YMMV / Elvis Presley

  • 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, though alternate takes with Haley's lyrics have been released, too).
    • 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.
    • "Always On My Mind" is a messy situation. B.J. Thomas was the first to record it, but it didn't get released for another 25 years. Gwen McCrae released it first, but Brenda Lee recorded it before her and released it shortly after. Elvis had the first hit version in 1972 (though it was a bigger hit in Britain than the US). Willie Nelson's version became a major crossover hit in the US in 1982. 5 years after that, Pet Shop Boys had a huge worldwide hit with it. These days, Nelson's is the most popular version in North America, with the Elvis take mainly being a fan favorite. In the UK, Elvis' rendition still gets regular airplay but the Pet Shop Boys version is much more popular.
  • 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.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Pretty much sums up why even the worst Elvis movies made money. Col. Tom Parker was quoted as saying that the content of the films was irrelevant, that audiences bought tickets to see Elvis on screen singing a few songs.
  • 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 '50s. 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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