Elvis had essentially come from nothing to be one of, if not the, greatest entertainer of all time. There are not many who obtain it, but Elvis will forever be a household name. Throughout his life, Elvis often reflected back on where he came from and vowed to never lose sight of that poor country boy. Here are some of Elvis’s best quotes and my thoughts behind them.
“Rhythm is something you either have or don’t have, but when you have it, you have it all over.
Elvis was often criticized at the beginning of his career for his dance moves during his performances. He couldn’t understand why people would lose their minds as he began expressing himself, he just moved because he could not help it. He definitely had rhythm all over!
“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.”
I always find it so sad Elvis was unable to perform live concerts for over a decade. Once he stopped making movies and after the ’68 Comeback Special, Elvis had returned and made his presence known in Las Vegas. Elvis was truly his best onstage and those who were not able to actually see him live are able to enjoy those moments through specials and documentaries.
“I’ve never written a song in my life. It’s all a big hoax.”
Elvis was not shy in admitting he had never written any of the songs he had recorded or performed. What made Elvis special, was he was able to feel another artists’ song and make it his own. I love listening to the original versions and then listening to Elvis. Often times they sound like completely different songs. Artists’ who had Elvis record their song knew they had a good one if the King chose to sing it.
“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.”
When Elvis accepted the honor of being named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men in the Nations by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce (The Jaycees), it is said that it was one of his greatest achievements in his life. Elvis was nervous to give his acceptance speech and chose to quote a Roy Hamilton R&B song, “Without A Song,” to help exemplify what it means to have a career as a singer and what his life would be like without music. Though these lyrics are from another artist, at that moment, Elvis made those lyrics about him and how they represented his life.
“I never expected to be anybody important.”
This is, quite honestly, my favorite quote from Elvis. He was a poor boy who grew up in Memphis and was going to drive a truck – that was it. That was going to be his life. He grew to be so much more than that. He opened the doors to Rock ‘n Roll music. Elvis helped lead the way for musicians who would not have had a chance. Not to mention what he means to the fans.
Personally, Elvis has been one of the biggest influences in my entire life. Ever since falling in love with him at the age of five, without any influence from family members as they were not huge Elvis fans, Elvis and his music have been a LARGE part of my life and who I am as a person. If he is this important to me, a complete stranger who never met him, it makes me wonder if every Elvis fan feels the same as I do. He will forever and always be important.
Tell me am I getting through – What are your favorite Elvis quotes?
Until we meet again,