"The King! After the possibilities veiled and sobbed by Johnny Ray, we finally had our king – not a one-shot wonder, not the overnight fluke our peers and much of the record business hoped he would be.
“American song gave us Brit kids our own language. The imagery of Heartbreak Hotel, Jailhouse Rock, Be Bop A Lula, Walking To New Orleans and Rip It Up was magic to our ears and gave us our very own mental audio-visual channel.
“I remember the photo of Elvis and Natalie Wood – so sexy! Our generation’s version of Mick and Bianca. Back to Elvis – you heard the room on this platter, just like I did with George Shearing and Peggy Lee. The room sound had an incredible presence. You were in the room.”