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Reply #120 posted 07/08/09 8:21pm

TonyVanDam

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THIS thread is so P&R bound! lol
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Reply #121 posted 07/08/09 8:22pm

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there are like 8,000 threads on this and every single time, the final answer is NO.


can we put this in the FAQ, for christ's sake?! disbelief
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Reply #122 posted 07/08/09 8:23pm

MrSoulpower

TonyVanDam said:

THIS thread is so P&R bound! lol


Naw, it's death is imminent because the "Elvis is racist" gang has silently excited the debate after facts entered ... lol
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Reply #123 posted 07/08/09 8:24pm

kalelvisj

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MrSoulpower said:



Translation: I don't want to hear about anything that contradicts my belief.



Oh Gawd-you are a real work of art lol He was racist-he utilized the work of black artist and became famous doing it-that's my stance.


So how is doing the music you were raised on and loved make you a racist or a thief. Is Ray Charles a thief for being influenced by country music? Is Michael Jackson a thief because he built his house on the foundation of James B and Jackie W.? If they aren't but Elvis is, well that is just plain racist.

If you want to have a discussion about african american artists being screwed by the music industry, that is true, but it is a different conversation.
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Reply #124 posted 07/08/09 8:26pm

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MrSoulpower said:

Funkmeimfamous said:



That is so ignorant and offensive. Probably no one bothered to read the article I posted on the first page but it addresses all of this. What's most interesting is Chuck D's 360 on the Elvis is racist thing: from the lyrics to eventually going out to memphis and discovering for himself that Elvis was the real deal.

Jackie Wilson, himself said, that black entertainers imitated Elvis' stage mannerisms and not so much the other way around.Another interesting piece of trivia is that when Jackie was hospitalised in the 70s, Elvis paid for all his medical expenses until he died.

Also if we're talking about strictly MUSIC, Elvis was also very original. His first album is considered by most as the first rockabilliy record. Elvis was the great intergrator - he borrowed from country music etc, as much he borrowd from r&b etc.He took music places he had not been before.


It's hopeless. Some people just want to believe that Elvis was racist and a rip-off. They use him as a scapegoat for everything bad that happened to black musicians.

Yet at the same time these people cry about the unfair treatment of Michael Jackson. neutral


Very true. But at the same time I can understand where they're coming from. Some years ago, when I was first discovering black music, I felt the same way based on the very generalisations and rumours shared in this thread. Perhaps it came from the fact that I believed artists like Fats Dominino, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Clyde McPhatter etc, deserved alot more success and due respects - and I still do!!

But with some more research - I asked myself how can be a racist thief if some of his biggest admirers were black contemporaries??? They recognised that Elvis blew the hinges off so many doors and allowed for their own success, albeit at a smaller scale but success nonetheless. Because before him there was NO MARKET. Before him, the world at large was ignorant to r&b and gospel etc.

He laid the framework of superstardom. He laid the framework for a greater dialogue of racial relations. He laid the framework for black artists to eventually be some of the most successful in music. I think he's the greatest entertainer that ever lived and the greatest pop cultural icon of the 20th Century. And he ain't even close to my favourite artis but his contribution cannot be overstated.
"Talking about music is like dancing about architecture." - Thelonius Monk.
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Reply #125 posted 07/08/09 8:35pm

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While it is a bit off topic in this thread, I think it is important to consider a major element that often gets left out of the discussion. If you take Elvis out of the 1950's and just ignore his name on the charts from that time period, you will see that Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Carl Perkins, Ray Charles and Fats Domino were all equally successful. They all had hits go to the top of the pop and R&B charts. The people buying the record were color blind and bought it because the liked it. Elvis, like Micheal Jackson in the 80's just reached a level of success that the rest of his peers didn't attain.

Just something to consider.
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Reply #126 posted 07/08/09 8:35pm

MrSoulpower

Funkmeimfamous said:

Very true. But at the same time I can understand where they're coming from. Some years ago, when I was first discovering black music, I felt the same way based on the very generalisations and rumours shared in this thread. Perhaps it came from the fact that I believed artists like Fats Dominino, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Clyde McPhatter etc, deserved alot more success and due respects - and I still do!!

Absolutely. Black musicians were ripped off and cheated out of their legacy for a very long time. But we have to be fair - none of that was Elvis's fault. He took a big risk by going into R&B as a white man, and he took a lot of heat for it. First reactions fron whites weren't exactly encouraging, and no one expected him to become a superstar - singing that music. Elvis never called himself King of Rock 'n Roll, and he often said that he didn't deserve that title.

But with some more research - I asked myself how can be a racist thief if some of his biggest admirers were black contemporaries??? They recognised that Elvis blew the hinges off so many doors and allowed for their own success, albeit at a smaller scale but success nonetheless. Because before him there was NO MARKET. Before him, the world at large was ignorant to r&b and gospel etc.

Exactly. Everyone acknowledged that - from Jackie Wilson to James Brown, and even Chuck D today.

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Reply #127 posted 07/08/09 8:36pm

MrSoulpower

kalelvisj said:

While it is a bit off topic in this thread, I think it is important to consider a major element that often gets left out of the discussion. If you take Elvis out of the 1950's and just ignore his name on the charts from that time period, you will see that Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Carl Perkins, Ray Charles and Fats Domino were all equally successful. They all had hits go to the top of the pop and R&B charts. The people buying the record were color blind and bought it because the liked it. Elvis, like Micheal Jackson in the 80's just reached a level of success that the rest of his peers didn't attain.

Just something to consider.


True, when Elvis first came out, a lot of people believed he was black. He had both whites and black folks fooled.
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Reply #128 posted 07/08/09 8:46pm

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I'm gonna hit it and quit it one more time. I think it was a
myth that the guy was racist based on reading about it in the
90's. I'm also a realist too since the MJ pedophile accusations were bought into this discussion.There are far more people accusing MJ of being a pedophile than people accusing Elvis of being racist. Look at your local news or
read the blogs on yahoo and your local news website. There is a great faction
of folks that are simply vile and racist towards MJ because he was
an international star and ambassador and labeled the king of pop. You don't
think the fact that he had an association with Elvis daughter didn't sicken
Elvis fans who were already upset that MJ was labeled the king of pop
and surpassed Elvis in record sales and popularity. Just living in the south
and seeing the venom from some of the locals on the news labeling MJ
a pedophile and stating why he's all over the news and why is he being
idolized is where the real racism lies. Now ask these same people why they
didn't gripe or complain when Elvis died and he was all over the news or
Ronald Reagan when he died? Quick fact, Elvis courted his wife Priscilla
when she was 14 and he was 24. I've never heard any Elvis fans or MJ haters
discussing this. wink
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Reply #129 posted 07/08/09 8:54pm

Chic35

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Why would anybody care now?
In the Ghetto

A racist man would not have african american female backup singers in the background.
The message you are about to hear are not meant for transmission. Should ONLY be accessed in the privacy of your mind. Words are so intense so if you dare to listen.Take off your clothes and meet me between the lines. wildsign
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Reply #130 posted 07/08/09 8:59pm

Vendetta1

Chic35 said:

Why would anybody care now?
In the Ghetto

A racist man would not have african american female backup singers in the background.
I agree. He's been dead almost as long as I've been alive.

Although I do not think he's racist, I do believe a racist person would have black back-up singers.
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Reply #131 posted 07/08/09 9:04pm

kalelvisj

phunkdaddy said:

I'm gonna hit it and quit it one more time. I think it was a
myth that the guy was racist based on reading about it in the
90's. I'm also a realist too since the MJ pedophile accusations were bought into this discussion.There are far more people accusing MJ of being a pedophile than people accusing Elvis of being racist. Look at your local news or
read the blogs on yahoo and your local news website. There is a great faction
of folks that are simply vile and racist towards MJ because he was
an international star and ambassador and labeled the king of pop. You don't
think the fact that he had an association with Elvis daughter didn't sicken
Elvis fans who were already upset that MJ was labeled the king of pop
and surpassed Elvis in record sales and popularity. Just living in the south
and seeing the venom from some of the locals on the news labeling MJ
a pedophile and stating why he's all over the news and why is he being
idolized is where the real racism lies. Now ask these same people why they
didn't gripe or complain when Elvis died and he was all over the news or
Ronald Reagan when he died? Quick fact, Elvis courted his wife Priscilla
when she was 14 and he was 24. I've never heard any Elvis fans or MJ haters
discussing this. wink


I agree with much of what you say here, and I also agree that it isn't that the accusations that Michael faced are out of place in any thread right now. As a fan of both Michael Jackson and Elvis, I find it sad that there seems to be this intense animosity between the fans of these two artists whose fame clearly played a major part in their early passing. If there were ever two groups of fans who should be able to relate to each others loss, you would think it would be now.
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Reply #132 posted 07/08/09 9:05pm

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Vendetta1 said:

Chic35 said:

Why would anybody care now?
In the Ghetto

A racist man would not have african american female backup singers in the background.
I agree. He's been dead almost as long as I've been alive.

Although I do not think he's racist, I do believe a racist person would have black back-up singers.


He wouldn't be a true racist if he did. If he was a racist he would stand firm to that belief, and NOT have african american back up singers... That is just like saying I am a little pregnant.
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Reply #133 posted 07/08/09 9:07pm

Vendetta1

Racists throughout history have employed blacks in a multitude of positions. Including missionary. lol
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Reply #134 posted 07/08/09 9:12pm

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Vendetta1 said:

Racists throughout history have employed blacks in a multitude of positions. Including missionary. lol



falloff great point, perfectly put
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Reply #135 posted 07/08/09 9:12pm

kalelvisj

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Racists throughout history have employed blacks in a multitude of positions. Including missionary. lol


That is so wrong...funny but wrong.
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Reply #136 posted 07/08/09 9:56pm

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not going to waste my time to read this thread...


have the responses changed that much since the last time this topic was brought up?
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Reply #137 posted 07/08/09 10:02pm

kalelvisj

Not really.
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Reply #138 posted 07/09/09 6:29am

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kalelvisj said:

PvMarchingStorm05 said:

Elvis can't touch this one IMO



No he can't. Not as a blues song anyway. Since the song was written by two white boys, does it make Big Mama a Thief? JK

But Elvis' version isn't a blues song, it is something else. And not only was it a number one song, it was a number one song on the R & B chart as well...



well maybe THIS version woul have been a number one hit had t not been relegated to african-american buyers.
Damn. 750,000 people died fighting the civil war...4 years. With Today's population %age, it would b 7 million people. There r 3000 railroad ties per a mile of track. It would take 250 miles of track to represent 750k...to put it in a bit of perspec
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Reply #139 posted 07/09/09 7:17am

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Chic35 said:

Vendetta1 said:

I agree. He's been dead almost as long as I've been alive.

Although I do not think he's racist, I do believe a racist person would have black back-up singers.


He wouldn't be a true racist if he did. If he was a racist he would stand firm to that belief, and NOT have african american back up singers... That is just like saying I am a little pregnant.
wink
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so do you believe slave owners were racist?
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Reply #140 posted 07/09/09 7:22am

Graycap23

daingermouz2020 said:

Chic35 said:



He wouldn't be a true racist if he did. If he was a racist he would stand firm to that belief, and NOT have african american back up singers... That is just like saying I am a little pregnant.
wink
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so do you believe slave owners were racist?

No such thing as racism.....
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Reply #141 posted 07/09/09 7:22am

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kalelvisj said:



No he can't. Not as a blues song anyway. Since the song was written by two white boys, does it make Big Mama a Thief? JK

But Elvis' version isn't a blues song, it is something else. And not only was it a number one song, it was a number one song on the R & B chart as well...



well maybe THIS version woul have been a number one hit had t not been relegated to african-american buyers.



if ever in chicago check out buddy guy's legends(yes he's still alive )nice blues club with food to die for as well as live entertainment.you never know who might take the stage with ol buddy.
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Reply #142 posted 07/09/09 8:41am

destinyc1

Funkmeimfamous said:

This is a great read on the matter...


Elvis & Racism - Elvis Presley Legacy is cloudy through lens of race
By: Christopher Blank
Source: Elvis Australia

In April 1957, Sepia magazine, a white-owned sensationalist monthly for black readers, took up a discussion as controversial then as it is today: the case of a white kid who adopted black music and became the most successful artist of his time.

The headline: 'How Negroes Feel About Elvis'

It begins:

'As one of the most-debated subjects in the land, Elvis Presley arouses white-heat discussion everywhere. But among Negroes, the controversy over Elvis is even more explosive than among whites. Colored opinion about the hydromatic-hipped hillbilly from Mississippi runs the gamut from caustic condemnation to ardent admiration.

'Some Negroes are unable to forget that Elvis was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, home town of the foremost Dixie race baiter, former Congressman Jon Rankin. Others believe a rumored crack by Elvis during a Boston appearance in which he is alleged to have said: 'The only thing Negroes can do for me is shine my shoes and buy my records'.

And there it is. The first time ever that statement appeared in print, says Michael T. Bertrand, author of the book Race, Rock, and Elvis (2000, University of Illinois Press) and a Southern studies professor at the University of Mississippi in Oxford.

'Each time I teach a new class on popular music and Southern history, I still have African-American students come up after class and say, 'You know, I heard from my uncle what Elvis said'. So I eventually had to find where it came from'.

Twenty-five years after Elvis' death, people still want to know how black people feel about Elvis Presley.

Was he just another white Southern racist? Was he an impostor or worse, a thief?

Changing perceptions

Many black artists have spoken out to honor the singer. From bluesman BB King to rapper Chuck D, these influential musicians are helping to change perceptions of Elvis.

Elvis couldn't do it himself.

Soon after the Sepia rumor started, Elvis broke his media silence for an exclusive interview in Jet, another magazine targeted at black readers.

Some said he made the remark while in Boston. Elvis had never been to Boston. Others said they heard it on Edward R. Murrow's CBS TV show Person to Person. But after Elvis' manager Col. Tom Parker demanded an appearance fee, CBS balked and Elvis didn't go on the show.

The Jet article of 1957 further confirmed what friends and associates knew about Elvis all along: He truly loved and respected black musicians.

'A lot of people seem to think I started this business', he told Jet. 'But rock n roll was here a long time before I came along. Nobody can sing that kind of music like colored people. Let's face it: I can't sing like Fats Domino can. I know that'.

Musicologists scoff at talk of a racist Elvis. A dirt-poor outcast at segregated Humes High School, he wore pink shirts and pomaded hair like the folks he admired down on Beale Street.

He listened religiously to Memphis's black radio station WDIA and became friends with then-disc jockey BB King, who later defended him in Sepia: 'What most people don't know is that this boy is serious about what he's doing. He's carried away by it. When I was in Memphis with my band, he used to stand in the wings and watch us perform. As for fading away, rock and roll is here to stay and so, I believe, is Elvis. He's been a shot in the arm to the business and all I can say is 'that's my man''

Elvis attended black church services. Two early No. 1 hits - Don't Be Cruel and All Shook Up - were by black songwriter Otis Blackwell.

Who's the real king?

While Elvis rocketed to stardom, resentment grew among talented musicians whose similar-sounding records weren't getting the same play. The hip swiveling that merely disgusted conservative whites amounted to theft for blacks. More than one player laid claim to Elvis' gimmicks.

Blues shouter Wynonie 'Mr. Blues' Harris told Sepia: 'I originated that style 10 years ago. The current crop of shouters are rank impostors. They have no right to call themselves the kings of rock and roll. I am the king of rock and roll'.

In the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, guitarist Calvin New born said Elvis hung out in a black bar outside Memphis where he played. 'He would sit there and watch me every Wednesday and Friday night', he said. 'I'd wiggle my legs and swivel my hips and make love to the guitar'.

In 1956, the Amsterdam News said Elvis had 'copied Bo Diddley's style to the letter'.

Flamboyant singer Little Richard pointed out stinging economic disparities: 'Elvis was paid $25,000 for doing three songs in a movie and I only got $5,000, and if it wasn't for me, Elvis would starve'.

But Elvis also couldn't change the times. In the same month of the Sepia article, singer Nat King Cole was famously attacked onstage by five racists during a concert in Birmingham. The 3,000 white audience members booed the assailants, but did not intervene during the beating, which the men claimed was to protest 'bop and Negro music'.

'It's unfortunate that Presley eventually became the white hero', Bertrand said, 'because during his lifetime he represented the possibility of racial reconciliation'.

What Elvis believed

Bertrand suggests that Elvis' song choices - such as If I Can Dream, Walk a Mile in My Shoes or In the Ghetto - revealed his true feelings.

But the singer's move to Hollywood struck many as an abandonment of his musical roots. Credibility with struggling black musicians faded when Elvis jumped to the big screen.

'When he first started out in his career, Presley blurred racial lines', Bertrand said. 'But later on in his career he became, for lack of a better term, whiter. When he tried to become more middle class, he lost what people perceived were his black characteristics'.

After Elvis' death in August 1977, white America's continued idolization of the singer didn't ride well with many black people who, particularly during the 1980s, saw their contributions to pop music overlooked and underexposed.

Continued resentment

In 1990, anti-Elvis sentiment exploded from black artists. The group Living Colour lashed out against the music industry through their song Elvis Is Dead: 'I've got a reason to believe / We all won't be received at Graceland'.

Raging against gang violence, poverty and inequality, rapper Chuck D of Public Enemy shouted what have become some of the group's most enduring lyrics.

'Elvis was a hero to most / but he didn't mean (expletive) to me you see / Straight up racist, that sucker was simple and plain / Mother (expletive) him and John Wayne / Cause I'm black and I'm proud, I'm ready and hyped plus I'm amped / Most of my heroes don't appear on no stamps'.

Recently, Chuck D explained that his attack was against the Elvis whose roots were whitewashed by his legacy.

'The Elvis that died wasn't the same Elvis that was coming up', Chuck D said. 'They said he was king. Based on who and what? Based on the quality of the people judging or the quality of his music? What does 'King of Rock and Roll' mean growing up in a black household? My Chuck Berry records are still in my house. Little Richard is still in the house. Otis Redding and James Brown. The King of what?'

Losing perspective

Memphis, Elvis' kingdom, is a near perfect reflection of the problems with the music industry and society at large.

The Bluff City is known for its blues. Known for its soul. Known for BB King, Isaac Hayes, Aretha Franklin, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Booker T. & the MGs, Al Green and one of the most influential recording studios of all time: Stax.

While Elvis shrines were popping up all over town, black contributions were being dismantled. The Stax recording studio was demolished in 1989. The same fate nearly befell one of the Civil Rights era's most important landmarks, the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated.

As much as singer Mavis Staples loved Elvis and his music, his unbridled legacy bothered her.

'What helped Elvis was that when he did interviews, he would tell that he got it from blacks', Staples said. 'Now one thing that I could say for myself was that when I came back to Memphis after Stax closed, maybe about five years later, I only saw Elvis. And that's when I said, 'wait a minute'. Something should be out here about Stax. Just because it folded doesn't mean it didn't happen. And the people of Memphis should have remembered all of the music'.

Soul singer Isaac Hayes, back into the limelight after his stint as South Park's Chef, said he understands how Elvis' memory became entangled in broader issues of race.

'Elvis was due the respect he had. No animosity. No sour grapes. Elvis was the man', he said. 'The thing was that we didn't get what we (the black artists) deserved. Ignorance is one of the main things. Racism? It's one of the factors. I would say it took the whole world outside of Memphis to recognize what a treasure black Memphis had'.

Regaining perspective

In the past 25 years, the world has improved for black people not only in the music industry, but in other areas as well.

Again, Memphis exemplifies this. Graceland isn't the only tourist attraction anymore.

The Rock and Soul Museum traces the history of the blues. The National Civil Rights Museum (which rescued the Lorraine Motel) depicts the 20th Century's great American struggle. And the Stax Museum of American Soul Music is on the original site.

Folks in the music industry now have more respect for black artists, says Chuck D, including the new artists who seem to be walking in Elvis' shoes.

If ever there were a modern parallel, white rapper Eminem is a shoo-in.

Like Elvis, Eminem grew up poor and honed his gift by studying black music and culture. Like Elvis, he's popular with whites. Like Elvis, he's become one of the most successful in the business. And like Elvis, Eminem has caught the acting bug.

Eminem doesn't hesitate to point out the irony on his latest album The Eminem Show, produced by rapper and mentor Dr. Dre.

'I'm not the first king of controversy / I am the worst thing since Elvis Presley / To do black music so selfishly / And use it to get myself wealthy (Hey) / There's a concept that works'.

Chuck D, a founding father of hip-hop and pop musicologist, said that accepting Elvis, and by extension other white crossover artists, might be easier for black Americans now that black artists are getting more credit and exposure.

Several years ago, the Fox TV network sent him to Graceland to do a black-perspective news story about Elvis. The assignment opened his eyes.

'Elvis had to come through the streets of Memphis and turn out black crowds before he became famous', Chuck D said. 'It wasn't like he cheated to get there. He was a bad-ass white boy. Just like Eminem is doing today. The thing about today is that Eminem has more respect for black artists and black people and culture today than a lot of black artists themselves. He has a better knowledge where it comes from. Elvis had a great respect for black folk at a time when black folks were considered niggers, and who gave a damn about nigger music?'

The battle for Elvis' 'soul' continues. The Disney cartoon Lilo & Stitch, one of the first Elvis-themed films to show minorities (in this case, Hawaiian natives) digging Elvis' music, is a step in dismantling the racist rumor and acquainting a young, multicultural generation with his music.

Race relations are a constant effort, says Jack Soden, CEO of Elvis Presley Enterprises. (This article written 2002)

'Time and time again in marketing sessions it ends up on the list of things we want to continually put forth', Soden said. 'We've got a responsibility for the history, the pop culture and the legacy to find a way to correct those misperceptions'.

Improving business is also a factor. Not just in record sales, but in getting the community to support the headquarters of Elvis' empire.

After all, how much pride could the mostly black neighborhood of Whitehaven take in Graceland if its celebrity occupant represented racism? How does that affect the morale of the 400 employees, many of whom live nearby? How does that rub off on the mostly white tourists who are a major source of income for Whitehaven businesses?

'Let's face it, 98 percent of our visitors are from outside the city', Soden said. 'We know that we're an economic contribution to the neighborhood. We know for a fact that we're going to be here five years, 10 years, 20 years from now'.

Graceland wants the Memphis community to know it cares. Its biggest charity effort is Presley Place, a 12-unit apartment complex that houses homeless people until they're back on their feet.

Despite the efforts by historians, musicians and corporate executives, getting the word out means reaching one person at a time.

Hip-hop singer Mary J. Blige apologized after singing Blue Suede Shoes on VH1's Divas Live.

She told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 'I prayed about it (performing the song) because I know Elvis was a racist. But that was just a song VH1 asked me to sing. It meant nothing to me. I didn't wear an Elvis flag. I didn't represent Elvis that day. I was just doing my job like everybody else'.

The extra exposure in 2002 will have helped change minds, certainly. That, and the continued efforts of Elvis' black acquaintances.

Before his death, Rufus Thomas gave an interview to the TV program American Routes, which aired yesterday on WKNO. The former WDIA disc jockey and legendary Stax singer said: 'Well a lot of people said Elvis stole our music. Stole the black man's music. The black man, white man, has got no music of their own. Music belongs to the universe'.

Thomas went on to say that he played Elvis' tunes on the radio until the program manager told him to stop because black people didn't want to hear them. Then Elvis showed up at a WDIA fund-raising event for black handicapped children.

'When Elvis wiggled that leg, the crowd went nuts. He walked right off the stage and people were storming that stage. The next day I started back to playing Elvis again. Going to show you that no one person can tell you what another group might like'.

- How Did Elvis Get Turned into a Racist? - By Peter Guralnick

Quotes about Elvis

'Elvis was my close personal friend. He came to my Deer Lake training camp about two years before he died. He told us he didn't want nobody to bother us. He wanted peace and quiet and I gave him a cabin in my camp and nobody even knew it. When the cameras started watching me train, he was up on the hill sleeping in the cabin. Elvis had a robe made for me. I don't admire nobody, but Elvis Presley was the sweetest, most humble and nicest man you'd want to know'. - Muhammad Ali

'A lot of people have accused Elvis of stealing the black man's music, when in fact, almost every black solo entertainer copied his stage mannerisms from Elvis'. - Jackie Wilson

'I wasn't just a fan, I was his brother. He said I was good and I said he was good; we never argued about that. Elvis was a hard worker, dedicated, and God loved him. Last time I saw him was at Graceland. We sang Old Blind Barnabus together, a gospel song. I love him and hope to see him in heaven. There'll never be another like that soul brother'. - James Brown

'That's my idol, Elvis Presley. If you went to my house, you'd see pictures all over of Elvis. He's just the greatest entertainer that ever lived. And I think it's because he had such presence. When Elvis walked into a room, Elvis Presley was in the f***ing room. I don't give a f*** who was in the room with him, Bogart, Marilyn Monroe'. - Eddie Murphy

'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

'Elvis was an integrator. Elvis was a blessing. They wouldn't let Black music through. He opened the door for Black music'. - Little Richard

'Early on somebody told me that Elvis was black. And I said 'No, he's white but he's down-home'. And that is what it's all about. Not being black or white it's being 'down-home' and which part of down-home you come from'. - Sammy Davis Jnr

'I have a respect for Elvis and my friendship. It ain't my business what he did in private. The only thing I want to know is, 'Was he my friend?', 'Did I enjoy him as a performer?', 'Did he give the world of entertainment something?' - and the answer is YES on all accounts. The other jazz just don't matter'. - Sammy Davis Jnr

'On a scale of one to ten, I would rate Elvis eleven'. - Sammy Davis Jnr

'Describe Elvis Presley? He was the greatest who ever was, is, or will ever be'. - Chuck Berry

'Elvis loved gospel music. He was raised on it. And he really did know what he was talking about. He was singing Gospel all the time - almost anything he did had that flavour. You can't get away from what your roots are'. - Cissy Houston

He was a mild tempered, quiet, nice guy. He treated everyone the same. There have been rumors about him, saying that he said 'The only thing blacks can do for me is shine my shoes'. Now, I don't believe that. I never saw him act in anyway like that'. 'I overheard one of Elvis' friends at the time ask Elvis 'Why do you call him 'mister' -- he's just a barbecue guy?' Elvis looked at him and said 'He's a man'. ' 'That', Withers says, 'Was the humility in his temperament'. - Ernest Withers

'Elvis was a great man and did more for civil rights than people know. To call him a racist is an insult to us all'. - Ernest Withers

- How Did Elvis Get Turned into a Racist? - By Peter Guralnick

http://www.elvis.com.au/p...cist.shtml
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Reply #143 posted 07/09/09 8:43am

destinyc1

No one said he felt that way they asked the question.....now what about tommy hill not wanting rappers wearing his clothes any truth?
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Reply #144 posted 07/09/09 8:56am

MrSoulpower

I think this thread is ready to be locked down.
Those here who claimed that Elvis was racist did not provide one single piece of evidence for their claims, even after asked multiple times by those who know the facts.
Some used the "shoe shine" quote as proof, but that one has been debunked decades ago - by Jet Magazine, one of the nation's major African-American publications.
So what these posters are left with is - nothing but wish thinking.

Case closed.
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Reply #145 posted 07/09/09 9:01am

Graycap23

Elvis and James were my favorite 2 artist in the 1960's. I hope that he was not a racist but it really doesn't matter. I'd still watch those corny movies of his every day of the week.
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Reply #146 posted 07/09/09 9:38am

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kalelvisj said:



No he can't. Not as a blues song anyway. Since the song was written by two white boys, does it make Big Mama a Thief? JK

But Elvis' version isn't a blues song, it is something else. And not only was it a number one song, it was a number one song on the R & B chart as well...



well maybe THIS version woul have been a number one hit had t not been relegated to african-american buyers.


You make an excellent point. I wasn't trying to demean Big Mama in any way. Her original sold 2 million copies and amazing feat for 1952. I was just trying to point out that Presley's version was as big in the African American community as it was in the white. And what the success of both records proves is that as hard as the establishment might try, there was a cultural integration going on no matter how hard they tried to stop it. Just the history of the song "Hound Dog" indicates a cultural melting pot in this country, a blues song written by two Jewish white boys, performed to great success by a black woman, and covered with great success by a poor white southerner. The argument becomes, did Elvis' version stop people from buying Big Mama's version, or did it insure it's immortality?
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Reply #147 posted 07/09/09 9:40am

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Vendetta1 said:

"Racist" is one helluva tag to place on someone without proof.

You see, this is what usually pisses me off. It's very scary to think that someone would spew such hatred toward a white person without any proof at all. This is part of what's wrong.
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Reply #148 posted 07/09/09 9:50am

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Elvis got high with all races...
The message you are about to hear are not meant for transmission. Should ONLY be accessed in the privacy of your mind. Words are so intense so if you dare to listen.Take off your clothes and meet me between the lines. wildsign
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Reply #149 posted 07/09/09 9:53am

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Elvis imo probably had conservative views when it came to issues like interracial relationships and such, but I don't believe he was a racist. He also did give credit to black artists that influenced him, so I don't believe he was racist no. I always believed that Elvis was a good man.
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