A live concert to me is exciting because of all the electricity that is generated in the crowd and on stage. It’s my favorite part of the business, live concerts.
Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.
From the time I was a kid, I always knew something was going to happen to me. Didn’t know exactly what.
I don’t know anything about music. In my line you don’t have to.
I don’t think I’m bad for people. If I did think I was bad for people, I would go back to driving a truck, and I really mean this.
I happened to come along in the music business when there was no trend.
I have no use for bodyguards, but I have very specific use for two highly trained certified public accountants.
I hope I didn’t bore you too much with my life story.
I never expected to be anybody important.
I sure lost my musical direction in Hollywood. My songs were the same conveyer belt mass production, just like most of my movies were.
I think I have something tonight that’s not quite correct for evening wear. Blue suede shoes.
I was an only child, and Mother was always right with me all my life. I used to get very angry at her when I was growing up-it’s a natural thing.
I was an overnight sensation.
I was training to be an electrician. I suppose I got wired the wrong way round somewhere along the line.
I’d just like to be treated like a regular customer.
I’ll never feel comfortable taking a strong drink, and I’ll never feel easy smoking a cigarette. I just don’t think those things are right for me.
I’ll never make it, it will never happen, because they’re never going to hear me ’cause they’re screaming all the time.
I’ll stay in Memphis.
I’m not trying to be sexy. It’s just my way of expressing myself when I move around.
I’m so nervous. I’ve always been nervous, ever since I was a kid.
I’m strictly for Stevenson. I don’t dig the intellectual bit, but I’m telling you, man, he knows the most.
I’m trying to keep a level head. You have to be careful out in the world. It’s so easy to get turned.
I’ve been getting some bad publicity – but you got to expect that.
I’ve never written a song in my life. It’s all a big hoax.
I’ve tried to lead a straight, clean life, not set any kind of a bad example.
It’s human nature to gripe, but I’m going ahead and doing the best I can.
Just because I managed to do a little something, I don’t want anyone back home to think I got the big head.
Later on they send me to Hollywood. To make movies. It was all new to me. I was only 21 years old.
Man, I really like Vegas.
Man, that record came out and was real big in Memphis. They started playing it, and it got real big. Don’t know why-the lyrics had no meaning.
More than anything else, I want the folks back at home to think right of me.
My movements, ma’am, are all leg movements. I don’t do nothing with my body.
People ask me where I got my singing style. I didn’t copy my style from anybody.
Rhythm is something you either have or don’t have, but when you have it, you have it all over.
Rock and roll music, if you like it, if you feel it, you can’t help but move to it. That’s what happens to me. I can’t help it.’
Since the beginning, it was just the same. The only difference, the crowds are bigger now.
That’s why I hate to get started in these jam sessions. I’m always the last one to leave.
The army teaches boys to think like men.
The closest I ever came to getting married was just before I started singing. In fact, my first record saved my neck.
The colored folks been singing it and playing it just like I’m doin’ now, man, for more years than I know. I got it from them.
The image is one thing and the human being is another. It’s very hard to live up to an image, put it that way.
The Lord can give, and the Lord can take away. I might be herding sheep next year.
The next thing I knew, I was out of the service and making movies again. My first picture was called, GI Blues. I thought I was still in the army.
There are too many people that depend on me. I’m too obligated. I’m in too far to get out.
They put me on television. And the whole thing broke loose. It was wild, I tell ya for sure.
Those movies sure got me into a rut.
Those people in New York are not gonna change me none.
Too much TV hurts movies.
Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.
Until we meet again, may God bless you as he has blessed me.
Whatever I will become will be what God has chosen for me.
When I get married, it’ll be no secret.
When I got outta High School I was driving a truck. I was just a poor boy from Memphis, Memphis.
When I was a boy, I always saw myself as a hero in comic books and in movies. I grew up believing this dream.
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