August 16 marks the 33rd anniversary of Elvis Presley's death--and time hasn't lessened any interest in the American icon's legacy. Every year, hundreds of thousands of devotees descend on Elvis's Memphis estate Graceland to pay their respects to his life and work. Despite being gone for more than three decades, he still managed to generate around $60 million last year in revenue from royalties and licensing. Heck--he's even got a Facebook account, and it has more than 1 million fans!
It's a plain fact: America simply will never forget Elvis.
"for those who assume Elvis stole black music...
James Brown said of Elvis "Elvis and I are the only 2 American originals, there will never be another like that Soul Brother"
Jackie Wilson said "Many accuse Elvis of stealing the black man's music when in fact most black solo entertainers copied their stage mannerisms from Elvis"
Sammy Davis Jr. said "On a scale from one to ten I'd rate Elvis an eleven"
B.B. King said "Elvis was a tremendous talent, his phraseology his way of looking at a song was unique, had he lived there would have been no end to his inventiveness"
Chuck Berry said "Describe Elvis? He's the best there ever was or ever will be"
Little Richard said "Elvis was an integrator, Elvis was a blessing, they wouldn't let black music through, Elvis opened the door"
Al Green said "Everyone was influenced by Elvis, he broke the ice for all of us"
Isaac Hayes said " Elvis was a giant and he influenced everyone in the business"