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Thread #122055 Message #2672417
Posted By: Lonesome EJ
05-Jul-09 - 11:44 PM
Thread Name: Ever seen Elvis live?
Subject: RE: Ever seen Elvis live?
I grew up on rock and roll and am still a rocker deep in my heart, and to Elvis Presley he is one of the greatest voices in rock, perhaps THE greatest. His influence is still reflected in rock, and country, and blues, to this day. Heartbreak Hotel is probably the earliest, gutsiest recorded performance by a white man of what had previously been a black music idiom. He probably also did more to forge the image of what a "Rock Star" is than anyone after him...isolation, wealth, excess, drugs, drama on stage...and I know many resent that.
Never saw him live. I would love to have seen the pre-army Elvis, raw, bluesy, and breaking down barriers left and right. The Vegas Elvis was long past his sell-by date.