Elton John About Elvis

On the ABC TV program 'Enough Rope' with Andrew Denton, Elton John tells about his admiration for Elvis. He confirms that Elvis started everything for the popculture, and that without him there would be no Beatles or Dylan. The video was available on YouTube, but you can try finding it using the search option.
Source: ElvisMatters / Updated: Jul 27, 2007 
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RossII (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 1, 2007report abuse
Instead of Elton and Cliff saysing how great our King was as the Entertainer of the Century, I'd rather see them, together with Tom Jones, Englebert, Willie Nelson, Julio Iglesias, Dolly Parton, Crystal Gayle, Kris Kristoferson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Mickey Gilley and Kenny Rogers show up at Graceland and have them interviewed (this time only great comments please on his superb showmanship and great human being values) one week long by Larry K i n g....Now then you talk business for the world to watch Elvis week.
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 30, 2007report abuse
It`s always pleasant to read clever comments like yours Rosiel....Cheers !
rosiel (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 30, 2007report abuse
Elton has always said only great things about Elvis as has Cliff Richard. They are wise. If Elvis had lived long enough, he would have said that Elton is one of the finest songwriters alive.
Viva (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 29, 2007report abuse
Just as a matter of interest, Elton John also credits Elvis with saving his life. When The King passed away, Mr John had a huge drink and drugs problem and the death of Elvis, he says, was a big wake up call to him, so he got his act together and sorted himself out. He is convinced that he would not be around today if the death of Elvis hadn't scared him so much. I got this from a Radio1 interview he did a good few years back, but I think it's also mentioned in his autobiography.
FLASHBOY (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 29, 2007report abuse
Wow i always love Elton John's music i think he is one of the finest voice in the world and for him to say something nice about my favorite signer (Elvis) is a real treat.
God bless Elton :)
Ruthie (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 29, 2007report abuse
I also read ELvis Straight Up & that's Joe's take on the meeting. I am not saying his opinion is wrong but Schilling states that Lisa was thrilled about Elton John & that Elvis enjoyed meeting Elton for the few brief minutes that it took place. Elvis didn't limit himself to just the "50's" rockers, for cripe sakes he'd been around for 3 generations of rockers. It wouldn't take a genius to figure out the talent that was out there & Elvis could recognize it more than anyone. Instead of the competition that the media wants to make of it, I am sure there is more respect & admiration between Elvis, his peers & generations to come than we'll ever know. Elton is truly a gentleman to make that comment.
John4126 (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 28, 2007report abuse
From what i read the two met backsatge late on in Elvis' career when he was not in the best of health. This may well be why Elton John doesn't talk much about it. If that's the case - good for him!
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 28, 2007report abuse
In Elvis Straight-Up Joe Esposito mentions the two met backstage, but he also mentions how ELvis never really felt comfortable with Rock & Rollers (except those from the 50's). Its too bad. Had Elvis mingled more like Orbison , Perkins & Cash, I think we'd have more great music on our hands and Elvis would be more respected by the rock critics & press. The cookie cutter jumpsuited concerts may have given way to some really great shows and studio work.
emjel (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 28, 2007report abuse
Video has now been removed from youtube!!!
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 27, 2007report abuse
Sorry ,it's me again...I've just listened to John's version of Hound dog again and as much as I like his craziness with his interpretation, I actually must add that Yoko's "attempt" in the background vocals sux...now, how can you ruin a song more than that....Anyways !
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 27, 2007report abuse
Even if it's obvious that Elton was a lot closer to another icone (John Lennon), it's always good to hear him saying nice things about the King. It's a little sad indeed that we never heard much details about these 2 meeting up in the mid-seventies. I remember reading that Lisa Marie was there too and that Elton was a favorite singer of hers. BTW, I have a special request for Elton, please sing an Elvis song for me one of these days buddy ! I'm sure you would sound as good as John Lennon' s version of Hound dog as recorded in Madison square garden...WOW !
stanton (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 27, 2007report abuse
Elton John is a pop icon himself and he sure knows what it is like to be someone so special - and how hard life can get there. He is one of the so called "survivors" - something we all wish Elvis would have been, too. Elton made it around, and still keeps on entertaining, which I admire very much. He also is one of the fairest and most sincere people in the business - and I guess he knows about Elvis` circumstances in the mid - 70ies and the social expectations pressing on him in those conservative days. And I´m sure he regrets very much that Elvis didn´t find the right accompany to help him out and lead him through the show biz jungle into inner peace of mind and satisfaction in and after rehabilitation.
sal05 (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 27, 2007report abuse
Elton John is great indeed. I don't know if a lot of people know but Elvis actually admired Elton as well and once attended one of Elton Johns concerts. Elton once also went backstage once to say hello to Elvis and meet him in person. I have never heard Elton speak about this though, which is a bit strange, but also I have not see a lot of Elton John interviews.
Mofoca22 (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 27, 2007report abuse
thats great to hear elton john say something great about the king. i always liked elton johns music and Jumpin Jehosaphat who cares if elton john is gay hes showing more respect to elvis than a lot of othe rperformers have in the past like as you mentione dlittle richard. he is the most disrespectful jerk i ever seen as far as it comes to elvis. elvis never stole his music i have a few concert cd's of elvis from the 50's elvis was always introducing songs by little richard saying this is a song done by little richard or something like that.
Jumpin Jehosaphat (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 27, 2007report abuse
i can see this, elvis was 1/8 american, and john is a flaming arrow. However elton is no little richard.

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