Guillermo F. Perez-Argüello 
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Re: “B.B. King Dies at Age 89

Elvis Presley and BB King admired each other tremendously. Moreover, BB King, together with Mohammed Ali will always be remembered for being the African Americans most associated with crediting Presley as being worthy of being called "the King", a denomination with which Presley was nevertheless not at all comfortable with as, according to him, that could only be the Lord Jesus Christ. May he rest in peace...

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Posted by Guillermo F. Perez-Argüello on 05/15/2015 at 6:39 PM

Re: “Avoiding the Crutch

Presley didnt exploit R&B, the blues, black gospel, whatever. He learnt it in Tupelo, since age 7, and then when he moved to Memphis at age 13 he absolutely adored it. That God gave him the talent so that, in addition to "exploiting his unerring ear" and to no end, he could also sing those styles, and extremely well just as he was able to do with every other music medium imaginable, save for Jazz which as per his own admission, he didnt "understand", it is neither here nor there.. The unvarnished truth is that there were another 157,000 White Mississippeans of his same age and race, born in 1935, and none of them became the young Elvis who when faced by BB KIng or Sam Phillips, impressed them so much with his total knowledge of everything that could be sang, espcially the blues, and black gospel, that they were totally in awe of him, not just as a singer, but as a musicologist. And Elvis was only 19...

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Posted by Guillermo F. Perez-Argüello on 12/11/2014 at 10:21 AM
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