Sun Feb 05, 2006 2:17 am
Gillybee wrote:The following is an excerpt from an interview by Jeff Levenson and Ray Charles featured in the January 1989 edition of Downbeat magazine. Somehow, I don't think Ray was the type of guy to let the truth get in the way of a good story....
JL: Ray, let's talk about singers. Aside from Nat [King] Cole, have other classic jazz singers influenced you?
RC: I remember Big Boy Crudup. I don't know if you are familiar with him, but I bet you Elvis Presley knew about him. You better believe he knew about him, because Elvis did some of his stuff-- [sings "That's Alright, Mama."] That's where he got that from. Elvis got a lot of stuff, my friend, from the old blues singers. People may not realize it because he never stopped to credit them. I'm not knocking the man and I'm not starting no racial sh*t or nothing like that. I'm just telling you where the stuff came from.
Elvis did "Hound Dog"--that was Big Mama's Thornton's. Elvis did "Jailhouse Rock"--that belonged to a friend of mine, Shifty Henry; he wrote that song. As a matter of fact, if you listen closely you'll hear [Elvis] sing about Shifty--there's a verse in there about him. Shifty Henry was a real person. He got 20 bucks for that song. Twenty friendly dollars. The reason I know this is that Shifty Henry was a very, very good friend of mine. When I first came to L.A. he was one of the few people who took me by the hand and tried to take care of me. The only problem was he was fooling around with drugs and he ended up selling his soul to the devil. You know what I mean?
Be that as it may, when I was young coming up the people I listened to were a lot of the people that I later discovered Elvis was listening to. I don't mean no harm, but I'm telling you the truth. On the other hand, these people were my inspiration too.
http://www.popmatters.com/columns/criti ... 1217.shtml
Feelings about Elvis Presley among black audiences were perfectly captured a few years ago when Ray Charles responded to a Bob Costas query about Elvis with the quip, "What the hell was so special about Elvis . . . all Elvis did was shake his ass and black folks been shaking their ass for hundreds of years."
likethebike wrote: This is a problem with an artist as a big as Elvis, there's so many rumors going around and the bare outlines of his story are so well known that people often just believe what they hear and state it as fact without learning whether or not what they are stating has a basis in reality. Even worse because Elvis' reputation for some reason is always embattled there are those (not Charles) who would purposefully make false statements and because so many are inclined to believe those false (Charles fits in here) they become fact.
Sun Feb 05, 2006 2:36 am
Sun Feb 05, 2006 3:00 am
ColinB wrote:Pete Dube wrote:ColinB wrote:Maurice -
I knew it !
You haven't a clue who wrote West Side Story !
Was it Jerome Kern?
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Maria, I just ******* a girl called Maria................
Sun Feb 05, 2006 3:09 am
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Cryogenic wrote: Like my good friend N880EP said, celebrities are people, too.
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Daryl wrote:I think all of this boils down to is the simple fact that Ray Charles never had the opportunity to meet and talk with Elvis on any extensive level. I've found this to be true also with Little Richard, who over the years has echoed the same sentiments that Ray has and on other occasions has said positive things about him. However I can't recall ever hearing of a black artist who actually met Elvis saying disparaging remarks about him stealing black music.
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