Elvis Presley ‘couldn’t stand’ a certain type of music, Priscilla revealed | Music | Entertainment
Elvis Presley fans are currently celebrating Elvis Week to commemorate the anniversary of the King’s death. The star, who died on August 16, 1977, was found at his home in Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee, by his fiancée Ginger Alden. His daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, was next door.
When King was at his best, however, he was constantly on the lookout for new emerging talent in the music industry. And Priscilla Presley, the star’s ex-wife, knew exactly what kind of musician he loved to watch.
Elvis, however, knew when the music worked and when it didn’t.
Priscilla revealed in her memoir, Elvis and Me, that a specific style of musician irritated her.
She recalled, “He couldn’t stand singers who were, in his words, ‘all technique and no emotional feeling’.”
Elvis even dropped the names of some singers he considered talented and insubstantial.
In this category of the singer without any feeling, Elvis “firmly placed Mel Tormé and Robert Goulet”.
These kind of singers were condemned in Elvis’ house, Graceland. So much so that he would attack the television if they appeared on it.
“[Tormé and Goulet] were both responsible for blowing up two televisions with a .357 Magnum,” Priscilla revealed.
It wasn’t a personal matter, however. Elvis was simply passionate about music and talent – something he had a great eye for, she revealed.
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Priscilla wrote, “Some of her favorites were Ike and Tina Turner, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, the dancers Tybe and Bracia, and the old Fats Domino and the Ink Spots.”
She added: “All talented people deserve recognition in their craft.”
Elvis was also a big fan of British singers.
Priscilla recalled how he had a distinct adoration for some massive British stars.
Elvis apparently liked the sound of Tom Jones’ voice, especially his song Green, Green Grass of Home.
He also enjoyed listening to Arthur Prysock, John Gary, opera singer Robert Merrill, Brook Benton, Roy Orbison and Charles Boyer’s recording of Where Has Love Gone?
The King also loved David Bowie – so much so that he even asked Ziggy Stardust to write a song for him in 1975.
Unfortunately, for everyone involved, it didn’t work out.