Quotes by Elvis and Quotes on Elvis made by Others
Coming from a humble background, Elvis Presley went on to become the undisputed King of Rock and Roll. A born performer, he ushered in a revolution in the domain of Rock and roll with his commanding voice and charismatic stage presence. With Elvis Day almost here once again, here we bring to you a handful of memorable quotes by and about Elvis. You all will love to read these and know what Elvis said regarding himself and also about the opinion of other people of him. If you like to share these memorable quotations with your close ones, just click here and do so. Happy Elvis Day!
"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." ~ Elvis, 1956.
"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." ~ Elvis, in the 1950s.
"Don't criticize what you don't understand, son. You never walked in that man's shoes." ~ Elvis
"I've never gotten over what they call stagefright. I go through it every show. I'm pretty concerned, I'm pretty much thinking about the show. I never get completely comfortable with it, and I don't let the people around me get comfortable with it, in that I remind them that it's a new crowd out there, it's a new audience, and they haven't seen us before. So it's got to be like the first time we go on." ~ Elvis, 1972.
"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'." ~ Elvis, 1972.
"Man, I was tame compared to what they do now. Are you kidding? I didn't do anything but just jiggle." ~ Elvis, 1972.
"...the image is one thing and the human being is another...it's very hard to live up to an image." ~ Elvis, 1972.
"A live concert to me is exciting because of all the electricity that is generated in the crowd and on stage. It's my favorite part of the business - live concerts." ~ Elvis, 1973.
" Til we meet you again, may God bless you. Adios." ~ Elvis, 1977. Quotes about Elvis :
"His kind of music is deplorable, a rancid smelling aphrodisiac...It fosters almost totally negative and destructive reactions in young people." ~ Frank Sinatra, in the 1950s.
"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." ~ Frank Sinatra, 1977
"Without preamble, the three-piece band cuts loose. In the spotlight, the lanky singer flails furious rhythms on his guitar, every now and then breaking a string. In a pivoting stance, his hips swing sensuously from side to side and his entire body takes on a frantic quiver, as if he had swallowed a jackhammer." ~ Time Magazine, May 15, 1956.
"I wanted to say to Elvis Presley and the country that this is a real decent, fine boy." ~ Ed Sullivan, January 6, 1957.
"As the lad himself might say, cut my legs off and call me Shorty! Elvis Presley can act...Acting is his assignment in this shrewdly upholstered showcase, and he does it." ~ Howard Thompson ( from his review of "King Creole" in New York Times, 1958)
"A Presley picture is the only sure thing in Hollywood." ~ Hal Wallis, (Producer of nine of Elvis' films).
"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." ~ John Landau (from "Review of Elvis", a 1968 TV Special).
"It was the finest music of his life. If ever there was music that bleeds, this was it." ~ Greil Marcus (An excerpt from his book, "Mystery Train").
"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." ~ (An extract from the review of Elvis' Las Vegas engagement in Newsweek, August 11, 1969)
"...a style and panache that come close to pure magic. Lithe, raunchy, the sweat pouring down his face, he now moves with the precision of an athlete, the grace of a dancer...flamboyant and flashy, sexy and self-mocking, he works with the instincts of a genius to give poetry to the basic rock performance." ~ W.A. Harbinson (An extract from his 1975 book, "The Illustrated Elvis").
"You have no idea how great he is, really you don't. You have no comprehension - it's absolutely impossible. I can't tell you why he's so great, but he is. He's sensational." ~ Phil Spector
"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 this country." ~ President Jimmy Carter (An excerpt from his official statement following Elvis' death, 1977).
"He was an instinctive actor...He was quite bright...he was very intelligent...He was not a punk. He was very elegant, sedate, and refined, and sophisticated." ~ Walter Matthau, co-star of Elvis in "King Creole" (1958).
"...it was like he came along and whispered some dream in everybody's ear, and somehow we all dreamed it." ~ Bruce Springsteen
"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." ~ Bob Dylan
"A lot has been written and said about why he was so great, but I think the best way to appreciate his greatness is just to go back and play some of the old records...Time has a way of being very unkind to old records, but Elvis' keep getting better and better." ~ Huey Lewis
"Elvis was the king. No doubt about it. People like myself, Mick Jagger and all the others only followed in his footsteps." ~ Rod Stewart
"He was a unique artist - an original in an area of imitators." ~ Mick Jagger
"Before Elvis, there was nothing." ~ John Lennon
"This boy had everything. He had the looks, the moves, the manager, and the talent. And he didn't look like Mr. Ed like a lot of the rest of us did. In the way he looked, way he talked, way he acted - he really was different." ~ Carl Perkins
"He was the firstest with the mostest." ~ Roy Orbison
"He was ahead of his time because he had such deep feelings. He had the privilege of deep feelings because he was deeply loved by his mother, Gladys. He was able to appreciate profound beauty in sounds. And he started a musical revolution. They say all revolutions start from love." ~ Imelda Marcos
"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 single performer." ~ Dick Clark
"Elvis Presley was an explorer of vast new landscapes of dream and illusion. He was a man who refused to be told that the best of his dreams would not come true, who refused to be defined by anyone else's conceptions. This is the goal of democracy, the journey on which every prospective American hero sets out. That Elvis made so much of the journey on his own is reason enough to remember him with the honor and love we reserve for the bravest among us. Such men made the only maps we can trust." ~ Dave Marsh ( An excerpt from his book, "Elvis").
"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." ~ Bill Clinton (During his 1992 presidential campaign).
"It was Elvis that got me interested in music. I've been an Elvis fan since I was a kid." ~ Elton John
"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." ~ Cher
"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
"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." ~ B.B. King
"I don't think there is a musician today that hasn't been affected by Elvis' music. His definitive years - 1954-57 - can only be described as rock's cornerstone. He was the original cool." ~ Brian Setzer
"Elvis was a giant and influenced everyone in the business." ~ Isaac Hayes
"Ask anyone. If it hadn't been for Elvis, I don't know where popular music would be. He was the one that started it all off, and he was definitely the start of it for me." ~ Elton John
"There have been a lotta tough guys. There have been pretenders. And there have been contenders. But there is only one king." ~ Bruce Springsteen
"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 it." ~ Leonard Bernstein, 1960s.