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holly said...

Why is it that only Elvis is singled out for "stealing" black music? The snobby white psuedo-intellectuals have always hated him.

If you did some research you'd see that Elvis'influences were eclectic, from Mario Lanza to Dean Martin to country and blues singers, as well as the gospel songs he grew up with. Growing up in Mississipi/Memphis he obviously absorbed black music, same as you or I would have.

According to your reasoning only black people should perform black music, white people white music, etc. What about Obama, should he sing white in the morning and black in the evning?

As a presumably educated person, you should know that music belongs to nobody, long may it stay that way. Beethoven was influenced by Scottish/Irish music, did he also "steal"that?

Finally, what has songwriting to do with a SINGER'S greatness? Are they also diminished because they're not also light and sound technicians? Are Sinatra, Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole etc. less great as singers because they didn't write their songs? Absurd! Not always does a a songwriter interpret a song better. And anyone can write a song, what's difficult is to write a GOOD song.

April 7, 2013 at 3:26 a.m.
holly said...

Why is it that only Elvis is singled out for "stealing" black music? The snobby white psuedo-intellectuals have always hated him.

If you did some research you'd see that Elvis'influences were eclectic, from Mario Lanza to Dean Martin to country and blues singers, as well as the gospel songs he grew up with. Growing up in Mississipi/Memphis he obviously absorbed black music, same as you or I would have.

According to your reasoning only black people should perform black music, white people white music, etc. What about Obama, should he sing white in the morning and black in the evning?

As a presumably educated person, you should know that music belongs to nobody, long may it stay that way.
Beethoven was influenced by Scottish/Irish music, did he also "steal" that?

Finally, what has songwriting to do with a SINGER'S greatness? Are they also diminished because they are not also light and sound technicians? Are Sinatra, Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole etc. less great as singers because they didn't write their songs? Absurd! Not always does a a songwriter interpret a song better. And anyone can write a song, what's difficult is to write a GOOD song.

April 7, 2013 at 2:54 a.m.
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