Thursday, August 16, 2007

13 Elvis-related Quotes

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. In memory of that, here are 13 Elvis-related quotes:

Quotes about Elvis:

1) Nothing really affected me until I heard Elvis. If there hadn't been an Elvis, there wouldn't have been the Beatles. John Lennon

2) None of us could have made it without Elvis. Buddy Holly

3) I learned music listening to Elvis' records. His measurable effect on culture and music was even greater in England than in the States. Mick Fleetwood

4) 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. Chet Atkins

5) His kind of music is deplorable, a rancid smelling aphrodisiac. It fosters almost totally negative and destructive reactions in young people. Frank Sinatra

Quotes by Elvis:

6) Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away.

7) Rhythm is something you either have or don't have, but when you have it, you have it all over.

8) The first time that I appeared on stage, it scared me to death. I really didn't know what all the yelling was about. I didn't realize that my body was moving. It's a natural thing to me. So to the manager backstage I said 'What'd I do? What'd I do?' And he said 'Whatever it is, go back and do it again.'

9) On becoming famous: I just fell into it really. My daddy and I were laughing about it the other day. He looked at me and said, 'What happened E? The last thing I remember is I was working in a can factory and you were driving a truck.'

10) On performing: I wiggle my shoulders, I shake my legs, I walk up and down the stage, I hop around on one foot. But I never bump and grind. Why, that's vulgar. I'd never do anything vulgar before an audience. My mother would never allow it!

11) Some people tap their feet, some people snap their fingers, and some people sway back and forth. I just sorta do 'em all together, I guess.

12) I ain't no saint, but I've tried never to do anything that would hurt my family or offend God...I figure all any kid needs is hope and the feeling he or she belongs. If I could do or say anything that would give some kid that feeling, I would believe I had contributed something to the world.

13) We do two shows a night for five weeks. A lotta times we’ll go upstairs and sing until daylight - gospel songs. We grew up with it...It more or less puts your mind at ease. It does mine.

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Shelby said...

thanks for reminding me about elvis today :)

take care and happy day!

Jenny said...

Perfect're so smart! Did you hear about the Elvis fan who was visiting Elvis' home in Memphis to remember his death?....she died! Isn't that strange...I mean, I guess if you're a huge fan, there's no better day, right?! Weird...

Anywho...good TT!

Sue said...

This is the 2nd TT I've seen that is a wonderful tribute to the King! Terrific idea! Happy TT and thanks so much for dropping by!

Cindy Swanson said...

Jenny, I hadn't heard about the Elvis fan dying...I just checked it out after reading your comment. That's sad!

Michael Schurmann said...

Great quotes! I really like the ones from the king himself!

You have a beautiful site!

SolaMeanie said...

I remember interviewing Elvis' stepbrother, Rick Stanley, before I left the stations. Rick is now in Christian ministry, and it was quite a moving interview. Might look into contacting him for an anniversary-type interview. It's worth it. He has a great testimony.

Kay said...

Thirty years! Makes me feel so old.

I love Elvis. Always have.
Thanks for the quotes.

Cindy Swanson said...

Joel, I remember that book by Rick Stanley! Thanks for reminding me.

Chelle Y. said...

I loved (love) his voice! I cannot believe it's been 30 years!

Ann-Marie said...

Thanks for this, Cindy.

Thank you. Thank you very much.

scooper said...

Wow, I didn't know Frank Sinatra said that. Thanks for the TT.

Cindy Swanson said...

Ann-Marie, you gave me a big grin! :) said...

My Nancy is a big Elvis fan!!

What Works For Us said...

Very fitting for a tribute to the King today!! Clever!

JennieBoo said...

Gawd Elvis was amazing!

Thank you for reminding me of his greatness.

Thanks for stopping by "O So Mo Love"!

Cathy said...

Nice tribute and interesting quotes. I especially liked his.

Lynne said...

It's hard to believe that it's been 30 years since "Elvis has left the building." I still remember riding in the car when I heard the news. Loved his music.

Samantha & Tigger said...

Our Mom loves Elvis! That was a great
T13! She loves the way he sings! Thanks for visiting our blog today!

DK said...

Thank you for the Elvis quotes. Here in Tiny Tourist Town we have like 5 Elvis impersonators butchering his hits live on-stage seven days a week - I wish they'd go away. There was only one Elvis.

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