Thanks, The fool.
I opened this topic with very good expectations, but I'm sorry to say that it's a very disappointing article in all respects.
Just when I was forgetting about Will Friedwald, here comes Val Wilmer, another jazz / blues writer with a patronizing attitude towards rock and roll.
Too bad she chose to perpetuate those false racist lines in the opening paragraphs of her article. Classless in extreme.
She also showed musical ignorance in some spots : Little Willie John was not copied by Elvis, nor by Peggy Lee. The original version of "Fever", as anybody who has listened to it can attest, is vastly different from Lee's and Presley's versions, from arrangement and vocal performance to lyrics (rewritten by Lee herself, not by Blackwell).
Oh well... Let's move on.