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Does it irritate you when people call Elvis a truckdriver?

Tue Jul 15, 2003 8:47 pm

It irritates the hell out of me when people call elvis a truckdriver. I was reminded of this in the MSG article quotes posted in the MSG Mystery thread. The guy who wrote the Elvis vs. The Beatles article for the BBC after ALLC called Elvis a truckdriver too. I mean no offense to truckdrivers, but I think it is a blatant effort to undermine Elvis's accomplishments. Do people refer to John Lennon as an art school student still??
What's the deal??

Tue Jul 15, 2003 9:24 pm

No offense meant, but he was a truck driver by his own admission.

Tom

Tue Jul 15, 2003 9:28 pm

agreed, but my point is that calling him that seems a bit petty, since it's NOT what he was known for. Do people still refer to George W. Bush as Texas Governer? (Some may wish it were still so, but) I think not...

Tue Jul 15, 2003 9:31 pm

There's nothing wrong with driving a truck!

I'm just waiting to find a little studio - it's my mum's birthday this Friday!

The great thing about driving is listening to the radio. You get a great buzz when an Elvis track is played! :D

It is hard to imagine Elvis driving a truck and going out to do a regular job!

Tue Jul 15, 2003 9:37 pm

I always thought it was kinda cool Elvis was a truck driver. And to many people it gives him a certain "realness" or "street credibility", opposed to having been a librarian assistant or a desk clerk or just plain out of work.

Being on the road, cruisin the highways, lousy pay, getting burned, dreaming of a carreer in music or in the movies: it's the kinda stuff the American Dream is made of, and that is very appealing to me as an European who grew up with American myths like Highway 69, Easy Rider, The Hell's Angels. 8)

Tue Jul 15, 2003 10:00 pm

James,
I agree with your assessment 100%. As Elvis, himself said to Charlie shortly before the Aloha special "who would have thought a poor truckdriver from Mississippi.....would be playing to a billion people" or something like that. I think it goes to show that despite your current surroundings, unimaginable greatness can come to anyone.
God Bless America!!!!
Tom

Tue Jul 15, 2003 10:30 pm

God Bless America!!!!
Tom


YAWN!!!!! :roll:

Tue Jul 15, 2003 10:36 pm

I thought he was an Elvis impersonator? KIDDING! :oops:

Tue Jul 15, 2003 10:58 pm

Technically speaking, Elvis delivered electrical supplies to job sites in a pick-up truck by day, and studied at night (in other words, attended some type of electrical trade classes) to become an electrician. The term "truckdriver" kinda makes you think he was out there driving an 18 wheeler or something. He was actually more of a courier. He certainly "delivered" rock & roll to the masses! :D

Tue Jul 15, 2003 11:51 pm

Promocollector why the Yawn? I second that Tom. God bless America!!

Pete, isnt' that nitpicking. lol. I do see your point, but at the same time, the truck driving comment has always been magnified by the Grand Ole Opry guys telling Elvis to go back to driving a truck.

Wed Jul 16, 2003 12:11 am

genesim wrote:Promocollector why the Yawn? I second that Tom. God bless America!!

Pete, isnt' that nitpicking. lol. I do see your point, but at the same time, the truck driving comment has always been magnified by the Grand Ole Opry guys telling Elvis to go back to driving a truck.


I might be nitpickin' just a tad Genesim, but to me, "truckdriver" implies something more sizeable than just a pick-up truck. When I was 20-21 I used to deliver auto parts in a pick-up truck (and a good sized one at that) but I didn't think of myself as a truckdriver. I was a deliveryman! And a darn good one at that! This was before my career as a CIA operative in Pago Pago, but right after my rather short-lived stint as an escort to rich older women. :lol:

Wed Jul 16, 2003 12:19 am

Yeah buddy, I did see your point. BUT now I am completely confused. Why did you give up the escort service? Seems you got off track at one time or another. :(

Wed Jul 16, 2003 3:40 am

You "got wired the wrong way, man...."

Wed Jul 16, 2003 4:04 am

:o Gee if anybody looked like a truck driver pulling up for a feed at a roadhouse it was Elvis in 1977! :lol:

Wed Jul 16, 2003 4:53 pm

LOL!!! Careful, buddy. Don't let Kylan catch you speaking that way. Elvis was sick and dying, ya know.

Wed Jul 16, 2003 8:54 pm

Yeah, goin' back downtown to Memphis, gonna start drivin' that M'**** truck again....
Said I'm goin' back home, down Memphis, start drivin' that G'damn truck again...

Sonny

Wed Jul 16, 2003 11:05 pm

Hey Kingofthejungle,

Does it irritate you when Elvis himself referred to himself as a "truckdriver"

Let's be consistent in our irritants. lol

Elvis was briefly a truckdriver and he said so many times. Big deal.


I mean no offense to truckdrivers, but I think it is a blatant effort to undermine Elvis's accomplishments.


Which accomplishments do you refer to?

His accomplishments from April 1954 to October 1954 the time period when he was employed as a Crown Electric Co. truckdriver?

Elvis did his job then got a better-paying job: full-time entertainer.

Wed Jul 16, 2003 11:33 pm

to me i dont mine at all, when i was at the sun studio yeasterday
i could see elvis in his truck looking at sun and driving off, :o

tell he made he's mine up to go in at sun to make his demo.


curtis simpkins

Thu Jul 17, 2003 4:23 pm

Yeah, sure simpkins.


Tom

Thu Jul 17, 2003 4:32 pm

Would the British fans think of Elvis as a lorry driver? (I'm pretty sure he drove his fair share of Lauries'.) Sorry folks, I couldn't resist. :)

Thu Jul 17, 2003 5:02 pm

Pete -

I guess 'truck-driver' equates to 'lorry-driver' over here.

But that wasn't really what Elvis did.

The nearest UK term would be 'van-driver' or 'delivery-man' for the sort of localised delivery service which Elvis' job at Crown Electric entailed.

The 'Lorry/Laurie' joke was good - haven't started laughing yet.

Thu Jul 17, 2003 8:10 pm

I think the term "truck driver" really highlights the fact that Elvis was an every-man prior to becoming famous. He was a regular guy who hit it big. Noting what he did for work before this really makes him more real to a lot of people. I don't think it's demeaning at all.