“I wanted to be Elvis when I was a kid. I asked my mother if she could make me an Elvis suit that I could wear to school – that’s how much I loved him. But I wanted to be young Elvis, not ‘bling’ Elvis in the white Vegas outfits. My mother wouldn’t do it, though. “No, you won’t make any friends,” she said to me.
“I used to come home and play his records. The sound of the recordings drew me in, but his voice was the real star. He was such an incredibly unique singer, and I don’t know if he gets the kind of credit he deserves. Sure, he had all the things about him – his moves, his vibe, the whole ‘Elvis thing’ – but none of it would matter if he couldn’t sing. Jailhouse Rock is a fantastic record. It’s him during a peak period.”