Songs that influenced Elvis

  1. Yes, a lot of country music, including bluegrass and gospel as well as the country and western he would have heard on the radio. His early recordings were heavily influenced by R&B. Check out the originals in this list:

  2. Don't forget Gospel. When the Million Dollar Quartet session happened (Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins all happened to be in the studio at the same time) most of what they all played were old Gospel songs.

  3. I looked through and wasn’t able to find songs that were not his, to clarify was looking for non-Elvis songs that influenced him to make the music that he made

  4. Elvis basically ripped off a bunch of black RnB artists. His early major hits “That’s Alright Mama” was recorded by Arthur Crudup, and “Hound Dog” by Big Mama Thornton. Jailhouse Rock and Blue Suede Shoes are blues in basically every respect.

  5. Folk music, obvs. Love Me Tender and Now Or Never, for example, are just folk songs with new lyrics.

  6. I think Elvis is overhyped simply because he is White. There were plenty of other artists that were Black that were more attractive, charismatic, talented, and sexy than him but him being White was just more marketable.He remade tons of songs by varying Black artists who weren't compensated properly for their work (I know that isn't his fault).

  7. not jazz or blues, but maybe also interesting; try listening to "o sole mio", an opera song, and then "it's now or never" by elvis!

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