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The sights and sounds of Elvis Presley permeated my home and countless others while I was growing up. His voice, his music and his movies were a backdrop to American life and culture, and in so many ways still is. Elvis is an undeniable part of my life.
- Robert A. Rush, Executive Producer, EP Productions
“I wanted to say to Elvis Presley
and the country that this is a real decent, fine boy.”
During Elvis’ third appearance on his show,
January 6, 1957
“A Presley picture is the only
sure thing in Hollywood.”
Producer of nine of Elvis' films.
“There are several unbelievable
things about Elvis, but the most incredible is his staying power
in a world where meteoric careers fade like shooting stars.”
Newsweek, August 11, 1969
Review of Elvis’ Las Vegas engagement.
“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
Leonard Bernstein, 1960s.
“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
President Jimmy Carter, 1977. His official statement following Elvis' death.
“There have been a lotta tough guys. There have
been pretenders. And there have been contenders. But there is only
“...it was like he came along and whispered some dream
ear, and somehow we all dreamed it.”
“Before Elvis, there was nothing.”
“I wasn’t just a fan, I was his
brother. He said I was good and I said he was good; we never argued
about that. 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.
never be another like that soul brother."
“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
"I remember Elvis as a young man hanging
around the Sun studios. Even then, I knew this kid had a tremendous
talent. He was a dynamic young boy. His phraseology, his way of
looking at a song, was as unique as Sinatra's. I was a tremendous
fan, and had Elvis lived, there would have been no end to his inventiveness."
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
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.
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. 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 thank God for Elvis Presley.
"Elvis Presley is like the 'Big Bang'
of Rock 'n' Roll. It all came from there and what you had in Elvis
Presley is a very interesting moment because, really, to be pretentious
about it for a minute, you had two cultures colliding there. You
had a kind of white, European culture and an African culture coming
together - the rhythm, okay, of black music and the melody chord
progressions of white music - just all came together in that kind
of spastic dance of his. That was the moment. That's really it.
Out of all that came the Beatles and the Stones, but you can't
underestimate what happened. It does get back to Elvis."
-- Bono of U2
"The first concert I attended
was an Elvis concert when I was eleven. Even at that age he made
me realize the tremendous effect a performer could have on an audience."
just a singer, Elvis was the embodiment of the whole American culture."
"He epitomized America, and
for that we shall be eternally grateful. There will never be anyone
else like him. Let's all rejoice in his music."
"If life was fair, Elvis would
be alive and all the impersonators would be dead."
"Elvis Presley was the first
and the best. He is my favorite of all time."
"I love his music because he
was my generation. But then again, Elvis is everyone's generation,
and he always will be."
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