I gave up rock 'n' roll for the rock of ages! I used to be a glaring homosexual until God changed me!
Rock 'n' roll offered me a platform to speak what I felt. It also offered me a platform to support my mama and my brothers and sisters - twelve children.
Now they have banging guitar and no bass and call it rock, but that's not what I call rock.
I look back on my life, comin' out of Macon, Georgia - I never thought I'd be a superstar, a living legend. I never heard of no rock and roll in my life.
Elvis was God-given, there's no other explanation. A Messiah comes around
every few thousand years, and Elvis was it this time.
I don't think a woman has to act like a man to show that she has strength.
When you sit down and think about what rock 'n' roll music really is, then you have to change that question. Played up-tempo, you call it rock 'n' roll; at a regular tempo, you call it rhythm and blues.
I thank God for Elvis Presley. I thank the Lord for sending Elvis to open the door so I could walk down the road....
I just want the world to know that God is present, that he's alive for ever more.
That's what Tina Turner did, too - sang blues up-tempo - and they called it rock 'n' roll.
To me, true rock 'n' roll has a lot of bottom in it.
I thank God for making me a man.
I was really kind of shy as a child. But I would do things for attention.
I never heard nobody in my audience call me any kind of names.
I was directed and commanded by another power. The power of darkness ... that a lot of people don't believe exists. The power of the Devil. Satan.
If at first you don't succeed, you get back up and you try ... and you try ... and you try it again ... except ice skating, I hate this crap, I quit!
I think they saw me as something like a deliverer, a way out. My means of expression, my music, was a way in which a lot of people wished they could express themselves and couldn't.
I've never seen the devil create music.
A lot of songs I sang to crowds to get their reaction. That's how I knew they'd hit.
Black people lived right by the railroad tracks, and the train would shake their houses at night. I would hear it as a boy, and I thought: I'm gonna make a song that sounds like that.
I always knew I was a man, always felt that I was a man, always wanted to be a man.
I also like the banging piano - that old good-time piano.
God is omnipotent, He is omniscient, and He is ever present.
But when I went on the stage to do a show, I would put on makeup because I felt that it enhanced my act; it drew attention to what I was doing.
But I'm a rock 'n' roll singer; that's my livelihood, my occupation.
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