There’s only one Elvis Presley for me – that’s the real one who recorded for Sun.
The later ones were all parodies.
All I listen to are the Sun recordings and the RCA ones he recorded before joining the army. After that he made all those dreadful films and became a Pop singer – all the glitz and plastic.
But in those first years he was original. His look with the greased hair, the ducktail and quiff, the long sideburns and contrasting clothes (pink jacket, black shirt) was highly original and striking. His movements were different. The material and excitement was incredible.
But the success caused him to become self-conscious. What had been natural became a performance – a parody. Management altered his appearance, his material, his sound and guided him into the middle of the road.
Such a shame.
But that early stuff was superb. That is what I will be playing loud!!