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  1. This is as good a place to ask this question as any, I guess. What is the appeal of Elvis? I just don’t get it. He’s supposed to be this icon of…uh…well…something and he just seems goofy as hell to me. What am I missing?

    1. I never got into his music either, but I understand how he got so huge. By today’s standards he seems like a satirical character from SNL, but keep in mind, he was at his height 40 to 45 years ago. Back then what he was doing was both new and controversial, especially to conservatives (which appealed even more to the youth). When he was on the Tonight Show they wouldn’t let the camera show him below the waist because the way he bucked his pelvis was deemed “too suggestive.” He wasn’t the only one with this “questionable behavior”; other rockers like Mick Jagger and Jim Morrison were suggestive too, but Elvis was more of a clean-cut pretty-boy heartthrob, so he had as many girls liking him as he did guys (twice the fan base), just like Michael Jackson was in the early 80s. Add to that a bunch of cheesy movies he starred in, and he was everywhere.

      In fact, Michael Jackson took a lot of cues from Elvis’s career. Elvis was called the “King of Rock and Roll”; so MJ called himself the “King of Pop.” He was even married to Elvis’s daughter for while.

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