Sledge praises Elvis
posted this very interesting message on the FECC messageboard:
up the most recent Goldmine and it featured an interview
with Percy Sledge the man behind "When a Man Loves a
Woman", "Take Time to Know Her", "Warm and Tender Love"
and another dozen or so deep soul classics. In the interview
Percy talks of the influence of pop and country oriented
artists on his music. He starts off the list with a
very familiar name: Elvis Presley. He also mentions
Hank Williams, Brenda Lee, Marty Robbins, and Connie
were all my favorites," says Sledge in the interview.
little tidbit once again demonstrates the esteem with which
Elvis was held by African-Americans of his own generation
and the one just after. Most of the artists who put Elvis
forth as a rip off artist came later divorced from his original
people who were really there (especially the ones who were
teens when Elvis hit the big time) often recognized in Elvis
a kindred spirit and their admiration exposes the political
bias behind the later dismissals of Elvis' work and influence.
It also points out to me the absurdity of trying to break
music down into strict color barriers.
Percy Sledge, this music belonged to him as much as it belonged
to any white listener. Music and emotion are universal and
real artists recognize this. Not that Percy's admiration of
Elvis was a secret before. He had nice size hits with both
"Love Me Tender" and "True Love Travels on a Gravel Road".
Still, it's nice to have it on the record".
Source: likethebike on For Elvis CD Collectors Only messageboard,
19 March 2005)