Is Elvis the greatest ever?
As an entertainer (i.e. onstage, on TV, live in concert, etc.) the answer is YES.
As a singer (who never allowed his music to be enhanced and whose singing, even while moving around onstage for hours, etc.) the answer is YES.
As a man he had his faults, he was human, but when his life is put in context there is no doubt that inasmuch as a person can be....he was great.
Elvis personally walked up to Little Richard and said, "You're the greatest ever." Regardless, there is no rating system in place for judging a singer's greatness. But, in terms of vocal range and stage presence, Frank Sinatra, Arethra Franklin, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Robert Plant, Freddie Mercury, Steven Tyler, and Micheal Jackson could all potentially be considered the greatest.
Wally George: "When will you write more songs?" Elvis: "That's all a hoax. I can't even read music." George: "What about your guitar?" Elvis: "Can't play it -- use it as a brace." George: "What do you think of rock 'n' roll?" Elvis: "It's the greatest ever, mainly because it's all I can do." Yes, but he is not that good at it.
Spellbinding, mesmerising, and a "once in a lifetime memorable event". Elvis left his audience standing, clapping, excited, and wanting more. Elvis Presley was the greatest performer/entertainer who ever lived and his fans sold out each of his concert venues (once he became established) throughout the United States.
To end all arguments: Michael Jackson - 750 Million The Beatles - 515 Million Elvis Presley - 500 Million After their careers ended, they carried on selling more: Elvis - 1977-2011 = 34 YEARS his records were able to sell an extra 500mil Beatles - 1970-2011 = 41 YEARS the full catalogue sold an extra 485mil Michael Jackson-2009-2011 = 2 Years in two years, he sold 10mil The King of Popular Music is The Greatest…
No Elvis Presley never authored any type of book whatsoever. It has been reported that Elvis WANTED to oneday write a book entitled "Through My Eyes" but sadly Elvis passed away on August 16, 1977 without doing so. Had Elvis of written a book I believe it would have (a) been a best seller and (b) given us insight from a perspective that was truly unique. Lastly, fortunately Elvis' body of work (i.e. Concerts, albums…
To end all arguments: Elvis Presley - over 1 BILLION The Beatles - 515 Million Michael Jackson - 500 Million After their careers ended, they carried on selling more: Elvis - 1977-2011 = 34 YEARS his records were able to sell an extra 500mil Beatles - 1970-2011 = 41 YEARS the full catalogue sold an extra 485mil Michael Jackson-2009-2011 = 2 Years in two years, he sold 10mil The King of Rock n Roll is…