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"I wasn't exactly a James Bond in Movies, but then no one ever asked Sean Connery to sing a song while dodging bullets."
"When you’re not in love, you are not alive."
"If I slept with every woman the weekly magazines say I have, I would have been dead a long time ago."
"I've learned very early in life...without a song, the day would never end. Without a song, a man ain't got a friend. Without a song, the road would never bend, without a song. So I'll keep on singing the song."
FAMOUS QUOTES ABOUT ELVIS
"I don’t admire nobody but Elvis Presley. He was the sweetest most humble and nicest man you’d ever meet."
"Everyone in rock ’n roll including myself was touched by Elvis ▒spirit,I was, and always will be a fan."
"Well, we are definitely grown up now. If Elvis is dead we can’t be kids anymore, the effect of his life time is well marked."
"My mother was watching the Ed Sullivan show, and Elvis came on. I went out and got a guitar right away, but I couldn’t play it, I was to small, but that was the start."
"Before Elvis there was nothing."
"Without Elvis, none of us could have made it."
"Every time I felt low I just put on an Elvis record and I’d feel great."
"Elvis Presley is Probably the main founding father of rock music. He was an unheralded genius behind a new music that changed western civilization for all time."
Peter Noone/Hermans Hermits
"Elvis was my Idol from the beginning and even today when I’m alone, I’ll often put on the King Creole album. He’s produced the most exciting pop music sounds of all time"
"It was Scotty Moore’s guitar riff when he was doing the Steve Allen Show that got me into rock music. I’ve been an Elvis fan since I was a kid."
"I thought anyone who had been the centre 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 more gentlemanly, kinder man. He’s gorgeous."
Mary Tyler Moore
"Elvis is the greatest Blues singer in the world today."
"Nothing really affected me until I heard Elvis. If there hadn’t been an Elvis, there wouldn’t have been the Beatles."
"Like every artist to emerge during the rock scene Elvis was my influence and my idol."
Marty Wilde (Rock’n Roll singer)
FAMOUS QUOTES ABOUT ELVIS
"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
"His kind of music is deplorable, a rancid smelling aphrodisiac...It fosters almost totally negative and destructive reactions in young people."
Frank Sinatra, 1950's
"It isn’t enough to say that Elvis is kind to his parents, sends money home, and is the same unspoiled kid he was before all the commotion began. That still isn’t a free ticket to behave like a sex maniac in public."
Eddie Condon Cosmopolitan, December 1956
"I wanted to say to Elvis Presley and the country that this is a real decent, fine boy."
Ed Sullivan During Elvis’ third appearance on his show, January 6, 1957
FAMOUS QUOTES BY ELVIS
"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 in 1956, famous quote talking about his way of moving on stage.
"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 commenting to a reporter, 1950's.
"Don’t criticize what you don’t understand, son. You never walked in that man’s shoes."
-Elvis often used this adaptation of a well-known quotation.
"When I was a child, ladies and gentlemen, I was a dreamer. I read comic books, and I was the hero of the comic book. I saw movies, and I was the hero in the movie. So every dream I ever dreamed has come true a hundred times...I learned very early in life that: ▒Without a song, the day would never end; without a song, a man ain’t got a friend; without a song, the road would never bend — without a song.' So I keep singing a song. Goodnight. Thank you."
-From his acceptance speech for the 1970 Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation Award. Given at a ceremony on January 16, 1971. (Elvis quotes from copyrighted material with lines from the song "Without a Song".)
"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."
-Talking about the informal jam sessions he and the band and entourage enjoy each night during the lengthy Vegas engagements. These happen upstairs in Elvis’ suite at the Las Vegas Hilton as they all try to "wind down" from the excitement and energy of the live shows. Quote is from a 1972 taped interview used in MGM’s documentary "Elvis on Tour".
"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."
-From a 1972 taped interview used in MGM’s documentary "Elvis on Tour".
"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’."
-From a 1972 taped interview used in MGM’s documentary "Elvis on Tour".
"Man, I was tame compared to what they do now. Are you kidding? I didn’t do anything but just jiggle."
-famous quote by Elvis from the press conference prior to his record-breaking Madison Square Garden shows in New York City, 1972.
"...the image is one thing and the human being is another...it’s very hard to live up to an image."
-From the press conference prior to his record-breaking Madison Square Garden shows in New York City, 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 at a press conference prior to his 1973 television special, "Elvis — Aloha from Hawaii, via Satellite".
" ▒Til we meet you again, may God bless you. Adios."
-Said in 1977 at the end of a concert during his last tour.
"Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine."
Elvis Presley (1935 — 1977) US singer, actor In "Rand Lindsly's HUGE Quotations File," an Internet collection of quotations.
"I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to. "
Elvis Presley (1935 — 1977) US singer, actor
"I have no use for bodyguards, but I have a very special use for two highly trained certified public accountants. "
Elvis Presley (1935 — 1977) US singer, actor In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
"I knew by heart all the dialogue of James Dean's films; I could watch "Rebel Without a Cause" a hundred times over. "
Elvis Presley (1935 — 1977) US singer, actor In "James Dean in His Own Words," 1989.
"I've had the boyhood thing of being Elvis. Now I want to be with my best friend, and my best friend's my wife. Who could ask for anything more? "
John Lennon (1940 — 1980) English singer, songwriter, musician Interview for KFRC RKO Radio, given 8 Dec. 1980, the day of Lennon's murder.
"If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead." Johnny Carson (1925 — ____) US talk show host, comedian. In The Ultimate Success Quotations Library, 1997.
"People ask me where I got my singing style. I didn't copy my style from anybody . . . . Country music was always an influence on my kind of music. "
Elvis Presley (1935 — 1977) US singer, actor In "The Book of Country Music Wisdom," ed. by Criswell Freeman, 1994.
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