married we'd have to get married right there and then. So we got married in Elvis's suite at the Las Vegas Hilton. Elvis was smart, would come over and sing gospel music and we'd have dinner. And I was at his funeral some years later. I flew in on his airplane "Lisa Marie" with the Sweet Inspirations. That was a freaky day when we took him out of Graceland to the cemetery and we were all in the white limousines. A very, very freaky day. Things happened that I'll never forget. The stewardess on the plane told me that his milkshake mug broke that day on landing. And when they picked me up they said the blanket in back, in his bed. had caught fire. And I saw for myself, when they brought his body out of Graceland this huge branch of a tree just cracked. Not some little willow. There was a weird energy happening there and you could feel it.
Actor George Hamilton on his marriage to Alana Stewart.
In 1969, Elvis gave my father the chance to record a song called "Angelica", a ballad which was originally meant for Elvis to record. Dad recorded it, but Elvis was very distraught when my dad fell ill then died from a massive stroke shortly after, so he not just sent my mother a rose each day dad was in the hospital but then when he passed away, flowers for the next six months...
Roy Hamilton Jr, speaking to the BBC about the time his father, R&B singer extraordinaire Roy Hamilton, who had been Elvis' greatest musical hero for over 22 years, passed away, and as broadcast in a BBC 4 television special on 29 December 2017
When healthy and serious, he was flat-out the world's greatest singer. In his voice, he possessed the most beautiful musical instrument, and the genius to play that instrument perfectly; he could jump from octave to countless other octaves with such agility without voice crack, simultaneously sing a duet with his own overtones, rein in an always-lurking atomic explosion to so effortlessly fondle, and release, the most delicate chimes of pathos. Yet, those who haven't been open (or had the chance) to explore some of Presley's most brilliant work - the almost esoteric ballads and semi-classical recordings -, have cheated themselves out of one of the most beautiful gifts to fall out of the sky in a lifetime. Fortunately, this magnificent musical instrument reached its perfection around 1960, the same time the recording industry finally achieved sound reproduction rivaling that of today. So, it's never too late to explore and cherish a well-preserved miracle, as a simple trip to the record store will truly produce unparalleled chills and thrills, for the rest of your life; and then you'll finally understand the best reason this guy never goes away.
Mike Handley, narrator and TV/radio spokesman, in the 'The Jim Bohannon Show', airing on 600+ radio stations on the Westwood One Network.
I've heard some musicians say, ‘That man ain’t sayin’ nothing.’ It’s just a matter of rival performers trying to detract from those who are doing business. As far as I’m concerned, a man that sells that many records must be saying something to somebody.
Jazz pianist and bandleader Lionel Hampton's laud of Elvis Presley, as noted in a December 19, 1957 article in Variety.
At auction, there are many names with a stellar multiplication factor beyond the obvious entertainers, people who have influenced history as leaders, politicians, captains of industry, artists, musicians, sportsmen, people with personal qualities that resonate with a very large marketplace. Therefore, items with a connection to Princesses Diana and Grace, as well as to Audrey Hepburn, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Napoleon Bonaparte, Elvis Presley, Babe Ruth, Muhammad Ali and Yves St Laurent all command big prices at auction.
Mike Hanlon, auction expert, in an article entitled "The world's most valuable scientific books and manuscripts - an overview of the marketplace" and published in the New Atlas, which he founded, in its edition of October 7, 2016.
A style and panache that come close to pure magic. Lithe, raunchy, the sweat pouring down his face, he now moves with the precision of an athlete, the grace of a dancer, flamboyant and flashy, sexy and self-mocking, he works with the instincts of a genius to give poetry to the basic rock performance.
W.A. Harbinson, from his 1975 book "The Illustrated Elvis" in a passage reflecting upon Elvis' 1969 Vegas engagement
Elvis Presley was an important influence to my generation and we all loved him very much. I wrote a song called “All Over the World,” influenced so much by his ballad "Where do you come from" that the British musician I was working with, Charles Blackwell, put backing singers behind me who sounded exactly like the Jordanaires. I think that had something to do with the success that song had in England. Back in the ’60s, when Elvis wasn’t performing, I always said, “The day he comes back to the stage, I will go to see his show.” When it happened, at the beginning of the ’70s, I made the trip to Las Vegas. I was not disappointed at all. I was amazed.
Françoise Hardy, France's top female singer-songwriter of the 1960's, in an interview with Pitchfork and published on May 9, 2018.
As it is, polls show the public’s trust in the Knesset is devastatingly low. So, if you oppose the death penalty, the fact that the coalition is legitimizing it is a problem. And if you support the death penalty, the fact that this bill will probably change nothing is a problem. The same goes for any of the other bills. What the Knesset needs now is what Elvis Presley once called a little less conversation, a little more action – if only the coalition partners will let that happen.
Lahav Harkov, in a Jerusalem Post article entitled IN NETANYAHU’S COALITION, PARTIES JOCKEY FOR HEADLINE-GRABBING LEGISLATION, as published on January 4, 2017.
During the course of their mili­tary action, they became the largest manufacturer of bikes in the world, and through their popularity their reputation and bold image be­came instant staples of the brand. Surprisingly, it was 46 years after the company’s founding that the black leather jacket famous with Harley riders emerged. The outlaw image of riders rocking their jackets on-top of their Harley’s transcended culture with movie actors, legendary singers and superstars, such as Marlon Brando and Elvis Presley.
About Harley Davidson's transition from its original US military mission to that of an iconic, culturally significant and globally accepted bike manufacturer, in an article entitled "Harley-Davidson: The greatest story on two wheels" and as published in the Times of Malta's February 24, 2019 edition.
I pretty much started acting out of the womb, all kidding aside, it started when I was at Lebanon High school, actually at the library. It was not long after Elvis died when I had actually started listening to all of his records, so one of my buddies at the football team asked me to do my Elvis imitation, right there so I said I no, and then they said to just do it quietly, and I said that if I did it, it had to be loud, so I went into "Teddy Bear", and they all liked it, and then they all started to move closer to where I was seated, so then I stood up and it was kind of festive, because it was around Xmas. And then I got on top of a table, and the response was so great that I sort of became a performer, without knowing it. What happened next is that Robin Rogers, a beautiful girl at the school, who knew me as "the best football player" and was there, came up to me and said that she was involved with the school theatre, and that I should join her there, and be an actor. So I did become one, and it was all thanks to Elvis and Robin...
Emmy Award actor and activist Woody Harrelson, describing how he got into acting, in an interview with Jesse Wente, Head of Film Programmes at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Some horses enjoy greater popularity after they've won the Derby. Silver Charm who won the 1997 Kentucky Derby, today lives out his retirement at Old Friends Farm in Georgetown, Kentucky. The owners of the farm say that tours of Old Friends Farm have doubled since Silver Charm retired there, likening his appeal to that of Elvis Presley's.
John Harrington, in an article entitled Most Iconic Horses to Race in the Kentucky Dwerby and published at WallStreetcom on may 1, 2019
Atheism is not a philosophy, not even a view of the world; it is simply an admission of the obvious. In fact, 'atheism' is a term that should not even exist. No one needs to identify himself as a 'non-astrologer' or a 'non-alchemist.' We do not have words for people who doubt that Elvis is still alive or that aliens have traversed the galaxy only to molest ranchers and cattle. Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make in the presence of unjustified religious beliefs.”
Sam Harris, author, philosopher, and neuroscientist, in A Letter to a Christian Nation
If ever there were a human equivalent to liver and onions—hated or loved, but no in-between—it was the late E. Hunter Harrison, personally synonymous with the term “Precision Scheduled Railroading,” and whose mention invokes often disquieting debate on theories of management and how best to deliver shareholder value in the short-and long-term. Say “Hunter,” and contemporary railroaders know precisely of whom you speak, a most complex disrupter of the status quo, equally identifiable in his bold pinstriped suits and excessive displays of rock-star-like bling conceivably masking an extension of his childhood infatuation with Elvis Presley.
About E. Hunter Harrison, Chief Executive of four major North American railroads, in an article by Frank N. Wilner, entitled "The Unfiltred genious of Hunter Harrison", as published in Railroad's 8 August 2018' edition..
I met him later at Madison Square Garden. And at that time, I had my uniform, the worn-out denim jacket and jeans—looked like a rag-man and I had a big beard and moustache and long hair down to my waist. They took me to meet him and I'm sitting there, thinking "Well, where’s Elvis, then?" And finally he came out of the back and he was immaculate. I felt like a real grubby little slug and he looked like Lord Siva or something, seemed to be about eight feet tall and his hair was black and his tan was perfect and he had this big white suit, a gold belt about four feet wide and he was towering above me so I just put a hand out and said "Hello, Elvis, how are you?"—just cowering like this little rag-man. (In fact) we all loved him and he's still there in his spirit and in his music...ii) Jesus Christ said "Put your own house in order"' and Elvis said "Clean up your own backyard" so if everybody tries to fix themselves up, rather than trying to fix everybody else up, there won't be a problem.
George Harrison's account i) of talking to Elvis, backstage on June 10, 1972, from a Creem Magazine interview in 1987 and ii) from Paul Simpson's The Rough Guide To Elvis p. 215
If it once was assumed that Elvis fans defined themselves by class, and were predominantly from the lowers stratas, this is an assumption that has long been confounded. His fans are also Presidents, Prime Minister and royals. In May 2014, Prince William and his brother Prince Harry and their cousins went to Memphis for a friend's wedding. In spite they were born after Elvis death, the power of Elvis mystique made them pay their respects just like millions have...
Ted Harrison in his book the Death and Resurrection of Elvis Presley.
Red, maybe, but Reed was no Elvis
David Harsanyi writing for the Denver Post on May 8, 2016, on the life of singer Dean Reed and the 1989 documentary about his life and entitled “American Rebel”
He is visionary in the spirit of the savior of the venerable New York Times, Adolph Ochs or, better yet, Elvis....
Harvard University's laud of Ted Turner, in a speech welcoming him back after his not being accepted to attend the college 10 years earlier, as noted by Lisa Napoli of wbur's on her review of the book entitled 'Up All Night' and dated 12 May 2020.
Presley's long-time manager admitted it to me, over tea, that the real reason why my attempts to bring Elvis to London had failed, was his own uncertain immigration status. Parker was an illegal and didn't want to risk leaving the US – so it was him, not Elvis,”
Top world rock concert promoter and entrepreneur Goldsmith Harvey, laying to rest the long-running rock’n’roll mystery of why Elvis never performed outside North America, as published by the Guardian on 31 May,2015
Elvis, they say, died in 1977, the very same year Orrin began serving in the United States Senate. At the White House, they had just a single medal for the two of them...
About Senator Orrin Hatch, who his colleague Ted Cruz hinted (at a jesting dinner held at The Gridiron Club) might actually be Elvis Presley in disguise, in connection with their having been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 16, 2018, by Pres. Donald Trump, and as reported by the Mail on December 3, 2018.
Elvis Presley, the quintessential American singer. One of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century. Forty-one years after his death, he still commands a large and loyal following. His Memphis home Graceland has recorded over 20 million visitors since it opened to the public in 1982.
Frank Hawkins, for American Thinker, naming Elvis amongst the top forty Americans in an article entitled "The greatest Americans of my 8 decades" as published on September 14, 2018.
I met him at the NBC set of "Laugh in" in June of 1968 because he used to rehearse in the studio for his NBC special that year. Anyways, in walks this guy, and he was soooo beautiful, that it just took my breath away, everybody's breath away. And he walked up to me, and he tussled my hair, and he said 'You look like a chicken that's just been hatched'. 'And I didn't know what to think, I thought it was a compliment. But my god, I've never met a guy with so much charisma in my life'
Goldie Hawn, in an interview with UK show-host Jonathan Ross
Elvis was a giant and influenced everyone in the business.
Isaac Hayes, as published in www.graceland.com
I just loved him!!!
Hugh Hefner's laud of Elvis on the day after he introduced Hefner to the audience at the Las Vegas Hilton, on January 29, 1974.
I remember the revelation it was to me when I realized I'd rather be smart in the way Elvis Presley was than in the way, say, Ludwig Wittgenstein was. The thing was, you could imagine you could be smart like Wittgenstein by just thinking hard enough, but Elvis just had it. It was almost spiritual. A kind of grace.
Richard Hell, singer, songwriter, bass guitarist, and writer, as noted ingoodreads.com
We were on location in Crystal River, FL (Weeki Wachee Mermaid Show), where I had him all to myself when what seemed like thousands of people showed up to see him there. They were standing behind a wire fence meant to keep them away from him and I was really overwhelmed by it, because I'd never seen such madness for someone. He then sent me back to the place we were all staying and remained there signing autographs for about three or four hours. And I was so touched by that. He really revered his fans. He was lovely with them. I was very impressed and it was really one more thing to love Elvis for.
Anne Helm, telling film critic John Beifuss about the time she co-starred with Elvis in "Follow that dream", as published by EIN on their webpage on June 19, 2010.
I got to see him twice. The first time he played the Catholic Club, which was like a gymnasium at the local Catholic high school. He and Scotty Moore and Bill Black — a three piece. He was hot. He wasn't famous yet but he was hot. I think he had put out, like, three records that I had heard. The girls were there, too and you couldn't really hear because they were starting to act up.
Levon Helm, drummer for The Band, remembering a 1955 Elvis show in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
These three people, John Wayne, Elvis Presley and Pope/Saint John Paul II they've left their mark on the world in a very good way. Out of all the movie stars, John Wayne was the biggest, and, in my eyes, the greatest singer of the century was Elvis. And, as to your question, the greatest holy man is John Paul II. In fact, he stands out from all Popes, bar none."
Jacinta Henderson, from Belfast, being interviewed by the BBC in connection with Pope Francis' visit to Ireland in August of 2018 and answering, inter-alia, who her favourite Pope is.
We were surprised when we received the certificate in the mail, and very honored. We had no idea. It’s interesting to know about all the previous Kentucky Colonels, amongst government leaders and others like Elvis Presley, George Bush, Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, Muhammad Ali, Norman Schwarzkopf, Tiger Woods and Pope John Paul II.
Marlene and R.B. Henderson, on their having been commissioned, individually, as a Kentucky Colonel, the highest honor awarded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky for Ambassadors of goodwill and fellowship around the world, as published in the 24 October 2018 edition of SWVA today.
One of his favourite musicians to watch was Elvis Presley. In fact, Jimi specially idolized him, loved his music but more than that he liked the passion he showed on stage ii) He'd play for me all the time when I was a kid. After our mother was gone it was hard on me, and I had a hard time sleeping some nights. Jimi would hear me crying sometimes and come sit on the bed next to me and play me songs on the guitar to help me relax until I could fall asleep. He played a lot of Elvis songs to me, especially "Love me tender" and Heartbreak Hotel." iii) My uncle Al at the time was having financial difficulties so Jimi came to live with us, for about a year, and he would play the guitar on a broomstick, so at that time we are all listening to Elvis Presley. iv) In 1969, I was sitting next to Jimi when Elvis Presley's new Soulful recording of 'Suspicious Minds' had just came out and the DJ started playing it. Jimi reached for the radio, turned up the volume and started singing along. 'Great song'. He was excited Elvis was coming back with new music and live performing. v) Back at the BBC, he chose a bluesie list that included his tribute to Elvis Presley, with Hound Dog, a crowd pleaser which would start to creep into many of his later live shows.
Elvis' huge influence on the 15-year-old Jimi Hendrix, in particular after seeing him live on 1 September 1957 at Seattle's old Sick's stadium, as published in Hendrix's biography by Lora Green ii) Leon Hendrix, recalling his older brother Jimi putting him to sleep, in 1957. iii) Hendrix's first cousin, from an interview included in 'The Jimi Hendrix Story episode 1'. iv) as told by Sharon Lawrence in his book Jimi Hendrix: The Intimate Story Of A Betrayed Legend.
You`ve got to be progressive. Take Elvis. He's still got plenty of fans and just look at the progress he´s made on his bank statements...
Jimi Hendrix, ostensibly a reference to his having seen the 1968 TV Special a month and a half earlier and as noted by Tony Palmer in Jimi's Royal Albert Hall February 8, 1969 concert.
I met Elvis in 1968 when he went to the clinic for treatment of saddle sores from riding horses. We treated him after hours. That night, I was in the room assessing Elvis, and he was sitting in the corner talking to me with his head down. I walked over, lifted his chin and said, "Elvis, if you talk to me, you look at me" I thought I was in trouble when my boss, Dr. Nichopoulos called me to his office and, with a solemn look on his face, asked me what I'd said to Presley. I told him and that is when he grinned and said "He liked you..."
Letetia "Tish" Henley Kirk, Elvis' private nurse from 1968 until his death, telling how she ended up being his personal nurse, from her book 'Taking Care of Elvis - Memories with Elvis as His Private Nurse and Friend', a collection of short stories.
He was so above the normal person, so intelligent and humble. But look at his voice, its tremendous range, his musical abilities. And he, I mean some men are good looking, some have great personalities but he had it all. And then, I was very surprised, because he used to love to recite the Lord's Prayer. And I was a Christian in my early childhood days, Mom even saying that we had a Bible on our dining room table. But I didn't really know, and I think Elvis was one of the little budding seeds in when we would have our spiritual talks. But I had no clue that an actor would have a love for God or even want to talk about the Bible. That was a surprise, a very pleasant surprise, and he had a part in turning my life around
Susan Henning, who appeared in an Elvis movie, and in a scene in the 1968 NBC special, recalling Elvis and his love of God in an interview with Elvis Australia, published on January 1, 2015.
The day Elvis Presley died, which is her birthday, I remember her saying that she felt his spirit pass through her. It struck me as an arrogant statement. Now I'd be hard pressed to disprove it.
Singer songwriter Joe Henry, speaking about his sister in law Madonna's reaction to the death of Elvis, as published in the New Yorker, on 10 December, 2017.
Think too of the impact on the U.S. of earlier immigrant groups that came in search of liberty. Without the scientists who escaped Nazism and fascism in the 1930s and 1940s—such as Albert Einstein, Enrico Fermi, John von Neumann, Leo Szilard and Edward Teller—there would have been no atomic bomb, and World War II would have likely ended with a slow, brutal invasion of Japan at a cost of many more lives. A particularly good parallel with the current plight of Afghans is the evacuation of 38,000 Hungarian refugees to America after the Soviet crackdown on the 1956 revolution, thanks to the Eisenhower administration’s Operation Safe Haven. Giving those victims of communism a home in the U.S. became a national crusade. Among those who broadcast the appeal was Elvis Presley on “The Ed Sullivan Show”; in 2011 Presley was posthumously named an honorary citizen of Budapest. ** Arthur Herman, of the Hudson Institute, writing an opinion for the Wall Strett Journal's August 24, 2021 edition and entitled. "Help Afghan Refugees and They’ll Help America"
At first it was funny, but then just sad. That's pretty much how many Indonesians felt when they saw pictures of politicians Fadli Zon and Setya Novanto at a 2015 press conference held by American presidential hopeful Donald Trump. It was hilarious because it was so unreal. First, how did they get there, and why? Of all the places to visit in New York, why choose Trump's campaign headquarters? Second, what's with the star-struck faces? Couldn't they play it a little cooler? It's Donald Trump, for heaven's sake, not Elvis Presley!
Ary Hermawan, in an article dated September 8, 2015, for the Jakarta Post.
Elvis was both a now underrecognized figure of individual artistic genius and an acknowledged but increasingly underconsidered figure of cultural revolution. The democratic impulse behind rock 'n' roll – the union of black and white, urban and rural, sophisticated and rough – had had been a kind of subterranean reality, especially in the South, for years, but became a marketplace reality across the country at the moment of Elvis' mid-'50s emergence. It was driven by a post-war youth culture whose surfeit of discretionary income had the buying power to turn a pre-existing subculture into mass and Elvis into a star. Before, it may have seemed unlikely in a nation so divided that the many tributaries of American music, and the cultures they represented, could come together in one music and one man, though Elvis was only the brightest star in a broad constellation. Elvis was a figure of great disruption who became a figure of great unity, if only for a little while. Maybe this moment needs that reminder, if we can look far enough to Young Elvis to see it.
Chris Herrington, writing for the Commercial Appeal on the decision by President Donald Trump to honour him with the 2018 Presidential Medal of Freedom, as published in an article dated November 12, 2018 and entitled '̊What do Nixon, Clinton and Trump have in common? For now, it's Elvis̊̊".
While others might have voices the equal of Presley's, he had that certain something that everyone searches for all during their lifetime...
Singer Jake Hess, interviewed by Peter Guralnick, as noted in page 232 of his book "The unmaking of Elvis Presley"
We would send him tapes of our games. Jim Brown was his hero.
Gene Hickerson, Offensive guard for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL) in a 209 film entitled NFL presents Elvis,
One scene in Houston was illustrative of the feeling about Presley. While he performed from a portable stage in the center of the Astrodome, some 40 policemen and security guards lined the wall that separates the field from the audience. At one point, a youth in his early 20s walked through a gate and began strolling toward the middle of the field. When a policeman called to him, the young man began running deliberately toward the stage and Presley. Normally, this type of scene will cause an audience to applaud the runner or boo the police, but there was a clear feeling of tension in the Astrodome. What was the intruder up to? All too often, charismatic figures attract the unbalanced. There was an obvious, audible sigh of relief when a policeman tackled the young man a few feet from the stage. The concert resumed but it took a few moments for the audience's attention to return fully to the music. Perhaps more than any other scene in Las Vegas or Houston, the tension shown when Presley was threatened (even the vague possibility of a threat) demonstrates the unique bond between him and his audience. More than a performer, Presley is a phenomenon. It is his exceptional talent as a singer and showman that enabled him to attract his original audience and to attract a new one today. But talent is only one reason he wears a crown. The other reason centers around the special relationship with his audience
Rock critic and biographer Robert Hilburn, for the Los Angeles Times in an article published on Sunday, March 15, 1970.
There's also a special Elvis section, featuring vintage photos and artifacts such as a midcentury-era leather couch that provided a comfy seat for the crooner, some of which courtesy of late radio icon Tom Perryman, who helped a young Elvis get a foothold in the music industry, seeking out gigs in a variety of venues, from beer joints to the backs of flatbed trucks. Thousands of visitors stop by the exhibit annually to glimpse memorabilia linked to the “King of Rock and Roll.”
Jacque Hilburn-Simmons, writing about the Elvis exhibit now permanently housed at the Gladewater Museum, in Texas, as published by the Tyler Morning Telegraph on January 13, 2018.
I visited eleven countries with Pres. Eisenhower during a massive 1959 peace-building campaign, took a helicopter tour of Washington with Pres. Johnson to see the devastation from the riots after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, and stood on the South Lawn as a disgraced Pres. Nixon boarded Marine One for the last time and left the White House. I met Arnold Palmer when Eisenhower played golf with him at Augusta National, got the word that Elvis Presley had showed up unannounced at the White House’s northwest gate to talk to Nixon and was at Cape Canaveral to watch the Apollo 11 launch, which first put men on the moon.
Clint Hill, from his autobiography Adventures of a Secret Service agent who served under five presidents.
It’s insane the charisma he had. I’ve never seen anything like it to this day. When I saw Elvis on television, I just fell in love with him completely. As a singer, I want to be able to relate to an audience like this man did. Of course, nobody can – he was the best there ever was.”
Faith Hill, as published in www.graceland.com
I wear glasses anyway but I wear slightly different ones, and when I'm not working, I tend to grow a bit of a beard or stubble. I very rarely get spotted, but if I'm shaved and I've got a suit on, then I do. But there are ways of not being recognised, just by not catching people's eye and walking fast," he explains. But I'm not Elvis Presley, I'm just some comic and I haven't been on TV for a while.
Harry Hill, Irish comedian in an interview for the Irish Times published on 10 October 2016
I don’t know about you, but when I see Bill Clinton I think of Elvis Presley. Tonight,the former president tried to ease the suspicious minds of Bernie Sanders’ supporters and make them feel burning love for Hillary Clinton.It was a complicated challenge: Improving the public perception of his wife, who is–in a word–unliked, while he's liked much more. Recounting how they met in college, he was charming. He credited her with inspiring his interest in public service. He made her sound committed, and tireless, while making himself sound like the second banana in their marriage.He called her the best mother in the world, his best friend, a change maker. But Bill Clinton has lost some of his Elvis: This wasn't his best speech; and I don't know if it will change a single vote. If Hillary Clinton wins, then Bill will also be moving back into the White House. So both are applying for jobs.In 1992, when he was a candidate, he told voters they'd “get two for the price of one” if he were elected. In 2016, that will be true again, if she is.
Andy Hiller as published by 2016 Sunbeam Television
Even in his laziest moments, Presley was a master of intonation and phrasing, delivering his rich baritone with a disarming naturalness. And when he caught a spark from his great T.C.B. Band, Presley could still out-sing anyone in American pop. You can hear it here on inspired versions of Muddy Waters' "Got My Mojo Working"(1971), Wayne Carson's "Always on My Mind"(1972), Chuck Berry's "Promised Land" (1975), McCartney's "Lady Madonna"(1970), Percy Mayfield's "Stranger in My Own Hometown"(1969), Dennis Linde's "Burning Love"(1972) and Joe South's "Walk a Mile in My Shoes" (1970).
Geoffrey Himes, reviewing the "Essential 70's masters" box-set, for amazon.com
Elvis Presley had an 8 year exclusive run at the Hilton, entertaining some 2.5 million people, enough to fill the Rose Bowl 25 times over, the city's all time most successful performer.
Hotelier Barron Hilton's words, as displayed at a plaque affixed to Presley's statue, now located at the Westgate Las Vegas Hotel.
I am indebted to Scott W. Johnson, my fellow at the Claremont Institute, for many things over the years, but not many rate higher than his "introducing" me to Elvis Presley. I came of age (i.e., reached the 9th grade), just in time for the "British Invasion" and, despite my childhood memories, soon came to think of him as the ultimate in passe; so, I was astonished when Scott told me, a year or two ago, that in his opinion Elvis Presley was the greatest male vocalist of the 20th Century; I had never thought of him in that light, to put it mildly, but that conversation caused me to realize that I had never actually 'listened'; starting then, I did - with the aid of Scott's encyclopedic music collection -, so if you have never gotten past a cartoon image of Elvis, do yourself a favor and 'listen'.
John H. Hinderaker, of the Claremont Institute, a Harvard Law School Graduate and expert on public policy issues, including income and race, as published in Power.Line, on January 09, 2007
Even in those conformist years, though, rebels were tinkering at the edges. In 1939, Philly barber Joe Cirello, after experimenting on a blind boy who hung out in his Society Hill shop, invented the duck's-ass cut and rode it all the way to Hollywood. Elvis Presley raised a ruckus with his pompadour. In retrospect, it didn't take much to get hair's cultural watchdogs agitated. There's a famous photo of Elvis getting his hair cut in 1958 as he enters the Army. The barber took a whole inch off the sides. Still, girls wailed...
Sandy Hingston, writing in the magazine Philadelphia, in an article published on 12 October, 2018.
It begins and ends in Sept. 1956 when he returned to his hometown to perform before an adoring, screaming crowd at the state fair. The documentary spends most the time delving into his childhood days in Tupelo, which included sneaking peeks into late-night blues joints and singing at black g̈ospel tent revivals. It's clear that Elvis Presley lived the music before he became a recording sensation.
Mark Hinson, Democrat senior writer of the Tallahassee Democrat reviewing what he calls the nothing-fancy documentary “Elvis: Return to Tupelo” (2008), as published on 6 October 2016
In the spring of 1957, if his life had taken a different path, it might have been possible to see Elvis filling out law school applications, or interviewing for his first job as college graduation approached. But the hardworking son of Gladys and Vernon Presley was already his family's sole breadwinner and already looking, at the age of 22, to purchase them a new home. He found that home on the outskirts of Memphis—a southern Colonial mansion on a 13.8-acre wooded estate. With a $1,000 cash deposit against a sale price of $102,500, he agreed to purchase the home called Graceland on March 19, 1957. He had already bought one house for his parents on Audubon Drive, in East Memphis, but that residential neighborhood had become overrun with gawkers and worshipers as Elvis became a megastar. There was also the matter of the growing entourage of extended family and friends around Elvis driving the need for a larger home base. Officially, Graceland was where Elvis, his parents and his grandmother Minnie Mae lived, but unofficially, it was also the home of the ever-changing cast of childhood friends who surrounded and often drew salaries from Elvis. Many girlfriends and one wife also came and went at Graceland during its 20 years as Elvis's base of operations. Today it is preserved precisely as he left it when he passed away, in his upstairs bathroom, on August 16, 1977. In the years since then, it has become one of the nation's most popular tourist attractions —the second-most-visited house in America after the big white one on Pennsylvania Avenue.
The Editors of History in an article entitled " March 13, 1957, Elvis Presley puts a down payment on Graceland", as published in their online page on November 16, 2009.
The opening flips between a fired up Elvis Presley and a leather-clad Blake Shelton trading verses on “Guitar Man” against a multi-level backdrop of silhouetted guitarists,then it closes with Shelton looking up as Elvis' image fades into the famous red lights spelling out his first name, basking in the glow of perhaps the greatest marriage of rock & roll and television in history.
The Hits Daily Double's laud of the 2 hour NBC Elvis All-Star Tribute to their 1968 Elvis Special,as published in its February 16, 2019 edition.
When I met him, I had a very small role in his movie, “Live A Little, Love A Little,” but he was very kind to me. He didn't mind when I had to do 5 or 6 takes of a very simple scene. I guess I had expected him to be kind of wild and boisterous, but that was not the case. He ran lines with me, worked out a realistic way I was to knock him down in one scene, was friendly every day, liked jokes and told some good ones. I was smoking a Dutch cigar one day and, when he asked about them, I gave a few to Elvis. The next day, there was a whole pack of those cigars on my chair on the set. We talked about karate and he showed me some moves – even had the prop man set up a brick for him to break. He liked my square-toed boots and asked me where I got them – I heard he bought a half-dozen pair like them in all available colors. We also talked about things we did back home in Mississippi, like squirrel hunting. His boys were around him all the time – I talked a lot with Charlie Hodge. It was a memorable time. I never had any contact with him after that. I could not help but be impressed with how down-to-earth and laid back he was.
Singer and actor Eddie Hodges, recalling the time he met Elvis at the MGM set in Los Angeles.
Elvis shifted our universe culturally like no one has before and he deserves to be treated like an historical figure, like Henry Ford or Thomas Edison, but instead he gets weighed down by sensationalism, and that keep us from the truth. In fact, his story is looked on as one of destruction, but it is a futile struggle to survive, through poverty and then through health issues. It was hard to be Elvis, no one had done fame like that before, and no one else could do it for him. He was trying to function within his reality.
Sally Hoedel in her 2021 book "Elvis; Destined to die young"
He's not more than 20 feet away, bigger than life. A face worthy of Adonis, with that innocent lock of hair hanging over his forehead and those bedroom blue eyes. The audience is deathly still, as if Pagliacci, the high priest in the white Superman suit up there was praying a collective prayer for all the shattered rebels of bygone eras. I think I see tears in his eyes, but can't tell for sure, seeing as how I am crying myself...
Social activist Abbie Hoffman, writing about his experince of seing Elvis at Madison Sqaure Garden in June of 1972, in an article entitled “Too Soon the Hero.” and published in Crawdaddy in connexion with Elvis death.
Being around longer than other people, you can’t help but have a certain amount of wisdom that you wouldn’t have had otherwise, and it’s inescapable. I don’t know how you write this, but when I started out, if there had been something released even once a photograph of somebody giving somebody else a blow job, end of career. And now, it makes someone a star. That’s extraordinary. Elvis Presley was on the Ed Sullivan Show and they did not photograph him below the belly button, not his gyrations. I remember women, when I first went to New York to study, every once in a while you’d see a woman crossing the street without a bra, just in a t-shirt, and it was an event, it was extraordinary.
Dustin Hoffman speaking about how the woerld has changed, in an interview published in "That shelf"'s March 26, 2015 edition.
Sometimes I feel my life is very surreal (like when) I looked back the time we wanted to have a tour of Graceland and once there got what we were told was a special tour that was only given to rock bands. So we got to see things that everybody didn't get to see and had our own tour guide dedicated to us. The eternal flame at Elvis' tomb was out that day, so we stood around and sang “Heartbreak Hotel” ala Spinal Tap. Later on I recounted the story to Billy Steinberg and he said, wait-wait, stop-stop, it's a great story but why don't we write a song called “Eternal Flame”? And I said okay. So that's how it started. And along with "Walk like an Egyptian" they both songs went to #1 which was pretty amazing.
Susanna Hoffs, singer, guitarist and founder of the US all-women rock band The Bangles, explaining to Classic Rock Music Reporter Ray Shasho how their biggest worldwide hit, "Eternal Flame", which in early 1989 topped the charts in 9 countries in three continents, came into being and as published in their online page on June 28, 2014
After we did the pool scene I went back to my dressing room and when I pulled the chord by the door, all of a sudden this huge flame fired at me, it was pouring out of the socket. I was so scared that I shouted for Elvis and so he came running back and pushed the door open, took me out of there and then he invited me to dinner. We talked a lot about the problems he was having, deeply concerned as he was about what was going to happen to him with the Army thing. That night I told him that he'd never have anything to worry about and that his big concern should be that nobody was ever going to say no to him. Now, during the shoot, we were in love and that is what made those scenes great because it was totally believable. It was so intense when we did it, and when we were on film that I even made things up so it was so off-the-wall. I mean, when we kissed and I said that I was coming "all unglued" , that was all an ad-lib.
Jennifer Holden, one of his co-stars in Jailhouse Rock,in an interview with EIN in 1999.
Riding a streamlined rock-and-roll beat, the singer's vocal swoops, slurs, hiccups, moans and growls added up to a new pop singing vocabulary that was instantly memorized by scores of imitators. The antithesis of a relaxed conversational crooning, Presley's style was fraught with tension and animated by an attitude of self-conscious melodrama, woving the whole unwieldy spectrum of pop singing – country-blues, Italianate crooning, Gospel, soul shouting, and honky-tonk yodeling – into an integral personal style. His crowning touch was to accentuate the spontaneously exuberant humor that had always been an ingredient of country, and the blues, but singing it in a way that seemed to poke fun at his own accomplishment.
Stephen Holding, in the article "A Hillbilly who wove a rock and roll spell", published by the New York Times on Sunday, July 19, 1987.
It was the summer of 1977. I was fresh out of high school, living on my own, generally disinterested in the church but not yet an atheist. Once a month I attended the church I grew up in, and sat with my parents. They'd be happy to see me in church, and afterwards I could score a good Sunday dinner and use the washing machine.Elvis Presley had died a few days earlier, and to my surprise the pastor mentioned it as he began his sermon.Except he didn't eulogize Elvis; he ripped the dear departed icon a new one. “He called himself The King. Well, he was the King of nothing. There is only one King, and that is Jesus.” he said. After about five minutes of Elvis-bashing and equating rock and roll to blasphemy,a Danny Wiggins stood up and said “You're just wrong. Elvis was a good man. He sang Christian music when he wasn't singing rock and roll and he never set himself up as a competitor to Christ. Everything you're saying about him is just not true.” And with that, Danny walked out of the sanctuary and out of the building, while the pastor and a few church elders called out after him. From a different section of the sanctuary, an older woman and her husband took their toddler and wordlessly followed Wiggins out, while the pastor stood and sputtered at the pulpit. After a minute, he looked at his notes and resumed his sermon from the point he'd left off but the modern Exodus continued: two young men I didn't know walked out, followed a few minutes later by the only black guy in the congregation, and after that by a couple in their 40s. By the time the sermon ended, eleven people had left. Several of the church's younger members who hadn't stormed out gave the pastor a piece of their mind afterwards. That's my happiest memory of attending church. That minister had always been a mean old man, and he gave his congregation a choice — believe in God or believe in music. Several of them made a choice he hadn't expected. It was a Sunday that really rocked the church, pun intended.
Doug Holland,in an article entitled "Eulogizing Elvis", as published in the Anderson Valley Advertiser's August 19, 2020 edition.
So what happened to the gifted scholar who spent his years in Rhodesian jail to acquire a long list of degrees and whose only frivolity was his passion for Elvis Presley?
Heidi Holland, South African journalist and writer, in reference to Robert Mugabe's love for Elvis, as noted in her bestselling book "Dinner with Mugabe, the untold Story of a freedom fighter who became a tyrant (page xiv)"
They sent us all the songs they had clearance for and I wanted to do something that had not been done before, so that's why I chose Elvis' version of The Wonder of you. Not only I had already sang the others, but they would be much of a challenge. I wanted to "jenifferize" that tune and put my own stamp on it.
Jennifer Holliday, African American Grammy and Tony Winner, in an interview with "Jet" magazine, published on 23 June, 2006.
None of us could have made it without Elvis
Buddy Holly, as published in http://www.elvis.net/whattheysay/theysayf
This song I'm dedicating to a really good friend of mine who has passed on. One of the greatest ever entertainers. The song 'Tupelo', it was his favorite song of mine, and it's where he was born. Dedicating this to Mr. Elvis Presley. And I hope wherever he is, he's resting at ease."
Blues Legend John Lee Hooker's intro to his touching tribute to Elvis, in September of 1977, from his live album Cream
He not only ate in Waco during his years at Fort Hood, but he slept here, too, and the house where he did is now open for others to do the same. The children of Eddie Fadal, a local DJ and businessman who befriended him when the rock 'n' roll star was in Central Texas, have repurposed their family's three-bedroom red-brick home at 2807 Lasker Ave. into a vacation rental with a '50s and '60s flavor and decorated with Elvis memorabilia. It's called, naturally, The Elvis House.
Carl Hoover, writing for the Waco Tribune-Herald, on 13 January, 2018 in an article entitled "Elvis slept here: Waco house frequented by Presley to find new life as vacation rental"
I regret that it was not possible for me to see you during your visit to our HQ's. However, I do hope you enjoyed the tour of our facilities. Your generous comments regarding this Bureau and me are appreciated and you may be sure that we will keep in mind your offer to be of assistance.
FBI Director J.Edgar Hoover's letter to Elvis, dated January 4, 1971 as noted in page 4 of the declassified FBI Presley file which contains 663 pages.
Elvis is just a young, clean-cut American boy who does in public what everybody else does in private. He has more hair on his sideburns than Bing Crosby does on his head.
Bob Hope's thoughts on Elvis, as published on Scomedcom and on the book Bob Hope on TV.
I spent my 71 birthday at his Graceland home, my wife decided it would have to be in his car museum and I even played on his last piano. In fact, President Clinton, who is also a great Elvis fan, recommended on the last time I saw him, to read "Last Train to Memphis", and I have. I Love Elvis...
Anthony Hopkins, in an interview at Jay Leno Tonight Show, broadcast on November 4, 2013.
It was on a Sunday, on September 15, 1967, when a yardman who had worked at Graceland, went to Vernon Presley's nearby home to see about getting his job back at Graceland. Vernon told him the job was not available anymore as it had been a temporary one only, while the regular man, an African American was sick. The yardman complained that it was pretty raw to give his job to "a negro", then left Vernon's home, after threatening both Vernon and Elvis. A half hour later, according to police reports, he appeared at the Graceland Gates, drunk, arrogant, cursing, then taking a shot at Elvis. He missed his target, and Elvis then knocked him to the ground with one punch.
Jerry Hopkins, in his book, "Elvis", detailing the story of yardsman Troy Ivy
I can close my eyes and remember the day my friend died. It was a hot summer day. He was someone I had never met, who never even knew that I existed. But he was someone who touched my life in a profound way, possibly even saved it in those lonely wee hours of the silent mornings when the demons made their play for my soul. My mom died in February of 1976, when I was 15. I felt lost, depressed, unwanted. I felt my mom was the only person that loved me, and that I would never know love again. And it got worse.I had never gotten along particularly well with my father, and that relationship withered and died in the years that followed. He told me he wished I had died instead of my mom, told me when I fell asleep that he was going to kill me. I spent many nights sleeping under my bed, or trying to surround myself with boxes as I slept sitting up in a corner of my bedroom. The time he stuck a shotgun in my mouth and said he was going to blow my head off, I no longer cared. I just closed my eyes and waited for the gun to go off. The truth is I wanted to die. I used to sleep with a loaded pistol pointed at my head, hoping that I would accidentally shoot myself in my sleep. I thought that I would never know sunshine again. But, through it all, when my thoughts darkened and I'd cry and wish I was dead, there was always one ray of happiness that winked through the storm. It was that friend, Elvis. When I was depressed—and that was often—it was usually the sound of Elvis's voice that brought me back from the edge of the abyss. Yeah, we never met, but he was my friend all the same. He helped walk me through a difficult time in my life and he's been there ever since. Elvis may have left the building, but he'll never leave my heart. I love you, Elvis; and thanks for being a friend.
John Christian Hopkins, member of the Narragansett Indian Tribe of Rhode Island, author of Carlomagno, and currently living on the Navajo Reservation as published on indiancountrytodaymedianetwork, and published on August 31, 2014
Elvis invited me out to the 20th Century Fox recording studio. I was standing about five yards away from him, and he was singing into a mike and I couldn't hear him. I thought how strange it was. And then he asked for a playback and his voice came out and I thought 'Wow!' I knew so little about music, it was a different world to me, that he could be actually recording something that would come out that clearly, and yet I was like in touching distance off him and I couldn't hear his voice. I showed him around Hollywood and we got to know each other pretty well for the two weeks. He was a very sweet and innocent naive kind of guy
Dennis Hopper, on being present during the recording sessions of "Love me tender", as told to Trudie Forsher, engineer at the sessions, who kept it in her diary and as confirmed by top Variety Magazine writer Army Archerd in a document entitled "Photoplay (Jul-Dec 1956)" as digitized by the Internet Archive in 2017 with funding from Media History Digital Library
When Elvis Presley first hove Into sight like a Kansas tornado on Milton Berle's show, I decided to have none of him. I've neither seen nor met him. l've been appalled by the whole Presley disease. But when I learned he was appearing at our Pan-Pacific, I asked Col. Tom Parker for a couple of tickets and' went; it was a shattering experience. Now I understand why 9000 people lost their minds over him. He's a split personality, young, likable, wanting to please; but when he went into his act, it was very like a neighbor of mine in Altoona who had fits, fell down and writhed on the sidewalk.Elvis rolled over and over on the floor still clutching the mike, but his performance isn't sickness, (in fact), whole families were there, nice people. Dozens of policemen surrounded the stage but turned their backs on Elvis to watch the audience and see that no one moved. They were told if they got up or walked down the aisle toward Elvis the show would be over. In former days police would have been looking at the performance. I've seen performers dragged off to jail for less. But Elvis' audience got the emotional workout of their lives and screamed their undying love for the greatest phenomenon I've seen in this century.
Hedda Hopper, America's top gossip columnist, reviewing the first of Elvis' two Pan Pacific performance for the Los Angeles Times and as vpublished in their October 31, 1957 edition.-
I would like to make this like Elvis Street, Elvis Presley. Aretha Street. Aretha Franklin. Her museum and whatever else we can do around here
Vera House, owner of the home in Memphis, at 406 Lucy Avenue, where Aretha Franklin was born on March 25, 1942, as told in an interview with WALB Channel 10, immediately after it became known that donations paid off all taxes owned by her, thus making it easier for the city to include the home as a tourist attraction.
Elvis loved gospel music, he was raised on it, and he really did know what he was talking about; we would jam with him for an hour, and he had a feel for it and was "tickled" to have four "church sisters" backing him up; he was singing Gospel all the time, (in fact), almost anything he did had that flavour. You can't get away from what your roots are.
Cissy Houston, mother of Whitney Houston, and a founding member of the "Sweet Inspirations", one of the Gospel Groups who backed Presley in his live performances, from 1969 until his death, as told to Jerry Helligar in an interview published in "True Believer", at classicwhitney.com (10 August 1998)
We were all in a room with my mom and the Sweet Inspirations and this man walks in, with a mink coat, glasses and it wasn't like you say "Nice to meet you, Elvis". In fact, you don't really JUST meet Elvis, you LOOK at Elvis. Amazingly beautiful
Whitney Houston, recalling his meeting Elvis as a 6 year old for Access Hollywood, on November 10,2011.
Elvis' early vocals, was a witches' brew of gospel swoops, falsetto shrieks, growls, howls, and scat...an anthem to human cockiness, to the healing, transcendent powers of the life-force...
Edwin Howard, of the "Memphis Press Scimitar", on Elvis' first recordings at the Sun Records label, as published in "Q" magazine
Afer Elvis Presley, nothing was the same. Rock ’n’ roll might have emerged in the international consciousness 10 months earlier with "Rock Around the Clock", but nobody wanted to be Bill Haley. Everybody wanted to be Elvis. If you didn't want to be Elvis, you wanted to be with him. With a series of now legendary — and at the time risque — TV appearances on Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey's Stage Show and the Milton Berle Show, "Heartbreak Hotel" rose quickly to No 1 by April 21, 1956. It stayed there eight weeks. Presley, with his first million-seller, had rearranged the musical and social landscapes of a changed America. He was just 21 years and 137 days old. He had 21 years and 30 days to live.
Alan Howe, writing for The Australian on 3 January 2018 in an article entitled "Heartbreak Hotel:Epochal moment in popular culture"
So what it boils down to was Elvis produced his own records. He came to the session, picked the songs, and if something in the arrangement was changed, he was the one to change it. Everything was worked out spontaneously. Nothing was really rehearsed. Many of the important decisions normally made previous to a recording session were made during the session. What it was was a look to the future. Today everybody makes records this way. Back then Elvis was the only one. He was the forerunner of everything that's record production these days. Consciously or unconsciously, everyone imitated him. People started doing what Elvis did.
Bones Howe. recording engineer, as quoted in Elvis, A Biography (1971) by Jerry Hopkins.
I am over the f.....g moon, I can't wait, so proud of my honey
Actress Vanessa Hudgens, upon learning her 7 year companion Austin Butler was being cast to play the role of Elvis Presley in Australian director Baz Luhrman's 2020 biopic and as published in Billboard's July 16, 2019 edition.
'Baby, if I made you mad/Something that I might have said?/Please forget the past/The future looks bright ahead/Don't Be Cruel', As Elvis said, it's tempting to forget the past, and look ahead to a brighter future. I suppose that's especially common in the halls of government...
Bill Hudson, writing for the Pagosa Daily Post, which he founded in 2004, in an article entitled The Limits of a Recreation Economy, as published on their December 26, 2018 edition.
Walter Anderson, B.B. King, Jim Henson and Elvis Presley, these are artists who have had a lasting impact on Mississippi culture. That is why the “Mississippi to THE MAX” project is being put in place for elementary school students throughout Meridian Public schools. We contracted with a local teaching artist who wrote four lesson plans integrating social studies, math, science and reading, along with the arts,” In February after all these lessons are taught, our fourth grade students will go to the MAX museum and they will get to see our exhibits there. And in addition to the usual exhibits, they’ll get to see the brand new Jim Henson exhibit. Only fourth grade students are a part of this project since Mississippi history is a topic in their social studies curriculum. And it’s so important I believe for our students to understand that Mississippi has produced some of the greatest, most well-known artists of our time. And the impact that those artists have had on our culture, as well as the nation’s culture, and the world.
Clair Huff, Art coordinator for the Meridian Public Schools for ABC Channel 10's Mississippi to THE MAX, as broadcast on January 11, 2019.
Now, to skip a half century, somebody is going to rise up and tell me Rock and Roll isn’t jazz. First, two or three years ago, there were all these songs about too young to know—but. The songs are right. You’re never too young to know how bad it is to love and not have love come back to you. That’s as basic as the Blues. And that’s what Rock and Roll is— teenage Heartbreak Hotel—the old songs reduced to the lowest common denominator. The music goes way back to Blind Lemon and Leadbelly—Georgia Tom merging into the Gospel Songs—­Ma Rainey, and the most primitive of the Blues.(2) It borrows their gut-bucket heartache. It goes back to the jubilees and stepped-up Spiri­tuals—Sister Tharpe—and borrows their I’m-gonna-be-happy-anyhow-in-spite-of-this-world kind of hope. It goes back further and borrows the steady beat of the drums of Congo Square—that going-on beat­—and the Marching Bands’ loud and blatant yes!! Rock and Roll puts them all together and makes a music so basic it's like the meat cleaver the butcher uses—before the cook uses the knife—before you use the sterling silver at the table on the meat that by then has been rolled up into a commercial filet mignon. A few more years and Rock and Roll will no doubt be washed back half forgotten into the sea of jazz. Jazz is a great big sea. It washes up all kinds of fish and shells and spume and waves with a steady old beat, or off-beat. And Louis must be getting old if he thinks J. J. and Kai—and even Elvis—didn't come out of the same sea he came out of, too. Some water has chlorine in it and some doesn't. There're all kinds of water.
Langston Hughes, African American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright and columnist, from Jazz and Communication: Poetry Foundation.
Interest on Elvis has helped generate $3.2 billion in tourism and create 35,000 jobs in our city. In fact, it was the opening of Graceland that was the beginning of tourism as we know it today, in Memphis...
Jeff Hulett, director of public relations for the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, as published on the Star Tribune, on August 31, 2016
I have been praying for you for many years, you are my bellsheep, I said to him. He didn't know what that meant, so I explained, that in a Holy Land there is one sheep with a bell, so when he moves, the bell makes noise, and they all go his way. So I then told him that I will be praying so that he will have the spiritual experience to lead million of people to our Lord. And it was at this time that he was so moved that he began to weep and his body began to tremble, and I had a prayer with him, asking the Lord to give him strength and peace, through the Holy Spirit. Suddenly, his daughter Lisa Marie came in, and she asked me, "Why is my dad crying", and then he gently touched her head, asked her to wait outside, and closed the door. I told him that there were many people outside waiting for him, and he said. "No, not now, I want us to stay here, please don't leave me.
The Reverend Rex Humbard's recollection of the first time he and Elvis prayed together.
When Elvis first started at Humes, he was really poor. The office sent a letter home about a classmate who couldn't come to school when the weather was bad because he had holes in his shoes, had no warm coat and needed a haircut. It didn't name him, but we all knew who it was. My mom gave me some money and a jacket she had bought for my brother Bill. I was so proud to take the jacket and the money to the office. My parents had hearts of gold. Now, whenever he walked by any one of us, we would look at each other and laugh and giggle. One day he asked one of our classmates why we laughed when he walked by. She was so dumbfounded that she blurted out "It's because we think you are so good-looking." I guess he was surprised also,so he just broke into a grin and walked away.
Betty Jean Moore, Liliane Jenne and Rose Howell, three of Elvis' classmates at Humes High School, recalling some of their feelings about Elvis during their high school days at Humes.
The show I will never forget and that influenced my soul as a performer was in Las Vegas. As soon as the signature intro began, it was like being transported to another world. The anticipation of him walking onstage was electric. Last-minute big shots and their girlfriends handed maître d's thick tips to get closer. His show was so polished and took you on a journey that made you laugh and cry. He was filled with humility and charisma and tongue-in-cheek humor. It was a total roller coaster. The audience was just as exhausted as he was by the end of the show. Backstage, Roy Orbison and I — both quiet and shy — waited with our own guests for Elvis' second entrance, this time to greet us. He bumped his head and said, “I never could figure out how to get out of that door." That was a pretty good icebreaker. Elvis was concerned as he sat down to chat. “Did I introduce you OK?" Ha! I was in awe and he was worried about my intro. I wish I'd had an iPhone! About 4 years earlier, when I first met him, he didn't shake my hand, he embraced me. And I thought "My god, I couldn't believe it. We became friends. He was one of the greatest, most affectionate people I have ever met.
Engelbert Humperdinck, in an interview for The Record.com, as published on 4 October, 2016 and from an article published at LA Weekly on February 14, 2019 and entitled "The best gig I ever saw", recalling the evening show of December 4,1976, which he attended in the company of Roy Orbison and a few of their friends.
In the end, though, it is his voice above all, that lives on; from the very beginning as a bright and eager youngster capering around the SUN studios, excitedly hammering together two musical styles to create an unforgettable allow, all of his own, right up until the later years, spent booming out ballads in the massive auditoria that were his domain during the seventies - even during the frequently written-off Hollywood years-, his voice never let him down; it is impossible from this perspective to imagine a world without Elvis, his voice booming out from radios and computers, from spaceships circling the further reaches of the galaxy, his voice echoing back; (in fact), it is almost inconceivable that any single individual could have made such a mark.
Patrick Humphries discussing Elvis' voice, in his introduction to his book The Secret History of the Classics
We spent the day together, singing 'I Almost Lost My Mind' and other songs. He is very spiritually minded, showed me every courtesy, and I think he's one of the greatest'
Ivory Joe Hunter rhythm-and-blues singer, songwriter, and pianist, recalling the time Elvis invited him to Graceland, in 1957, as published in Elvis Presley photos com
The Democratic majority has gone angling for headlines and air-time. On the other side, the Republicans are sycophants who conjured up every conspiracy theory short of blaming the Russian probe on Elvis Presley.
Al Hunt, commenting on Pres.Trump impeachment efforts in an article published in The Hill' 6 August 2019 edition
It is a daunting task to unveil a sculpture of a man who is still one of the most recognised figures in the world, 40 years after his death, but I am honoured to be given the chance.
New South Wales Governor Gral. David Hurley, after removing the cover of a bronze statue of Elvis in Parkes, Australia, in an interview with Mark Rayner for the South Parkes Post, and as published on January 14, 2018.
I was always struck by the idea that when John Lennon was singing back in Germany, he was trying to be Elvis Presley, but it was nothing like Elvis Presley. That's very exciting to me that you can be inspired by something so much that it drives you to this point, but nobody outside of yourself can see that that is where it's coming from.
Ted Hutt, UK Grammy Award winning music producer, musician and song writer, one of the founding members for the bands Promise, Great Unwashed, Gods Hotel, Reacharound, and Flogging Molly, in an interview with Musicradar published on July 22, 2018.
One thing Cary did admit when we worked together in 1966, – the two of us, sitting talking between scenes, was that he had a crush on Elvis Presley.
Jim Hutton, as quoted in Cary Grant, the loves of his life, by historian Alan Royce
As long as I can continue doing what I love, I don't care how I'm described. Maybe I should be flattered - after all Elvis was a kind of revolutionary. Actually, if he had trained he might have been a great opera singer."
Dmitri Hvorostovsky's answer to Peter Culshaw's question on how he feels to have been labeled the "Elvis of Opera", in an article published by the Telegraph on April 9, 2002
My only idol is Elvis Presley, I have all his songs and a number of his films at my Miami apartment.
Pop singer Enrique Iglesias, son of Julio Iglesias in an article published in Colombia's El Tiempo' s Septiembre 1, 1997 edition.
Sinatra and Elvis were geniuses, I am not. In fact, I analyzed the singing of Sinatra, Elvis, Nat King Cole, and Marvin Gaye, and they all sang from the gut. They are my favorite singers. In fact, I haven't bought an album in thirty years but you can always catch me listening to Elvis and Marvin Gaye. Of all of them, Elvis is the biggest phenomenon that popular music has experienced in the last 50 years.
Julio Iglesias Spanish biggest music superstar in an interview with El Periodico, published on August 1, 2016 and in interview for Chilean television in 1981.
As far as famous people go, once you're known by a single name, you're on a whole different level. Madonna. Bono. And of course, the biggest celebrity of all: Elvis. And if you think of an Elvis recipe, likely only one dish comes to mind, which makes Elvis' Grilled Peanut Butter And Banana Bacon sandwich the greatest celebrity recipe of all time.
Gwen Ihnat, Deputy Managing editor of "The Takeout" and a staff writer for The A.V. Club, in an article published on August 14, 2018
Our route home from the library took us east on Main Street. As we passed city hall, I happened to glance over, and there on the grassy field, perhaps the most prominent spot in the town, was a statue of Elvis mimicking the pose from the iconic 1956 photograph of him performing at the Mississippi-Alabama Fairgrounds in Tupelo. Somehow -- and I'm not sure how to put it into words -- my feelings about the man had changed from what they had been two hours earlier. No longer did I see Elvis as the one-dimensional character whose on-stage flamboyance spawned hundreds of impersonators, but rather a shy, ambitious country boy intoxicated by the richness of the music all around him, who absorbed that music and made it uniquely his own.
Birney Imes, former publisher of The Dispatch, after attending a presentation at the Tupelo, MS, Public Library by Elvis biographer Peter Guralnick, in an article entitled ̊"Partial to Home: Elvis reconsidered", as published in their April 13,2019 edition.
Results were calculated using a song's beats per minute (BPM) and energy to determine how fast, loud and noisy a track feels. To ensure safer driving, the music you listen to should mimic the human heartbeat, with a BPM that falls in-between 60 and 100. The Vehicle Finance Provider Moneybarn, after analyzing almost one hundred of the most popular Christmas songs, ranked Elvis "O Little Town of Bethlehem" as the fifth safest, with "Carol of the Bells" by John Williams being the safest, and ̊"Underneath The Tree" by Kelly Clarkson, the least safe.
Study published by inews in an article entitled ̊"The most dangerous and safest Christmas songs to drive to̊", as published on December 18, 2018.
Who would have thought, as a young kid walking along the streets of Birmingham, that I would one day be mentioned in the same breath as Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley.
Tony Iommi, English songwriter, lead guitarist and one of the founding members of Black Sabbath, commenting on his being recognized with a Grammy Lifetime Award in 2018, as noted by Birminghamlive on December 23, 2018.
We've played this song for a couple of years now and we really wanted to capture it live so we recorded it acoustically for the 7 inch... it's a well travelled song – not just for Elvis, and one that means so much to us and our journey so to say we're proud of it coming out on vinyl is a massive understatement
Taylor Jones, of Into the Ark, the Australian duo which participated, went to the finals and ended up as the runners up in the 2017 season of The Voice, speaking about their video, a cover of Elvis' "Burning Love" as published in Entertainment Focus on January 4, 2018.
At a certain point, the absurdities pile one on top of the other to such a height, that any form of denial of history is legitimated by the UNESCO approach. If there are no Jewish ties to the Temple Mount, one might as well say that Elvis Presley signed the American Declaration of Independence, such is the level and the type of discourse UNESCO is engaging in.
Abridged from an editorial by the Intermountain Jewish News, strongly remonstrating how UNESCO is now handling the affairs of the Jewish state, as published on their online page on October 20, 2016.
While in Italy, my brother Ira got a guitar and visited a teacher for an introductory lesson. He saw the teacher's long nails on his right hand and was told that he would have to practice classical music. Absolutely not, said Ira, I want to be Elvis Presley. So then I volunteered to take his place and had an instrument custom-made, just to know that it was something personal, that I wasn't sharing it with other kids, like a piano, and that impressed me. It was something I could cradle and caress. When you hold a guitar, it becomes part of you. You can feel the vibration. I was a shy kid. So being able to play something that wasn't loud and bombastic, it expressed my own feelings.
Sharon Isbin classical music guitarist and founder of the Juillard School's Guitar Department, explaining to reporter Michael Anthony of the Minnesota Post how she came to love the guitar, during her early years in Italy, as published in the 21 November 2014 online edition of the MINNPOST
Elvis' initial hopes for a music career involved singing in a gospel male quartet. His favourite part was bass baritone, and he himself had an almost 3-octave vocal range... Yet to posterity's surprise, such a superlative and magnetic natural talent always remained humble --perhaps too humble to keep performing forever.
IMDb's review of his appearance in Frank Sinatra's 1960's "Welcome Home Party for Elvis Presley" TV special.
A lot of people are knocking this Elvis Presley guy, but I think he's all right.
Burl Ives in the book The Last word, page 27,
Elvis Presley, the first and greatest American rock-and-roll star, whose throaty baritone and blatant sexuality redefined popular music, was found dead at Graceland, his home in Memphis, yesterday at 2:30 PM. He was once the object of such adulation that teen-age girls screamed and fainted at the sight of him, but was also denounced for sexually suggestive conduct on stage. Preachers inveighed against him in sermons and parents forbade their children to watch him on television. In his third television appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, his act was considered to be so scandalous that the cameras showed him only from the waist up. He was more than a singer--he was a phenomenon and a show-business legend before he was 25 years old as well as the highest-paid performer in the history of the business by the time he reached 30 years of age. In the spring of 1958, he was drafted into the US Army as a private, an event that caused as much stir as an average Super Bowl. "The Pelvis," as he was known, was stationed in West Germany for two years and was given an ecstatic welcome home by his fans. In 1967, Mr. Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu, the daughter of an Air Force colonel he had met during his military service, and had a daughter named Lisa Marie. Although concrete details of their private life remained sketchy through his deliberate design, the fan magazines were full of reports of marital difficulties, and the couple separated then divorced in 1973. He was a generous and often sentimental man who gave Cadillacs away with startling frequency, from time to time seeing some stranger, nose pressed against a car-showroom window, and inviting the person to go inside and pick out the color he or she liked best after which he would then pay the entire cost of purchase, on the spot. Mr. Presley's movie career ended a year after he had triumphally returned to television, with critics remarking on how little he had aged. He kept in shape for years with karate, in which he had a black belt, but his penchant for peanut butter and banana sandwiches washed down with soda finally caught up. After his death became known yesterday, radio stations around the country began playing nothing but Presley records. At his death, he had been an indelible part of the nation's musical consciousness for 20 years. He is survived by his 9-year-old daughter Lisa Marie, his father and grandmother, all of whom happened to have been at Graceland on the day of his death,.
Molly Ivins' abridged laud of Elvis, as noted in his New York Times' obituary, as published on its August 17, 1977 edition
At one point during our downtime while in Lake Tahoe, my brothers Jackie and Michael must have wandered off, as they found themselves in one of those wide service type elevators. There they were, watching their feet when the elevator stopped, opened and then.. Elvis entered. "You're those Jackson boys? he asked. They nodded, dumbstruck. You would think that having met Smokey Robinson, Sammy Davis and Jackie Wilson, that nothing could faze you, but the randomness of that shared elevator ride was the biggest unexpected thrill for them. Not that it lasted long. After a few seconds, and with a "Good luck fellas", he was gone. But that was the day Michael would meet the future father in law he would never know.
Jermaine Jackson, recalling, in his biography, how mad that made him feel, the fact he was not at that elevator.
He had been invited by Charles Evers, brother of slain civil rights activist Medgar Evers to perform with Mahalia at an event in Mississippi but had to decline due to previous scheduled engagements. But being a fan of Mahalia's since he was a child, he found out she was visiting in town not far from where he was filming his movie at the time and he sent for a car to bring Mahalia to visit him on his movie set. Witnesses said it was one of the few times he appeared legitimately starstruck, to the point of emotional. When Mahalia arrived on the set and he first saw her he ran across the room pulling a chair over next to his chair to have her sit and relax where he could spend time visiting with her between filming scenes. Elvis spent a lot of time just looking at her adoringly and started to say something to her about growing up hearing her music but also telling her she reminded him of someone. Then she said Elvis's voice trailed off as he seemed lost in thought, but they presumed he was about to tell her she reminded him of his own mother. At one point he did in fact look at her and said softly "Mahalia, you're just like my Momma...". Mahalia was moved by his comment and found out later that when Elvis was young and lived in Tupelo he used to listen to gospel singing and went to Pentecostal Church. Mahalia said that explained why he could sing Gospel as good as he could.
About Gospel Queen Mahalia Jackson's encounter with Elvis during the filming of "Change of Habit", as told by Richard Yancey in page 480 of the Mahalia Jackson biography "Just Mahalia, Baby"
Your dad was always an inspiration to me. And I bet you I am going to end up like him, a dead but glorious King""
Michael Jackson, as told to his then wife, Lisa Marie Presley
I’d done my show (in 1955), and I was back in a room. My daddy was in there with me, and we’re hearing screaming, and it was kind of scary. Daddy said, ‘Well, heck, there might be a fire or something. I’ll go check. You get your purse and stuff gathered up. So I did, and daddy left. And in a few minutes, he came back, stood there in the doorway and said, ‘Wanda, you’re not going to believe this. You’ve got to come see it for yourself.He took me to the wings of the stage, and I look out and here’s Elvis doing all these gyrations and all these girls around the stage screaming and reaching for him and crying, and I thought ‘What in the world?’ That was a first for me.
Rockabilly Queen Wanda Jackson, remembering her touring with Elvis and the moment she realized music had changed forever, as published in CMT´s online edition of November 21, 2014.
As a free speech near-absolutist, I unreservedly defend the right of anyone to trumpet political views. But more than ever I admire those celebrities who steadfastly resist the temptation (or the hectoring) to talk politics. There are still some of them, following the footsteps of one of the greatest entertainers in American history. At the peak of his long career, Elvis Presley's influence on popular culture was unparalleled, but about politics he would say nothing. A classic illustration occurred during a pre-concert press conference at Madison Square Garden in 1972. It was at the height of the antiwar movement, and Presley, an Army veteran, was asked for his thoughts on the Vietnam War protests. “Honey, I’d just as soon keep my own personal views about that to myself,” he answered modestly. “I’m just an entertainer and I’d rather not say.” Faced with the pressure to get political, Elvis knew how to shake it off. Would that could still be said about Taylor Swift?
Jeff Jacoby, discussing Country singer̪ Taylor Swift's decision to endorse the campaigns of two Democrat candidates in the 2018 Tennessee mid-term elections, as published in the Patriot Post on October 15, 2018.
After months of neglect, the U.S.S. Potomac was in poor condition and had to be cleaned up for the ceremony. A few days before the event, in early February of 1964, Presley's people contacted the Long Beach Port authorities asking how much it would cost to have the boat cleaned up and painted for the dedication, the answer being that it would take at least three days and $18,000 to make it presentable. There wasn't that much time, so then it became a question of how much it would take to just paint the side that faced the dock and the international press waiting therein? It was $8,000 so they did it"
Excerpted from Walter Jaffe's book, "The Presidential Yacht Potomac", detailing the last moments prior to the ship's dedication at Long Beach Harbor, the result of Presley's decision to gift the former FDR's Presidential Yatch, to St Jude's Children's Research Hospital, in Memphis, TN, for its eventual sale to raise funds for the construction of a new wing in the hospital, an endeavour to which Presley had already committed his time, back in 1957 when he drew 11,000 contributors to Memphis' Russwood Park for that year's Danny Thomas organized fundraiser and benefit gala. The Yatch is currently anchored at Oakland Harbor, and can boarded and toured daily for a trip up to the Golden Gate bridge, and back.
He was a unique artist – an original in an area of imitators.
Mick Jagger, lead singer of Rolling Stones.[3]
When Elvis came on the studio, and heard my song, he wanted it to be played again and again...
Mark James, recalling how Elvis felt about "Suspicious Minds", as told in the BBC program, The Elvis Presley Rebirth aired first in 2017
In a big club just outside of Memphis, I once shared a bill with a very young Elvis Presley. I didn't know what to expect and he actually turned out to be supercool and extra-respectful, with his 'pleased to meet you, ma'am' gentlemanly manners. He also touched my heart, many years later when my good friend Jackie Wilson was down and out, vegetating in some funky convalescent home. Elvis moved Jackie to a decent hospital - and paid for everything."
Etta James, from her autobiography Rage To Survive: The Etta James Story Unquote
I have to respect Elvis accomplishments. He took R&B and made it respectable to white people. Plus it was B.B King, who knew Elvis personally, explained to me Elvis was quick to respect and acknowledge the black artists who influenced him.
Funk, soul and R&B composer, musician and actor Rick James, from his autobiography "Glow", quoting BB King as the person who set him straight about Presley's true love and respect for the blues.
It is a weakness of the mind to preconceive a judgment of your thought, before the act is done. Despite the acid hemlock stirred by "The Las Vegas Sun" , Mr. Presley will survive and live to sing some more. Perhaps this cat should have studied grand opera, or the fiddle (but), I don't join that school of thought. You see, he's a natural and any dope knows what a natural is. His vocal is real and has a hep to the motion of sound, with a retort that is tremendous. Squares who like to detract their imagined misvalues can only size a note creeping upstairs after dark; this cat can throw them downstairs, or even out the window, with a depth of tone that can sink deeper than a well. He can wilt into a whisper faster than a gossipmonger can throw down a free drink and he really makes them cry. Presley's voice is that of American youth looking at the moon and wondering how long it will take to get there, something new coming over the horizon, all by himself, and he deserves his ever-growing audience. Yep, this boy's sails are set and he's got wind. Good luck and the best of everything. I hope they hold you over! After all, ten million cats can't be wrong.
Ed Jameson, President and CEO of Bancorp, Las Vegas, writing a letter to the Editor, as a then teenager, and as published in the "Las Vegas SUN", on May 12, 1956
We loved Elvis & Elvis loved us"
Reverend Robert Jamison, an African American preacher who met Elvis in Tupelo, MS, when they were children, as told in his obituary published on April 27, 2019.
All the members of Dextress come together in the common affinity for hard rock. While each individual loves this genre, we all also bring some diversity outside the Dextress sound. Our bassist Reece Runco finds inspiration from Jesse Cook, Roy Khan, Beck, and the performance style of Mötley Crüe, while being very influenced as a bassist by Steve Harris, Michael League, and Geddy Lee. Our animal behind the kit Keith Runco is very much into death metal. He's very passionate about Behemoth and Benighted. His biggest influences as a drummer are Inferno, Jojo Mayer, and Tommy Aldridge. And Our lead vocalist Eric Paulin is strongly influenced by Sebastian Bach, of Skid Row and Ray Gillen of Badlands and finds Elvis Presley an overall inspiration.
Mark Janz, lead guitarist for Canadian hard rock band Dextress, in an interview with Beatroute, published on September 30, 2017.
I was crying of happiness so much that I wouldn't have even been able to recognize Elvis...
Therra Gwyn Jaramillo, telling CNN, on August 4, 2018, about her encounter with rapper and actor Ludacris, whom she failed to recognize at a check out counter, even after he went ahead and paid her total bill.
Bruce Johnston and I met Elvis in the late ‘60s. He was working in the studio across the hall from us so Bruce and I went over and introduced ourselves and he was very delighted to see us. He was trim and great looking, just like his album covers. He hadn’t gone back out on the road yet. We encouraged him to get back to work and he took us up on it.
Al Jardine, of the Beach Boys, recalling when he and his bandmate Bruce met Elvis, as published in the book, Elvis from those who knew him best.
When he hit the world, this is one of the most beautiful people anybody had ever looked at, and he's also coinciding with the explosion of the mass media invention in America. We are unleashing levels of power through cinema and television and radio that the world has never really experienced before, and we're combining that with the fire power of such a truly beautiful, majestic, authentic creature — this Elvis Presley. So what is an Elvis Presley? It's a funny name with this amazing figure who's part black, part white, looks like a Greek statue one second, looks vaguely like a woman the next second. I think Elvis even stands for something much deeper, something akin to Lincoln or Herman Melville or Emily Dickenson or Franklin Roosevelt, or even Teddy Roosevelt. I think he stands for something about how America became what it is, in the best sense. What he symbolized, in the best sense, was to say to so many people, if he could make it, they could make it. That’s the majesty of Elvis Presley. T
Eugene Jarecki, director of the documentary **The King, in trying to describe the person he was looking to find, in his own movie, as published by WBUR on July 9, 2018.
"Bob King's", the nightclub, was packed and it was filled with anticipation. Even a seasoned musician like Sonny Burgess knew the vibe in the club was different that night. As Elvis Presley stepped onto the stage and the band started to play, his hips began to move and as sang "Good Rocking Tonight" the crowd was whirled into a frenzy. Burgess has witnessed hundreds of musicians and bands and played before millions of fans throughout the United States and Europe during his long career that has spanned more than 50 years, but the guitarist has never experienced the energy and emotion he felt the night he heard Elvis play that tune, back in 1955. "Boy, he was different," Burgess told The Jonesboro Sun. "As soon as he walked into the building you could feel his energy. He had the looks, the songs and the charisma. Whatever a star has, he had it — more than anyone else."
Excerpted from an interview by seasoned columnist George Jared with rockabilly musician Albert "Sonny" Burgess, and posted on The "Jonesboro Sun" on Sep. 2, 2014.
I listened to Elvis Presley become, I watched Chuck Berry become, I listen to Little Richard and all that music was part of my upbringing.
Al Jarreau, as published on Jarreauquotes
The transformation is quite impressive and is something that not many people realize is doable. The doctor implants eyelashes, hair, I never knew you could do that until I went to see Doctor Kahen. I'm really happy with how I look now, everyone talks to me about it, even my bank teller commented on how good my hair looks.
Justin Jedlica, who garnered attention as the Human Ken Doll for undergoing over 190 cosmetic procedures and a US$$15,000 hair transplant in a bid to look like Elvis, in an interview with the Daily Maul published on February 20, 2018.
It is when Guralnick shows how young Elvis made his way through this cultural briar patch, that we get what we need. He got voluptuous phrasing and ecstatic self-confidence from gospel, wit and menace from the blues, homespun sincerity from country and, from what we can now call gay theatrics, he got glamour and self-parody. He played the outlaw and the good son. How he flirts with his audiences, first being casual, fervent, sneering, then inviting us to laugh at, or with him. ¨As you desire me¨, he is saying, ¨so shall I be¨. Was he a great performer? Yes and yes again. He galvanized rock-and-roll and made you feel the fun and the risk and all the contradictions. That's self-invention, and that's entertainment.
Margo Jefferson, reviewing Peter Guralnick's biography of Elvis Last Train to Memphis, The Rise of Elvis Presley for The New York Times (26 October 1996)
I remember one night we were talking in his room. He told me, ‘Mary you know we moved here from Tupelo when I was thirteen. Most of the stories that people read about the move say that we moved because times were so hard in Tupelo. Well, Mary, that is true; however, a few months before we moved here there was a couple that lived by us there in Tupelo. He was a cab driver. One night he came home in a rage and murdered his wife. In fact, he butchered her and cut her throat. The wound was so deep it almost severed her head. All of the neighbors were looking around and I saw that woman, too. I’ll never forget what she looked like. I began to have nightmares about it and cold sweats. So Daddy and Momma decided to go ahead and move to Memphis then. We did move here so Daddy could find work, but I don’t know if we would have moved, when we did, if that hadn’t happened.
Mary Jenkins, African American cook who worked for Elvis for 14 years, as noted in her 1984 biography "Beyond the Graceland Gates".
When Elvis first started at Humes, he was really poor. One day the office sent a letter home about a classmate who couldn't come to school when the weather was bad because he had holes in his shoes, had no warm coat and needed a haircut. It didn't name him, but we all knew who it was. My mom gave me a whole dollar and a jacket she had bought for my brother Bill. I was so proud to take the jacket and the money to the office.
Lillian Jenne, Humes High School Class of 1953, on how impoverished Elvis was when he arrived at Humes.
His departure for the Army and Hollywood made his last appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1957, as young America's unofficial leader, his crowning moment. He had brought youth to a prominence it had never known in American culture
Peter Jennings, Canadian-American journalist who anchored the ABC World News Tonight for almost a quarter of a century, discussing the impact Elvis had on the world, in a sub-segment of ABC's series "The Century" entitled "Memphis dreams", the Reverend MLK Jr being the subject of the 2nd half, as broadcast on ABC on April 5, 1999.
Elvis was singing "That's All Right" and "Blue Moon of Kentucky". The sound went straight up your spine. The way he sang, the singer sounded black, but something about the songs was really country". I was crazy about Elvis, loved that churning rhythm on the bottom. He didn't have drums yet, but the rock and roll part was unmistakable.
Waylon Jennings; Kaye, Lenny (1996). Waylon: An Autobiography. Warner Books. p. 44. ISBN 9780446518659.
Presley brought rock'n'roll into the mainstream of popular culture, as he set the artistic pace, other artists followed. He, more than anyone else, gave the young a belief in themselves as a distinct and somehow unified generation—the first in America ever to feel the power of an integrated youth culture.
Author and historian Marty Jezer in his book, The Dark Ages: Life in the United States 1945–1960. South End Press; 1982. ISBN 978-0-89608-127-7.
At the close of his state visit to the Philippines, he showed a taste for American songs during a two-hour pleasure cruise around Manila Bay, as the guest of Philippine President Fidel Ramos. The trip on Ramos's presidential yacht was the highlight of the second day of his three-day state visit to the Philippines. Apparently aware of the Chinese leader penchant for songs, Ramos brought with him a string quartet, so after a breakfast of porridge and fruit, the 68-year-old Ramos invited him to sing, so the two leaders then ended up performing a duet of Elvis Presley's hit "Love Me Tender" which prompted Ramos into remarking: "That's the favourite song of Bill Clinton, so you have to prepare. When he visits you, you will surprise him.
About Chinese President Jiang Zemin, as quoted in an [ITN Source]], dated 26 November 1996
Presley brought rock'n'roll into the mainstream of popular culture, as he set the artistic pace, other artists followed. Presley, more than anyone else, gave the young a belief in themselves as a distinct and somehow unified generation—the first in America ever to feel the power of an integrated youth culture.[
Author and historian Martin Jezer in his book, The Dark Ages: Life in the United States 1945–1960. South End Press; 1982. ISBN 978-0-89608-127-7.
When I was in third grade, I got up on the stage and I did my Elvis impression and I sang ‘Hound Dog'. And the girls in the fourth grade started screaming, and I said to myself, ‘There’s something going on here. This is kinda cool if the girls in the fourth grade are screaming for a kid in the third grade. One day, my mentor told me that I should consider becoming a professional musician. And for a teacher, an adult, to tell me that was very important, that was an epiphany. It was a real eye-opener. Elvis was great.
Billy Joel, in a New Online Video Series, with Joel recalling the first time he made girls Scream, as recorded by ABC News Radio, on November 2, 2016
I've got the habit of listening to Elvis Presley from my mother. In fact she married my father because he promised to take her for an Elvis Presley show, which he did on their honeymoon.
Hindi filmaker Karan Johar, son of acclaimed producer Yash Johar, explaining how he got the love for music, in an article published in India Catch news on 28 March, 2017.
No other white artist but Elvis was the greatest Ambassador for black artists. Not only was he legitimate and came from the same background as many of us, but he had an integrity and class that most whites at that time did not. For that matter, many whites today don't have it. He publicly and privately treated us as equals. And his actions ultimately set a public example for many others to follow. This is the only place on Earth you will get the most truth about that. Everywhere else around this country folks got it twisted. It's a disrespect to not only Elvis, but to us. Anyone wants to discredit that man send them on down here to me! Myself and some friends will be glad to set them straight."
Bluesman Big John, commenting on Beale Street.
Elvis Presley changed everyone's life. I mean there would be no Beatles, Hendrix or Dylan. I mean, he just was the man who changed music without question. When they had a Rolling Stone poll about who was the most influential people in rock n roll, I think The Beatles were number one and I just said, you know, “What? No, Elvis was number one. I know he drew his influence from Gospel and Blues and Country Music and Black Soul music whatever, but he was the one that started it all. I was looking at an old Life magazine and there was a picture of him and I thought he was from Mars or something. And then that weekend my mother came home with ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ and that changed my life. Years later, I saw him in Las Vegas and I mean he was fantastic at the Hilton. But the only time I met him was very briefly before he went on stage in Washington DC, a year before he died. And it was very sad but even though it was very sad, even on stage and my mother, who was with me, said, “Well he’s not going to be alive much longer, is he?” She was really sad. And I was too, he was my idol too. But even though he went through the motions and was not really there at the scene at the end of that concert, there was still flashes of brilliance, in spite of being hugely overweight, but when he actually sung a couple of lines it was magical. You don't lose that magic, no matter how fucked up you are, you know, you just. If you're brilliant, snatches of that brilliance will come through. And later in my life I end up a recluse in my own bedroom, you know, taking cocaine, so I'd kind of did become HIM. But what happened to him, you forget he died when he was only 42, for Christ's sake. I mean he was only 42. And it's one of the great tragedies. I don't think anybody actually said “Elvis, you can’t do that, you mustn’t do that”. Rewinding back, I played piano at a very early age, it got me attention and I liked it, but music wasn't my dream until I discovered him in 1957. I was sitting in the little barbershop in our village, waiting to have my hair cut, and I saw this picture of Elvis. He looked like an alien — really weird but amazing. And after I saw Elvis and heard his music, there was no going back.
Elton John, addressing the NYT's Philip Galanes's question on what was his first dream, as published in the New York Times on November 28, 2014, as well as from in an interview with Andrew Denton's Enough Rope, dated July 9 2007, when asked to explain how he felt about his biggest idol's death in 1977, shortly after meeting him in 1976.
These days the bright London boy who passed his 11-plus and left school without any exams is touring the country with a talk show. In the likes of Southampton, ­Workington, ­Peterborough and Coventry he'll focus on the social significance of his life's soundtracks, from Elvis Presley, the Beatles and the rest. Music is his passion, politics always an interest. In the 1960s he was in a couple of rock bands as a rhythm guitarist and backing singer but when it became apparent that he wasn't going to become an overnight rock star, he got a job as a postman instead. However his love of music has never faded. Johnson adds "I was was a huge fan of Elvis and The Beatles so when Radio 1 celebrated its 50th anniversary recently it made me feel nostalgic as I remember when it first started broadcasting and what an incredible treat it was to be able to listen to pop music all day. I still play the guitar but I don’t think I’m going to be back on the stage any time soon".
About Alan Johnson, former Education, Health and Home Secretary for the Labour Party in Britain, in interviews given to the SUN and the Express, and published in their February 24,2019 edition
Honestly, the first one was Elvis Presley. When I listened to Elvis when I was a kid and heard “You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog" — you want to talk about an 8-year-old kid losing his mind? “Jailhouse Rock,” songs like that, made him kind of an American hero. But he also came across as kind of taboo, kind of a little bit rowdy, and a little bit too much for some people. That really stuck with me. Yeah, I was born ten years after he died, but everybody loves Elvis. Hell, my grandma loves Elvis. But when he came out, man, he was a little bit of a bad boy, too. He had that edge. Something about Elvis made you think if you smarted off, he might slap you. I heard that in his music. I heard that “I don’t really care what y’all think,” that whole “I’m going to boogie-woogie if I want to boogie-woogie” attitude.
Cody Johnson, describing his first influences,in an interview for Cowboys and Indians, as published on their March 11, 2019 edition
Elvis Presley was born to a death. His twin brother, Jesse Garon Presley, was delivered first, didn't live at all, and everything that happened next was a swaggering wobble between those two poles. Denis Johnson, who passed away from liver cancer at 67 in May 2017, references Elvis glancingly in several of his works — "Train Dreams" (2011), "Tree of Smoke" (2007), "Jesus’ Son" (1992), and in both the final pages of his first novel, "Angels" (1983) — and the last of five stories in his posthumous collection "The Largesse of the Sea Maiden", where the author makes liberal use of the legendary performer.
About author Denis Johnson, as published by the Village Voice on January 12, 2018, in an article entitled "Denis Johnson and the Ghost of Elvis Presley" by Hanna Gold
i) I've been asked to write down who I am most grateful for in this holiday season. And the answer is Elvis Presley. We are a very musical family and he sings my favorite Christmas song, which "Why cant everyday be like Christmas". So now it's turned out that I've sang it to all my daughters when they were babies and they all fell asleep on me. ii) Woman wanted him, men wanted to BE him, or just hang out with him.”
Dwayne Johnson, i) answering a question for Humankind Stories on the occasion of his finding out he will be a father again soon and ii) as published in wwwgracelandcom
Hendrix and Elvis were the ones who sparked my interest in music. When I saw Elvis play the acoustic guitar back in the day with 'Jailhouse Rock,' that's when I wanted to play. I think I was 6. All I could think of back then, was that would be a great job...
George Johnson of the Brothers Johnsons, a Soul/Funk/R&B band itself associated with, inter alia, Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, The Supremes, and Billy Preston, from an interview found in an article written by Wes Wood for the Daily Bulletin and published on August 30th 2016..
The Bee Gees for their harmonies, the Beatles because they were so ahead of their time and Elvis, who was indeed, an amazing swagger, had incredible moves and his voice is so iconic.
Joe Jonas, member of the band DNCE, in an interview with CelebMix, and in answer to a request from the interviewer to name a Hall of Fame of three artists throughout the decades who inspired him.
He's started the whole thing. I liked his early records.
Brian Jones's 1965 interview, on youtube
I think Elvis and BB King both did as much for the world of music coming through Memphis as anyone.
Booker T. Jones, Stax records Legend, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, record producer and arranger, best known as the frontman of the band Booker T. & the M.G.'s being interviewed by Virgin Magazine 2015
Years later I met him, by chance in Hollywood where I was living. He was riding in a limousine and I was out walking my dog. He spotted me and pulled over. We went over to my home and sat out front talking about old times. After a while he grew melancholy and confided in me, “Carolyn, I’ve lost my way home.” It was heartbreaking as he had grown weary and disillusioned...
Carolyn Jones, Golden Globe winner actress who starred with Elvis in Paramount's 1958 production of "King Creole"
Now and then in a magazine, you will come across one of those features about your dream dinner party guests, encouraging you to wonder whether, inter alia, you could sit Elvis Presley next to Mother Teresa. I saw one in a mid-market woman's magazine the other day. Well, all I can say is that I'll be at the top table, after scrubbing John Lennon from the list, and certainly leaving Elvis, Mother Teresa, Ian Dury, Orson Welles and Peter Sellers. Incidentally, I wouldn't want to sit down with Karl Marx unless he was genuinely interested in what I'd been doing at work all day...
Dylan Jones, editor of Gentlemen's Quarterly, choosing his ideal dinner guests, as published in the Mail online, on 17 January 2009
I guess everybody in the world tried to be a little like Elvis at the time, but there was no way you could compete with him if you just were doing country.
George Jones in the book the Last word, by Sandra Chorn and Bob Oskam (p.16) .
Elvis was great. I loved him. When we worked on "Love Me Tender", everyone to a person, was determined to detest him. They couldn't believe he could just show up and be a movie star. They were prepared to hate him. By the time the shoot was over, everyone adored him. I'll tell you a story about him that probably nobody else knows. We were doing "Stay Away Joe" and were the only two actors working that day. And I just happened to look across the highway, and there was an old battered pickup truck, patched up and with the tires gone. And there was a rocking chair in the back of it with a lady tied to it.It turned out the lady was in her eighties and she was a true Elvis fan, had no money and her family had driven 300 miles with her tied in the rocking chair because she was crippled up and couldn't get in the cab. Me being blabbermouth, I went over and told Elvis. He stopped everything. He had them back the truck over and put it right up next to the camera. He got her situated, and he always had his band with him, so they broke out their instruments and they gave her a thirty-minute performance. She stayed with us the rest of the day. He took her to lunch, and just took her everywhere he went. That's Elvis Presley.
L.Q. Jones,in an interview with Cinema Retro published on February 28,2019.
i) So we left that CREATIVE era of jazz, bebop, bigband and went into the '50s. It was like coming from modern jazz to poop tunes like "How Much Is That Doggie in the Window," and so on. It was unbelievable. But then Elvis Presley changed that whole thing because he opened the way for black music to come in ii) Even from 30 feet, as I sat in the front of the CBS orquestra section, and with his back to me, as we all faced the camera, I knew right and then that he would be a huge star
Quincy Jones, i) as noted in the Zan Stewart interview, November 2013 and ii) recalling the three times he played 2nd trumpet for Elvis in the winter of 1956, as noted in a filmed interview for the television special entitled "The History of Rock and Roll".
Blues, country, pop, rock and roll, gospel, and beyond, this man could sing anything. From the rockabilly of the Sun Sessions, to the MOR of "Wooden Heart"(1960), to the later day "Burnin' Love"(1972), Elvis proved that he had the skills as a vocalist that few have, or will ever have.
Rob Jones, Canadian musicologist, writing in "Helium: Where knowledge rules".
Not any big ones, but I had a picture taken that haunts me to this day. I'd just come off stage at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to be greeted by Elvis Presley, Merv Griffin and Norm Crosby. Elvis knew how to work himself up for pictures and he ended up looking like, well, Elvis, any doubling of the chin magically concealed. So naive, grinning me, however, clearly had an extra chin, later to be surgically eliminated. It was something to do with the singing. I had it cut out, now I've got the mark of Zorro under my chin, that's why I grew this beard. Never have your photo taken with Elvis Presley.
Tom Jones's zany answer to Bryan Appleyard, who interviewed him and asked he tell the readers of The Times of London what he regretted the most in his career, as published in the said newspaper on October 3, 2015.
I feel good. It was kind of nail-biting all day yesterday. It'd be nice to have $3,300 in my pocket and still have the cup, and I hate to see it go. In fact, it's really going to be weird putting something that has that kind of value in an envelope and sending it off to the people who bid the most in auction, the owners of the "Icon Hotel" in Luton, U.K
Wade Jones, in an interview with The Gaston Gazette published on January 20, 2018, after auctioning a 61 year old flattened Dixie cup he owned and which had been used by Elvis after a concert in Tulsa Oklahoma on April 19, 1956.
Elvis is my man.
Janis Joplin, as published in the Elvis Express.
The Presley, Beatles and Castro appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show have one thing in common: at the conclusion of the appearances, Sullivan stands at center stage and declares them all to be outstanding citizens of their countries...
Chris Jordan, for Arbury Park Press, on the day after of Castro's passing away, November 26, 2016.
I think it’s a little bit too much and kind of overwhelming. I mean, it puts a real big strain on me personally in my life. It’s always great to be respected and admired, but to a point where it exceeds certain living situations, and it’s not that much fun to me. I think it was fun to a certain degree, but it really was kind of embarrassing the way people treated as if I was an Elvis Presley or a God, and that’s a very uncomfortable feeling for me.”
Michael Jordan, in a 1995 interview with Craig Sager, given immediately after his first game back from retirement that year versus the Pacers, and as reported in Sportscasting's June 1, 2021 edition.
He would appear twice a night at the Hilton in Las Vegas so after the second show one night, I asked the guard behind the stage if I could meet him. As I was then playing with Cowboys, I was let in. So there he was with a towel around his head exhausted after performing two shows, but was very friendly. He was also a huge fan of Coach (Paul W. 'Bear') Bryant, my coach at the University of Alabama, so we got along extremely well. I think the key was that we came from similar backgrounds, just country boys who remained the same even after hitting the big stage.
Linebacker Lee Roy Jordan, in his autobiography “Lee Roy: My Story of Faith, Family and Football.”
Your CD is wonderful, and you have a great sounding voice. Reminds me of an Elvis jazz sound. I just I always loved Elvis's sound, but you're definitely an original and certainly are my taste. You have a jazz sound. Just great!!
Sheila Jordan, NEA Jazz Master and vocalist speaking to baritone E.J Decker, as published on wwwejdeckercom
Pharaohː Male, a Baritone with a registry from a Low B to High G#. He is the most powerful man in Egypt living in a strange psychological place and is desperately searching for the truth in his dreams. The character is in style an homage to Elvis Presley.
One of three characters as meant to be played in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
I watched the audience as he walked out on stage, and so many had their faces in their hands. They'd sit there and cry. It was almost Biblical, as if the clouds had parted and down a shaft of light came the Angels.
Bill Jost, Assistant Maitre d' of Showroom Internationale of International Hotel, Las Vegas (Now the Westgate), as noted in the bootlegzone's review of Elvis opening show at the International Hotel, in the summer of 1969.
The memory that stands out most in my mind is the first time I saw that face, the face that was soon to be the most recognized face in the world: the deep-set eyes that would make girls scream and cry; the full, pouting lips that would make them swoon. I'll never forget the first time I saw the flawless face of Elvis Presley.”
June Juanico, Elvis girlfriend in 1956, in her book, Elvis and the Twilight of Memory.
I wanted to look at Elvis the non-saint, as well as the nature of songs from the ‘50’s, all that postwar optimism; he’s iconic, a wonderful singer with an amazing body of work, but he’s a bit like Billie Holiday, you’re not ‘allowed’ to be critical.
Barb Jungr, UK-based singer, composer and writer of Czech and German parentage, explaining why she fell in love with the voice of Elvis Presley, went searching for the essence of a dozen of her Presley favourites, as well as her particular predicament in choosing the right ones for her album "Love me tender", as published in the Herald, Glasgow, on August 5, and on the April 13-20, 2005 issue of "Time Out, London".
I was working in the early 2000s with Wieden & Kennedy, an exclusive, high-brow ad agency based in Amsterdam, and they were literally on the same street where my studio was. We knew each other really well, had worked together and, at a certain point, somebody knocks on my door, walks inside, and says, "Tom, I've got something, but we don't know what to do with the music." He plays me this world championship soccer commercial for NIKE directed by Terry Gilliam, a five-minute movie where you see all the star soccer players play games with one another in the belly of a ship. The commercial was called, "The Secret Tournament" , they were looking for music and had tried a few different things, like Elvis' A Little Less Conversation,' and I said, 'Oh, I know that song.'" But they said, " Problem is that it's too short and we need five minutes." I said, "I can make this work. Give me a couple of days or a week and I'll come back to you." He said, "You don't have a couple of days or a week, I need this in five hours." And I said, "Well, just give me five hours (laughs)." So he left, and at that point in time, I was producing the first record of a UK-based DJ by the name of Sasha, the biggest thing on the planet. So he came in and he said, "What are you doing?" I said, "I've gotta spend four or five hours on this Elvis thing." So he said, "I'm gonna go get a massage and get some food, I'll be back in five hours and we can continue working." So he goes to get a massage, comes back at 8:00 pm. And when I played it for him, he smiled and looked at me and said, "This is a number one hit." I said, "Ah, you're kidding, this is just for a commercial," but he said, "No. You don't understand what I'm saying: this is a number one hit." Famous last words! So I sent it out to NIKE, and they loved it, and they started talking to the Elvis estate. They were talking with the lawyer of the Elvis estate, and he says, "We just played the track for Priscilla Presley, and she really loved it. Tell me, who is the producer on this track?" And then the guy on the NIKE side says, "His name is Junkie XL." And it goes quiet. After half a minute, he says, "You have to be kidding me, right?" So we shortened it to JXL and it went into the commercial, which ran worldwide and did really well. And then the track started having a life of its own and eventually, we decided to release it as a single. So I spent a little bit more time on it to produce it as a proper release, and that's the track most people know today, yes, the one that became a number one hit in many countries.
Junkie XL, real name Tom Holkenborg Dutch composer, multi-instrumentalist, DJ, producer, and engineer, recalling how the # 1 hit during the 2002 Soccer World Cup came into being. in an article published at SceenRant on December 13, 2018.
From the darkest of backgrounds, Elvis' voice emerges with such realism that you could take singing lessons, his vocals so irresistible and smooth, and with such startling definition, that the clearest and most concise way I can describe the experience, is that I never felt as though I was listening to a recording.
Danny Kaey, a top audio and music writer, reviewing the Duke loudspeakers, as he listened to "Fever", a track found on the Elvis is back album, and as published in POSITIVE FEEDBACK, ONLINE.
During his rendition of "Hurt", (1976), he was in even better voice, singing in a register that gave more impact to his phrasing, and even hitting notes that could cause a mild hernia. And, after they drew a good crowd reaction, he offered them in a reprise that was tantamount to masochism.
Mike Kalina, reviewing Elvis' 1976 New Year's concert for the "Pittsburgh Post Gazette", January 1, 1977.
He was electrifying in his white jumpsuit, with his cape on, quite humble but he had an aura. There are very few people who have triple-X charisma, and Elvis was one.
George Kalinsky, official MSG photographer, as noted in The Daily Telegraph's 11 April 2008 edition.
I want to produce music that is timeless, music that lasts for decades and centuries, like Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, The Temptations and Prince's songs. One-hit wonders are for lucky people, not talented people,
Lischen Khachas, Namibian music producer, in an article entitled "Surviving as female music producers in Namibia" as published on the New Era's April 5,2019 edition.
The young Elvis Presley, without any doubt.
Kiri Te Kanawa, top New Zealand opera star and soprano's answer to UK show-host Michael Parkinson (who probably expected her to name Luciano Pavarotti, or Maria Callas), when asked whose was the greatest voice she had ever heard (as published in Blabbermouth.net, 3 January 2007)
To go out Albemarle Rd, to the Ferris wheel and the merry-go-round, and seeing Elvis at the Carolina Theater.
Jan Karon American novelist and author of the Mitford novels, when asked no name a few of the most exciting things she witnessed since her arrival in Charlotte, as a 12-year-old child from Lenoir, where she was born, and as published on March 28, 2017, in the Charlotte Observer.
Elvis is the one man that stands alone in the history of Rock-N-Roll. He was the first and the best, shook the world by its very foundation. Over the years I've seen stars come and go, but never have I seen a star match the impact of Elvis Presley. Elvis may be gone, but the echo will never die.
DJ Kasey Kasem, from American Top 40.
He was criticized for turning down the role of Sundance in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid", after insisting unsuccessfully on doing the film with Elvis Presley as Butch.
Sam Kashner, in reference to actor Warren Beatty, who he interviewed for Vanity Fair's November 2016 edition.
It shows that anything's possible because I wasn't the president of the student body. It was certainly a very fateful and important meeting in the course of my life. Too bad I hadn't been there the day before — I would have met Elvis.
John Kasich’s thoughts on his 1970 meeting, as an Ohio State University freshman, with President Richard Nixon, after sending a letter to Nixon requesting a meeting. They met on December 22, 1970, a day after the famous Oval Office meeting between Nixon and Elvis, as told by the now Ohio Governor in an interview for the Palm Beach Post and published on May 24, 2017
In 1969, I hitched from New England to Nevada to see him, to meet him, so I showed at the Las Vegas International Hotel's delivery room, I hid in a closet, until Elvis and his entourage passed by, so that is when I jumped out and told him I was one of his biggest fans, and wanted to be a star to which Elvis replied, "I believe that will happen, son". I got his blessing...
DJ Andy Kaufman, speaking through his alter ego, Jimmy Clifton.
He was out for fun, he never rehearsed. He was 19 and he had a motorcycle and he liked to ride the streets, looking for excitement. So often I'd see him zipping along Union Street, a new girl on the back of that motorcycle, or walking with two or three girls at once. Later he'd tell me, 'I'm sorry I didn't introduce you, Marion. I didn't know their names'."
Marion Keisker, the radio show host, station manager, U.S. Air Force officer, and assistant to Sam Phillips at Sun Records best remembered as the first person to record Elvis Presley on July 18, 1953.
Presley's early days represent a kind of liberation in his fans own lives, which to that point were painted in black and white and dominated by their parents' conservative views. His music gave them an art form, and to a degree, an identity all their own. More than anything else though, it's the uniqueness of Presley's voice and talent that shall prevail. There's never been anyone like him and likely won't be.
Bob Kealing, in his book “Elvis Ignited: The Rise of an Icon in Florida,” as published in Florida Today, on March 28, 2017
What's happened to the ­alliance is that the great relationship we have had with the Americans in wartime, and the cultural affinity with the jazz period of the 1920s, the swing era in the 1940s, Elvis Presley and rock and roll, Hollywood, the sitcoms, and the relationship between the citizens of Australia and the citizens of America, society to society, has been suborned by this now sacramental and foolish tone we are ­encouraged to have about the ­alliance.
Paul Keating, 24th Prime Minister of Australia and the Leader of his country's Labor Party from 1991 to 1996, explaining how his country's alliance with the US has now been supplanted by the relationship itself, in an interview published on the Australian, on September 23, 2017. and entitled "Keating blasts Australia for adopting US foreign policy"
A hard drinker with an ever-present cigarette in his mouth, he liked to dress like Elvis at company meetings and maintain a level of fun in the workplace.
About billionaire Herb Kelleher, co-founder and CEO of Southwest Airlines, as noted in his obituary by the NYT, on his death on January 3, 2019.
Elvis Presley was rock & roll's first real star, not to mention one of the most important cultural forces in history, a hip-shaking symbol of liberation for the staid America of the 1950s. A white Southerner singing blues laced with country, and country laced with gospel, he brought together American music from both sides of the color line and performed it with a natural sexuality that made him a role model for generations of cool rebels. He was repeatedly dismissed as vulgar, incompetent, and a bad influence, but the force of his music and his image was no mere merchandising feat. Presley signaled to mainstream culture that it was time to let go. Four decades after his death, Presley's image and influence remain undiminished.
Mark Kemp, US music journalist, in his introduction to Elvis' biography section in Rolling Stone's Magazine's Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll-
My first of ten fantasy dinner guests is Elvis, someone I first fell in love with when I was a kid but I wasn’t quite sure what it was I fell in love with. It wasn’t as much his music as his charisma – and I don’t think I really understood charisma until I saw him.I remember one Christmas as a kid I watched "Jailhouse Rock" and I couldn’t take my eyes off him. He was so charismatic that even in the scenes where he was in the background, it was him I paid attention to. For me, he was the one who always set the pace, so I would want him at my party.
Martin Kemp, as told by Murray Scougall in an article entitled "Elvis gets to meet Winston Churchill as former Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp picks his 10 fantasy dinner guests", and published in the Sunday Post's October 8, 2017 edition.
Someone I knew invited me into the house. At the far end of the room was the gleaming copper coffin that contained his body. A couple in their late twenties stood beside the casket, she was sobbing and he had his arm around her. Behind the coffin, an arch led to another room where a glass statue stood high off the floor, twirling slowly, adorned by glass beads that leaked like water. Potted plastic palms surrounded the coffin and on the wall was a painting of a skyline on black velveteen. When Priscilla entered she offered me a Coke then introduced me to his father, Vernon Presley, who was watching the 10 o'clock news in a nearby bedroom. Nobody in the group around him spoke. Later, at the front door, I interviewed Charlie Hodge “It’s really hard to believe,” he said. “I went to the dentist with him on Monday night around 9:30. We were getting ready for the tour and we talked about the songs we’d use. But we never did rehearse" Outside the front door were hundreds of wreaths, some spelled ‘Elvis’ in flowers, others were shaped like crowns, broken hearts, hound dogs and blue suede shoes....
Excerpts of Caroline Kennedy's Sept. 22, 1977 article for Rollingstone, which sent her, the only daughter of JFK, and then just a Radcliffe coed, on a special assignment to Memphis to cover the aftermath of the death of Elvis, which coincided with his Estate actually in the process of been sealed off by cops and private guards as 75,000 people gathered outside the Graceland gates waiting in line to pay their respects.
I was a 13 year old kid sitting on the front row on Hank Williams' last performance at the Municipal Auditorium. It changed my life. A couple of years later, during one of Elvis ̪Presley's appearances with the Louisiana Hayride, I was also in attendance there, with a friend, and we got real mad at all of the girls screaming when Elvis was doing his shaking. It upset us that we couldn't hear anything
Jerry Kennedy, record producer, songwriter and guitar player and a native of Shreveport, LA, recalling his attending one of Elvis' almost four dozen shows at Municipal Auditorium in the period from October 1954 to December of 1956, as reported in radio station 710keel on December 28, 2018.
I often wondered if Elvis mania will ever truly die. I'm too young to remember the apex of his career, but I vividly remember the deep mourning that followed his death. For years — maybe, still? — his birthday and death day were marked by vigils in Memphis. The other day, I was charmed by a TV commercial that features Elvis impersonators from around the world using FaceTime to sing the Elvis ballad "There's Always Me." Anyone under 30 probably wonders who these strangely dressed guys are. To me, the commercial was literally music to my ears.
Mark Kennedy, writing for the Chattanooga Times Free Press in an article entitled "20th century 'survivors' provide comfort" and published in their 9 December 2018 edition.
Elvis was almost pure style, his clothes, hair, the way he sang, the way he moved on stage, his half-kidding sneer. The first superstar...
Pamela Keogh, as published in Larry Geller's E. Crowning glory
My mom had me at 21, and hers had her at 21, so I think 25 is too old. Marriage is just something I wanted to experience in my lifetime, to be honest. As to being the granddaughter of Elvis Presley, it did help me in the bussness. I'm very privileged, like the normal story of moving to LA and it takes you three years to find an agent? I got one in a week
Riley Keough, for the Mail Online, in an article entitled "Riley bravely touches upon her battle with anxiety and depression in a candid Twitter post", published on 10 January 2019.
Don't worry, Elvis..... Cary cries at everything that is beautiful. Ballet. Paintings. Sculptures. Poetry. You."
Billionaire Kirk Kerkorian's zany answer to Elvis' puzzling look when told actor Cary Grant had wept during his performance, as told by Charlie Hodge in his book “Me'n Elvis” ;
I always argued that Elvis was arguably, potentially a very good actor. Barbra Straisand wanted him to play opposite her, but Col Parker stopped it. That would have been something to dream about.
Mark Kermode, English film critic and musician, reviewing the 2018 version of "A star is born" for his blog Kermod Uncut.
They are some of the most iconic and unique displays of architecture, each home with a distinct style reflecting its location, history, or previous owner. Ahead, find out which are the most photographed, starting with Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley.
Mandy Kerr's introduction to her article on the most photographed homes in the United States, as published in the Culture Cheatsheet, on February 1, 2018.
In Memphis, we listened to Blind Mississippi Morris belt out BB King's classic in a bar on Beale Street. But it was another King, he with an affinity for Kahlil Gibran, who was beckoning me. I expected Elvis Presley's Graceland to be a temple of tacky brimming with shag rugs and frequented by zealous impersonators in blinged-out one-pieces. We scoffed when the woman selling tickets said the tour could take three hours. We ended up needing four. Sobia and I found many nationalities. "So many people try to copy him, but he was the ultimate,” said Rishi Khanna, a fan since his youth in India, “Elvis’s music is from the divine.”
Sarah Khan, Muslim American Award-winning travel writer, in an article for the NYT to be published October 1, 2017, and entitled "Making Myself at Home"
The most popular thing in american culture is Elvis Presley
Kid Rockl, singer, rapper, songwriter, musician, record producer, and actor, in an interview for ABC's Elvis lives in 2002.
“How would I describe it? Elvis Presley. Michael Jackson
Jason Kidd, US basketball team captain during the 2008 Olympics in reference to Kobe Bryant's worldwide popularity as the tournament ensued, and as noted by themediatimes on the day following Bryan't death, at age 41 on January 26, 2020.
Elvis had risen to fame in the 1950s under the guidance of manager Colonel Tom Parker – real name Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk – an illegal immigrant from Holland who was terrified of leaving the United States lest he be deported, so Elvis never went on the lucrative international tours that are the lifeblood of most musical acts. Colour television in Australia was still more than half a decade away, but even in black and white, Elvis was mesmerising, marching triumphantly on to the stage for what was billed as the biggest benefit satellite television entertainment event of all time. And, in Brisbane, barely a television screen had anything else".
Grantlee Kieza, for Brisbane's The Courier-Mail, in an article published on January 13, 2018, in conjunction with the 45th anniversary of Elvis's hour-long concert "Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite", beamed by INTELSAT to 40 countries including Australia, with global estimates that more than a billion people had tuned in.
It was a revelation in a lot of ways. You could really only compare it to music, bands like The Beatles and Elvis, where things actually changed.
Jimmy Kimmel's laud of Dave Letterman, as told to WBUR, in a piece entitled "David Letterman Is Properly Medicated", published on Apruil 5, 2018
Yes, he is
Nepalese King Mahendra's reply to a LA Times journalist who asked him whether Elvis, who was standing next to him, was one of his favourites, as reported by the LA Times om May 11, 1960.
i) While they were civil, they never really had much to say and I might feel a chill between them and me. But Elvis was different. I remember him distinctly because (inter-alia) he was friendly, polite to a fault, spoke with this thick molasses southern accent and always called me 'sir'. I liked that. When he appeared at the Goodwill Revue, a yearly benefit for needy black kids sponsored by WDIA, he did himself proud. Remember this was the fifties so for a young white boy, by then a big, big star to show up in an all-black function in 1957 took "guts". I believe he was showing his roots and he seemed proud of those roots.................ii) I hold no grudges. Elvis didn't steal any music from anyone. He just had his own interpretation of the music he'd grown up on, same was true for me, the same true for everyone. I think Elvis had integrity (In fact), more than anyone, he was the guy who kicked the revolution into high gear. (Moreover) what most people don't know is that this boy was serious about what he was doing, he was carried away by it. When I was in Memphis with my band, he used to stand in the wings and watch us perform. As for fading away, rock and roll is here to stay and so, I believe, is Elvis. He's been a shot in the arm to the business and all I can say is ‘that’s my man’..................iii) In the 1970's, I decided to try my luck in Vegas and Frank Sinatra helped get me into the lounge at Caesar's Palace. That was my first venture into big-time Vegas. But my second involved Elvis. It was Elvis who encouraged the Hilton to book me in the lounge while he was playing in the showroom. My band and our lounge act was strong and if it had been any other entertainer other than Elvis, we might have even drained business away from that showroom. But it was Elvis..iv) to me they didn't make a mistake when they called him the King.
From BB King i) 'autobiography "Blues all around me", where the King of the Blues manages to make a distinction between those white males he was acquainted with, at SUN Records, namely Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis on the one hand, and Elvis on the other, thus giving Presley extra /p2credit for both his personal and musical integrity (pp 141,185), ii) explaining how people in the modern era mistakenly assumed Las Vegas was the place great artists went to die, but with the reality being the opposite iii) and iv) Interview for Elvis lives, an ABC TV 2002 production.
I altered my stage name to King because of my love for horse racing, but also after my favourite singer, Elvis Presley.
Claire King, an English actress. as noted by IMDB.
As you know I'm trying to be one of the best and hopefully it can happen. Elvis is down in the books as a great one and I'm really happy to actually be here, around his surroundings, around his homeland.
Afro Caribbean tennis ace Darian King, a national of Barbados, during his visit to Graceland, on January 21, 2017.
My dad penned an as-yet unpublished volume which he titled "Rock 'n Roll: Triumph Over Chaos", There's an enormous amount of unspoken-of history of my dad and Elvis' relationship. Actually, his relationship with my entire family. A lot of people think he was a prejudiced kind of human being but that's not true. He spent a lot of his life with my father and my uncle, at my grandmother's home. They were very close."
Jadene King, daughter of Jazzman and bluesman **Calvin Newborn in an article entitled In Seve̪nth Heaven, about the life and times of Calvin Newborn, and as published in the Memphis Flyer December 20, 2018 edition.
Elvis performed twice at the Miami Beach Convention Center in 1970, arriving in Miami International Airport, where a helicopter brought him over to Miami Beach at the helipad. A limo picked him up there and drove him 10 blocks to the Convention Center. Just before leaving Miami, he got back in the limo to go back to the helicopter and on the way there he said to the limo driver, "Do you own this limo, or do you work for the company?" And the driver said, "I work for the company." And he said, "Now, you own it." The limo driver's tip was the limo.
Larry King, who admittedly regretted never having met Elvis, recalling an Elvis story showing his immense generosity, as originally told to him by Col. Parker (story broadcast by King himself on January 14, 2005, on CNN's Larry King Live).
I may be the King in Los Angeles but there's only one King.
Ross King, in an article entitled |Elvis Presley lives on...and that's the gospel truth", published in the Sunday Post on August 23, 2018
Elvis Presley's talent brightened millions of lives. He widened the horizons of my world certainly. The first record I ever owned was a 78 rpm of "Hound Dog" backed by "Don't Be Cruel" and when I listened to those tunes I felt about ten feet tall and I grinned so hard that I felt like the corners of my mouth would meet in the back and the tip of my head would simply topple off. All I know about R&R is that it makes people feel good. Elvis Presley more than made me feel good, he enriched my life and made it better.
Stephen King, as noted in theelvisexpress
In 1970, once Ray had seen Elvis in Las Vegas, now that was what you could call flash, he would say, that was the start of a huge rift between him and the rest of Kinks. Now it was going to be Ray's dressing room, his bottle of champagne, his limo. He obviously had got it in his mind that he was going to be like Elvis and that the rest of us were HIS band.
The Kinks's keyboardist John Gosling, in the book "Ray Davies, not like everyone else". pp 153
I was ushering here in Los Angeles at the "Vogue Theater", that's how I supported myself before I started acting, and about ten o'clock one night a Mercedes Benz 600 Limo bigger than this room, with Elvis in it, pulled up. And I guess at one point in his life Elvis must have made a deal with God, that God would let him be Elvis if Elvis promised he never let anyone forget seeing him. And I say this because when he got out of the Mercedes he was decked out in such a way that, you know, Priscilla Presley is a beautiful woman, right? And she was standing next to him, right? Well, I never saw her. I didn't see anybody and there were 24 people with him. As I was telling you earlier, I was in show business since I was a kid and I was never thrown by any celebrity, but when I saw him walking towards me, I went limp. I froze. And all I could say was "It's the King, It's the King, It's the King, the King's here". And he said, "Thank you very much..."
Actor and comedian Bruno Kirby when asked by a caller watching Tom Snyder's "Late Late Night New year's Show, on 31 December 1995, to recall the time he met Elvis Presley, in 1968.
This mission, or the extension of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) will let implement such provisions of the Minsk agreement as the disarmament of illegal armed groups, the formation, monitoring and verification of the withdrawal of Russian troops and military hardware, ensure distribution of humanitarian aid, ensure proper conditions for local elections under the OSCE standards. I urge the Security Council once again to take the lead in establishing such a mission. Just two weeks ago, we exchanged a Russian major for one of our hostages. Of course, the Russian side can also claim that Elvis is alive, but no amount of lies will change the facts."
Pavlo Klimkin, Ukraine's Foreign Minister, in his speech at the UN Security Council on the the Russian/Ukraine question, as delivered on December 12, 2015
My favorite aspect of Presley's career was whatever day it was when he recorded “Suspicious Minds".
Essayist Chuck Klosterman, from a 2009 interview with Clayton Trutor of SB Nation, and re-published there on February 1, 2018.
My first association is Elvis. I was so shocked when I read that he was 42 when he died. That's so young. How can I be older than Elvis when he died? He was the only American that everyone knew in our culture. My father loved him, and it's what we grew up with. He was this godlike creature. The day he died, I was nine. I remember taking the bus to school and someone said ‘Elvis is dead’. And everyone kept saying it: ‘Elvis is dead, Elvis is dead, Elvis is dead’. We didn't cry, because we were too young, but it made such an impression. I can't think of anyone with that kind of influence now.
Karl Ove Knausgaard, (b. 1968), Norway's best selling novelist, in an article published by the Irish Times on September 2, 2017.
I'm in awe of people who've accomplished wonderful things and succeed. It was really something when I met Walter Payton. He was just the most humble person that I had ever met and I just met Beyoncé and I really have a lot of respect and admiration for her and the success that she's had. And when I ran across Elvis Presley"
Gladys Knight, when asked to name people she had had the desire to meet, then got her wish and absolutely loved it, as twitted to New York Jets' Coach Todd Bowles, in an article published by the New York Post on September 25, 2015.
Watching Elvis perform on the Ed Sullivan Show with my father, I saw how he looked at me, with real horror, that I liked it. Elvis Presley was a beautiful young person whose recordings were just colossally great. But basically the best stuff he ever did was on the Sun record label.
Mark Knopfler, singer and guitarist for the band Dire Straits, for elvisblog
I'm working with a studio in the US from January. So maybe mid-year there might be something.
Nick Knowles, English television personality, in connection with his having turned down movie roles in the past, but hoping that his dream of one day making a film retracing Elvis's steps may come true, as published in the December 12, 2018 online edition of the Mirror.
Last night, at the House of Commons, there was no quorum. Out of our 259 members only 37 were present. The missing ones went with their kids to see Elvis.
Stanley Knowles, Canadian parliamentarian, in an interview with the Ottawa Citizen, as reported on April 4, 1957, the day after Elvis concert in Ottawa.
It's not that President Trump can't win a “war” with Steve Bannon. He can, but if the president is Elvis to Bannon's Ozzy Osborne, well, Ozzy still has his fans.
Keith Koffler, writing for Politico on the future of the Republican Party after the split between Pres. Trump and former WH adviser Bannon, in an article entitled "Steve Bannon is not done yet", as published on 3 January, 2018-
i) Yes, I really love Elvis He is the best and a class by himself when he sings rock or ballads or any type of songs. I never get tired of listening no matter how many times I hear him over more than 40 years in my life. Above all, I like his songs, say, ‘I Want You, I Need You, I Love You’ and ‘Hawaiian Wedding Song’. I almost forgot to say this: my birthday is January 8, the same day of Elvis. ii) Love me tender, love me true...
Japanese PM Junichiro Koizumi's letter to the EP Fan Club of Japan ii) his response to the members of the international press, who asked him to sing a few lines of any Elvis song to President and Mrs. George Bush during their visit to Graceland and which, by virtue of their meeting there, became the only private home in America other than the White House and any of the Presidential retreats to host an official meeting between a sitting President of the United States and the head of a foreign Government.
At a time when men of color and white men could not drink out of the same water fountain, my great friend the late Otis Blackwell and Elvis were rocking the world. Now, I'm trying to bring us some new music from Otis, made today in today's feel, but sort of "old school meets new". It's gonna be another 'All Shook Up,' another 'Return To Sender,' I am thanking anyone and everyone right now, because we are going to be a team and do this, and do this together. It was never about color, it wasn't about status, it was about the music.
Earl Toon, of Kool & the Gang, speaking in an article for CW33, published on December 16, 2016.
Do what you can to ensure your baby enters the world in the month of January. That's apparently when the brightest and best are most likely to surface, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Social Sciences. Luminaries like Jeff Bezos, legendary physicist Stephen Hawking, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, NHL great Wayne Gretzky, and such celebrities as David Bowie, Oprah Winfrey and Elvis Presley were all born in January.
Gene Kosowan, for Babygaga' s Jan 16, 2019 edition, in an article entitled "Babies Born In January Have Better Chances At Prosperous Careers",
Elmer nodded hello — we were the only ones at the cementery — and he took that as an invitation to shuffle over, his generous smile emphasizing how glad he was to meet me. After some small talk, I was anxious to be alone so I could have a silent conversation with my grandmother and he obliged, walking away. This second encounter at the cemetery seemed uncanny. Sorry that I'd brushed him off the first time, I engaged the conversation, learning about his wife, who had passed in 1985. When he jumped to describing how he liked making cheesecake topped with strawberries, his blue eyes brightened. I found him charming. As I left, I told him I'd look forward to running into him again sometime. On my next visit to the cemetery, I was startled: on my grandmother's headstone hung a clear plastic baggie, attached with duct tape, holding a note. In sloppy cursive, above a phone number, it read: “I’m getting things to make cheesecake for you. Call me. Elmer.” Although I had never met an elderly man in the cemetery to receive a homemade cheesecake, I didn't hesitate. His generosity toward my family and me quickly progressed. He volunteered to plant flowers at my grandmother's grave to replace my artificial flowers. He started leaving surprise deliveries on our front porch every week: pumpkins for the kids, treats for our dog, birdseed and Elvis Presley commemorative coins. Gradually, he scaled back on both deliveries and expectations. Some people we pull into our orbit and others, like Elmer, make a surprise landing with flares. For five years, he and I remained friends. A year ago, at 87, he passed away...
Larissa Kosmos in an essay for Cleveland Magazine as published on their December 24, 2018 edition and entitled "A Mourning Man Makes Room For A Friend"
In a sudden gesture of respect in Las Vegas, Elvis Presley had taken the robe off his back and given it to Ali...
Mark Kram, writing about Ali and Elvis in Ghosts of Manila, his searing reexamination of the Ali legend.
When I turned 14, in 1989, I moved to Moscow and discovered the life of underground bohemia, it was the Perestroika years and I became involved with a counterculture circle of Soviet hipsters. We called ourselves “Stilyagi", were all (finally) allowed to listen to Elvis Presley and went to Viktor Tsoi’s concerts.
Anton Krasovsky Russian politician, the first open LGBTQ member to ever run for office, in his case in the September 2018 elections and for the post of Mayor of Moscow, on how he became an Elvis fan in spite of his having been banned there even beyond his death in 1977, as published by the Daily Beast on June 27, 2018.
Beyond the ambiance, it really is all about the wine, the so-called "one-off" reds, whites and rosés all bottled with artistic labels sold at the winery, online, and as part of Tank Garage's wine club. The production facility doesn't host customers but they do have a special guest in there: Elvis!! They have installed a 40-foot mural of Elvis Presley overlooking the cellar and they often ask themselves while putting together the blends, 'What would Elvis do?
Melissa Kravitz, focussing on the Tank Garage, a hidden winery inside a California gas station, as published on December 6, 2016
On October 28th, 1956. Elvis Presley, who, just a month earlier, had set the world record for most viewed telecast in TV history, takes the stage of the Ed Sullivan Show for the second time. He gyrates through “Don’t Be Cruel,” shakes out “Hound Dog” thus cementing himself in the collective memory of an entire generation one shake, rattle and roll at a time. On October 29th, 1956 the L.A Times columnist Dick Williams writes, “Sexhibitionist Elvis Presley has come at last in person to a visibly palpitating, adolescent female Los Angeles to give all the little girls’ libidos the jolt of their lives.” And while Elvis’ three performances on Ed Sullivan are all well-situated in the pantheon of American music history, Williams thought little of it, concluding, “If any further proof were needed that what Elvis offers is not basically music but a sex show, it was provided last night.” Presley, sober and Christian, saw his act as art. To Williams it was pornography. Elvis was dancing to his own music, consumed with passion. Williams wasn't even listening.
Eric Krebs, a sophomore at Yale in 2019, and the Valedictorian at NY's Xavier in 2017, in an article entitled "With your eyes closed", and as published in the Yale Daily Newsʼ February 25, 2019 edition.
Love songs are like a fairy tale, but a musical form. Any love songs that are old school, but have a nostalgic feeling to them, I love. My favorite is Elvis ' Can't Help Falling in Love. It's such a romantic song, Whenever you listen to it, it gives you that warm feeling inside, very comforting, that you could find somebody that loves you that much one day.
Country singer Maddison Krebs, for Western Wheel, as published on February 14, 2018, in an article entitled Musicians share their favourite love songs
It's almost like seeing Elvis.
Kristen Krikorian, on meeting Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, as told to Kathleen E. Carey, of the Delaware County Daily Times on September 24, 2016.
When I was first becoming a songwriter, I never would have dreamed that Elvis would sing not just one of my songs but three of them and with so much soul. I feel a lot of gratitude for that.
Kris Kristofferson as noted in www.IHeartElvis.net
It was King Creole, the title of an Elvis movie from 1958, morphing with a south London accent into “King Krule".
English rapper King Krule, at age 23, explaining how he came up with his stage name, as published by the Ringer on 12 October 2017.
Thanks to Aretha Franklin and Elvis Presley, Aug. 16 forever will be known, to quote a song from my youth, as the day the music died. We don't agree about much as a country and a people now. We find some of the silliest reasons imaginable to turn disagreements into arguments, arguments into fights, fights into brawls and brawls into wars. But most of us did agree about Elvis. And Aretha. More important, we agreed that we wanted to live in a country where stories like theirs were possible.We wanted an America in which the son of an ex-convict Southern sharecropper and day laborer could vault from working as a truck driver to becoming a king. And we wanted a land in which a black, teenage, unwed mother could leap from being in the choir in her father's church to becoming a queen. Elvis and Aretha became royalty the same way – through hard work, by breaking down barriers and by being talented. So talented. Perhaps it was a coincidence that they both died on Aug. 16. Maybe it was a quirk of fate. Possibly a message from the universe. All I know is that, for a lot of us, that date will be the day the music died, the anniversary of when the King and the Queen left us. Long may they reign.
John Krull, Director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism, in an article entitled "A farewell to the Queen" , on the day after the passing away of Aretha Franklin, as noted on an NBC's WTHR Editorial
I was born in the fifties so it's part of my fabric. These were some of the things I had in common with Lemmy, from Motörhead although Lemmy was ten years older and I think he was quite shocked to hear about some of the the music that I listened to because he was going, “How did you know about that?” And the reason that I knew is because I had an older brother and sister. So by the time I was two or three years old, I'm hearing this stuff on their record player and on the radio. My first conscious song that I can remember is “All Shook Up,” by Elvis Presley. I loved that song, really loved that song, and that's my first recollection of music and I just don't know why. It was like I was just attracted to it and I can recall that.
Steve "Lips" Kudlow founder of the Canadian band Anvil, explaining how he was first influenced by rock music in an interview with Leslie Michele, as published by Glide Magazine on January 15, 2018 and entitled "ANVIL GOES 41 YEARS STRONG WITH ‘POUNDING THE PAVEMENT.
I started my DJ career nearly 75 years ago in San Francisco, and am still playing the oldies but goodies. In fact I’ve loved radio all my life and I still do, even if things have changed radically since I lured Elvis and Natalie Wood to Scrivner’s drive-in at the corner of Sunset and Cahuenga.
DJ Art Laboe, who coined the phrase "oldies but goodies", as told to columnist Patt Morrison for the LA Times, and published there on December 27, 2017
He was as poor, or more poor than we were and lived around the corner from me. He had an old beat-up guitar and was pretty good with it, even back then. We also played sandlot football and he played with us Negroes all the time. In fact, I clearly recall seeing Elvis and BB King on a street corner playing together during their hungry days. And (all of ) that was before the world knew there was an Elvis Presley.
Fred Lackland, African American student at Booker T Washington High School in Memphis, TN, in an article published by the Jackson Advocate on July 27th, 1957 and entitled "Elvis Presley's start with negroes in Memphis told"
Do you think I'm at that level? It's within sight. Well, then, that's more terrifying that you think that."
Singer, songwriter Lady Gaga's exchange with Brian Hiatt, who had interviewed her in Nashville, TN, where they had discussed the twin fates of Michael Jackson and Elvis, in an article published on RollingStone on June 9, 2011
My childhood hero was Elvis Presley and I wanted to emulate his look
Bappi Lahiri, Indian music composer, director, actor and record producer, in an interview with The Indian Express published on July 01, 2018
Number one for me and no one else comes close; ignore for a second that Presley was the most beautiful human being of all time and that he was easily the most electric performer ever; in his prime, he could sing anything (rock, opera, metal, soul, blues, country – no problem); all the wonks will tell you he did his best work at Sun Records, but for me his immense '50s RCA output is so explosive that it puts everyone else to shame; it’s not just that Elvis had an amazing instrument, no one ever had so much fun putting it to use; whirling back and forth from low to high, from raspy to angelically pretty, the only singer ever that could take any song and transform it into something that sounded like it came from somewhere else, a galaxy or two away.
Brad Laidman, music writer for BLOGCRITICS, reviewing RollingStone Magazine's listing of the 100 "Greatest Singers of all time", as published on 17 November, 2008
Perhaps the only other voice to touch me (Luciano Pavarotti's voice being the first), was the voice of Elvis Presley; to watch him perform as I did along with Carl (Palmer), and Keith (Emerson), both in 1971 and again later in 1976 was an absolutely awesome and breathtaking experience; like Pavarotti, Presley had the power to reduce most people to tears very quickly and indeed to move them to think very carefully about their inner spiritual beliefs; as far as singing is concerned, the human voice is a matter of the expression of passion in the understanding of the human condition and, upon seeing both of them perform, I very quickly came to realise that they were each capable of expressing more feeling, with their voices, than I had ever thought possible.
Greg Lake, lead singer and bass player for the UK progressive rock super-group "Emerson, Lake and Palmer", as published on www.greglake.com, on September 7, 2007.
They come here because they want and if they're still shopping at closing time, we don't make them leave. We accommodate our guests. They have driven so many miles and they want to see where it all began. Through the long years, I have learned it's usually best to treat celebrities visiting as regular people. When Steven Tyler and Joe Perry were here, they were in ball caps and we just let them look around. Albert II, Prince of Monaco was happy to have his photograph taken, while Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg preferred no photos. Dolly Parton was practically unrecognizable in a cap and blue jeans.
Rhonda Lamb, Assistant Director of the Elvis Presley Birthplace, in Tupelo, MS, in an article published on the Daily Journal on September 25, 2017.
Elvis had an impact on everyone. Elvis and The Beatles. Both of those artists are the reason most of us are musicians, those of us that come along in the late ’60s and early ’70s. I can’t remember if I heard him first, or if I saw his performance on the “Ed Sullivan Show” first. But I had all of his 45s as a kid in the 1950s — “Hound Dog,” Heartbreak Hotel" — all of them.
Robert Lamm, keyboardist, singer and songwriter a founding member of the pop rock band Chicago Transit Authority, as published at the Chicago Sun Herald on 30 October, 2017.
My wife and I passed him in the hallway and were impressed by how good he looked, the handsomest guy we ever saw. Minutes later, he went into Barbra Streisand's dressing room. Years later she revealed in an unpublished interview the extraordinary scene that followed. She was alone, sitting at her dressing table when Elvis, whom she had never met, entered. After Elvis closed the door behind him, he said simply, "Hi," and an awkward silence followed. Suddenly he reached over and picked up a bottle of red nail polish from the vanity table. Without a word, he fell to one knee, took Barbra's hand in his and began, slowly and painstakingly, to apply the bright crimson varnish to Barbra's tapering fingernails. The intimacy of the gesture, the supplication of it, stunned Barbra, who stared in fascination as Elvis worked, and when he finished, she mumbled "Thank you."
Don Lamond, as told to James Spada (pp 244-245 of Spada's bio, "Streisand: Her Life" 1995, Crown Publishing.
Elvis really bestowed himself on his fans, thus making himself worthy of a Nobel Prize as well.
Larry Kassirer Lancaster, in a letter to the Editor of the Buffalo News, dated 17 December 2016, in response to an article entitled Dylan was richly deserving of the Nobel Prize for Literature
There is something magical about watching a man who has lost himself find his way back home... He sang with the kind of power people no longer expect from rock 'n' roll singers. While he sings in a lower voice than ever -and what I liked about the early records was that beautifully vulnerable high voice-, he opened his Boston concert (1971) with "That's Alright Mama" (1954), singing it with enough verve to scare the unsuspecting. It was his very first record, and although it doesn't sound quite the same as when he did it 17 years ago at the Sun studios in Memphis, I was moved by the fact that he was doing it at all. It was a tour de force of theatrics, professionalism, and, happily, music. (In fact), he sings so well, the audience hesitates to press him for more, his purpose being to please himself by pleasing them, never to please them by pleasing himself.
Jon Landau, for "Rolling Stone" magazine, reviewing his November 10, 1971, concert at the Boston Garden.
My roots are deep regardless. I was truly blessed because it's such a rich area for music — a lot of the traditional music, of course, with both Cajun and zydeco, but all the generations that have come up, especially the younger groups, have one foot in the past and one very much in future, and they're doing their own thing with it. In fact, all music was special to me. It was just magical. I was very much hooked by music from Day 1. Elvis Presley was the reigning king coming up when I was still living in Jackson, MS. And then moving here to LA, in addition to whatever was on the radio, there was always, like, a new business opening up, and they'd have Cajun bands play. They also had their own TV shows on Saturdays, and I'd watch those. I was definitely snakebit. Especially with the guitar, obviously.
Sonny Landreth, describing his early blues influeces, in an interview with Roger Catlin of the Washington Post published on December 29, 2016.
His chest and his heart were OK, and he had a fever caused by a significant ear infection, but it never entered my mind that he would shortly die. He was very, very cordial, that is what I remember the most about him.
Dr Hypolite Landry, recalling the time, in the afternoon of March 31, 1977, when he was called by the Mayor of Baton Rouge to confirm that Elvis, then staying at the Baton Rouge Hilton, was too sick to perform that night at LSU, as was the case, and as explained in an interview beamed on December 9, 2018 with radio personality Jim Engster's WRKF "Talk Louisiana"show.
He was a wonderful person, and a lovely man to kiss. During the movie shoot, we did it (kiss) in the morning, in the afternoon and at night. He is a wonderful person, you can't define him in one line
Actress Jocelyn Lane, Austria born, UK national who co-starred with Elvis on "Tickle me" and later became a Princess after marrying Prince Alfonso zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg, the Holy Roman Emperor descendant known throughout the world for the promotion of the Spanish resorts of Marbella and the Costa del Sol, in an interview in 1965, with Dick Clark for American bandstand
He had total love in his eyes when he performed. He was the total androgynous beauty. I would practice Elvis in front of the mirror when I was twelve or thirteen years old."
k.d. lang, as published in www.graceland.com
We were out to dinner one night, with my husband and brother in law, and someone at the bar said he had just passed away, and it really, really, really ruined my night, everything. He was the biggest star that has ever been in the world.
Sue Ane Langdon, who co-starred in two films with Elvis, in a 1992 interview with Joan Rivers.
In 1956, I bought my Elvis records at Duvan Music in downtown Sioux City. They had a booth there where you could sit and listen to the record before you bought it. I had 'em all. So did every kid at Central High. So my friend and I bought tickets for the May 23 Elvis concert, the cheapest ones. It was a mob. It took a half-hour for us to squeeze and wedge our way to the stage. It may have been warm in there, I don't know but all I remember is the electricity. He came out there with a saunter like he knew what he was doing, singing 'Mystery Train' first and all you could hear was the first words 'Train a ride'. After that, it was just bedlam, and screaming, along with Elvis and his two musicians. And he was so cool, rebellion in the flesh. I mean who grows his hair long like that? And shakes his butt? We loved him. I played harmonica at the time, was almost 17 and he was only 21, not much difference. I just stood there with my mouth open thinking, my God, this guy has picked up on something. He had charisma, the crowd in the palm of his hand. His musical ability had a lot to do with it, he wasn't just a pretty face. I used to listen to the blues on black radio stations at night and I said, 'This guy's a black musician in a white man's body. Elvis had a real strong sense of gospel and was just fascinated with gospel groups.
Jack Langley, a Central High School student in 1956 who took up music as a way of life after attending Elvis' May 23, 1956 concert, as published in the Sioux City Journal on August 18, 2002
I was walking through a narrow hallway past Elvis’ dressing room, right after a show when I saw a movie star type a bit further up the hallway. He turned around and it was Cary Grant. He loved Elvis. Anyways he looked up at me, and with that English accent he says: “Here’s the drummer! Is it ‘Bob’? Oh boy, I loved your drumming so much. It was a pleasure to meet you, Bob!”. I remember calling my brother, who’s also an actor, and saying: “You are NOT going to believe this!. Anyways, of all the other artists that I have worked for, he was so professional and at the same time so loving. Elvis was such a good guy, a really good person. I think it was easy for him to be that way, because he was so talented, very confident, and perhaps that gave him a generosity of spirit. Usually it’s the lesser talents that have certain ugly character traits, probably because they are not as confident. But Elvis was just wonderful.
Drummer Bob Lanning, on how well he was treated by celebrities he met during the time he played drums for Elvis, and on how Elvis exuded confidence and love, in an interview with Rock Legend, as published on the FECC webpage-
I was awed by "the presence" and was a wonderful caring person and he was fit, slender and couldn't be nicer to me. It was really wonderful...
Angela Lansbury, detailing her relationship with Elvis during the filming of Blue Hawaii.
I'll tell you something, last Christmas I saw Elvis do something. The Salvation Army kettle at Main and Beale Streets wasn't getting any money. Elvis watched the people passing by for a while not putting money in, then he went over and put a bill in, then he began to cut up and told the people 'Let's help the poor folks out so they can at least have a Christmas dinner'. He got complete strangers to smile and then the money started dropping. So, give the boy a break. Memphis will be proud of him. He's a grand boy. I'm 53 and I grew up in the Jazz Age, so we never thought much about the Charleston or the Black Bottom crazes. I don't like rock and roll, but Elvis is different. They talk about juvenile delinquency and here is a boy who didn't have much except what was inside himself. He just has Rhythm in him and it has to come out. I think he has done a pretty good job of lifting himself. He's full of life and already I can see the rough edges being smoothed out. That dance he does, nobody said anything when Marguerite Piazza did the 'St. Louis Blues'.
Joyce Lansky, wife of Bernard Lansky of Lansky Brothers, Memphis Beales Street- clothiers for numerous celebrities, most notably Isaac Hayes and Elvis Presley, talking to Memphis reporter Robert Johnson in an article published in 1956.
I have everything ever done by Elvis, I have all his master recordings. And if you go to my home,it's like a museum there...
Sergio Lapegüe, Argentinean television host and music personality whose only son was named after Presley, in an interview with Martha Legrand, shown on November 19, 2019.
All we ever heard about back in the fifties was the space race and how we were lagging behind the Russians. That and Elvis
Stephen Lapekas, the subject of a cover of LIFE magazine on the status of Education in both the US and the USSR published on March 24 1958, on the exact day Elvis entered the US Army.
Steve Allen's ethics were questionable from the start. He fouled Presley, a fair-minded judge would say, by dressing him in white tie and tails. This is a costume often seen on star performers at funerals, but only when the deceased has specifically requested it in his will. Elvis made no such request—or for that matter, no will. He was framed. It was a gag from which no ordinary twitching vocalist ... could be expected to recover. Elvis recovered. As he left the hall, more dead than alive, he found the street hip-deep in bobby-soxers. And he bloomed like a rose, they tell me, and writhed again as of old.
John Lardner, writing about Elvis' strange appearance, on July 1, 1956, at the Steve Allen Show, for his Newsweek column's July 6, 1956 edition.
He is one of the great American icons. Rock'n'roll just kind of formed around him. Even Elvis called him the King.
Joe Lauro, Director of the documentary "The Big Beat, Fats Domino and the birth of Rock and Roll"' laud of Fats Domino, in an article published by The Guardian, on December 16, 2017.
When I came on the sound stage and met him for the first time, he was like a mannequin, sitting there, so still and I thought, “Wow they have a mannequin that looks just like Elvis!” He got up, shook hands with me, and said “Nice to know you, Sir.” He was just as polite and nice as he could be. We talked about a lot of different things. He was interested in karate, which I had studied with Chuck Norris many years before. He was also interested in many of the books and writings I was involved in. He told me about his reading of Gibran's The Prophet, as well as certain things I had no idea I was going to use later, years after he passed away. I did a lot of the things that he told me in the Kurt Russell TV biography, where I had to write in an annotated script, which meant you had to take note of where each thing came from in the margins (almost like a bibliography). The legal department didn't know how much could be done without being sued, so they wanted to have every part of it locked down. It was a lot of Elvis...
Producer Tony Lawrence, who met Elvis in Roustabout and again in Paradise Hawaiian Style,as published in Quora on July 14, 2014
The year was 1956 and I was in grade 6. Elvis Presley made his first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show on TV and the music world was changed forever. Our school music appreciation teacher, Mr. Francis, was visibly upset, trying to teach us to love Brahms and Beethoven — but at recess, the girls would bring out a little record player and we'd hear Elvis. Mr. Francis responded by bringing an Elvis record to class, and using a hammer to smash it in front of us. He told us the music of the masters would live forever, but by next year at this time, this flash in the pan — Elvis Presley — would never be heard of again. Now, fast forward to yesterday where a paper cup Elvis drank from back in a 1956 outdoor performance just sold for more than $3,300. Maybe fittingly, it was bought by the owner of the "Icon Hotel" near London, England. What do I learn from this? I doubt some of today's entertainment will stand the test of time, but I keep watching for paper cups. Let me know what you think.
Bob Layton, Top Canadian newscaster and News Director at 630CHED in an editorial entitled "Don’t be cruel", and published on January 21, 2018.
I was starting in the movies, had no money then, he knew it, so after liking a few of the stunts we did in "Blue Hawaii" he gave me a US$100 bill which I used to have a great meal, a filet mignon, and pay the rent. Had I saved it, and asked him to autograph it, I would have made US$100,000 on that US$100 note. He was a great guy.
Gene LeBell martial artist, instructor, stunt performer, and professional wrestler who appeared in two of Elvis' films, for an "MMA's One on One" interview.
It seems almost inexplicable that the human race, with its ravenous appetite for entertainment, should have failed over so many decades to produce another Callas and Elvis. Neither Pavarotti nor Madonna come close, nor ever will. The desperate efforts of a universal music industry have yielded nothing more enduring than Cecilia Bartoli, the mini-voiced mezzo who tops the opera charts, and the high-kicking, faintly archaic Kylie Minogue, who belongs more to the smiley era of the Andrews Sisters than to the grim virtual reality of Bill Gates. In fact, when we commemorate the Presley and Callas anniversaries, one month apart, we confirm a catastrophic failure of cultural renewal.
Norman Lebrecht, for the Evening Standard
Despite the name and best-known (striped t-shirt) scenes, Elvis' "Jailhouse Rock" is not really a “prison flick.” His character does go to jail, where he discovers his musical prowess and pursues it once he gets out, but his journey to stardom proves even more challenging than his time behind bars. His James Dean-ish “bad boy” character makes bad choices, and it all leads to an obvious journey of redemption. But this one ain't about the story; it's about the exhilarating music and its star, whose charisma was so off the charts that it was quite fittingly criminal.
Lina Lecaro, US radio host, in an article for the Consequence of Sound and entitled "The 50 greatest rock and roll movies", published on September 26, 2018.
He never lost that Southern, genteel, gentlemanly persona. Of course, that came from his mother. I loved that about him. He was that way to the end
Singer Brenda Lee, whose 1st appearance at the Grand Ole Opry had Presley, then the world's biggest star, in the audience as reported by the Tennessean on December 16, 2015
What was once a tiny town of considerable character is now 6 times it size. Guess what: They are trying to turn me into a tourist attraction like Graceland and Elvis Presley."
Pulitzer Prize laureate Harper Lee, speaking about her home town, Monroeville, Alabama, in an article published posthumously on the SF Gate's Aug. 20, 2007 edition.
I remember the first time I saw him on TV, when he burst upon the music scene like a blazing comet and the indescribably powerful impact he had on the youth of the nation -and the world."
Stan Lee, in an interview for the 35th anniversary of Elvis'passing
The spirit of Elvis is way bigger than the music. I don't know how many Elvis records I actually bought. It wasn't my generation, but the spirit, the attitude, the vibe, the cool of Elvis? Elvis had many phases, many stages. Depending on who you are and how old — are you military Elvis with the perfect complexion? Were you beginning Elvis when he upset everybody with [imitates Presley's voice]? Or were you end-stage Elvis, which frankly, I enjoy that as much.
David Lee Roth, frontman for the band Van Halen, in an interview with blabbermouth and published on 8 August 2015 and entitled DAVID LEE ROTH On VAN HALEN's Future: 'I Wouldn't Hold My Breath'
Backstage at Washington DC's Shakespeare Theatre Company’s two locations — the Lansburgh Theatre and Sidney Harman Hall — actors and crew members maintain elaborate shrines to a creative icon. Not the Bard, but Elvis Presley. The tradition started one night in 1989. During a performance of “The Beggar’s Opera,” stage manager James Latus heard a loud sound during the show and asked his assistant, Audrey Brown, if she knew who was responsible. “Uh, um, uh…Elvis!” (In fact) Brown, a Memphis native, refused to rat out the real culprit, which led Latus to take the joke to its natural conclusion and create a full-blown shrine, consisting of a tasteful Elvis postcard and candle. Actors and crew people started donating items for good luck. When the company moved to the Lansburgh Theatre in the 1990s, the Elvis shrine came, too. Around this time, the theater received a letter from then-First Lady Hillary Clinton’s press secretary. They were planning to come see a show, but they wouldn’t have time to visit the shrine. The letter was promptly framed and added to the shrine. But when the Clintons showed up, Hillary insisted on making a pilgrimage. The shrine now holds a photo of her pointing at the copy of her press secretary’s letter. Latus said he’d like to see an Elvis-inspired Shakespeare adaptation one day. His vote is for “King Lear,” while Cox would like to see an Elvis “Macbeth”. Both, of course, are tragedies. The Shakespeare Theatre doesn't have any Elvis-themed projects in the works right now, but maybe, with enough prayers at the shrine, some day it will happen.
Mikaela Lefrak, in an article appearing at American University's radio website page ̽(WAMU 98.5 FM), in which she explains the Washington, DC Shakespeare Theatre Company's unique decision to maintain an Elvis shrine in both of their locations, as published on November 6, 2018.
I wanted to channel my inner Elvis...
John Legend, R&B singer, in an interview about the 50th Anniversary of the 1968 NBC Special, in which he will sing, inter-alia, "A little less conversation"
He had an incredible, attractive instrument that worked in many registers; he could falsetto like Little Richard, his equipment was outstanding, his ear uncanny, and his sense of timing second to none; (in short) he could sing. And when it came to the blues, Elvis knew his stuff, his knowledge being almost encyclopedic. Mike (Stoller) and I were blown away. In fact, the conversation got so enthusiastic at the studio that Mike and Elvis sat down at the piano and started playing four-handed blues. He definitely felt our passion for the real roots material and shared that passion with all his heart. Just like that, we fell in love with the guy. ‘Let’s get started,’ Elvis said. ‘Let’s cut some records.’ And then we jumped right into ‘Jailhouse Rock"
Jerry Leiber, who with Mike Stoller, co-wrote some of the greatest R&R and Pop hits of the 50's and early 60's, speaking about the recording session which yielded, inter alia, the title song for the movie "Jailhouse Rock" in their autobiography "Hound Dog".
Elvis's music is the one true gift he's left behind, and it is continually being shared with the world. The music will never die, but apart from that, it's the other intangible things that keep him alive- his love, his laughter, his films, all the photos that we see and have access to will keep him alive, for generations to come. The last time I saw him, In 1974, he did put in a great show.
Actress Barbara Leigh, from her autobiography "The King, McQueen and the Love Machine"
He looked, sounded like anyone on the planet in 1956
Spencer Leigh, BBC presenter and author, in an interview with the BBC on July 9, 2018.
i) Elvis was the thing. Whatever people say, he was it. I was not competing against Elvis, Rock happened to be the media I was born into. He was the one, that's all. Those people who picked paint brushes like Van Gogh, probably wanted to be Renoir, or whoever went before him. I wanted to be Elvis. ii) Before Elvis, there was nothing.
John Lennon's i) words of appreciation, as read posthumously by his son Julian on his own behalf and that of his younger brother Sean, both of whom were chosen by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to induct Presley in 1986 ii) as published in www.graceland.com
I would show people and it felt like bragging rights. The public was like fascinated when they saw all the presidential cars: Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower. Now, we have a large collection of Abraham Lincoln cars that I am proud of because we are in the Land of Lincoln. Then I got into stuff like Elvis Presley....
Wayne Lensing, founder and curator of the Historic Auto Attraction Museum, in Roscoe, KY, telling station WREX how he expanded from owning Presidential limos, to Elvis' 1972 Lincoln Continental Mark IV, as detailed on their August 27, 2021 edition,
Ali was my idol, Bruce Lee was my idol, Sugar Ray Robinson was my idol and Elvis Presley was my idol, so I combined those 4 to make Sugar Ray Leonard.
Ray Leonard, explaining how the making of his persona was influenced by two boxers, a martial artist and one Elvis Presley.
In any case, there's something beautifully uncomfortable at the root of the vocal style that defines the pop era, the simplest example coming at the moment of the style's inception, i.e. Elvis Presley: at first, listeners thought that the white guy was a black guy and it's not too much of an exaggeration to say that when Ed Sullivan's television show tossed this disjunction into everyone's living rooms, American culture was thrilled by it, but also a little deranged, in ways that we haven't gotten over yet; ultimately, the nature of the vocals in post-Elvis popular music is the same as the role of the instrumental soloist in jazz; that's to say, if it isn't pushing against the boundaries of its form, at least slightly, it isn't doing anything at all; so, we judge popular vocals since 1956 by what the singer unearths that the song itself could never quite, and (this) explains why Elvis is always rock, even when singing "Blue Moon"
Excerpted from the lead article by Jonathan Lethem, as published on Rolling Stone's magazine's December 2008 issue, honoring the 100 greatest singers in the Rock era, in an article entitled "What Makes a Great Singer"
I started looking around for new acts—like some country-and-western people. I tracked Presley down in New Orleans and spoke to his manager Tom Parker. I told him we'd like to use Elvis on several shows. He was thrilled to death. I booked Elvis for the following Saturday. I bought him for four shows for a total of five thousand dollars. Presley's national debut on Stage Show was like nothing that anyone had ever seen before on national television. It was the raw against the cooked, postwar prosperity versus prewar propriety, an atomic burst of sexual vitality obliterating the palled remnants of Depression-era glamour. The sloe-eyed Presley had a leering smile while his body gyrated with unabashed sexuality. A strong country blues sense emanated from the handsome young singer ... whose forelock drooped over his face, added to his allure. Elvis Presley was rock ’n’ roll, which was suddenly embraced by the emerging generation as its own music. Its sound shattered the complacency of the 1950s and broke the ground for the anti-establishment culture coming in the following decades And with its visual impact, television would suddenly cause the look of a musical artist to become almost as important as the content of his or her music. His arsenal of bumps and grinds again alternately shocked, terrified, and delighted the television audience. He had nothing to learn from Tommy Dorsey musically.
Peter Levinson, as told to Tino Barzie, Tommy Dorsey's band manager and published in elvis-history on September 12, 2011.
As our Chief Investment Officer opined on the morning after the Brexit vote, in the aftermath of the financial crisis, perhaps it shouldn't come as a surprise that uninspiring economic outcomes lead to unexpected political outcomes— or at least those considered outside the mainstream... So, with apologies to Elvis Presley, 59 million Donald Trump voters and 13 million Bernie Sanders supporters can't be wrong.
Brian Levitt, Senior Investment Strategist and Paul Blease, Director of CEO Advisor Institute, as published on Forbes' edition of 12 November, 2016
It sounds trite,contrived, but that was like the Holy Grail. The light went off. This spark led me on a musical journey that took me from running around my house as a boy wearing Elvis-inspired cardboard sideburns glued to my face, to receiving a birthday kiss from Elvis' wife, Priscilla Presley, at the Box Tops' induction ceremony into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in November of 2018.
Rick Levy, guitarist for the Box Tops, a Memphis,TN band, recalling his first moment as a rock enthusiast, as noted in the Island Now's February 22,2019 edition.
Well, I don't know. But they had Katharine Kersten and me and two liberals in rotation. Now they don't. Although I will have a column on Elvis in there pretty soon. It's called, “Why Elvis Still Matters.” I love Elvis. But, in fairness to the Star Tribune, they have been exceedingly open-­minded. And so has the Pioneer Press for that matter.
Jason Lewis, in an interview with the Minnesota Post and in reference to the Star Tribune, where Lewis worked for many years, as published in the Minnesota Post on September 2, 2015.
I said, ‘Elvis, I’m going to ask you one thing before we part company here. If you die, do you think you’d go to heaven or hell?’ And he got real red in the face, and then he got real white in the face, and he said, ‘Jerry Lee, don’t you ever say that to me again.
Jerry Lee Lewis, in an interview with Simon Hattenstone, for the Guardian, and published on 8 August 2015.
In the beginning, Elvis was like a tornado skipping erratically across the musical landscape, his talents raw, wild, and unfocused but within a short time he was able to rein in his vocals and become a master of both seductive nuance and mesmerizing bursts of energy. Scotty Moore was the perfectionist who worked to find musical counterpoint to Elvis's energetic vocals, setting a new standard for lead guitarists with his precise musical licks. Bassman Bill Black was the person who entertained Elvis and first showed him how to relate to the public. Finally, working in sync with Bill, drummer D.J. Fontana provided the rhythm that transformed high-energy, country-blues selections into rock 'n' roll. Whether the magic that occurred during the Sun Sessions was an accident or a logical amalgam of diverse musical talents, will be debated for years. What will not is the immense impact those sessions had not just on the genesis of rock 'n' roll, but on American culture itself, setting in motion social and political changes that ultimately redefined America in the eyes of the world.
The US Library of Congress's laud of Elvis's Sun recordings, on their 2002 inclusion into the National Registry and as written by James L. Dickerson
My wey, Blueberry Hill, Love me tender, The times they are changing and For all the girls I loved before.
Joe Lieberman citing his all time five songs in an interview with Don Imus on 18 Nov. 2011
I really got interested when I got into high school, about grade nine. I heard "Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley and I went and bought a guitar and so did a friend of mine. We both bought guitars and we practiced Elvis impersonations, way back when we were 15-years-old. And that was how I learned how to play the guitar. Elvis Presley has a great recording of my song "Early Morning Rain". He did such a good job on it too, and it was probably the most important recording that I have by another artist.
Gordon Lightfoot, answering interviewer Matt Wake on what got him interested in music,as published on the February 17, 2015 edition at Advanced Digital.
Growing up during the pre-rock ‘n’ roll era, I fell on the ground when I heard “Heartbreak Hotel" in 1956. I thought, ‘Man this is happening. Years later I met him while rehearsing for his ’68 Comeback Special. Our road manager was Jerry Williams, a promoter who knew Elvis so one June evening Jerry asked us to go down and see him. When we arrived between 9:30 and 10 o’clock that night, Elvis decided to take a break. He came out right on Sunset Boulevard, standing on the sidewalk leaning against the building. Jerry exclaimed, “You can’t stay out there!” And this is Elvis Presley, right? He looks like Elvis Presley. Elvis replied, “Look, nobody is gonna believe it’s really me”. It was the truth. We're just rapping back and forth. People came by, and they'd do a double take—‘Nah it can’t be Elvis’—and they'd walk on. Nobody will ever be like him. I would have given anything to have seen him at the Overton Park Shell [renamed the Levitt Shell] in Memphis when he was about 20 years old. Elvis rocked harder than almost anybody. If he's in heaven right now—and I'm sure he is—he's probably smiling as he looks down and says, “Look how many people are trying to do what I did”.
Singer Mark Lindsay formerly the leader of the 1960's group Paul Revere & the Raiders, as excerpted from in an interview given to the Examiner, and published on their online edition on 26 January, 2015.
Here is a nonchalant phenomenon whom, as yet, no one has accurately described, a young man who has an inherent ability to arouse mass hysteria (or should I say ecstasy?) wherever he goes, yet is unassuming and completely untouched by the fabulous success he has achieved almost overnight.
Bud Lilly Publicity director for the New Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas, in a letter to the Las Vegas SUN, which had requested the hotel management to provide the paper with more information on Presley, as published on April 26, 1956.
He's Elvis and the Beatles combined
About Rush Limbaugh's tremendous popularity, as quoted by Michael Harrison of Talkers Magazine in Ze'ev Chafet's book "An Army of One".
Two of Elvis Presley's favourite hobbies were watching TV and firing guns from his extensive collection. And occasionally he'd combine them to explosive effect. Whereas most viewers reach for the remote, the King of Rock and Roll had his own way of dealing with shows he didn't like, and the result was a graveyard of bullet-riddled TV sets behind his Graceland mansion. This particular set had originally sat in his daughter Lisa Marie's bedroom, until one night when Elvis was struggling to get a signal. Instead of getting it fixed, he shot a hole in it with a nearby handgun, and gave it to his nurse Letetia Henley to toss on the pile. However, she decided to test it first and found it had incredibly survived Elvis' wrath, so she gave it to her daughter instead. And more than 40 years later in August 2018, the set was offered for auction at Graceland – still in working order, and complete with the original bullet hole – where it sold for $4,000.
Simon Lindley for Collecting, in an article entitled "Ten Weirdest Auctions Stories of 2018" and as published on their December 12, 2018 online edition.
I saw him a couple of times at the Hilton, and the first time I went backstage, I talked to him for about an hour. He was a very shy, wonderful person. He asked me if I got recognized in public, and I said I did, but not like him. He said he couldnt go anywhere, so I told him to do what Bing Crosby does, wear an old sweater, grow a beard, whatever. And then he said, "Well, Mr. Little I couldnt do that.......... people wouldnt get any autographs LOL
Rich Little, in a Mesquite by Youtube published on 15 July, 2017
I had idolized him growing up, to me he was the sacred monster of rock'n' roll. And Elvis was equally intrigued by my performance in The Mod Squad, so he invited me to his show in Nevada. He once left me a poem scrawled on a torn-off scrap of paper on top of my pillow and gave me a ring with jewels shaped in the letter P....
Peggy Lipton, as noted in the book All the King̪s women
i) Elvis? Thank God for the goodness and the glory! I knew Elvis could do today what he's doing cos he's real. He's a champion who's has lived and kept the title, he's for real. Elvis is a southern child that is down to earth, he's beautiful just beautiful. I saw him, not too long ago, when I was singing I can't stop loving you on the stage, and I heard someone yelling and clapping, and I looked and I saw Elvis waving to me. He is true, a real pioneer ii) Like, see, when Elvis came out a lot of black groups would say, "Elvis cannot do so and so and so, shoo shoo shoo" And I'd say, "Shut up, shut up." Let me tell you this—when I came out they wasn't playing no black artists on no Top 40 stations, I was the first to get played on the Top 40 stations—but it took people like Elvis to open the door for this kind of music, and I thank God for Elvis Presley. I thank the Lord for sending Elvis to open that door so I could walk down the road, you understand?. iii) he was God given, an integrator, a blessing, they would not let black music through, a Messiah comes every thousand years and he was it this time. iv) Elvis was a good friend. One of the sweetest gentleman, and a good singer, ESPECIALLY with gospel.
Little Richard, i) NME 10-13 June 1969, referring to his engagement at the Aladdin in Las Vegas ii) in an interview with RollingStone's David Dalton, published in that magazine on May 28, 1970 iii) as published in http://www.elvis.net/whattheysay/theysayframe.html iiv) a nod from one gospel and soul singer to another, particularly as many rock and roll, R&B and soul singers from that era came from the church, from a 2010 jazz wax interview.
He closes with a song called "If I Can Dream," a late contribution from vocal arranger Walter Earl Brown -- a plea for peace and understanding that in the murderous year of 1968 had a timely urgency --; dressed all in white, planted before his name in lights forty feet high, he folds his body into the song as if in pain, a pain he means to kill with hope; it is as raw and real as any performance I've ever seen, the beginning of the last phase of Presley's career and, if much of what followed look like decline, it was also an apotheosis; he had only nine years to live.
Robert Lloyd, staff writer for the Los Angeles Times in his article entitled "The night Elvis reclaimed his crown", published on March 11, 2008, on the eve of the 40th Anniversary of his 1968 TV Special, and its special screening at Los Angeles' high Cinerama Dome.
Elvis Presley. He was just the complete package. It's sort of the original.
Josh Lloyd-Watson, founder of the UK band Jungle, answering, on October 1, 2018, the question posed by Steve Baltin of Forbes magazine, as to who is the greatest lead singer ever.
Elvis performed one of my songs but sadly he recorded it and that was the last thing he did. Therefore I killed him.”
Andrew Lloyd Webber, in reference to "It's easy for you" being the last song recorded by Elvis, in an interview on the Graham Norton Show
It's what Elvis Presley used to tell his fans every night. We might have played this song 2,000 times but there's a bunch of people out there who have never heard it played live.
Dennis Locorriere, former lead vocalist and guitarist of Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, explaining why he always plays his hits during concerts, in an article published by the Warrington Guardian on 25 September 2017.
He was the Neil Armstrong, the Edmund Hillary, the Elvis Presley of his sport. Sir Roger Bannister transcended athletics. He did...
Gabby Logan, the BBCTV Sports presenter and former Welsh_gymnast's laud of Sir Roger Bannister,the first athlete to ever run the mile in under 4 minutes, as discussed during the BBC's coverage of the World Indoor Championships on the day of his death, March 3, 2018
All right, all right, Elvis has left the building. I've told you absolutely straight up to this point. You know that. He has left the building. He left the stage and went out the back with the policemen and he is now gone from the building.
Music promoter Horace Logan, after Elvis's performance in Shreveport, Louisiana on December 15, 1956
I had two big brothers. One was into rockabilly and the other into R&B. And the latter was the one who turned me onto everything from James Brown and Little Richard on through Aretha. And so I had this, what I call two ‘cradle’ languages and they somehow — I've spent my whole career trying to find that middle ground where I could blend the two. Now, being the first kid in my family to arrive home after school, I found myself in the position to raid my rockabilly brother's record collection, so I would always play ‘Hound Dog’, over and over and over again. And I had no visual to put with that. At age 8, I didn't know who Elvis Presley was, but the music was amazing. And it was all about fun, you know?
Kenny Loggins, discussing his early influences, in an interview with Parade published on August 30, 2018.
I've had offers to write a book about Elvis, but you know, they really didn't want to publish the stories I had to tell. They only wanted the dirt – the scandal. I never saw him use drugs and I never saw him being mean to people. He had problems, everybody does, but he was a sweet guy – real religious, and he was patriotic, he really loved America. The publishers said nobody wants to read about that stuff. I just couldn't be a part of another book trashing him, he was a real good guy and he was always nice to me.—
Drummer Larrie Londin, who played drums for Elvis several times during 1975 and 1976, as well as in his last 2 concerts. After Elvis' death, he also played in the Guitar Man 1981 sessions, from an interview by James Byron Fox, in 1991.
He's a multi-genre artist. You can't put him in one bracket. And, why should you? He plays guitar. He also does hip-hop music by rapping and singing. Why should we have to put his music in a box? We all want something different. We all want something new. He is, to me, the all-around artist of today. We're looking at the modern-day Elvis.
Dre London, manager of, and speaking about Post Malone, in an interview with Billboard, published on 8 December 2007.
A study of 2,000 UK normies has revealed the top artists which make them feel happy. Ranked at #4 is Elvis Presley regarded as one of the most iconic and influential icons of the 20th century, with songs such as "Hound Dog" and "Suspicious Minds" leading a staggering 600 million records in sales worldwide.
The London Economic's laud of Elvis Presley as one of the top ten entertainers, and the top amongst those are non-UK nationals, who make the their public the most happy, as published on their January 7, 2019 edition.
I'd had it in my head to be a pop star for some years before the loose idea of forming a band first bubbled up inside me. The trigger was going to see Jailhouse Rock at The Scotia cinema in 1958. I was 10-years-old and Elvis knocked me sideways and awakened all sorts of feelings inside.
Alan Lomgmuir Scottish musician and founding member of the band "Bay City Rollers", in his autobiography I Ran With The Gang: My Life In and Out of The Bay City Rollers
I taught him some lyrics in Spanish and he learned them. I wrote it for him the way it was sung (phonetically). He was very talented. It was very difficult Mexican music.
Manny Lopez, RCA vibraphone recording artist known as the "King of the Cha Cha", explaining how, under his tutelage, Elvis sang the Mexican standard, "Guadalajara", (1963) in Spanish, like an authentic Mariachi, as published in Las Vegas' "The Desert Sun", on March 16, 2007
I bet you wish they would stop screaming...
Actress Sophia Loren telling Elvis she understood what fame brought in terms of fan's reactions, as recounted by photographer Bob Willoughby, present during their adhoc meeting at the Paramount Pictures Commissary and as published in the London newspaper 'The People' in 1994.
Since the awards are all about history, I put together a few facts from the past that range from visits from famous political people such as President Kennedy and Winston Churchill to the following story about Elvis Presley staying in the hotel. He had ordered a hamburger cooked well-done and loved it so so much he went to the kitchen, found the cook and announced with a broad grin: “I just wanted to thank the person that made the best burger I have ever had.
Bob Louis, Director of sales and marketing at Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel, a finalist for the elite hotel national award, in an article by Brent Coleman, a WCPO contributor and published on November 2, 2016.
i) The other recording session I always think of was Elvis. Not in my wildest dreams — I mean, it was like how is this little girl singing background for Elvis Presley? How do things like that happen? The stars lined up, everything was in order, and Elvis fell in love with me because of my gospel background. Whenever he would get a chance he would go to me, 'Do you know this song? Come on, let’s go sing it.' Gospel music was the closeness that we had. "If I Can Dream" is my all-time favorite Elvis song. It was a big record, but not as big as it could have been. It was one of those records where you'd think it sold 10 billion copies, but it didn't. I did that song in my show a couple of times, but it's a really hard song to sing, it really is, the meter is really difficult. You have to really study hard to learn how to sing that song. That's why I don't sing it anymore ii) He did interact with the Blossoms, but it had a lot to do with our gospel. I came from a gospel background and my father was a minister, so I knew a lot of old hymns of the church, and that's what Elvis sang. That's how he interacted with us. Actually, when he got ready to do his 1968 comeback special, we didn't know we were actually going to be in the special because we were just singing in the background. But because of us talking to him all the time, and talking to him about gospel and everything, he told the producers, "No, I want the girls in this. I want them to be singing. He was a gentle giant.
Actress and singer Darlene Love, i) in an interview for "Vulture", published in the magazine's online edition on September 23, 2015 in an article entitled "9 Behind-the-Scenes Stories from the Greatest Backup Singer Ever ii) in an interview with the Washington Post, and published on December 16, 2016 iii) Yahoo interview July 19, 2021
He was in the big room at Western Recorders, and had his cape on at the time (laughs). He was preparing to go back out on tour and he was asking us, “Well, what’s it like?” He was a really kind gentleman, couldn't have been nicer and definitely knew who The Beach Boys were. We saw him play live in Vegas at The Hilton and he was darn good. I mean, what a voice...
Singer Mike Love, of the Beach Boys, recalling the day he met Elvis, as published in the book, Elvis from those who knew him best.
i) Rather than a biopic, I see it as a canvas, hugely ambitious, but I want to cover his whole life, many aspects of which will be truly surprising. I am now listening to a lot of Elvis and his range astounds me, from Country and Western to rock, to soul and pop. That's probably the most misunderstood thing about him as a vocal artist. There was nothing he couldn't sing.ii) When I look at musical biography, it’s not really about the life, I’m not about lionising Elvis. I just saw him as the best canvas on which to explore America in the modern age, the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.” The engine of that drama, he says, is the relationship between an artist who spanned genres, eras and races, and the P.T. Barnum character of Colonel Tom Parker, the former circus carny who made and then ruined him.I saw this story of the Colonel and Elvis as a really great prism through which to explore the latter part of the 20th century. Elvis represents what happens when a kid lives in one of four designated white houses in a black community. Something new comes about, a fusion between country and African-American music, gospel and country-and-western music.
Director Baz Luhrmann, i) commenting in his screen biography of Elvis, as noted in VM Magazine's September 1, 2019 edition and in a USA Today interview published on december 24, 2019.ii) from an article entitled "How Baz Luhrmann aims to make Australia the new Hollywood", as published on the Finantial re4view's Auhust 19, 2021 edition.
As an artist, he always personified total unrestrain..
Singer Luis Miguel, Mexican singing superstar, a huge Elvis fan, as noted in page 195 of the book "The rituals of chaos".
This cat came out in red pants and a green coat and a pink shirt and socks, and he had this sneer on his face. He stood behind the mic for five minutes, I'll bet, before he made a move. Then he hit his guitar, a lick, and he broke two strings.So there he was, these two strings dangling, and he hasn't done anything except break the strings yet, and these high school girls were screaming and fainting and running up to the stage. Then he started to move his hips real slow, like he had a thing for his guitar.For the next nine days, he played one-nighters around Kilgore, and after school every day, me and my girl would get in the car and go wherever he was playing that night, in Gladewater, Alpine, Gonzales, and Lubbock, were other country singers witnessed the spectacle and heeded his call – Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings. That was the last time I tried to sing like Webb Pierce or Lefty Frizzell.
Singer Bob Luman as told to journalist Paul Hemphill in 1969
There's a speech in the play about a mythical bird that has no legs and can, therefore, never come to rest and just hovers in the sky until it does because there is no place to land. It evoked such a memory of what I felt when I watched Presley at work: something otherworldly, inhuman (not unhuman), a kind of restless spirit that could never rest anywhere. And I thought how extraordinary it might have been to hear that speech from someone exactly like that but totally unaware of his own separation from the rest of us'.
Director Sidney Lumet as told to Elaine Dundy, author of "Elvis And Gladys" and in reference to his wish to have cast Elvis (whom he saw perform live in 1955) and not Marlon Brando in the lead role of "The Fugitive Kind", his adaptation of Tennessee Williams' play "Orpheus Descending"
During my long career in broadcasting, I've had the chance to interview lots of famous people; it was late summer in 1976 when I was sent out to the Arena to cover some sort of special announcement from manager Bob Kunkel, whose look, as soon as we entered the room, told us that this was no hunting and fishing extravaganza he was promoting but an Elvis Presley concert; before leaving, I cornered him to ask about helping arrange an exclusive interview; he laughed and said, 'Good luck with that'; so, instead, I managed to get six tickets, at 15 dollars each, with each of our daughters having to come up with five bucks each, on their own, to help cover the cost; the show itself was memorable for the music, and his voice was strong but he looked tired and not well. A few months later, Elvis was back; this time, his voice was even stronger but he looked worse; two months later, he was dead and that's when my family and I went to see him, one last time, in a memorable trip where we and thousands of others, walked slowly through those gates to view his grave. That 'show' was for free...
Doug Lund, Director of KELO/TV, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, recalling his sad, albeit memorable experience of not being able to interview Elvis twice, and his attending his funeral, all in a period of less than nine months, as published on 23 March, 2007 in KELOLAND.COM
Whereas, Elvis Aaron Presley was born on this day in 1935 to Gladys Love and Vernon Elvis Presley in Tupelo, Mississippi and whereas Elvis' unparalleled style and song craft continues to thrill audiences, create fans and inspire new generations of musicians around the world every year we do hereby proclaim Jan. 8, 2018, as the day to celebrate the life, the work and the 83rd birthday of Elvis Aaron Presley. Thus we urge all citizens of the world to recognize the contributions of our own King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Aaron Presley, to music, this community and the world,”
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell's proclamation, as delivered at the grounds of Graceland on January 8, 2018.
Elvis did the Comeback Special in '68. He was falling in the ratings and it brought him right back onto the throne and, when you watch him sing - and "Baby, what do you want me to do" in particular, which is a cover of an R&B song by Jimmy Reed, Elvis makes it his own - you see this music is HIM, he's got every inflection, every feeling 100 per cent out there for all to see, it's so thrilling to watch, it's infectious. With singers and musicians, there's the surface of something and then real deep levels of being IT, and nobody gets close to Elvis because he gets that thing at the deepest level and it comes alive with him and everybody feels it, and it's like magic. He looked so great in his black leather, but even if he looked weird he'd still be King. Elvis is the total package, he was born for it."
Director David Lynch, who voted the 1968 Comeback Special as his number one musical performance of all time, as published in EIN´WWW page.
As elusive as his book is, what is perceived as truth has remarkable staying power. Lynch uses an epigraph by Elvis Presley from whence comes the title of the book: “Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t going away.” The Janus-faced nature of the book is put into relief by setting it against the journalist's craft, a juxtaposition that permeates the story. At the end, even we the readers don't know the whole truth about the main character, Roger, but we also have learned that it is perceptions and innuendos that matter more anyway.
About writer Jim Lynch's novel ̊Truth like the Sun̠"̊, as reviewed in rhapsodyinbookswordpresscom, on 15 April 2012
After playing the ukulele I told my mother I wanted a solid body guitar, because I would then be able to sing Elvis. I really liked his songs, was determined to play guitar, and ended up recording “Don’t Be Cruel”, In fact, in grade schools they started calling me Elvis Presley, the black Elvis, - they said I was trying to wear my hair like Elvis. Then I formed an all an all girls band, Bobby Lynn and the Idols.
Barbara Lynn, R&B singer songwriter and left handed guitar player, in an interview for New Orleans public Radio, as published on November 11, 2016.
Certainly the most recognisable and ubiquitous semiotic marker in American cultural history, he embodies the quintessence of the postmodern condition.
Jean-Francois Lyotard, French philosopher, as noted in the Journal of Literary Studies Volume 26, 2010 - Issue 2.
I used to mime music-making to records before I started formal piano lessons around age nine, but it was seeing Elvis Presley perform on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1957 that really got me excited about playing music. I was totally in love with both Elvis and Bo Diddley, but that wasn't allowed in my house. I wanted to be a guitar player, but they wouldn't allow a guitar in the house. I had to play classical music on the piano, so it took a long time to get somewhere. Eventually, my dad bought me an alto saxophone and I fell into playing sax but before long, rock ‘n’ roll struck as part of the British Invasion, and I reverted to the keyboard.
Willie Macalder, Canadian musician, in an article on his induction in the Edmonton Blues Hall of Fame, as published by the Edmonton Journal on May 24, 2018
But it is Presley's singing, halfway between a western and a rock 'n' roll style, that has sent teenagers into a trance; they like his wailing in a popular song like "Blue Moon" or such western tunes as "I'll Never Let You Go", but they go crazy over the earthy, lusty mood of such rock 'n' roll numbers as "Money Honey"; and the reason is simple enough: Presley sings with a beat; and you can be certain that there'll always be music with a beat and that, whether you like it or not, there will always be an Elvis Presley.
Helen MacNamara, Canadian Music writer and book author, writing on Presley's future impact, as published on the June 9, 1956 issue of "Saturday Night Magazine"
France's Elvis brought a part of America into our national pantheon. And all of us in France have something of Johnny Hallyday in us.
Emmanuel Macron, President of France, on the death of Johnny Hallyday, as published in the Evening Standard on 6 December, 2017.
Oh, they can kiss my ass,” she says of critics who might accuse her of borrowing other cultures’ fixtures. It's a topic she seems interested to discuss. “I’m not appropriating anything. I’m inspired and I’m referencing other cultures. That is my right as an artist. They said Elvis Presley stole African-American culture. That’s our job as artists, to turn the world upside down and make everyone feel bewildered and have to rethink everything.”
Madonna, in an article by Michael Jacobs entitled "To hell and back, Madonna lives to tell", as published by the Huffington Post on 13 March, 2015.
In 1957, I came home from school one day and my mother said she read in the newspaper that Elvis was going to play the arena right near my high school. She didn't want me to go see Elvis. But years later, when the Electric Factory Concerts I then headed booked Elvis at the Spectrum, in 1971, she was the first to ask me for tickets...
Larry Magid, founder of Electric Factory Concerts in an interview with Amplify, published in their online edition of October 12, 2017.
When Ed made his weekly call to the Trendex ratings service, he confirmed what he had suspected: Allen's show with Elvis had soundly beaten his, garnering a 20.2 rating with a 55.3% share (about 40 million viewers), compared with his own show's 14.8 rating and 39.7 % share (roughly 19 million). Within the week, he called Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker. It was time to make a deal. Colonel Parker, knowing he had Ed where he wanted him, extracted a whopping $50,000 for three appearances, far more than any previous Sullivan guest. On September 9, 1956, the camera would pull up at times to show only his upper torso. Yet the limited camera angle didn't dampen the effect —if anything, his facial expression, the abandon on his face, was more potent than even his gyrating hips. This was untamed beatific energy, the definition of charisma, a bolt of white-hot energy. The all-girl cheering section sounded like it was on the verge of storming the stage. Never before had so much female sexual desire been broadcast into so many American living rooms. The evening was a decisive ratings triumph, garnering a 43.7 Trendex rating, an 82.6% share, translating to some sixty million people, or about a third of the country— the largest television audience to date. Indeed, Elvis' performance of “Hound Dog” that night would be one of a small handful of moments that defined the decade.
James Maguire, in Chapter 12 of his book "Impresario: The Life and Times of Ed Sullivan, published by Billboard in 2006.
In his Grammy-winning 1986 song "Graceland," Paul Simon reveals his thoughts during a road trip to the home of Elvis Presley in Memphis. In the lyrics, Simon states, “For reasons I cannot explain there’s some part of me wants to see Graceland.” Even though I can't list myself as a dedicated fan, I have always appreciated his tremendous talent and the major impact he had on the world of entertainment. Not only his musical talent crossed many genres, but there's no question that he is one of the cultural icons of the 20th century. So once there, we were impressed by the mansion itself, which continues to have the feel of the 1960s-style residence Elvis developed and loved so much. The original 10,266-square-foot Colonial Revival style mansion was built in 1939 for a Memphis socialite and her husband. The expansive surrounding property includes the “Meditation Garden,” containing the graves of the singer, his parents Vernon and Gladys and his grandmother Minnie Presley. So, do we recommend the Graceland experience? The answer is yes, as the house, property and family cemetery are all definitely worth seeing.
Jeff Maguire, writing for Inside Ottawa Walley, in an article entitled "Graceland pilgrimage fulfilled longtime wish", as published in their March 27, 2019 edition.
Yes, I've known him for his music and films, and indeed he is one of my favourites
King Mahendra of Nepal's answer on whether Elvis was one of his favourites, as told after meeting him on the set of "G.I. Blues" and as reported in a May 11, 1960 story by the Los Angeles Times writer Walter Ames.
Performing a few more classics like "Crossroads" and "Vincent" from his "American Pie" album, he takes a break between songs to talk about setting off from his hometown for the first time to pursue his music in California and witnessing the the MGM Studio auctions in the late 60's. Moving on, he took a step back in time to "And I Love You So", from his debut album, Tapestry, released in 1970. The song became an instant classic at its release, and was covered by many of the greats including "my favorite", McLean revealed, "Elvis Presley", who recorded it and used it in 125 of his live performances from 1975 until his death in 1977.
Shawn Costa, reviewing for Mass Live a performance by singer songwriter Don McLean in Hartfort, CT on October 15, 2016
My next book is about how the U.S. Army tried to ‘transform’ itself to meet the challenges of the atomic bomb, as well as the American experiment with a large peacetime, short-service citizen-soldier force and conscription. The idea that someone as famous and controversial as Elvis Presley could be drafted and become a symbol of the U.S. military and the nation's commitment to the defense of the free world fascinates me. His exemplary military service was well chosen, for that young man quietly accepted the call to duty, raised his hand and took the oath, wore the uniform and performed soldierly tasks as well as he had cavorted on the stage before adoring teenyboppers. Thus, after years of unremitting effort, the all-volunteer force that many call “the best Army this or any other nation has ever fielded” has come to face new enemies, new challenges with, if not sublime confidence, at least sturdy resolution. In considering the long hard period of transformation, one ponders the profound commentary of Elvis Presley's first sergeant: “By submitting to the draft and entering the Army as an ordinary private, Elvis accepted the discipline of an institution that had come to play a vital role in transforming men from assorted backgrounds into soldiers and Americans. A condensed version of those lines might stand as a pretty good inscription on the Pelvis’ tombstone.
Review of Military historian Brian McAllister Linn book, "Elvis Army, Cold War GIs and the atomic battlefield" (Harvard University Press), as published in the Roanoke Times, on 23 September 2016.
In "Clambake", Elvis was going to do a scene in a bar with Shelley Fabares, and in the back these waiters were wearing —you know, the tasseled cup hats and also wearing vests with gold trim and stuff, so I went and put one of those on, as a joke, and then they put a moustache on me. So I'm cleaning up a table, and Elvis is about 5 or 10 feet away from where I'm cleaning, and as he's talking to her, I'm knocking over glasses and finally they said, “Cut!” And he didn't look around —he just kind of shrugged— but I did it purposely three times in a row, and on the third time he turned around and said, ““What the hell are you doing over there? Well, anyways, I did the next take right, and you can spot me back there. He used to called me “Double Trouble,” actually because they did a movie where he was playing cousins and he had to play a blonde, so his Memphis Mafia kept teasing him: “You look like that guy on The Big Valley! So we used to play tricks on each other all the time. He’d be on stage at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, and I’d come off the other side from where he’s leaning down and singing, and I’d get some scarves and bring ’em out, and he’d hear this roaring over there from the other side of the stage, and he’d see me and go, “What the hell are you doing over there?” We'd do stuff like that all the time. We had a good time and yeah, well, Elvis and I were friends. It's too bad he died so young.
Lee Majors, in an interview with A.V. Club on Nov 28, 2016
Elvis took risks by being a pioneer in his adaptation of black culture. He received huge stick for perpetuating what some of his Southern brethren were referring to as “degenerate nigger music” and the threat it posed to the social order by the fact that blacks and whites were digging his music whether listening to it on the radio or live at (segregated) venues. Much has been made of the way in which he conducted his private life, but this had a lot to do with his living within a kind of fame that few humans could comprehend. So many people often remember how well mannered and humble he appeared to be in his interactions. He may not be ‘The King’ to all but his impact on the course of music history cannot be denied and should not be denigrated.
Deyinka Makinde, UK writer, in an article entitled Elvis: Ruminations on Elvis Presley and Black America and published in Acadmia.edu in August of 2004.
I always thought that singers have what I call the Elvis Presley syndrome — they think they're Elvis Presley. But they're not Elvis Presley.
Yngwie Malmsteen, Swedish guitar player extraordinaire, citing one of the reasons he finally got tired of playing lead guitar for numerous other singers and, thus, in his latest album, decided to sing himself, as published by Blabbermouth on October 18, 2018.
Ever since I was a kid, I was just glued to the record player. I would save allowances to buy Elvis records every week and still remember when I first heard "It's Now or Never". I thought that was the greatest rock 'n' roll record I ever heard. It just blew my mind. But it blew my mind even more when my mom showed me it was actually an Italian aria. O Sole Mio, remains a part of my performance repertoire to this day. It was like, 'There you go. There is a connection with all of this music.' It all started from there."
Raul Malo, US singer and songwriter of Cuban extraction explaining to Walter Tunis how he became a music aficionado, as published on November 27 at Lex.go.co
Other than Sinatra, there are only a handful of people who meant as much to the world of film as they did to the world of music, Bing Crosby, Doris Day and Elvis Presley
Leonard Maltin, US film critic and historian, as noted in the preface to the book included with the "Frank Sinatra in Hollywood box set".
Since emerging in 2003, Chen has become China's highest-profile fashion photographers. Her work regularly appears on the covers of the Chinese editions of Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Elle. She is known for her bold, vibrant style that merges Chinese tradition with high fashion; Gender reversal is a central theme in Chen's work, as seen in a series of portraits, where Chen cast the Chinese actress Fan Bingbing, as various pop culture icons, namely Marilyn Monroe, Che Guevara, Superman, Bruce Lee, and Elvis Presley.
About Chen Man, China's top visual artist, as published on February 21, 2018 in Broad Tones in an article entitled "China, Captured: How Chen Man Redefined Fashion"
The audience listened attentively as Eric Meola told about the one that got away - a sore spot for every professional photographer. It was catching up with Bruce Springsteen in an airport the day Elvis Presley died. Meola recounted how as he approached, he saw Bruce sitting on some luggage reading a newspaper with the headline proclaiming the end of Elvis. Bruce put the paper down and noticed Meola coming and at that point the moment was gone. "I wasn't about to ask him to recreate it", he said.
Michael Mancuso, for True NJ, reporting on how Meola and several other photographers recalled their working for Bruce Springsteen, following a panel discussion held at Princeton University's McCosh Hall, on March 3, 2017.
Be like Elvis, go man go
Princess Zenani Mandela-Dlamini's words of encouragement to her father, written in an envelope containing a letter sent by her to her father during his time in solitary confinement at Robben Island Prison, as published in the 2018 book entitled 'The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela'
The music of Elvis Presley is very lively and popular, and I am glad to know that you are as fond of his music as I am, too.
Nelson Mandela's comment in a handwritten letter dated March 1971, sent to his oldest daughter the now Princess Zenani Mandela-Dlamini from Robben Island Prison and as published in the 2018 book entitled 'The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela'
It was a little painful for me to get involved in the 1968 Special. There were two choreographers already hired by NBC, Claude Thompson and Jaime Rogers and although I had danced for Elvis, I wasn't one of their dancers, nor they knew who I was. But either Elvis, director Steve Binder or Joe Esposito suggested I be allowed to dance, so they assigned me to Jaime's dancers. After an embarrasing start, after all, each choreographer prefers to use their own dancers, things were better for me. I was in a scene which Jaime directed but the NBC censors cut, the bordello scene. Now, on the side Lance Legault and I worked with Elvis on some the dancing sequences and we would sometimes give him advice. He was an amazing listener, and one of the best natural dance movers that I ever worked with. He could do everything, an ability to just feel it from the inside out. But the one thing that stood out in my mind on the set was when I was called over to where the guys all hung out, taking a break. And he was talking, seated while giving a donation to a group of nuns that were on the set. And I am thinking to myself, OK, this man makes a very good living, I would assume but he was taking his five minute break to talk to each one of these nuns, and find out where they were all from. And I was just standing there listening. And that meant so much to me. It was unbelievable experience to watch him give like that. To give money is one thing, but to give of his time, and to give of his soul and to care about where all of these nuns came from, that was just such a highlight and memory for me.
Anita Mann Five time Emmy Award recipient, choreographer, dancer and actress, speaking for the Television Academy Foundation on her contribution to Elvis feeling more relaxed on the dancing sequences during the shooting of the 1968 TV special
It wag a lead pipe cinch that at the first masquerade party around these parts, some guests were sure to come as Dodger baseball players. Sure enough Harry James, Betty Grable and Mrs. Monte Proser did it first at the "howling" Halloween shindig hosted by Sy Devore and Sol Meadows. Debbie Reynolds was a clown and Eddie Fisher a "teenage" werewolf. Marie McDonald, had no trouble looking like a gorgeous princess on the arm of Harry Karl, her private life prince. Joanne Bradshaw came as "backless" Vikki Dougan. Nat "King" Cole showed up as Elvis Presley, although the original was present. No people in the world love getting dressed up in costume more than actors who spend their lives getting dressed up in a costume for a living, so a large time was had by all.
Dorothy Manners, assistant to Louella Parsons, and writing on her behalf about the scene at Sy Davore's Hallowing Party, and published by the King syndication newspapers on November 4, 1957,
This was the plan: we would take a holy and sacred picture of Elvis Presley, to the very summit of the earth; once there, we would place it with sincere reverence amongst the chimerical shimmering palaces of ice and snow and then, accompanied by some weird Zen magic, we would light joss sticks, dance about making screechy kung-fu noises, get off our faces, and that would be it: Planet Earth saved. Simple.”
Graphic artist Mark Manning, in his book Bad Wisdom, published in 1996.
It is difficult to imagine two more dissimilar personalities than Elvis Presley and Mahatma Gandhi. And yet the words of Elvis Presley are strangely close to Gandhi's thinking when he said that he dreamt of an India where he would be able to wipe the last tears of the last child, words reminiscent to what Elvis once said and I quote "I figure all any kid needs is hope and the feeling that he or she belongs. If I could do or say anything that would give some kid that feeling, I would believe I had contributed something to the world"
Lalit Mansingh, Indian Ambassador to the US and former Foreign Minister, in his speech as a special guest at the Gandhi Exhibit Inaugural Gala presented by the Indian Community Fund for Greater Memphis, which followed an inauguration ceremony for the exhibit at the National Civil Rights Museum installed for the 35th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's death, as published at the Commercial Appeal on August 5, 2003.
Actually I wouldn't be here in jail if not for those people you call family. They are the ones who put me here. I didn̪'t want to be seen, just be left alone in the desert. But they said, he is our star. I would have gone ahead and let you bleed an Elvis Presley, you could have HIM for your little dreams, not me. I lived in Elvis Presley’s house, man. He ran me out of the yard. I got mad at him, I was going to throw some rocks at him. I never liked him even a little bit, but everybody else always kow-towed to him because he was rich and everything. To me, I don’t give a fuck how rich you are, I’ll just bust you up anyway.
Charles Manson, in CharlesMansonssamples, at YouTube
I never met him, although I saw his show in Las Vegas, and the great feeling I had after listening to his version of "Somos Novios" ("Its impossible") was always so well known in music circles that the other day I received the main master, in acetate form, from a friend who just passed away. It's without a doubt my most valuable treasure.
Armando Manzanero, Mexican singer songwriter's opinion on Elvis and of his having recorded one of his songs "Its impossible", as related in NP25TV 2015
While Archbishop Justin Welby has denied statements about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s secret wedding that took place three days before their publicized royal wedding in 2018, pictures have proven otherwise. These images released by The Sun show that Welby was dressed as Elvis in the secret ceremony, with a quiff that represented the famous rock singer’s hair, sideburns, and shades.
While Archbishop Justin Welby has denied statements about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s secret wedding that took place three days before their publicized royal wedding in 2018, pictures have proven otherwise, showing Welby dressed as Elvis in the secret ceremony, with a quiff that represented the famous rock singer’s hair, sideburns, and shades. Archbishop Welby also held and strummed a red guitar in tribute of Meghan’s love for the late Elvis Presley.
About Meghan Markle's secret wedding to Prince Harry, as reported by film daily on April 1, 2021.
He was ahead of his time because he had such deep feelings and had the privilege of deep feelings because he was deeply loved by his mother, Gladys. He was able to appreciate profound beauty in sounds and he started a musical revolution. In fact, they say all revolutions start from love.
Imelda Marcos, former First Lady of the Philippines, as published in www.graceland.com
If any individual of our time can be said to have changed the world, Elvis Presley is the one. In his wake more than music is different. Nothing and no one looks or sounds the same. His music was the most liberating event of our era because it taught us new possibilities of feeling and perception, new modes of action and appearance, and because it reminded us not only of his greatness, but of our own potential. As to his comeback in 1968, it was the finest music of his life. If ever there was music that bleeds, this was it.The second edition of my book came out after Elvis died, and I was asked to put the whole Elvis chapter in the past tense, and I said no. The reason was that Elvis' presence was so powerful, I felt he's always in the present tense. When you listen to anything that says Elvis Presley to you, whoever you are, whether it's "Long Black Limousine" or "Jailhouse Rock" or "Milkcow Blues Boogie" or "Any Day Now" — I could go on forever — but the physical presence is so strong that death walks away. There's an obscene Elvis outtake of "Stranger in My Hometown". Elvis is singing and suddenly it becomes completely autobiographical, and he explodes — he says "I'm gonna start driving my motherfucking truck again. All them cocksuckers stopped being friendly, but you can't keep a hard prick down." He just goes off, yet it's completely musical, not just breaking down and screaming. He's right there. Every one of his greatest performances is in a way unfinished, because the emotion in them is so rich and so strained, in the best way, trying so hard to say what you mean emotionally, though you can never say everything, so as you listen, you add to that, you're engaged, you're taking part in the dialogue. So that will always be the present tense.
Greil Marcus, discussing the 40th anniversary of his book "Mystery Train" in a retrospective interview with Rob Sheffield of RollingStone published in the magazine's online edition on October 19, 2015.
Elvis made more girls cry than anyone so the reference ( to flip the script there with a song about making boys cry), was irresistible. It was important that the song could represent empowerment without being divisive, because that's how Elvis was. In fact, I didn't know a lot about him until I visited Graceland recently. Beyond his music, I'm moved by how much he cared for people. I've been telling my friends and fans some of the things I learned about it, and I'm excited that some of them are discovering him for the first time because of my video for ‘Boy Cry.’””
Country artist Tegan Marie, in an article published by Forbes on June 29, 2018.
Critiques of the [Ed Sullivan] programs assumed that the Presley appeal was strictly telegenic—not vocal. His vocal style, in fact, was every bit as mobile as his hips. Since most of the journalists on the Elvis beat denied him any artistry, his two-and-a-third-octave range was never mentioned and the music itself was rarely analyzed.
Author Karal Ann Marling, as noted in her 1996 book, "As Seen on TV: The Visual Culture of Everyday Life in the 1950s (Harvard University Press).
i) The biggest thing Elvis had was the command he had on stage, how he could control the crowd and the band. There’s a performance where he does ‘Hound Dog" and at the end he slows it down, and - to me - it looked like an improv moment, not like something they rehearsed. It was like Presley saw girls in the audience freaking out and said to himself: ‘Watch me slow it down - and then really go nuts.’ And he slows it down at the end and then starts his little dance.....ii) impersonating Elvis at the age of four is when I first realized I wanted to become a performer.
Bruno Mars, speaking to reporters on his love of Elvis Presley's music, as reported by the AP ii) realitytvworld.com/news/bruno-mars-talks-fashion-e
Many artists are taking pictures of Elvis Presley, for example, and flipping them to create various iterations of color or texture. A lot of what Pop-Art has become is solely based on the familiar image and very little behind it. With my work, I want to talk about why Elvis or Audrey Hepburn will live on forever. Icons of mid century American history are still so prevalent today because they had interesting stories and immense talent, not just great marketing skills. Warhol said it best, that everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes. The important aspect is having something positive to say.
Pop artist Robert Mars, as published on the Huffington Post on January 12, 2018, in an article entitled "Innovation Over Inundation: The 21st Century's Stand Out Pop-Artist.
Elvis Presley was an explorer of vast new landscapes of dream and illusion. He was a man who refused to be told that the best of his dreams would not come true, who refused to be defined by anyone else's perceptions. This is the goal of democracy, the journey on which every American hero sets out. That Elvis made so much of the journey on his own is reason enough to remember him with the honor and love we reserve for the bravest among us. Such men made the only maps we can trust.
Dave Marsh in Elvis.
There are some things — football, particle physics, heavy metal, and constitutional law among them — that I love, but don't love nearly as much as I love the way people love them. Give me a choice between watching the Super Bowl and watching people talk about the Super Bowl for two hours, and I'll always pick the latter: Listen to someone explain their passion, and eventually, they'll show you their soul. But at the very top of this list of loves, there can only be one man, Elvis Presley. I love him, I think to myself as I leave Graceland, as much as I can love a human being I have never truly known. But, maybe more than anything else about him, I love him for the fact that both his presence and his absence created a space for people to come together and try to comprehend the capacity for destruction and redemption, the sheer power, of their love. I love the potential for intimacy and revelation such a space allows. I love that it has lingered long enough for me to find it....
Writer Sarah Marshall, contributing for The Week, on 23 August, 2013
I remembered meeting Elvis and he was the one who told me my dad was the king of cool. I'll never forget that.
Singer Deana Martin, reflecting on her father Dean's music legacy, encounters and rumors, as published by Fox News on September 23, 2017.
I never sang to people. I sang for them, so in 1956, I told that to Elvis Presley. After that he sang not to but for the audience. A subtle difference.
Singer Tony Martin as noted in rainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/elvis_presley_2.html
After Ann Margret's show, which I had opened for, Elvis came up to see her, they were friends, so there were in a suite and I see this beautiful woman, Priscilla, his wife, coming in, and then I see Elvis, he looks wow, lean, great, so he walks by me, sees me, and says.... "Son you have an oblique sense of humor....
Comedian Steve Martin, at the Dave Letterman Show. Years later he wrote a play where Presley, along with Einstein and Picasso, are the main characters, called "Picasso at the Lapin Agile":
I idolized Elvis. I sent him so many songs and I never heard word one. Then one day in 1976 I was pitching songs and this famous publisher sat down next to me and says, ‘Layng, do you have a song for Elvis?” There were three I thought might work. Interestingly, the one I was least excited about, the one I almost didn't bother to send in, was the one Elvis chose. The song was "Way Down." Someone in the music industry called me i 1977 to tell me "Way Down" was climbing the charts. I was so excited. Two days later, I got another call, this time from my attorney. She said, "Layng, are you near a television? Elvis Presley is dead. How did this happen?. He listened to my demo of me singing It was just the most impossible thing I've ever heard of. And it still is, that my song would be the last he released as a single.
Songwriter Layng Martine Jr., for Forbes and as published on their August 19, 2019 edition.
He came in, and they I.D. him. LOL. And he actually left his license at the front while he went in and hung out for a while. I think Rodney still has it.
Columnist and producer Alison Martino, daughter of singer Al Martino, recalling the time Elvis went to Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco at the Sunset Strip, in LA, in an article published in the LA Curb's 21 March 2019 edition.
Elvis was sort of the first impact on me - his charisma, his performing prowess...
Singer and songwriter Richard Marx in an interview with Jim Radenhausen, of Pocono Record, as published on April 29, 2016.
If there is one small glimmer of good news, it is that decent, thoughtful and sane voters slightly outnumber the bigots and lunatics. I want to live in an America where that victory is not only mathematical, but political — the America of Walt Whitman's imagination, Elvis Presley's voice and Martin Luther King's oratory.
David Masciotra, for Salon, in an article entitled White Flight From Reality: Inside the Racist Panic that Fueled Donald Trump's Victory and published on November 12, 2016.
Two months ago scarcely anyone but economists had even heard of mechanism design. Suddenly, it has notoriety worthy of an Elvis Presley ( a man who) somehow manages to attract a huge public following without even trying. Indeed, he can't very well try since he's been dead for 30 years. Yet, isn't it remarkable that, for one week a year, that kind of attention is focused not just on economics, but on physics, chemistry, medicine, and literature. And for that astounding accomplishment, I'd like to express my warmest appreciation to the Nobel Foundation and the Nobel awarding bodies.
Eric Maskin, US economist and one of three 2007 Nobel laureate in Economics as stated in his acceptance speech at the Nobel Foundation, in Sweden and as published by nobelprize.org
He was an instinctive actor, quite bright, very intelligent, not a punk. In fact, he was very elegant, sedate, refined, and sophisticated.
Actor Walter Matthau who co-starred with Elvis in "King Creole," from a 1987 interview
Presley's vocal range was exceptional – amazingly so for an untrained singer. It ranged from Low F in the bass register to top B Flat and B in the tenor range. This is over two octaves, when most singers can only manage just over one octave. Quite apart from the range of Presley's voice (and this range remained with him throughout his life, a fact proved by his recordings) the equally surprising thing was that its quality and distinctive timbre remained constant throughout this range. This is also exceptional and quite the most conclusive proof – if any were needed – that Elvis Presley possessed a natural gift for singing which was completely and utterly rare. For if it were not – where are all the other Elvis Presleys?
Robert Matthew-Walker, UK classical music writer and composer, describing Elvis' vocal qualities in his book "Heartbreak Hotel: The Life And Music Of Elvis Presley"
Throughout the hearing, Mattis was treated to bipartisan praise with Senate Armed Services Committee chairman John McCain announcing at the start that he couldn't be happier that Mattis had been nominated. "I think you're going going to be an extraordinary defense secretary,", Senator Ted Cruz then told Mattis, including a story about how excited his chief of staff, a former Marine, had been when Mattis visited Cruz's office. "If Elvis Presley had walked into the office, he wouldn't have been more thrilled than to see you walk in, General."
About General Jim Mattis's confirmation hearings to become Secretary of Defense in 2017, as published in Standard, on January 13, 2017.
I wasn't a big fan of him as I only knew him from the Dorsey and Sullivan Shows. But then he won me over when I spent the entire day of the concerts with him, in his dressing room, where he took a lot of his time talking to me and asking me questions about Jazz music and my musical influences. From his part, he said he loved gospel music and the blues the most. I found him to be an earthy kid, a first class gentleman and an exceptional family person.
Arni May, Canadian Jazz musician who, at age 20, played drums for the then 22 year old Elvis during his two back to back shows in Ottawa, on April 3, 1957, the latter the result of Canadian union laws obliging foreign entertainers to play with local bands, as told in the Province's August 31, 2015 edition.
I found that I could do Elvis's "Jailhouse Rock", and that's the great thing, you could pick it up and in a few hours, you could get to something that make you feel good. (Years later), Freddy wrote "Crazy little thing called love" as a tribute to Elvis, of whom he was very fond of.
Brian May, Queen's lead guitarist, detailing some of the riffs that influenced him the most, for the Irish Examiner on November 18, 2016
The record industry is fully aware that premature death sells records. After Chester Bennington, the 41-year-old lead singer of the group Linkin Park took his own life, there was a 7,000% surge in the group's music plays. When rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry died aged 90, his music sales went through the roof, even though he hadn't released a new album in nearly 40 years. Prince was the top-selling artist of 2016, according to Billboard, outselling every other artist, living or dead, with a total of 7.7 million that year. While in even more notable moments of music history, John Lennon's musical comeback album went on to sell seven million copies in the following six months. But it was Elvis Presley who eclipsed them all. If there was Elvis product in stores following his death, they all got picked clean". In fact, Presley catalogue sales reportedly totalled 200 million copies worldwide in the four months after his passing.
Geoff Mayfield, US Billboard's director of charts as published by the Irish Independent on January 20, 2018.
Toyota, the Japanese automaker, said yesterday that it would invest $1.3 billion to build its eighth North American assembly plant just outside Tupelo, in northeastern Mississippi. The plant will build the Toyota Highlander, a crossover vehicle, and will employ 2,000 workers. Production is expected to begin in 2010, and reach 150,000 vehicles each year. The decision brings Toyota to an area best known for being the birthplace of Elvis Presley.
Micheline Maynard, in an article for the New York Times, entitled "Toyota to Build $1.3 Billion Plant in the Land of Elvis" published a few months after US Pres. George Bush took Prime Minister Junishiro Koizumi (a huge Elvis fan who was also born on a January 8) to Graceland, in Memphis, and on Air Force One, a gesture which may have influenced the Japanese car maker to choose Tupelo as the site of the plant.
A rise in the number of outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases has highlighted the growing trend for parents not to have their child vaccinated. Could the activities of a group of teenagers against polio in 1950s America inspire a fresh look at the effectiveness of pro-vaccine public health information campaigns? Well, today, thanks to a 50 year global effort to eradicate polio, only two countries (Afghanistan and Pakistan) remain polio-endemic. It was a very different situation when the Salk vaccine was licensed in 1955. Even in 1957, as many as 30% of people still had no inoculations, and a third of all new cases were in teens, its use threatened in the USA by ‘vaccine hesitancy" And then young people themselves – and Elvis Presley – became the answer to the problem, in what might be the first, largest and most successful case of teen health activism of the time. The fight waged against vaccine noncompliance in 1950s America, he suggests, could provide important lessons for the world today.
University of Cambridge historian Dr Stephen Mawdsley, in a film entitled "Teens Against Polio, (released in World Immunization Week, 24-30 April 2016), describing how the activities of a group of teenagers against polio in 1950s America, spearheaded by Presley, if studied carefully, may 60 years later inspire a fresh look at the effectiveness of pro-vaccine public health information campaigns.
In our survey the option that most people liked was 'Well-known popular music from any period'. This was closely followed by 'Well-known classical music' and 'Well-known music from the last year'. What do these categories actually mean when it comes to artists? Maybe think of the top 3 as Elvis Presley, Luciano Pavarotti and Katy Perry.
Maʐaru̪ rankings, as regards music most liked by waiting telephone callers, as published in an article on December 15, 2018, following a 2018 study by ICM Research,
I can still remember when you visited me in my humble home at Beatrice Cottages and we listened to Elvis and sang along and laughed together, then you revealed your soul to me, your dreams, your hopes - and I wrote your first biography...
Will Mbanga, in a personal letter asking for the resignation of his former friend and comrade, President Robert Mugabe, a huge Elvis fan whose home in Harare is filled with Elvis memorabilia, and as published in Open Democracy on 25 February 2008.
Music, like marketing, is one of those areas of film making that often get overlooked by producer/directors. I know of one who had a budget of USD $1,000,000 and never thought about spending any of that money on music. While this would be problematic for any type of movie, it was particularly bad in that the movie was a biopic about Elvis Presley. After three years, he moved on to other failed projects, but his investor, knowing that he'd poured a lot of money into a movie that can't even be released, eventually broke down and paid Presley's estate significant more money to acquire at least some music royalties for the movie. Since he didn't want to overspend, he ended up purchasing the rights to just one hit song and one “deep cut.” And the producer's brother ended up composing most of the Elvis-esque music for the film...
John McCabe, in an article entitled "How to get hold of the perfect music score, legally", as published by Red Shark News on October 19, 2018.
As a jazz educated singer I had reservations about entering the Elvis world. There can be a lot of judgement about his music and the image that has been created of him over many years. But I found myself completely falling in love with his songs. Each night on stage I would discover another lyric, another chord change, another nuance that thrilled and moved me all at once. Studying the Elvis songbook, I found breathtaking recordings of the same songs by other artists. I was literally stopped in my tracks. These musical masterpieces were being revealed to me and I had Elvis to thank for it
Australian singer and cabaret artist Mel McCaig, explaining the reasoning behind her first solo Adelaide show, "Gifts from the King", in an interview with Broadway World, as published on 25 September 2018.
John Lennon said that before Elvis there was nothing. After Elvis, nothing was the same. Perry Como is said to have said that Elvis was a threat to the moral health of the nation. What brighter endorsement could you wish for? Dial him up singing ‘Lonesome Tonight’ and marvel at the shambling majesty even as you ache for what's lost. Another thing about Elvis was that he was the most beautiful man in the world. To be as beautiful as that and also as bad was an alluring combination, love potion and lethal poison. When Pope Paul VI died within a year of Elvis, many of us shrugged. There'd be another Pope along in a minute. But there'd never ever be another Elvis. Dissing the dead Pope while singing hosannas to Elvis's immortality was the pitch-perfect response...-
Eamonn McCann in an article for Hotpress entitled "On Elvis, The Undertones and 1,000 issues of Hot Press" , as published on their 1,000 edition, that of October 22, 2019 edition.
I am working on several, actually. I've just delivered scripts on George Washington, John Lennon and Yoko Ono and I am also looking at making something on Elvis Presley.
Film maker Anthony McCarten's answer as to which historic figures he would wish to next make a biopic of, in an interview published in Telegraph of India's March 15 edition.
My earliest memory of music was Elvis Presley when I was four and a half years old. I then reached into my parents album collection, which is very extensive, and pulled out a record of his. From that moment on, in 1992, I really took to the music industry,
Jesse McCartney, in an interview with the Setonian published on 19 March,2018
i) Elvis was too important and too far above the rest even to mention, so we didn't put him on the list because he was more than merely an artist, he was Elvis. ii). I'm primitive on music. I don't want to learn it, it's too serious, too like homework. And nothing about my childhood inspired me with a love of classical music. My dad was a bit of a jazzer so if a symphony came on the radio he would immediately turn it off. School was no better, you would have just had to play one Elvis record and we would have been hooked. We'd have turned up in droves to that lesson. (In fact) I've got so many vivid memories of being a kid in Liverpool. Like everyone I suppose, I have millions of memories of those days. I remember John and I going up to the airport on our bikes to watch the planes. It makes me smile to think that they named the airport after him. So then I think back to getting the bus with George, going to school. And then the memories go beyond that, to getting the bus to "The Cavern" or the "Grosvenor Ballroom". And then the memories go beyond that and beyond that, and I have to remember that I was one of the guys that all that was happening to. You have to pinch yourself and say ‘did that REALLY happen?’. Did I REALLY meet Elvis?”
Paul McCartney, i) In answer to why Elvis Presley was not included on the Sgt Peppers album cover and ii) reminiscing about his early years with the Beatles, as published on the Liverpool Echo's online edition of 24 May, 2015 and as extracted from the book "Conversations with McCartney" by Paul DuNoyer.
When I took him to my Frankfurt home for lunch, my wife offered to make him a hamburger, but he wanted a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and then asked for another one..
Harold “Gene” McCloskey, a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam wars who in 2018, was presented with eight medals for his military service that he actually should have received 50 years before, recalling the moment he met Elvis while they were posted in Germany with the 3rd Armored Division,in an article published at the Wellsboro Gazette on November 15, 2018
He was a precious gift from God we cherished and loved dearly. He had a God-given talent that he shared with the world and without a doubt, he became most widely acclaimed, capturing the hearts of young and old alike. He was admired not only as an entertainer, but as the great humanitarian that he was for his generosity, and his kind feelings for his fellow man. He revolutionized the field of music and received its highest awards and became a living legend in his own time, earning the respect and love of millions. God saw that he needed some rest and called him home to be with HIM. We miss you, son and daddy. I thank GOD that HE gave us you as our son. Elvis Aaron Presley January 8, 1935-August 16, 1977. Son of Vernon Elvis Presley and Gladys Love Presley and father of Lisa Marie Presley
Elvis epitaph as seen on his tombstone, written by *Janelle McComb, and commissioned and directed by Vernon Presley in 1977.
He is such a big Elvis Presley fan that he has been known to dress up as Elvis, complete with white silk jumpsuit and black puffed-up wig. At the Parkes Elvis Festival, he had no qualms about being photographed with fellow Elvis fans and then Labor opponent Sam Dastyari
About Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, as reported by The Australian on February 27, 2018.
Elvis Presley. It's a big, all-American icon with a sense of duty...
David McCowen, describing what the Grand Cherokee would be, if it were a celebrity, for Drive, as published on 23 October 2016
In 1954, R&B̪ writer Charles Singleton and I wrote "Trying to Get to You," which was first recorded by The Eagles, a black vocal group. Elvis Presley heard their version in a store in Memphis, and he decided to record the song. Elvis did it like The Eagles. Amazing how he did that. He wasn't a big star at that point, and we thought that he couldn't sing. We just didn't understand, yet, were grateful to him. Thank God for Elvis.
Rose Marie McCoy's laud of Elvis, who recorded a couple of songs she co-wrote with Charles Singleton, and included one of them in his first album, which spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard pop charts, as published in NPR̺'s "Lady Writes the bluesː The Life Of Rose McCoy", on February 27, 2009
Dylan heard the news while he was at his farm in Minnesota, with his children. I was playing with the kids and planning a birthday party for Samuel Dylan's 9th birthday. Dylan was writing songs for his next album, which turned out to be Street Legal. When Dylan told me that Presley had died, and I said I was not a fan, he didn't talk to me for a week. He really took it bad, was really grieving and said that if it wasn't for Elvis he never would have gotten started. He opened the door, Dylan told me, then went over his whole life, his whole childhood and didn't talk to anyone for a week.
Faridi McFree, art teacher for Nobel laureate Bob Dylan's children, on the day and week after Elvis' death, in an interview with NSF, Music Station.
Growing up, I could sing every Elvis song. In first or second grade, I'd wrap a scarf around my neck, put a big hibiscus flower in my shirt pocket, and perform Live From Hawaii. He came through Monroe, Louisiana, on one of his last tours, and my mom was going to take me, but I got mumps. When she was getting ready for the show, I was lying on the floor kicking and screaming because I couldn't go. In fact, every artist puts a bit of the King into every performance. We're all just trying to be Elvis, aren't we?
Tim McGraw, on his first influence, as published in CMT News online page on July 14, 2016.
No, we all started with rock ’n’ roll, Elvis Presley and the whole Sun Records gang. In my case, while riding my bike in '56, I heard “Heartbreak Hotel" and Ii was then that I wanted to play the guitar.
Roger McGuinn's answer to the question of whether folk music had been his and the Byrds' first influence, in an interview with Variety, and published on November 6, 2016. He later added more details on the Wall Sreet Journal's edition of September 25, 2018.
The headline news of "Platinum", which can be appreciated by fans, scholars, critics and religious fanatics alike, is the inclusion of a newly discovered 1954 demo of the unsigned Elvis singing a lilting wisp of a pop song called "I'll Never Stand in Your Way". His unsophisticated performance is mesmerizing; clearly indebted to the style of the "Ink Spots", Elvis' airy tenor floats delicately above his own guitar accompaniment, aching and somewhat pinched in its feeling; you sense the singer itching to cut loose, to really swing the lyric, open it up; it is in those moments, when the pentimento of the blues vocalist reveals itself, that the melding of styles that soon would change the course of popular music is on fleeting display; it's rare when a single song can be said to make a pricey box-set worthwhile, but this particular "Rosetta stone" of a rare cut, does precisely that. Big time.
David McGee, reviewing the Platinum box-set for RollingStone Magazine
Man, he was a bada—! Love Elvis, I remember the day he died, riding go-carts at my grandmothers house in west Monroe Louisiana 42 years ago."
Tim McGraw, on his instagram, on the occasion of the 42nd anniversary of Elvis' death.
Surely there has not been such a pelvis since Elvis Presley was in his prime.
Hugh McIlvanney Scottish award-winning sports writer, recalling Diego Maradona's prowess during the 1986 World Cup, which his team won, in an article published in the mail Online's edition of October 1, 2017.
When Elvis died 40 years ago next Wednesday, it was like the death of John F. Kennedy 14 years earlier; both men had been such a part of American lives that—for those alive today who remember the events— where they were when they heard the news became almost as important as the news itself. In a way, it made each a part of the story. O was never in the same room with JFK, but I was with the early Elvis. I spent one long Elvis afternoon, during which I watched him perform, then conversed with him and, finally, interacted with him as a part of a group. During much of it, I observed a sweet, unsophisticated young man at close hand. He was exactly what I had expected and yet not at all so.As a writer in the New York bureau of TV Guide magazine, I was invited to attend a press conference, before which I could talk with Elvis and observe him rehearse for his second appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show as well as receive his first polio shot. The afternoon rehearsal was in progress when I took my seat, but the theater was black and strangely silent. Suddenly—shockingly—the stage exploded into red light, dark music and that singular, riveting presence. I don’t even remember the song, though I think it was “Hound Dog.” What I do remember—vividly–is the power of this young performer, the charisma of the man—the mouth, alternatingly pouting, leering, grinning, the sensual modeling of the facial contours and the eyes—those erotic eyes with their kohl-like shadows, promising, threatening. And, of course, the notorious pelvic thrusts. After the rehearsal's end, I joined numerous members of the press to watch the administering of the polio shot, memorable primarily because at the time, and as he later confided to me, Elvis hasd a wholesome fear of needles. It was a scary experience for Elvis, but, as always, he managed a smile for the camera...
Author Megan McKinney, recalling her TV Guide assignment on October 28, 1956. She was the only reporter present at the press conference to have personally interviewed him and as a result, been able to acknowledge the immense fear which totally overtook Elvis on that day but that, at the moment of the inoculation, he totally kept to himself and as published in Chicago Classic Magazine on August 16, 2017, in an article entitled My Afternoon with ElvisYoung, Sweet and Oh, So Polite
I would kiss them both on the mouth.
Artist Randall McKissick, known for a decade as the mystery tenant in South Carolina's so-called ‘nightmare’ house, taking about his two idols, Elvis Presley and James Brown in an article published on The State on 17 November 2017.
For me, it all started with Elvis. I must've been six, maybe seven years old when I saw him on the Ed Sullivan show, wasn't supposed to be watching, raised as I was in a strict Catholic family, and Elvis the Pelvis was sin. But like most Catholic parents, they watched to see just how sinful Elvis was. He was shot from the waist up, I could see that from my hiding place behind the couch. But Elvis' music and energy ignited my first desire to rock 'n roll. My father was a professional magician with a love of movies, and that's where my childhood creative energies were directed. In fact, through my entire teen life my dream was to be a rock and roll rebel.
DirectorTom McLoughlin, former lead singer of the garage band "The Sloths", explaining what first turned into rock music, in an article published in BoeigBoeing's online page, on 17 March 2015
Was that the guitar hick?
Steve McQueen's frequent phone interjections to Barbara Leigh, who had dated Elvis before he did, as told by Leigh to Marshall Terrill in his book, "The King, McQueen and the love machine"
I decided if I was going to China, I was going to go to Shanghai, I just love that word. What Madrid was for Hemingway and Paris was for Dorothy Parker, I want Shanghai to be my Paris. Next thing I know, I'm in China and the people there are so sweet and they'll do anything for you. At one school, in preparing the students who would be attending Columbia University and due to my association with “The Catcher in the Rye,” I assigned it as reading for students and said the idioms in the story would cause confusion. Another assignment to write about a famous person led to a humorous exchange with a student who asked me to write about “Cat King, King of Cats.” Following some research together, I finally learned who was being referenced. He was talking about Elvis Presley. In China they know him as the Cat King, King of Cats.”
Tyson Meade, in an article by Scott Rains entitled "Tyson Meade's journey from Kittens to China to, finally, a home" as published in the Lawton's Constitution June 5, 2020 edition.
Hanging out with the British Royal Family didn't faze me —I called them all by their first names. In fact the only time I ever got that way was when I met Elvis. He checked out the pre-movie stage version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, where I played the motorcycle-riding Eddie. I felt like, Oh my god, I can't believe where I am!—
Meatloaf, as noted in FMTV.
I used to do Elvis at my shows at the Sands, in 1968, before he returned to the stage in 1969, so this guy tells me in a little piece of paper that "He is here" , so when the lights were put on him, it took me about a half hour to catch up with my audience. Later, he would walk in my shows, and the next day, there were lines to see me, because they thought Elvis could do it again, and he did, every night.
Bill Medley,for nmuscistartshere
I'm a very non-religious person. I think everybody has the right to believe in any religion they want. Whatever makes you happy is absolutely fantastic. That's a perfect question to say 'no comment' to, because I don't really wanna hear anybody else's opinion, and I don't think anybody should wanna hear my opinion, because it's very, very personal. And nobody knows anything anyway. So it's, like... If I had to choose a religion, it would be the Elvis Presley religion.
Megadeth's lead guitarist Marty Friedman, expressing his views on religion in an interview with the Impact Metal Channel and as published by Blabbermoputh on January 26, 2014.
I was lucky enough to see Elvis Presley's opening concert at Madison Square Garden on June 9, 1972. Usually, you are not allowed to bring a camera to a concert. But the audience and the entire event were so wild that no one paid any attention to me. Over the years I watched the footage again and again. Then the Viennale called and I immediately thought of my Elvis material. The only problem was that I didn't know what kind of musical soundtrack to use. I tried everything and was close to giving up when I happened to hear a Viennese waltz on the radio. That was it! What could be better than Elvis and Strauss?
Jonas Mekas, Lithuanian artist and filmmaker, on filming Elvis at Madison Square Garden with his Bolex 16mm movie camera, as told at the Vienna International Film Festival on October 19, 2001.
The Biden administration is also doing its vaccine push. The Pentagon is also reportedly looking at plans to mandate that all 1.3 million active- duty troops have vaccine mandates, that they be required to get the shot, just as they already do for actually more than a dozen other diseases and precautions.And the most famous draftee in American history, Elvis Presley, take a look at what we might learn from history. He bared his arm for a vaccine. That was part of helping reassure the public about that over 60 years ago.This is important stuff.We can keep learning together. We can do this togeher
Ari Melber, as transcribed from his MSNBC's TV program "The Beat with Ari Melber" when discussing the US Army's mandates vis a vis the 2021 Covid 19 Pandemia, as shown on August 5, 2021
He certainly was inspired by black music, but I don't get why people are going after Elvis. If you are going to take the stick out on him, you better take it out on the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, everybody. If you are going to villify Elvis then why don't you just tear down the whole United States?
John Mellencamp, discussing cultural appropriation in an article published by Salon on 19 May, 2018.
It was one of just 254 built between 1955 and 1959. The original owner was the German race car driver Hans Stuck, who piloted it to win several hill-climb races in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in 1957. During his ownership, it also won an award at a well-known "automotive beauty" competition and was used in the feature film "Hula-Hopp Conny." In 1959, Elvis bought it from a dealer in Frankfurt, then was given a registration from the U.S. military, which changed every year, resulting in the car getting "lost." After extensive research by both BMW Group Classic and American journalist Jackie Jouret,the car's history started to being verified. Presley had used the 507 between his home in Bad Nauheim to the U.S. Army Base in Friedberg, but when he returned to the US in 1960 he traded it at a Chrysler dealer in New York, which, in turn, sold it to radio moderator Tommy Charles. After outfitting the car with a Chevrolet engine, Charles launched a successful racing career with it, winning a major race in Daytona Beach before selling the car in 1963. The car eventually ended up with space engineer and car collector, Jack Castor. He drove it occasionally before storing it in a pumpkin warehouse with plans to restore it. Though he had collected numerous parts for the car's restoration, it was still in storage when he happened upon a magazine article by Jouret, about Elvis' lost BMW 507! Castor realized that the car he owned had the same chassis number Jouret had uncovered and the pair met at the warehouse to look at the car. Very quickly, Jouret became certain that this car was, indeed, the car owned by Elvis. After further investigation, the car's full history was traced and BMW Group Classic embarked on a 2-year project to restore the BMW 507 to its original condition, you sing many of the parts that Castor had gathered, as well as building a complete 3.2-liter V-8 engine from spare parts to the specifications of the original engine. Today, the 150 horsepower, all-aluminum engine sits under the bonnet of the Feather White BMW 507, and is the star of the Show at the BMW Museum in Munich.
Tara Baukus Mello, for Cars Blog, published on 24 September 2016.
He was drop dead handsome, a major flirt, and a naturally charming man who was a master of the sexual smile
UK Critic George Melly in his book Great Lovers (1981)
Not only Jane Russell looked lovely in a red dress, but she sang "Ain´t Misbehavin´" and "I´ve Got a Crush on You" quite adequately at St. Jude Hospital benefit show at Russwood Park last night. Danny Thomas master of ceremonies and Elvis Presley, got along well. Backstage it was "Doll Face" that Danny called Elvis, and Elvis called him "Mr. Thomas." Danny went out to Presley´s 18-room manor and personally invited him to appear on the program when he was unable to obtain Presley´s top secret telephone number. The two big hits at the so called Shower of Stars Show were the then reigning Academy Award best actress winner for 1956, Susan Hayward and Elvis who didn´t sing, but pleased the crowd with a nice talk.
From the Memphis Press-Scimitar's June 29, 1957 edition, heralding Elvis participation in a Danny Thomas charity show which, thanks to Elvis, attracted 14,000 donors from TN, MS and AR to Russwook Park Stadium on the night of June 28, 1957 in an article entitled "Crowd Goes Wild When Elvis Steps Into Spotlight" By December, sizeable contributions allowed Thomas to seriously undertake the early steps towards St Jude's eventual construction.
Elvis Presley remembered a pledge to Memphis charities he made in 1961 after his discharge from the Army and has thus sent checks totaling $105,000 to charities in Memphis, Mississippi, California, Kansas and Nebraska. Thirty-nine charities received checks during ceremonies held at the auditorium of the publisher of both The Commercial Appeal and the Memphis Press-Scimitar. Elvis, who once received aid from The Commercial Appeal-American Legion Christmas Basket Fund, has never forgotten he once was hungry and needy.
From the Memphis Press-Scimitar's edition of December 14, 1966. The above mentioned contribution is equivalent after adjustments made for inflation toUS$$783,530.23 in 2016 dollars.
I would love to do an Elvis movie one day. That would be amazing znd already got Elvis' iconic hairstyle.
Shawn Mendes Canadian singer and songwriter, in an interview with 95-106 Capital FM radio on October 21, 2018
i) I'm going to be like him one day............ ii) I like to live life. I certainly work hard for it, and I want to have a good time. Don't deny me that. It might not come again and I want to enjoy myself a little. I liked to sing, I don't know, call it natural gift or whatever, you know, I'm not afraid to say it. It's just I like to sing and then I suddenly realized that I could actually write songs and then make my own music rather than before I would, you know, sort of copy Elvis Presley. iv) Why people like David Bowie and Elvis Presley have been so successful? Because they give their audiences champagne for breakfast? No, because they're what the people want.
Freddy Mercury, i) telling his mother what he felt about his future, as he watched Elvis and as recounted by Mrs. Bursara herself, at age 94, for an article published by to Mid Day, on November 21, 2016 ...ii)​http://m.imdb.com/name/nm0006198/quotes from Freddy Mercury.
As I left Princess Diana's funeral service, I was so suddenly struck by the extent of it all that I bottled up all the way home. I was so upset because I really did like Diana, having met with her numerous times. And I always had a laugh with her and really admired her. Most of all, I thought she was so great not to be consumed by everything that had happened to her and to keep giving and giving and giving. I thought she was a really great person - the Elvis of compassion-
George Michael, in the second part of an interview with The Mirror's Tony Parsons, in an article published a few months after the death of the former Princess of Wales.
He never understood the artistic claims that were made for him, probably thought very little of the nature of his appeal, or his music; yet, as author Greil Marcus points out in "Mystery Train", it is possible to see (all that) as a positive factor; Presley viewed "rock and roll" as for the body, not the mind, so he recorded and performed accordingly; and, if much of his rock music sounds superficial, it was thanks to his undoubted vocal talent and extraordinary charisma that, at least, it was all gloriously superficial and celebratory; he knew better than to take it seriously and, in doing so, he became the consummate rock figure, one that defined its spirit by delighting in its very limitations.
Richard Middleton, in his book "Popular Music, Volume I: Folk or Popular?
I wrestled in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, South Africa, North America and Mexico. My name, it was like Elvis...
Mario Milano, in a 2009 interview, as published in an article entitled "Pro wrestling great Mario Milano - ‘Australia’s Elvis’ - dies at 81" by the Post and Courier's edition of December 17, 2016.
I was enchanted by the story my mother, an aspiring singer, told me of meeting Elvis in the early days of his career after witnessing him bring down the house at a live broadcast of "Louisiana Hayride". According to her, Elvis was polite, courteous and unassuming, addressed her as "ma'am," shook her hand and thanked her for enjoying the show. I am elated as his now regained role as an unparalleled musician and cultural innovator.
Ben Miles, in a letter to the Editor of the Los Angeles Times published on 18 April, 2018 in connection with the newspaper's very positive review of the HBO documentary Elvis Presley: The Searcher.
But it was on the gospel numbers, such as the stunning "How great thou art", (1977) that Presley showed the awesome power of his voice. The fact that he has one of the greatest voices in popular music has been obscured by the mystique that has surrounded him.
Steve Millburgh, writing for the "Omaha World Herald", on one of Presley`s last concerts, on 19 June 1977.
After about an hour a few of the guys walked out of the huge room and the others kept talking to me. And I'm assuming now when I think back that the ones that left went to Elvis and probably told him that I was OK. So as I was talking to the other guys, literally without turning my head or looking to any side, that was when I felt this huge, huge presence. It's completely unexplainable and I felt this energy and I turned to my right and I looked and there standing in the doorway was Elvis Presley. And he was not the Elvis that you would imagine. He had on a simple blue sweatsuit with white stripes down the side of the arms and a little white tennis hat on. He just looked like a guy that was lounging in his house, relaxing with his buddies. And that's the Elvis that I met, no jeans, no T-shirt, no sweater, not one of his big blouse shirts or anything like that- just very normal. I stayed that night until 7 o'clock the next morning. He put on a karate exhibit for me with Sonny and Red West and he had the guys call The Bodhi Tree -and they got me all the spiritual books and brought them over in the middle of the night from the store because he realized I was very spiritual and that we would have that in common.
Mindi Miller, actress and stuntwoman, recalling the moment she finally met Elvis at his Monovale Drive home, in Bel-Air, CA, in early 1975, as told to EIN's online page on 12 April, 2017.
My dad was riding down Sunset Boulevard on his motorcycle when suddenly, a limo pulled up next to him. The driver rolls down his window and says, 'Sir, I have Elvis Presley in the car and he'd like to meet you. After they had spent some time together, dad began to exit the limo when Presley stopped him with a surprise request: his autograph!!!
Roger Miller's son Dean, as told in a Children of Song podcast, on 28 January, 2018
Our culture includes Elvis Presley, Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Johnny Cash, Jackie Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, Douglas Macarthur, Milton Friedman, Edgar Allen Poe, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Edison and again, for emphasis, Elvis Presley.....
Stephen Miller, at a political rally on May 25, 2016 at Anaheim, CA, on the subject of how best to define and defend American culture.
In the eleventh grade Elvis and I were in Miss Thompson's Civics class. He was a class clown and in the middle of our mid-term exams with everyone concentrating on the test, he called from the back of the room in a loud voice “Miss Thompson, Miss Thompson,” “What Elvis?” she answered. Then he asked “Why did the chicken cross the road?” The whole class broke up laughing except, of course, Miss Thompson. She quickly replied “See me after class, Elvis"
Robert Wayne Millican, who net Elvis in 1948 as a freshman at Humes.
My sister could sing opera if she wanted, and we used to sing duets together like the Ponselle Sisters, and I also enjoy classic Bette Midler, Barbara Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Judy Garland. Of today's voices, Madonna, Mary J. Blige -- people who know how to communicate--. And I love Elvis Presley. Quite a nice mix!".
Top US soprano Aprile Millo, when asked by the Playbill staff to name her favourite female and male non-classical singers, as published in Playbill, on 17 November, 2009.
But she got her own back because when she got a little bit older, she dated Elvis Presley, who I was madly in love with, of course, as was everybody at the time. So I think that kind of compensated for it being the "back of a head" in the film.
Hayley Mills, discussing her time with Susan Henning who was 14 years old, as she was, and her body double in Disney's 1961 blockbuster "The Parent Trap", as noted in an article published in the August 27, 2021 edition of the Showbiz Cheat Sheet.
Rock and roll is that center place between country and blues and R&B and gospel. When I think of rock and roll, the first person I think of is Elvis Presley. And yeah, he did ‘Jailhouse Rock,’ but he also did those crazy tender ballads. To me, that's still rock and roll.”
Parker Millsap, singer-songwriter in an article entitled "When the spirit moves Parker Millsap, anything can happen", as published on the Boston Globe on May 18, 2018
And he came from East Tupelo, jumping at all of us, a carnal, metallic hero shamelessly imitated, a glorious founder. Even today it seems like I remember everything about him, especially how he defined the myth and monument of the culture of contemporary expressionism. He invented everything and led a ship which we could all board, and led many to sing everything when all we would have done without him is sing boleros. He was rock and roll, is today and shall always be tomorrow. God bless Elvis Presley.
Mina, legendary Italian singer as inscribed in Presley's italian Fan Club online page.
Elvis loved karate and his moves on stage, in the 70s, were karate inspired. One day in 1971 he went to see my show, then invited me to go see his at the International, so on the way there, at the elevator, I found myself in the company of Alice Cooper, Chubby Checker and the most popular porn star at that time, Linda Lovelace, all of whom were also invited by Elvis. So there we were in the biggest suite in Las Vegas, waiting for him to greet us when he finally came out, but dressed in a karate gi. He did a couple of moves until, out of nowhere, another man jumped in front of us, like the butler in the Pink Panther movie who comes our of the closet and attacks his master and I said.. Gee, that's great!!!
Liza Minelli, telling Graham Norton how and when and with whom she met Elvis.
At his big New Year's Eve party, I got to sit and talk with him and it was just great. He was the voice of my generation and I had a million questions to ask him, but all he wanted was to talk about that session of 'Kentucky Rain,'. "More thunder on the piano, Milsap,' he had said when we recorded it. I then asked him if he would like to get up and sing and added that we knew all his songs. 'No, I want to sit here with my friends and not have to worry about singing". He knew we did know how to play his songs, and all, but he didn't want to get up and sing and that was fine with me. It was his party.
Ronnie Mislap C&W musician, blind since birth, who played píano on Presley's "Kentucky Rain", as told to Rolling Stone Country, and published on www.theboot.com on December 8, 2014.
Lesson #1 is that rock music is in the fighting spirit, not in the amperage of the guitars; indeed, some of the toughest rocking has come from all, or mostly acoustic bands; Elvis presented a primer lesson from the famous Sun sessions, with a simple blues song through the most famous faux false start in rock history; he and the boys start out all slow and bluesy, before stopping the band cold and calling it out like the hippest beat poet: 'Hold it fellas. That don't... move me. Let's get real, real gone for a change'. Then they did, let it loose, turned every bit of intensity in their beings into a jumping arrangement, much faster and more rhythmically nuanced a performance than the opening. Much of the intensity is in the fast and furious, but precisely laid out detail work; there is a strong sense of spontaneity and discovery, but what ultimately makes this a hall-of-fame performance is the vocal performance; Elvis doing tricks, making sudden octave wide jumps. "If you see my milkcow..." There is a charismatic determination of spirit that Nietzsche would no doubt have recognized as the will to power; when the King got through with it, it was no longer anything to do with a high calcium drink, but about the singer's assertion of his place in the universe.
Review of "Milkcow Blues" (1954), Elvis third single for the Sun Records Label, by MoreThings.com
My parents brought home Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog" and I would sit there, on my stomach, with my face right at this little record player, playing that song over and over and over. I didn't know what Elvis looked like, what any of this was about, all I knew was there was some kind of groove and energy coming off it. That is when I lost interest in playing Kick the Can or Red Rover with the neighbourhood kids and with a gift of his first guitar, I became a bit of a withdrawn kid who loved being at home strumming my guitar.”
Canadian rocker Kim Mitchell, as published in the Intelligencer, on November 4, 2017.
Actually my dad saw Elvis before he was well known. In mid November of 1954, he and mom were down in New Orleans staying with Frank and Isabell Monteleone, who owned the Monteleone Hotel in the French Quarter in New Orleans. On the weekend, they went to their place in Pass Christian, Mississippi. The Monteleones said, “There’s a little club about a half hour from here. They’ve got this singer there, and we ought to go up and see him.” Then, after seeing him and when my dad was preparing his original written story of "Thunder Road", he wanted Elvis to play his younger brother Robin Doolin. In 1957, my parents as usual had a Christmas party, and they invited Elvis to discuss the matter. My mom served us some delicious roast beef and I remember at the end of the party and after everybody had left, my dad and Elvis were at the piano taking turns playing and singing songs. My dad loved jazz and knew a lot of Southern jazz songs. Dad would be like, “Do you know this one?” I sat there half the night listening to them. At 13 years old, I knew who Elvis Presley was. It was something. Elvis wanted to play the part, but his manager Colonel Parker claimed that Elvis had too many obligations to fulfill and too many film contracts already pending to take on my dad's project. But I think the real problem was that Parker was unhappy that someone had gotten straight to Elvis without going through him...
Chris Mitchum, in an interview with Medium Corporation dealing with his father, actor and producer Robert Mitchum's wishes to give Elvis the role of his younger brother in the 1958 classic "Thunder Road"
I never saw him off the set, but twice, and yet I considered him one of the best friends. A real southern gentleman he was. One of the nicest persons I have ever met in my entire life.
Mary Ann Mobley, who co-starred with Elvis in two films, in an interview with Joan Rivers, in 1992
Elvis had an open time period, and I think Colonel Parker remembered all the fan mail that kids wrote from Hawaii. So to fill that one date that they needed, they decided to come, and that's why he came to in November of 1957
Tom Moffatt, Hawaii's foremost concert promoter, recalling the root of Elvis' first performance there, which took place 17 months before it became the 50th state.
I never met him until I was in a rehearsal, in 1969, and he just walked up one time – I'd worked with him with the Sweets for 6 months I think – and he said, "Hey Stump – how you doin?" and shook my hand. I was shocked, because I didn't know that the man knew my name & stuff. You know, Rick Nelson was really good looking but he couldn't touch EP. I mean that man Elvis was something else! When I first saw him - I'm not gay at all - I thought man – this man is really cool neat cat, man! Anyways, i was with him in August of 1974 when he, Jerry and Red painted a female figure drawn into a mural located in the west wall of the Showroom Internationale, as if she was black. They waited until 3 am, got some ladders and black paint, and Elvis did the painting.
Jerome Stump Monroe, R&B drummer for the Sweet Inspirations, as told to Richard Crofts and Arjan Deelen in an interview for YouTube, dated 31 May 2018.
He's all for love and who else can give you this? Elvis Presley for President!
Lou Monte's words heard in RCA's "Elvis Presley For President" single from the summer of 1956. In that year's otherwise inconsequential Presidential election, no less than 5000 people, by write-in, voted Elvis...
Frankly speaking, I don't know much about rock and roll music and I enjoyed some when I was in high school and college. But I stopped listening after Elvis Presley...
Ban Ki-moon, eight Secretary General of the United Nations, a national of South Korea, as noted in brainy quote/quotes/keywords/elvis_presley.html
To me Elvis Presley's best records came after he got out of the Army. I mean, just his delivery. “Are You Lonesome Tonight,” and “Surrender” and “Little Sister,” “His Latest Flame,” “She’s Not You,” even some of the early movie songs like “Follow That Dream” and “King Of The Whole Wide World” that I list among my all-time favorites. But, rock ‘n’ roll purists think that after 1957 there isn't anything any good. I think this is so far off base it's laughable.
Craig Moore, in an interview with singer Bobby Vee as published by Goldmine on May 14, 2009
Elvis gave us a second career'.
Bluesman, the Reverend Bishop Dwight Arnold Gatemouth Moore, speaking about the impact of the early Elvis Presley on African American musicians, as quoted by Robert Gordon, for Elsewhere, on November 7, 2007.
It hosted presidents and one king — Elvis Presley in 1955,”.
George Moore, the Mobile Alabama Battle House Hotel's historian, referring to celebrities which stayed there, including Elvis, who did so after a concert at Ladd Stadium, in an article by Marci DeWolf, entitled "Mardi Gras in Mobile a family affair", and published in January 29, 2018.
He was pioneer of doing a little bit iof everything, a triple threat, so yes I am following on his footsteps.
MandyMoore, in an interview
I thought anyone who had been the center of all that insanity for so long would have some of it rub off on him. But, after working in "Change of Habit" with him, I realized I'd never worked with a more gentlemanly, kinder man. He was gorgeous.
Mary Tyler Moore, as noted by instarsmeetstars
Dot continued to travel between Britain and America when I was out there, in between her tours and engagements. In Los Angeles, she once appeared at the 'Moulin Rouge' club in Hollywood, one of her biggest fans being a young Elvis Presley, who attended most of her performances and repeatedly asked her to sing 'This Is My Mother's Day!' He came backstage and, being very nervous, introduced himself to me - as though I didn't know who he was.'Hello, I'm Roger,' I said.'How are you, sir?' he asked.'Lovely to meet you, sir.' He insisted on calling me 'sir' throughout our chat, and acted as though he was in awe of me. Him! In awe of me! Elvis then told Dot how much he admired her and hoped he might have just a little of the success she had achieved. If only he knew. If only I knew!
Roger Moore, recounting the time he and his first wife, entertainer Dorothy (Dot) Squires met Elvis (page 135 of his autobiography)
Sam Phillips used what we call 'slapback' or 'tape delay', which lent an otherworldly patina to Presley's voice. And I don't know if Sam was really conscious of it at the time, but if you listen to old pop and country records back then, the voice was always so much farther out from the music; Sam kept Elvis' voice close to the music, so, in essence, Elvis' voice became another instrument.
Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley's lead guitarist from 1954 until 1968, as published in The "Virginia Pilot", in an article entitled "The rising of Sun Records cast music in new light", as written by Sue Smallwood, and published on December 15, 1994
i) My delight in dating Elvis hinged entirely on one fact. I knew that no one could possibly make Marlon Brando more jealous. I wanted to get even, Brando had done me wrong, so I went from one kind of king to another. I dated Elvis, who was absolutely gorgeous and had a perfect kind of face, but he was not interesting to me. When Brando saw a photo of us two, in the papers, he was furious, he threw chairs, It was wonderful. ii) When he took the polio vaccine, he was wonderful, a fabulous and important advocacy which should continue to work with today's celebrities vis a vis teh COVID 19 pandemia.
Rita Moreno i) in her Memoirs ii) interview with Dr. Jon LaPook CBS this morning July 20, 2021 Note: Not a single photo of Elvis and Rita has ever been found, which points to her having told Brando about her affair with Elvis, which had indeed taken 2 years before, as if it was happening then and to make matters worse, on the day Brando told her he had just met Presley at the Paramount Commissary, and had found him very congenial....
Elvis, yes! Elvis was my man. You know, I used to go up and view his shows.
Derrick Morgan, known as the precursor to Bob Marley, the first big reggae star in early 1960s in an interview reaggeavibes
I never met a more polite kid in my life.
Actor Harry Morgan, who co-starred with Elvis, who was 31 years old,in United Artists' Frankie and Johnny", in an interview with EMMYTVLEGENDS
Just pretend everyone in the audience is sitting there in their underwear.
Advice given to Elvis by Bobby Morris, the then brand new orchestra conductor of the Showroom Internationale at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, on the night of July 31, 1969, as Elvis became a little trepidatious minutes before the start of his first show in 9 years. As told by his son Daryl Morris in an interview with the Las Vegas Review Journal published on May 5, 2018. Morris would remain his conductor for the next engagement only, replaced as he was in the summer of 1970 by Joe Guercio & his orchestra.
It probably will require a hurricane to de-contaminate this area properly after hix appearance here. I know hundreds, and there must be thousands, who deplore the type of music that is being fed to the younger elements of our community. Let us hope that those who feel as do will make themselves heard so that something may be done to curb the mouthings of that avaricious maniac.
̇ W.A. Morris, commentimg on Elvis' performance at The Citadel 's College Park, in Charleston, SC, on June 28, 1956 in a letter to the Editor of The News and Courier published on July 3, 1956.
He is the best ever, the most original, started the ball rolling for us and deserves the recognition.
Jim Morrison, in 1970, as published in http://www.elvis.net/whattheysay/theysayframe.html
As a musician, I was inspired by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, Beethoven and Chopin and so I will always be the same Michele, but with different moods. We are going to have a lot of rough and strong things but a lot of emotion, too. As far as the lyrics are concerned, it will be more mature.
Michele Morrone, italian actor and singer in an article entitled "Racism should be dealt with seriously", as published in the hindustantimes' August 2, 2020 edition,
We have a mutual friend who uses the phrase "That’s skinny Elvis", all day long when describing something cool
Sam Morrow, telling Rolling Stone how his duet with Jaime Wyatt on the song "Skinny Elvis" came about, as published on March 26,2018.
The 2019 arrival of a new BMW 3 Series as an event that resets the parameters of the executive car class, because every time a new one comes along, it usually succeeds in smashing its key rivals and becoming the car to beat. It is as momentous in the motoring world as the Apollo moon landings or the death of Elvis.
Darren Moss, reviewing the new BMW Series 3, as published in What Car?' May 23 2109 edition.
Representing Elvis is something only dreams are made of...
Super model Kate Moss, speaking about her appearing in a video filmed at the Abbey Road Studios in London, in connection with the re-release of the song "The Wonder of you", which had topped the UK singles charts for 6 weeks in 1970, and again hit the Top Five, at #4, in 2007, as reported by the Sun on 29 November 2016.
I have to say I had some very good scenes with him in "Loving you", but I found myself going to every shot, every scene in which he sang because I was completely taken by listening to him sing. I could not believe the charisma. Incidentally, my uncle was the opera star Mario Lanza (married to my dad´s sister Betty) and I knew what it was like to encounter not just an actor or a singer, but somebody that you knew was going to be a legend. Mario was going to be the next Caruso and Elvis, I thought, ´he is in that class´. This man is going to live forever because that voice is not just for us, but for the people of God.
Rev. Mother Dolores, formerly actress Dolores Hart, speaking about Presley´s voice, in an interview to Sirius Radio, in Memphis, TN, on the 36th anniversary of Presley´s death (August 16, 2013).
I've been an Elvis fan all my life. It started in 1957, but regrettably, I never met him.
Nana Mouskouri, Greece's leading music star, in an interview with Telescoup, as published on their online page on September 30, 2018.
I don't admire nobody, but Elvis Presley was the sweetest, most humble and nicest man you'd want to know. Singing ability, he a had everything and he was pretty, I know. And when it comes to boxing nobody has the class, the style, the wit, the speed and beauty of Ali. When it comes to singing nobody had everything like Elvis. And the last thing, he did lot for poor people, he cared for people, he had a good heart, he just wasn't a person who was great with talent but great in spirit and with God in his heart, and this is great too. I realise how good I am in my profession, I don't praise nobody if he don't deserve it, cos I am the greatest of all time in boxing, in boxing. I said boxing! I'm telling you, not just you all, the Elvis fans, so naturally you praise Elvis, he's of European race as you are, but I'm black, I'm a Islamic, I'm 100% different from you. And I tell the world Elvis was the greatest of all time. I'm a Muslim who's black who stands up for what he believes. I don't have to say what I don't feel, I'm not false I don't have to say this. I'm free. He to me is one of the greatest singers, actors and all round men of all time. With all the brothers together, none are better than Elvis Presley
Muhammad Ali, as published in numerous magazines and biographies, including Saladin Ahmens's online page, as well as from a speech in Memphis, TN, honouring Elvis life on the 8th anniversary of his passing (August 16th 1985, https://www.youtube.com/watch​?
The board meets every Wednesday at the old courthouse in Inverness. Last week I walked into the old courthouse and there was a portrait of Elvis Presley on the wall, greeting me. “Good morning,” I said to Elvis as I entered the building.I did a double take because he appeared to wink at me. Later in the meeting we had a visit from Paul Perregaux, a Citrus Hills resident who has qualified to run for the Citrus County Community Charitable Foundation board, the nonprofit organization that will decide how the proceeds from the lease of Citrus Memorial Hospital will be used. I asked Paul to give us some background on his life experience so we could let residents know why he was running for the office. The longtime banker pointed out that he had an Army career before he worked for the financial industry in New England and noted he was once assigned a driver by the name of Elvis Presley. And yes, it was that Elvis Presley. “He was a very nice young man” said Paul.Later that same day, back at the Chronicle office in Meadowcrest, we had a very extraordinary visit from April Royal, the widow of Phil Royal I sat for a few minutes with April and as we sat there talking, April Royal explained to me that her recently deceased friend Dorothy Jean's absolute favorite musician was Elvis Presley. Her residence at the Key Center was adorned with photos and paintings of Elvis.In July of this year, April and Phil attended the Key Center's annual auction. Phil had been on the Key Center board for 20 years and had a special relationship with Dorothy Jean Cole.At the July charity event, what comes up for auction but a large velvet portrait of Elvis Presley? According to April, Phil took one look at Elvis and said he needed to purchase the velvet masterpiece for Dorothy Jean. “I don’t care what it costs,” Phil told April. “We need to buy Elvis.” The Royals were the top bidders. Phil wanted to wait until after the Run for the Money to give the present to Dorothy, but fate got in the way. Phil died during the run at a very young 47 years old. His family and our entire community have been rocked by the tragedy. April Royal has been an incredibly strong woman during the aftermath of the tragic events. Just last week she saw the Elvis portrait at her home and decided she had to go visit Dorothy Jean. So she loaded Brelyn and Elvis into the car and went to the Key.She presented the Elvis portrait to Dorothy as a last gift from Phil. Dorothy was delighted to spend time holding Brelyn and she had a big smile on her face.And now, just a few days after that visit, Dorothy Jean Cole has passed away.The irony was almost too much to comprehend.In a very strange way, the velvet King helped me better understand what courage looks like.
Gerry Mulligan. Publisher of the Citrus County Chronicle, published on October 1, 2016 at 11:45 pm
I used to babysit for a Sergeant Phelps at the US airbase and was at work one day when he turned up at my house and told my mum that Elvis would be at the airbase that night and I should go if I wanted to see him. My mum ran to a phone box to call me at work. I couldn't believe it - I loved Elvis, I had all his records. I changed into my American jeans, lumberjacket, bobby socks and blue suede shoes and cycled the three miles to the airport base. I dropped in at my friend Muriel's and she said she would come too but I couldn't manage to give her a ‘backie’ so we skipped and ran all the way. When we got to the base there was a small group of people already there, standing at the barrier in front of two huge Cadillac cars. Muriel and I were right at the barrier, were so excited and suddenly the plane was in front of us. The door opened and there was Elvis. He was so handsome in his uniform. He waved and we started screaming. He shouted: ‘Where am I?’ and people shouted back: ‘Prestwick’. Elvis came down the stairs and looked fantastic with that beautiful smile. We could nearly touch him. Then Muriel did an amazing thing. She jumped over the barrier and threw herself on him - a couple of huge military policemen scraped her off and put her back over the barrier. The next thing we knew, he was away. We went to the cafe where the young folk hung out and told people we had seen Elvis. They were all laughing at us but the papers the next day proved it.”
Ann Murphy, on the night she and her friend saw Elvis on his only hour in Scotland, March 3, 1960, travelling as he was en route to New York, on the day of his final discharge from the US Army, as published on the Scotsman, on 3 March 2006.
That’s my idol, Elvis Presley. If you went to my house, you’d see pictures all over of Elvis. He’s just the greatest entertainer that ever lived. And I think it’s because he had such presence. When Elvis walked into a room, Elvis Presley was in the f***ing room. I don’t give a f*** who was in the room with him, Bogart, Marilyn Monroe.”
Eddie Murphy, as published in www.graceland.com
In fact, the overwhelming influx of white rappers has become so pervasive that hip-hop queen Nicki Minaj offered a tongue-in-cheek Instagram observation on the trend: “It’s a great time to be a white rapper in America huh?” Nicki also came with receipts — a screenshot of the iTunes Top 10 Rap/Hip-Hop songs displaying six slots filled with Caucasian spitters: the aforementioned Malone and G-Eazy as well as NF, Macklemore, Machine Gun Kelly and a certain gifted-yet-weary rhyme legend (Eminem), who is most responsible for flipping hip-hop's racial course as Elvis Presley once did with the Black musical art form known as rock and roll.
Keith Murphy, as published on the BET network online page on December 19,2017 in an article entitled "Now Is A Good Time To Be A White Rapper for everyone except Eminem". The statement is reminiscent of Chuck D's reconsidered opinion on Elvis when in an interview with ABC-TV, in 2002, he stated: "As a musicologist — and I consider myself one — there was always a great deal of respect for Elvis, especially during his Sun sessions. As a black people, we all knew that. In fact, Eminem is the new Elvis because, number one, he had the respect for black music that Elvis had"
But things began to change in late October 1957, thanks to Elvis announcing the impending arrival of “a rock ’n’ roll Christmas.” The setting was a San Francisco press conference and the reference pertained to the imminent release of Elvis’ Christmas Album. Unsurprisingly, the media took the bait, waxing indignantly about the desecration of Christmas music. Even Time magazine got into the act. At the height of its influence, the magazine did one of its trademark putdowns, warning of the “most serious menace to Christmas since I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.”
Pat Murphy, for Troy Media, in an article dated December 19, 2018 and entitled "The first rock ’n’ roll Christmas", his reference to TIME dovetaling nicely (LOL) with the not so well known fact that TIME, in part thanks to the Luce Family, remains to this day the only major US based magazine to have never had Elvis Presley grace its cover.
It's now or never, as Elvis Presley used to say.
NJ's Governor Phil Murphy's answer to a question by a reporter on when should the vote be held for the legalization of marijuana, as published by CBS Philly's March 21, 2019 online edition.
I was the twenty-seventh person on standby, on the last flight out of New York City to Memphis the night before the funeral. Miraculously, I got to Memphis and took a cab to Graceland- They'd stopped letting people into the house at that point but everybody was trying to get a photograph of Elvis in the casket, and there was a $50,000 bounty on it.. But the actual funeral was a spectacular thing. I still have incredibly powerful impressions of it, to drive the route and see all the hundreds of thousands of people waiting for him to roll by. It was incredible—very powerful and was about 90 degrees. Waiting in the shade, and all the signs said "God bless you, Elvis. When the hearse rolled out on the street, and it reached the speed it was going to go at, I burst into tears. It was like the long, slow walk And it was just so poignant, then all the helicopters converged on the cemetery, overhead, and there was a riot at the other gate, you know, at the back gate—people were trying to storm into the cemetery. The hearse was arriving, and I started racing, running from where we were. We started running towards where I thought the riot was coming from. On the way I encountered the hearse being led by 24 motorcycle cops. It was one of the most terrifying things I have ever seen, because these cops they were guarding Elvis. And all of the sudden there was one man standing in the cemetery right where they were passing by, and there was not supposed to be anybody there. There's one guy, and it's me. And this cop gave me a look that said, "If you move, I will shoot you right through the heart." I mean, I just froze—you know, like when your hair stands on end. Anyway, as they tried to carry it up the steps, they almost dropped it—it fell like sideways. But then there was a very strange moment when Priscilla actually left. Because you could feel Elvis. You could absolutely feel his presence everywhere. And when she left, it was almost like you could feel his real love went with her, as she rode out of the cemetery. It's was an amazing feeling. I'll never forget it. Well, you gotta have role models. He was an extraordinary guy.
Comedian and actor Bill Murray' full interview on his attending Elvis' funeral, published on August 9, 2004 at Permalink
Some people adore goats, some people believe the earth is flat, some even believe Elvis Presley is still alive. Simon Busuttil can believe whatever he wants but when the rest of the country hears these things, they laugh.
Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta, addressing a political gathering in Gozo, as reported by the Times of Malta on October 14, 2018.
Just above the lobby, the “Impact of the Bible” floor highlights how Scriptures have influenced cultures across the globe — from education and literature and art and architecture to a King James Bible owned by Elvis Presley which is just steps away from mannequins adorned with dresses by fashion designers such as Dolce and Gabbana, who have featured icons of the Virgin Mary in their brand.
Adelle M. Banks, reviewing the Museum of the Bible, which opened in Washington DC in late 2017, as published in the Deseret News on November 13, 2017
In 1959 (during his time in the Army), he came under the weather and military doctors diagnosed tonsillitis and suggested that the vocalist, then the biggest performer in the universe, have his tonsils removed. Presley, already more trustworthy than most modern performers in his pleasant acceptance of military duty, agreed. The problem was that no doctor nearby wanted to risk operating on the star, fearing that malpractice would leave him without his golden voice and either a lawsuit or an an angry fan could ruin any medical career and/or life. They gave him penicillin instead and fortunately everything worked out.
Published on the December 1, 2014 online edition of "Music Times", in an article aptly entitled "Tonsillitis and musicians, it aint no joke"
Few people in my village have the slightest clue about life in America. To them we might as well be the center of the universe. I'm one of few lucky or unlucky ones (depending on how you look at it) who happened to, miraculously, have had the opportunity to live in both worlds. It goes without saying that I can also speak with confidence that my level of confusion is unparalleled. Once, I had confused Elvis Presley for Yuri Gagarin. In fact, there are people in Kokoland who still believe so. What difference will that make, anyway, when folks still believe that the Earth is flat?
Gony Mustafa, in his Book 20118 "iVillager", sharing his purposeful journey from a mythical Kokoland, actually a village in Western Sudan, to America and his discovery of enlightenment about the world
The Postal Service is being wasteful in spending nearly US$300,000 to promote its Elvis Presley stamp. To break even, they would have to sell more than one million stamps to collectors who do not then use them.
Ralph Nader, a few months before the USPS's announcement that it had netted US$36 million in profits, its highest ever, as a result of some 124 million stamps being purchased and kept by collectors, more than a third of those 500 million originally issued and sold.
The first time he was booked at the International, in July of 1969, some of us had our doubts. I mean, we opened July Fourth with Barbra Streisand, who'd just won an Oscar, had three pictures going. She was one of the hottest entertainment properties in the world. We knew we had something. Elvis [who was the second performer at the new hotel] was an unknown stage property who hadn't appeared live anywhere in eight years. We knew he'd be something of a draw, but my God! Elvis was a blockbuster, turning out to be an even bigger draw in subsequent runs at the International. I'm not sure how this figure was verified, but it has been reported the Maitre d' and head waiters split $10,000 in tips per night when he performed the following February.
Nick Naff, executive at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, for elvisdblñog.
When a polio vaccine became available in the United States in the 1950s, the March of Dimes, an organization that had been affiliated with President Franklin D. Roosevelt, made a major advertising push, with posters featuring young children who were most at risk of being infected. To boost public interest in the vaccine, Elvis Presley got vaccinated backstage at “The Ed Sullivan Show and it was seen as a patriotic thing,
René Najera, editor of the "History of Vaccines" at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, as publsihed in the New York Times' May, 16 2021 edition.
My biggest musical influences are Elvis Presley and Led Zeppelin
Musician Anna Nalick, as published by SomethingElse, on 23 November, 2017.
Basically, I tried to mimic my big brothers in a sense. It was the days of peg pants, like today. Usually, when you inherit clothes from your bigger brother, the pants were longer anyway, so there was plenty of room to roll them up. So, yeah, I mimicked Elvis Presley, with his collar up and his slicked-back hair. He was cool, so we dressed as kids similar to what our big brothers did and the stars that we had seen. And I started (dressing) as Elvis (did) because, of course, he was special. My dad was with me one time in Vegas and we were allowed to go backstage where I introduced Elvis to my father. He took my dad and sat down on the couch and they sat there for about 30 minutes just talking and that. Boy, I tell you what, that was something. I'm standing there and Elvis is spending time with my dad. That day, I didn't tell him I dressed like him. He was wonderful. Wh