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Presley, Elvis

It is hardly necessary to introduce Elvis Aron Presley (Tupelo,
Mississippi, 1935 - Memphis, Tennessee, 1977), but the significance of
the musical links between Elvis and Bob Dylan is often underestimated.
Even though the King's immortal triumphs were as an interpreter, not a
songwriter, there is a good case for the view that Dylan's work has
rather more in common with Presley's than the Beatles':

it is well known that on his recovery from his 1997 illness Dylan told
the world, 'I really thought I'd be seeing Elvis soon.' Dylan mentions
Elvis by name in 'TV Talkin' Song' (on 'Under The Red Sky'), in the
line 'Sometimes you gotta do like Elvis did and shoot the damn thing
out' (this is a reference to a real incident when the King fired into
a TV at his Graceland mansion). The country and blues influences that
pervade Presley's early work are also crucial for Bob Dylan, and both
artists have made major contributions to the gospel genre.

The list of standards officially covered by both artists includes
'Blue Moon', 'Can't Help Falling In Love', 'A Fool Such As I' and
'Tomorrow Night'. Elvis' discography includes covers of Dylan's
'Tomorrow Is A Long Time', 'Don't Think Twice, It's All Right',
'Blowin' in the Wind' and 'I Shall Be Released'.

(from Chris Rollason, August 2002)

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