In honor of the 25th anniversary of Elvis's death, I thought I would re-post a message that I wrote from a little while back....
Liam--agree with you there about Elvis. Well, I actually have mixed feelings....
*He didn't write his own songs. (Except a few on which he "co-wrote." H. Hotel being one I think.)
*Although he was largely influential, he didn't even hold a "fried peanut-butter and banana sandwich" to The Beatles.
*He became popular mostly off of black artists' songs and moves, because of racist deejays and America in general. (Not that I'm faulting Elvis himself. At least he seemed to give credit to those artists from what I hear.)
*He was so grossly jealous of The Beatles that he tried to get them deported.
*He was appointed a DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) Special Agent by the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, yet he was one of the biggest pill-poppers around. (And yet he called The Beatles and other groups the "bad influences on America.)
*Say what you want, the man could put on a show! Especially late 60s/early 70s. Take a look at the films 'Elvis on Tour' or 'That's The Way It Is'. you'll see why.
*The man had one of the most amazing voices in rock history. Most people say they like the "early" Elvis. But I actually prefer "later" Elvis because his voice really developed. Check out any of his 70s material. His voice just SOARS!! Especially on Gospel tunes.
*He was a cool mamma jamma. I may not like him for a variety of reasons, but there's no denying the man was just plain cool! The way he walked, the way he talked, the way he dressed, just everything.
*He had a black belt in karate. (Which for some reason I always thought was cool.)
*Even though he didn't write his own songs, he was a hard worker. He was a poor boy from Tupelo who everybody laughed at. He went to school wearing pink silk shirts and long sideburns. People thought he was a freak, but he had the courage to dare to be different. They told him he wouldn't make it. Well, he proved everybody wrong and became the "King." (Even though I personally dispute that term.)
*Music history wouldn't be the same without him. Without him, even our Lads from Liverpool may not have happened.
Wow, I can't believe I just went on this long talking about Elvis!!
I'd like a Macca shake and Macca fries please....