"....The story of American popular music has been a long, sad tradition of white ripping off black: Presley was as guilty of this as any other white exploiter - even if, in his apparent simplicity, he was just following his musical heart. He took African-American musical trends and made them palatable to a white audience...........". From a book review, by " John Anderson, "Newsday" 13th July 2003.
OK, Elvis liked so-called, Black Music! just as he liked and sang Irish songs, German songs, Italian songs, Spanish songs, etc.
Beethoven liked a particular Irish Air so much he built a whole Symphony around it. It is not called Beethoven's Irish symphony - in fact few people realize it has an Irish link at all - well the hard of hearing might not:-)
Known as the, "Apotheosis of the Dance", the last movement of the magnificent Seventh symphony is a testament to the universality of music.
There is no such thing as Black, or for that matter Green Music!!!
We Irish are honored Beethoven used an "Irish tune". The Black songwriters and musicians of America should be honored that Elvis Presley with his astounding voice sang, and played, "their", music.
After all is said and done, didn't most of them compose their songs using Pianos and the American-English language?