Elvis Presley Eventually Called His Whole Singer-Songwriter Act A “Hoax…”
Musician Elvis Presley had girls falling all over his smooth voice. Thanks to his look, his confidence, and his music, he became the King of Rock and Roll. But, in the end, he still felt like his act was mainly smoke and mirrors.
During the 1950s, Elvis Presley was at the top of his popularity. But, he couldn’t read music and he said he used his guitar as a brace rather than an instrument. He also said most of his co-writing credits were also added as a lie.
“It’s all a big hoax, honey,” he once said in an interview.
Elvis Presley, The Great American Lie
Singer Elvis Presley told the press, “I never wrote a song in my life. I get one-third of the credit for recording it. It makes me look smarter than I am,” he added. “I’ve never even had an idea for a song. Just once, maybe.”
The one song he was referring to, however, did become a big hit. But, he said he really only came up with the title. He said he had a dream and when he woke up, he felt mentally and physically “All Shook Up.”
If this is true, he only partially wrote part of 1 of 600 songs for which he has credit.
”I Just Started Yelling…”
But, if you were to dig a little deeper, it’s not all that surprising that Elvis Presley didn’t write many of his own songs. Things aren’t much different today, but there is more transparency with most artists.
“I don’t have time to read,” said Elvis Presley in the interview. If he didn’t take the time to read, then he really wouldn’t have taken the time to write. In fact, his favorite items to read were Superman and Captain Marvel.
This was all the more evident during some of his films and even while recording “Blue Moon” in the mid 1950s. At the time, he said he didn’t even know the words to the song.
“Honey,” he said again. “When I recorded ‘Blue Moon,’ I didn’t know the words to it. When I got to the bridge, I just started yelling.”
Will this interview make you consider Elvis Presley more of a singer than a songwriter?