"Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force in the 20th century."

(Leonard Bernstein)


"If you're an Elvis fan, no explanation is necessary; If you're not an Elvis fan, no explanation is possible."

(George Klein)


"For a dead man, Elvis Presley is awfully noisy."

(Professor Gilbert B. Rodman)


"History has him as this good old country boy, Elvis is about as country as Bono!"

(Jerry Schilling)






Elvis and the marble - Joe Guercio remembers:

We found this amusing story in an interview with Joe Guercio published on the ElvisWorldJapan site.

Q : Tell us of any funny incidents between you and Elvis.

Joe Guercio: Oh, the marble story. That goes back to the first two days of the gig. You know, it was never a set show in those days. He would just want to pull a tune out and sing it. And it was great, because everybody behind him was immediate group. And that was Ronnie and the rhythm section. He'd say, so and so, and they'd turn around, and they'd start.

Well, you can say that to five guys. I'm sitting up there with 32. You know, when am I going to start. So, it was always a scuffle. Let's do this and bam. And I'd stop and... Or they would start his orchestra and the introduction and show, and suddenly I'd say, "Here we go, guys. Bar 12".

And I'd bring him in on bar 12, and we'd be locked in. And first couple of times I did that, he really turned around and acknowledged it because, you know, we didn't leave him on the desert. We just jumped in the pool, a little late, but we jumped in the pool.

And somebody came to me and asked me how I enjoyed working, conducting for Elvis Presley. I said, "It's like a marble rolling down concrete steps, you know, dinkle, dinkle, dinkle". You know, one of those kind of things. So, that was it.

And next day, I'd come in and open my dressing room door. And I hear all this strange noise. I turn the lights on. It's marbles all over the floor. There's marbles in every one of my pockets. There's marbles in the sink loaded. I could see he had all his slaves go out the night before and buy all the marbles in the world.

And the sign on the mirror said, "Follow the marble. E.P."








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