Elvis Presley and BB King - December 7th 1957
'All of our (Presley's and King's) influences had something in common', King explained. 'We were born poor in Mississippi, went through poor childhoods and we learned and earned our way through music. You see, I talked with Elvis about music early on, and I know one of the big things in heart was this: Music is owned by the whole universe. It isn't exclusive to the black man or the white man or any other color. It shared in and by our souls'.
'I told Elvis once, and he told me he remembered I told him this, is that music is like water', King pointed out. 'Water is for every living person and every living thing'.
King raised his finger up as if Elvis was still in front of him, and profoundly declared, 'Water from the white fountain don't taste any better than from the black fountain. We just need to share it, that's all. You see, Elvis knew this and I know this'.
'Many people make the mistake of being wrong about all of this', King continued. 'If you ask anyone, I'm talking about people from all kinds of music - Blues, Soul, Country, Gospel, whatever - and if they are honest with you and have been around long enough to know---they'll thank Elvis for his contributions. He opened many doors and by all his actions, not just his words, he showed his love for all people'.
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