I'm not sure. Elvis released a lot of cheesy material that's derided.
I agree but that's irrelevent. And Sampson once pointed out, even in Presley's worst artistic period (62-67), his popularity was still off the charts.
And then there's the whole "Elvis stole our music" thing.
Oh God you're not seriously gonna dredge up this overstated horseshit are you?
The only people who accuse Elvis of "stealing black music" are bitter obssessives who know nothing about the man. There were a ton of blacks who had tremendous respect for Elvis because they recognized his sincere passion for their music. You want to know how many black ARTISTS in the music world have talked about Elvis with glowing admiration? Here's just the tip of the iceberg:
Isaac Hayes, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, B.B. King, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke, Chuck D, Ivory Joe Hunter, Al Green...
In the case of Chuck D, he eventually went on to say that he was wrong about calling Elvis a "racist" and downplaying his legacy. He even went on to say that he thought Elvis was "an inventive genius".
Bob Dylan seems much more universally admired and respected among musicians, to me.
Bob's up there with him, but when it comes to overall praise and acclaim (stretching beyond rock music), nobody has, or ever will, top the king.
The Beatles are dangerously close though.
The story is that The Beatles' subject matter changed after Bob Dylan told them that they had "Nothing to say."
Not sure if I buy that. The Beatles had plenty "to say" even before they got to Rubber Soul.
"Yesterday"? Come on.