Elvis Presley reviews: What did critics say during Elvis' heyday? 'Slap the SNEER off him'


    “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 shocking sentiment aside, it is clear critics were not keen on the way Elvis seemed to take over the music scene, turning young women into screaming, obsessed fans.

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

    “Yet two thousand idiots per show yelp every time he opens his mouth, plucks a guitar string, or shakes his pelvis like any striptease babe in town.


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