<quoted text>It's cowards like you that always hide behind computer screens where no one can see you!You wouldn't dare tell me or any other person who respected this man and many like him what you just said in your post,Coward.LOL> Oh and just by looking at where you're from Troy NY it's not hard to tell who you are!
Early in Elvis’ recording career it was of course his respect & understanding of local black music & culture that made him & Sam Phillips such kindred spirits. Although obviously rare for that era & the Southern States region, both had beliefs in black culture & the equality of man. Sam Phillips said, "The lack of prejudice on the part of Elvis Presley had to be one of the biggest things that could have happened to us."
Throughout the years Elvis always showed his appreciation for his black musical roots. In his 1954 Sun Studio’s ‘Million Dollar’ jam Elvis spoke about his admiration of singer Jackie Wilson who Elvis believed had outdone him with a better version of ‘Don’t Be Cruel’. Elvis latter acknowledged Wilson’s style & footwork when he filmed ‘Return To Sender’ for the film ‘Girls, Girls, Girls’.
When Jackie Wilson had a stroke in 1975 leaving him unable to perform and hospitalised, Elvis covered a large proportion of Wilson’s medical bills.
(Right, Elvis with Jackie Wilson)
A lot of people have accused Elvis of stealing the black man’s music, when in fact, almost every black solo entertainer copied his stage mannerisms from Elvis." - Jackie Wilson.
Memphis Mafia member Sonny West noted, "Elvis loved Billy Ward, Billy Daniels, Billy Eckstine, The Inkspots. Elvis loved all of them. He took something from all of them and it all came together in his voice at different times. Jackie Wilson was rhythm and blues. Elvis would tell you that the influence of gospel singing and rhythm and blues helped form his style of singing."
In 1956 Elvis appeared on the WDIA black radio station’s annual fund-raiser for "needy Negro children" at Memphis’ Ellis Auditorium. Elvis performed alongside some of his own heroes, Ray Charles, B.B King & Rufus Thomas. There was no doubt that Elvis was seen as a champion in the black Memphis community & his concert audiences were certainly not all white as is often believed. The Pittsburgh Courier described the reaction that night as, "A thousand black, brown and beige teen-age girls in the audience blended their alto & soprano voices in one wild crescendo of sound that rent the rafters... and took off like scalded cats in the direction of Elvis Presley."*
"Describe Elvis Presley? He was the greatest who ever was, is, or will ever be." - Chuck Berry.
After Elvis' death James Brown released a heartfelt tribute to his friend Elvis, his version of 'Love Me Tender'. It was originally released as the A-side of 'Have A Happy Day' in March 1978 and also as B-side of subsequent single, "The Spank" in July 1978.
In the emotional spoken intro James Brown notes, "I want to talk about a good friend I had for a long time and a man I still love - Brother Elvis Presley. You know if he was here right now, I am sure he would say the same thing for me. I loved the man and he was truly the King of Rock and Roll. We've always had kind of a toss-up between Elvis and I - "The King of Rock And Roll" and "The King of Soul". So I want to say this to the people - for Elvis, and myself'.. Love Me Tender..".
"Elvis had an influence on everybody with his musical approach. He broke the ice for all of us." – Al Green.
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." – Sammy Davis Jnr.