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Elvis Presley - The King of Rock And Roll


Larry Geller “…Elvis picked up a stack of fan letters, which were coming in daily from all over the world, and as he was reading one of them he began to say to me”:

Elvis Presley ‘…no, this girl is wrong, I’ve heard this before, but I didn’t invent Rock’n’Roll.

Let me tell you how it all happened, it all started in the heart of the old South.

In those days the poor colored slaves were forced to work very hard. I mean, they have to, or else they’d be whipped, tortured, raped, or even killed by the bastards in charge.

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The slaves really knew at pain and suffering was, much more than anyone can imagine.

From sunrise to sunset, they worked in the fields picking cotton, or whatever else they had to do.

And… and do you know how they survived, Larry? How did they get over it? Singing. They sang with all their hearts, from the bottom of their guts, their souls. All day enslaved in the fields, they all sang, crying out to God together, making up the words as they went.

And some of those songs are still with us today.

What strikes me is that they never lost faith in God. Their faith was something else, and that made them overcome all that.

What message!

They took their music to their churches, and then the whites began to copy it.

Over time, their music spread outside of the churches and honky-tonk and ragtime emerged in places like New Orleans and on Beale Street here in Memphis.

Later came the birth of the Blues in St. Louis, Chicago, and New York; that evolved until today as Rythm’n’Blues.

The reality is that I was not the one who invented Rock’n’Roll. I was just lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time.

All I did was introduce their music to a white audience, and I owe them a lot.

And that’s why I love this country so much. I mean, it doesn’t matter who you are, or where you come from, or even if everything is against you to achieve it: you can dream the impossible dream and have a chance to achieve it.

That’s what it’s all about. Trust me, I know; I am very grateful, I am living that dream.”

Source: Larry Geller

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