Dylan: I'd Rather Be Elvis

In his first television interview for almost 20 years, Bob Dylan says he never saw himself as a singer-songwriter and felt more comfortable with the idea of becoming Elvis Presley than the prophet of a generation. In the interview, the 63-year-old folk-rock legend says the hero worship of the 1960s generation often left him feeling like an "impostor". "You're the saviour.' I never wanted to be a prophet or a saviour. Elvis maybe. I could see myself becoming him. But prophet? No." Elvis recorded A few songs by Bob Dylan: "Blowin' in the Wind", Don't Think Twice It's All Right", "I Shall Be Released" and " Tomorrow Is a Long Time".
Source: Topix / Updated: Dec 5, 2004

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Jungle Room (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 6, 2004report abuse
It's quite funny that Elvis, when he drank some water during a concert, sometimes said that he felt 'like Bob Dylan slept in my mouth'.
Carl (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 6, 2004report abuse
You should buy the first BOB DYLAN album on Columbia Records from 1962, his first release. Bob Dylan wrote the original liner notes on this album. He lists as his greatest musical influences Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins. So Dylan was always a huge Elvis fan from the get-go. People just were too ignorant and blind to see it. Just read what Dylan himself said. Indeed, Dylan recorded Elvis' "That All Right" for these early Columbia sessions but it was not released because Columbia wanted to create a PHONY image for Bob as some sort of folk messiah, the second coming and resurrection of Woody Guthrie! But Dylan told you who he dug.
Dylan recorded two Elvis songs: "That's All Right" (not released originally from about 1962) and "Can't Help Falling in Love with You" on an obscure 1973 album he released. So yeah, Dylan and ELvis greatly admired each other. Dylan also liked Carl Perkins and performed with him and co-wrote a song with Perkins called "Champaigne, Illinois". Dylan also performed Perkins' "Matchbox". Dylan dug rock and roll.
dailyone (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 6, 2004report abuse
boy oh boy this is a great and wondrous revelation . dylan was the prince of the folk and hippy generation and to say he didnt think much of and was an elvis fan . wow , i remember these 60's days and it has me gobsmached .good on ya dylon . no wonder elvis liked him
Rocking Johnny G (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 5, 2004report abuse
With all due respects to Bob Dylan. Yes he is a great songwriter but as far as singing whenever Bob opens up his mouth to sing he sounds like he is jumping off a cliff.
Mofoca22 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 5, 2004report abuse
lol awesome. that goes to show u how big of an impact elvis had on everyone. he even holds a big impact on 2days singers. look at britney spears when she wore an elvis jumpsuit that says it all

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