I owe Elvis my career, and the entire music business owes him it's lifeline.
(1977) There have been many accolades uttered about Elvis' talent and performances through the years, all of which I agree with wholeheartedly. I shall miss him dearly as a friend. He was a warm, considerate and generous man
John Landau (Review of Elvis 1968 TV Special)
"There is something magical about watching a man who has lost himself find his way back home...He sang with the kind of power people no longer expect from rock ‘n' roll singers."
You know, Bush is always comparing me to Elvis in sort of unflattering ways. I don't think Bush would have liked Elvis very much, and that's just another thing that's wrong with him.
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...Hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail.
The highlight of my career? That's easy, Elvis recording one of my songs
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 playing "Jailhouse Rock," the 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
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
I think Elvis is the sexiest man to ever walk the earth, I love him.
You want me to Describe Elvis, WOW!
'Every morning when I woke up and looked out the window, there were at least two hundred kids lined up on the sidewalk outside, staring at the house. Some of them would stay there all day long, just trying to get a glimpse of him. And when he would go out, he was very sweet to them. A lot of people I know would get angry, or impatient - but Elvis is very sweet to the kids, very nice to them. He always spend as much time with them as he can, even though it tires him out'
'If Presley copied me, I don't care. More power to him. I'm not starving'
Elvis is the best ever, the most original. He started the ball rolling for us all. He deserves the recognition.
Elvis is my man!
'It was just incredible in Vegas. I was kidding him. He introduced me and said, "Campbell, I understand you're doing an imitation of me. I just want you to know it will always be an imitation." And I said, "I'm not going to do it no more, I got to gain some weight first." He laughed and the audience went, "Ooh, hey, boo." I said, "Can't you take a joke?" And Elvis said, "Well, when you're down here next, I'm coming down and I'm gonna sit in the front row and read the newspaper and heckle." The audience laughed and I said, "Elvis, if I'm singing as good as you are, I won't care."'
Sammy Davis Jr.
'There was something just bordering on rudeness about Elvis. He never actually did anything rude, but he always seemed as if he was just going to. On a scale of one to ten, I would rate him eleven.'
'You Memphis politicians had better watch out if Elvis Presley ever decides to enter politics.'
Margaret Thatcher (Former British Prime Minister)
I love his music because he was my generation. But then again, Elvis is everyones generation, and he always will be.
He epitomised America, and for that we shall be eternally greatful. There will never be anyone else like him. Let's all rejoice in his music
'Elvis Presley's death deprives our country of a part of itself. 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 the people the world over of the vitality, rebelliousness and good humour of this country. He burst upon the scene more than twenty years ago with an impact that was unprecedented and will probably never be equaled.'
'He was as big as the whole country itself, as big as the whole dream. He just embodied the essence of it and he was in mortal combat with the thing. Nothing will ever take the place of that guy. It was like he came along and whispered some dream in everybody's ear, and somehow we all dreamed it. There have been a lotta tough guys.
He had more talent in his toe nail than most, if not all, of todays so called stars.
There have been pretenders. And there have been contenders. But there is only one king."
Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones)
No-one, but no-one, is his equal, or ever will be. He was, and is supreme.
'He's a very well-mannered and sensitive person - just like me.'
Blacks didn't have the air-waves Elvis had. He delivered what he obtained beautifully.
There just ain't no words to describe him. Elvis was the greatest who ever was, is or ever will be.
Elvis was God-given, there's no other explination. A Messiah comes around every few thousand years, and Elvis was it this time.
'He was an integrator, Elvis was a blessing. They wouldn't let black music through. He opened the door for black music.'
'He was white, but he sang black. It wasn't socially acceptable for white kids to buy black records at the time. Elvis filled a void.'
'Elvis is the greatest blues singer in the world today.'
'There's no way to measure his impact on society or the void that he leaves. He will always be the King of rock 'n' roll.'
'People like myself, Mick Jagger and the others only really followed in his footsteps.'
'What he did was a part of history.'
'None of us could have made it without Elvis.'
'Elvis Presley was a beautiful young person, right, whose recordings were just colossally great. But basically the best stuff he ever did was on the Sun record label. And then he got involved with Colonel Parker and went to RCA and then went the Hollywood way. The whole thing became completely ruined.'
'Even back then, when people would laugh at his sideburns and his pink coat and call him 'cissy' - he had a pretty hard road to go. In some areas motorcycle gangs would come to the shows. They would come to get Elvis, but he never worried about it. He went right out and did his thing and before the show was over, they were standing in line to get his autograph too.'
Mary Tyler Moore
'I thought anyone who had been the center of all that insanity for so long would have some of it rub off on him. But, after working in Change of habit with him, I realised I'd never worked with a more gentlemanly, kinder man. He's gorgeous.'
'I was a real little toddler when I first heard 'Hound dog'. I learned to play drums listening to him - beating on tin cans to his records. I'm sure his measurable effect on culture and music was even greater in England than in the States. People there are still really, really fanatical about Elvis. The news came over like a ton of bricks. I was driving back from the mountains and I had the radio on. They were playing an Elvis medley and I thought "Great". And then they came back with the news.'
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.
'God must have been impatient for some rock'n'roll in heaven.'
'The first time I heard his music, back in '54 or '55, I was in a car and I heard the announcer say, "Here's a guy who, when he appears on stage in the South, the girls scream and rush the stage". Then he played 'That's all right, mama'. I thought his name was about the weirdest I'd ever heard. I thought for sure he was a Black guy. Later on I grew my hair like him, imitated his stage act - once I went all over New York looking for a lavender shirt like the one he wore on one of his albums. I felt wonderful when he sang 'Bridge over troubled water', even though it was a touch on the dramatic side - but so was the song. When I first heard Elvis perform "Bridge Over Trouble Water" It was unbelivable,and I thought to myself, how the hell can I compete with that?"
A truly good man who never forgot his friends or his fans.'
'It was a real thrill sitting there with the King. I mean he was always one of my favourites. I always knew that no matter how I felt, if I played an Elvis record it would make me happy. I've always dreamed of producing an album for Elvis.'
'There's only one person in the United States that we have ever wanted to meet.... not that he wanted to meet us. And we met him last night. We can't tell you how we felt. We just idolized him so much. When we first came to town, these guys like Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra and all these people wanted to come over and hang around with us at night simply because we had all the women, all the chicks. We don't want to meet those people. They don't really like us. We don't really admire or like them. The only person that we wanted to meet in the United States of America was Elvis Presley. We can't tell you what a thrill that was last night.'
'Nothing really affected me until I heard Elvis. If there hadn't been an Elvis, there wouldn't have been the Beatles.'
Before Elvis there was nothing