“Elvis was a hero to most/But he never meant sh*t to me, you see/Straight up racist that sucker was/Simple and plain/ Motherf*cker, him and John Wayne” – Public Enemy “Fight the Power” (1989)
I don’t know if Elvis was racist, it wouldn’t surprise me, but he did as much as anyone to bring black American culture to the world, even if inadvertently.
I have the Sun Sessions on cd, a tasty double cd Gospel comp and the Complete 50’s Masters cd box set, but it’s nice to have Elvis’s most popular forty-five UK 45s, covering the King’s chart reign from 1956 up to 1980, in one double Lp place. Picked up for £1 in the great Great Chart boot fair haul of last Bank Holiday Monday.
And, before you ask, “Old Shep” is not included.