SINCE I AM CURRENTLY TOILING AWAY at various projects of considerable girth—I mean, length—I’m going to post a few short-shorts. To break up things while I am researching and writing, I turn to Quora and answer questions. Quora is a question-and-answer site where questions are asked by users and then answered by other users, either factually or in the form of opinions.
Some of the questions are abysmally stupid—I mean, blissfully ignorant—while others are articulate and thoughtful. Consequently, my answers are moderately long and dead serious while others are short and playfully ironic. Here are five questions (in italics) and my answer:
Is Graceland in Memphis an accurate representation of Elvis Presley’s life?
You mean, does the staid, comfortable, conservative house in Memphis reflect the life and times of a man who changed music and culture and “had” more women than most men dream of while becoming addicted to more drugs than most men know about?
I’m not certain, but I’d guess, “No.”
What would be Hell for Elvis?
An endless loop of Robert Goulet singing on a television set and no gun to shoot the television set.
This is a 15 x 20 inch, cardboard standee meant to be placed on record store shelves or counter-tops. It has a ‘leg’ affixed to the back that folds out so that it can lean back on that leg and stand alone as a display. This may have been distributed in the early part of 1956 prior to the release of Elvis’s self-titled LP album (RCA Victor LPM-1254).
Which Elvis album had the most influence on the music industry and on other performers?
RCA Victor LPM-1254, Elvis Presley, is arguably — and I love a good argument — the most influential album ever released. Following the release of “Heartbreak Hotel” and this album:
• Sales of rock & roll records skyrocketed!
• Sales of record-players skyrocketed!
• Sales of guitars skyrocketed!
Alas, for barbers of the 1950s, sales of haircuts plummeted.
Which musicians were influenced by Elvis?
I could say that countless rock & roll artist who learned how to sing or play after 1956 was influenced by Elvis, directly or indirectly, and not get all shook up about a wee bit of exaggeration.
I could also say that an equally countless number of country & western artist who learned how to sing or play after 1971 was influenced by Elvis, directly or indirectly, and not be exaggerating too much.
Plus one or two others.
What would the world look like if Elvis Presley never existed?
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FEATURED IMAGE: This photo of the gates at Graceland was taken by David Mark and is available through Pixabay.