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Was there anything real about Elvis Presley?

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His Karate skills weren’t real!

go to you tube and type in Elvis and karate. It’s hilarious! Or better yet watch the Joe Rogan podcast on Elvis and Karate!

I loved when he was drunk on stage in Vegas and demonstrating his karate!

he insulted this very special art but hey Elvis was the best when it came to singing and boozing!

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Who is Elvis? A great, singer, performer and entertainer

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"The King" was not the real Elvis, but simply a cynically re-packaged product (with "black" roots) for the new 1950s market of "white" teenage consumers. Unlike the Beatles who followed only to dethrone him, Elvis was deaf to the adage, “If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.”, paralyzed as he was by the baleful influence of a feckless father, his infantile inability to cut the umbilical cord to his mother, his red-neck environment, his provincial mentality and lack of education, all of which eventually smothered his enormous natural stage charisma. Then with all this baggage he fell into the malign clutches of his Dutch Svengali, conman and murder suspect (back in the Netherlands) who together with the US Army snuffed out his freedom to develop as a person with a grounded identity and a sense of individual agency. He was the epitome of a "made in Dixie" American Tragedy who, preserved in the deep-fried aspic of the South, died young of boredom and existential ennui. But his voice from those early recordings will live on in the history of America's glorious popular music culture. RIP Elvis.

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guy who lived a bit too fast and have dies a bit too early.

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John Lennon said it best: "Elvis died the day they put him in the army"

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Then with all this baggage he fell into the malign clutches of his Dutch Svengali, conman and murder suspect (back in the Netherlands) who together with the US Army snuffed out his freedom to develop as a person with a grounded identity and a sense of individual agency. He was the epitome of a "made in Dixie" American Tragedy who, preserved in the deep-fried aspic of the South, died young of boredom and existential ennui. But his voice from those early recordings will live on in the history of America's glorious popular music culture. RIP Elvis.

He was made into a god but he didn't intend, want or planned on it. He was like a white counterpoint to Chuck Berry since rock'n'roll is/was from that start/always will be a fusion of Black AND White American music styles. However, his deityhood made him isolated in his life. He always welcomed visitors of all kinds and was generous to them but his godhood came with a price. He was larger than life and that status cost him. Now even today the religion continues but serious rockers know that he's the one that started the whole shebang.

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I heard the analogy the other day that Trump has entered his Fat Elvis years. Seemed like a good analogy. The king died on the throne.

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The doughnuts were real.

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Was there anything real about Elvis Presley?

I do wonder if he could have a do-over, would he have went the Hollywood route as it seems IMO to have stolen his music soul for awhile.

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In his 2002 autobiography, Jones noted that Elvis should be listed with Frank Sinatra, the Beatles, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson as pop music’s greatest innovators. However, by 2021, in the midst of a changing racial climate, Jones was dismissing Presley as an unabashed racist.

If this is actually true, it says more about Quincy Jones being a racist than Presley.

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Elvis once said 'I sound like nobody'....to me he sounded like 'everybody' as he listened to all that pop culture offered when he was young.....his first recording for his mum was 'My Happiness' an old 'Ink Spots' number. When he recorded their 'That's When Your Heartaches Begin' he even used their recitation technique part way through the recording. He did not have the high voice of their lead singer but his ballad style was influenced by him. But he also liked Mario Lanza and wanted to sing like him....thus 'Its Now Or Never' leading to a pop opera style in later years. Has anyone sung 'What Now My Love' better? He was originally a Country and Western Singer...he won a singing competition singing 'Old Shep'...a maudlin song about a boy and his dog (the dog died come the end of the song...of boredom probably!).....his blues delivery (on his first LP) of such as 'That's All Right Mama' were initially a joke as Sam Phillips let him and his musicians have the Sun Studios for a year to develop a saleable style......and he and the musicians did some blues numbers for a laugh....and it worked. But his desire and admiration for 'real' singers (not just mouthing words through thin voices covering a limited range) never left him and, it has been said by those close to him, that's all he saw himself as....was a singer. He never really understood all the acclaim. He even once (as he was not easily recognizable without his 'stage attire') entered an 'Elvis' singing competition outside the 'Graceland' gates. They realised who it was when he started singing.....after the vote he came fourth! As 'Elvis' himself once said during a press interview "Its difficult to live up to an image". And it was...and in doing it with all the isolation that came with it, and the boredom, it killed him. Elvis was all of us.

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Who was Elvis?

A man who could turn any sentence into a song.

But a better question might be “Who is Elvis?”

46 years laters, he is still the King of Rock ‘n Roll.

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The King can’t come back to defend himself against petty little snipers.

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@Anonymous IF you are calling Quincy Jones a racist then why would he say Frank Sinatra and the Beatles are some of the greatest music innovators? IF Quincy Jones is what you are implying your logic is off base because a true racist wouldn't list point counter point. One point I would like to make is Elvis was so FAKE he still lives!! Go to Las Vegas and see how many Elvis impersonators are there. Now my logic tells me look at his persona he was a copy of the following Chuck Berry, and Little Richard. I knew Little Richard personally lived in my neighborhood he told me of an incident when we performed at a show Elvis Presley also performed at. When he went on stage the crowd went wild when it was time for Elvis to perform the crowd was still screaming Richard. He said Elvis got so pissed he didn't want to perform. Point this article if it hold any weight "During his formative years, he shopped at Lansky Brothers, a clothier on Beale Street that outfitted African American performers and provided him with secondhand pink-and-black ensembles.

He tuned into the radio station WDIA, where he soaked up gospel and rhythm and blues tunes, along with the vernacular of black disk jockeys. He turned the dial to WHBQ’s “Red, Hot, and Blue,” a program that had Dewey Phillips spinning an eclectic mix of R&B, pop and country. Now imagine Little Richard and Chuck Berry with their dance moves and now imagine Elvis standing in one place strumming a guitar. There's your answer. Everything he did was emulated which is nothing wrong but give credit where its due!

In his 2002 autobiography, Jones noted that Elvis should be listed with Frank Sinatra, the Beatles, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson as pop music’s greatest innovators. However, by 2021, in the midst of a changing racial climate, Jones was dismissing Presley as an unabashed racist.

If this is actually true, it says more about Quincy Jones being a racist than Presley.

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Elvis died on the toilet

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Legendary 1957 Frank Sinatra quote on rock 'n' roll:

“....the most brutal, ugly, degenerate, vicious form of expression it has been my displeasure to hear...

It fosters almost totally negative and destructive reactions in young people. It smells phony and false. It is sung, played and written for the most part by cretinous goons and by means of its almost imbecilic reiterations and sly, lewd—in plain fact, dirty—lyrics, and as I said before, it manages to be the martial music of every sideburned delinquent on the face of the earth … this rancid-smelling aphorodisiac I deplore.

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"Was there anyrthing real about Elvis?"

Uh yeah, duh,... Elvis.

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And by the way I shut my business every January 8 here in Nobeoka, Miyazaki and give my employees a paid day off for ... The King's Birthday.

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From 1969 to his death in 1977, only 797 out of 2,936 days were devoted to performing concerts or recording in the studio. Most of his time was dedicated to vacationing, playing sports, riding motorcycles, zipping around on go-karts, horseback riding, watching TV and eating.

Nothing wrong with that. If I had enough bread to do all the things I loved, I certainly would. LeLeavelvis alone. Maybe he didn't want anyone to know anything about him and maybe he was whatever, but his music was pretty cool to a good segment of the population. That's all you need to know.

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Quincy Jones on The Beatles:

And then there is Paul McCartney on Quincy Jones (crazy mother something). And yet they were friends.

The Beatles wrote songs. Quincy Jones arranged jazz. Elvis Presley sang songs. It takes all sorts.

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n his 2002 autobiography, Jones noted that Elvis should be listed with Frank Sinatra, the Beatles, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson as pop music’s greatest innovators. However, by 2021, in the midst of a changing racial climate, Jones was dismissing Presley as an unabashed racist.

If this is actually true, it says more about Quincy Jones being a racist than Presley.

All that talk is a load of bull. Elvis was no racist and Quincy isn't either. Quincy produced Michael Jackson's famous first three albums. They featured various session musicians on them like Arif Mardin (a Turk), members of Toto (white folks) and Eddie Van Halen on 'Beat It'. And EVH was half Dutch / half Indonesian.

That's all a load of CRAP made up by a bunch of PC idiots who think everything's just dirt and have nothing better to do but make up 'excuses' for these lies.

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Best Elvis moment!

Are you lonesome variation :0)

https://youtu.be/8oK0Wl7_MXk

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