Why pay homage to 'The King'?
Byline: Email firstname.lastname@example.org OPINION GEORGE TYNDALE THE MERCURY'S HARD-HITTING COLUMNIST SPEAKS HIS MIND..
NEWS a rare Elvis record realised half-as-much as expected at auction has fuelled hope the world is beginning to see The King for what he really was.
Over-hyped, grossly overweight, tacky in taste and not the sharpest tool in the box.
Throw in the fact he made ghastly films and was possibly "rednecked" in political persuasion and you have the hallmarks of a hollow idol. The man couldn't pen a tune but found stardom by peddling black music in a land where blacks were deprived the opportunities for fame or fortune.
Elvis, despite a global audience, never publicly railed against their lot. But then Elvis never made a meaningful political statement because his anaemic intellect could not wrestle with profound global issues.
What the fuss is about is truly beyond this author.
The 1961 promotional disc was expected to realise PS12,000 at a Dudley auction. It went for PS6,500.
A similar one-off, promotional acetate by The Beatles, a recording that had never before seen the light of day, would fetch 10 times that, and for good reason.
As musicians - true musicians, they were innovative, Lennon pushed for political change and they changed the face of popular music. The term genius sits comfortably with Lennon and McCartney.
The terms "grossly overweight" and "ridiculous" sit comfortably with Elvis.
I just wish the rest of the world realised it.