YMMV / Elvis Presley

  • Award Snub: He was nominated for fourteen Grammys, but only won three—all of them in the Gospel category. Two of them for the same song.
  • Bile Fascination: His album Having Fun With Elvis On Stage has often been called one of the worst records in existence. The record, despite his title, is basically nothing but Elvis bantering with an audience on stage. There are no songs present. To make matters even worse: the comments themselves aren't even funny, because all context is lost. Still, it has attracted a lot of curious listeners who favor So Bad, It's Good records.
  • Covered Up: "Hound Dog" was originally performed by blues singer Big Mama Thornton.
    • "Blue Suede Shoes" is another one; it was actually a big hit for Carl Perkins before Elvis' own version was successful.
    • Presley was also late to the party in recording "Shake Rattle and Roll"; his version actually combines elements of the previous hit versions by Big Joe Turner and Bill Haley (Turner's lyrics, Haley's arrangement).
    • Later in his career there was "Suspicious Minds" (originally written and recorded by Mark James) and "Burning Love" (first recorded by Arthur Alexander).
    • The holiday standard "Blue Christmas", first popularized by Ernest Tubb a decade before Elvis's version.
    • Though both versions recieve regular airplay in the UK, the Pet Shop Boys' cover of "Always On My Mind" is definitely more popular than Elvis' original.
  • Dork Age: The mid-sixties. Nowadays, even die-hard fans find it difficult to enjoy some of the musical comedies he was making at that time.
    • In fact, if one were to ask who The Beatles' favorite artist was, they'd always insist it was "pre-Army" Elvis.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With The Beatles. The fact that they had their artistic zenith which helped transform popular music in the late 1960's while Elvis was going through his Dork Age draws a lot of unfavorable comparisons. The fact that Elvis then tried to get US President Richard Nixon to ban the band from the USA, seemingly out of sheer jealousy, even as he regularly covered their songs in his concerts also embitters fans.
  • Memetic Mutation: The Jailhouse Rock one, the glittery white Vegas one, take your pick.
    • Also the black leather one from the comeback special.
    • His then-scandalous hip shaking.
    • His iconic "Uh huh huuuuh" Verbal Tic.
    • "I never wrote a song in my life".
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Elvis' hip-swiveling and rock-star sneer aren't nearly as "bad boy" now as they were in The Fifties. In fact, compared to what some pop stars in the 2010s get away with now, Elvis' performances, which were once infamously censored on The Ed Sullivan Show, look almost quaint. What's more, the image of Elvis now, for a lot of people, is the latter-day image of an out-of-shape Elvis in the white Vegas jumpsuit.
  • Signature Song: A few candidates here, actually! "Heartbreak Hotel," "Jailhouse Rock," "Hound Dog" and "Blue Suede Shoes."
    • For latter-day Elvis, it's "Suspicious Minds" or "Burning Love."

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