When the music of Elvis and Rock ‘n Roll first came along, Sinatra was scathing. He called it: “the most brutal, ugly, degenerate, vicious form of expression that I have been unhappy to hear… It elicits almost totally negative and destructive reactions from young people. It smells wrong and wrong. It’s sung, played and written for the most part by moron morons and by means of its almost goofy reiterations and sneaky, obscene – in fact, filthy – lyrics and as I said before, it manages to be the music. martial of all delinquents with favorites on the face of the earth… this aphorodisiac with a rancid smell I deplore. It’s not a good start for the relationship between two of popular music’s greatest legends.
Within a few years, however, Elvis was the guest of honor on a special edition of Sinatra’s TV show, which celebrated his American return from military service in Germany.
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Mutual respect developed between the two men, and by the late 1960s the two found themselves at the center of the Las Vegas show scene.
At the same time, the two also became friends with Tom Jones, who was headlining his own show there.
Years later, publicity man, Jones’ friend and reporter Chris Hitchens revealed a candid conversation where Sinatra confessed that he tried to save Elvis.
Hitchens said: “Tom Jones and I got together to have a drink with him in New York and he told us he had just been on the phone with Elvis. “
Elvis, according to everyone around him, couldn’t be persuaded to change his behavior, despite frequent claims that he would.
Exactly two years later, Elvis was found dead in his bathroom in Graceland. He was, indeed, too young, only 42 years old.
When he heard the news, Sinatra said: “ There have been many accolades given to Elvis’ talent and performance over the years that I totally agree with. I will miss him dearly as a friend. He was a warm, considerate and generous man. ”