Elvis Presley evaluations: What did critics say throughout Elvis’ heyday? ‘Slap the SNEER off him’ | Music | Entertainment

“It’s hardly original, but if any daughter of mine broke out of the woodshed tonight to see Elvis Presley in Empire Stadium, I’d kick her teeth in.”

The stunning sentiment apart, it’s clear critics weren’t eager on the way in which Elvis appeared to take over the music scene, turning younger girls into screaming, obsessed followers.

Another reporter, Herb Rowe of the Miami Daily News, wrote on August 4, 1956: “Elvis cannot sing, cannot play the guitar, and may’t dance.

“Yet two thousand idiots per present yelp each time he opens his mouth, plucks a guitar string, or shakes his pelvis like several striptease babe on the town.

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