Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Controversy Ended - Elvis was a good guitar player.

I can't tell you how many times I've heard guitarists refer to Elvis as a "non-player" and "his guitar was just a prop." This annoys the hell out of me since he basically ignited the guitar based Rock n' Roll revolution along with Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly.

This 100% live TV performance on CBS on January 28, 1956 should squelch the naysayers. Check out the perfect rhythm chops exhibited by a young Elvis on this leather wrapped Martin D-28 (just months before he would receive his first signature Gibson J-200N).


  1. And in the '68 Comeback Special, you see him playing some pretty decent licks. It's one of those annoying things that people just repeat parrot-fashion without checking the evidencefor themselves.

    1. He also enjoyed playing the bass. In the famous meeting between Elvis and the Beatles in 1965 at his house in Belair he spent a lot of the time playing electric bass while Paul showed him a few licks and the rest of the Beatles played guitars and sang along.

  2. Seconding G L's comment above. Sure, Elvis's playing is simple but his feel is great! Was a shame he himself ended up relegating the guitar to a prop on stage.


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