Observations of an Invisible Woman

How Elvis Got Famous

Look at Bo Diddley:

And Chuck Berry:

And Little Richard

Now look at this:


Please watch BOTH videos and tell me your thoughts…

****In order to keep this short and sweet, I left out a few pertinent singers/songwriters/fancy-foot shakers…like James Brown.****

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9 thoughts on “How Elvis Got Famous

  1. So very, very true…you have it exactly right. My first thought when Michael Jackson married Lisa Marie Presley was: “I’ll bet her daddy is spinning in his grave like a mad dervish – Ol’ Scratch is using his coffin for a desk fan!”

    Back when Public Enemy still wrote meaningful songs for us; before Flava Flav sold out to the ‘reality’ shows, are these lyrics from ‘Fight the Power’:
    “Elvis was a hero to most
    But he never meant shit to me you see
    Straight up racist that sucker was
    Simple and plain
    Motherfuck him and John Wayne
    Cause I’m Black and I’m proud
    I’m ready and hyped plus I’m amped
    Most of my heroes don’t appear on no stamps
    Sample a look back you look and find
    Nothing but rednecks for 400 years if you check…”


  2. Mickey on said:

    Regarding MJ’s marriage to Lisa Marie, Paul Mooney said once that Elvis stole so much of black folks, it’s about time he gave us something back! LOL

  3. When I hear whites rave about Elvis, Johnny Cash, The Rolling Stones and Aerosmith, I think…Huh? Are you serious?

  4. brothawolf on said:

    Those are among my favorite lyrics of any song.

  5. mary burrell on said:

    They always stealing our stuff, songs style the women even want our asses and lips.

  6. Mickey on said:

    And credit is rarely, if ever, given.

  7. It’s not a secret that most white folk from that time up until this “got paid on what we made”. I’m sickened as a music producer myself that most of my downloads are from white folk because Black think it’s white music.

  8. It is amusing when we tell them their favourite stars copied black musicians.

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