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Sue this is a really great interview!! :D Thanks so much for posting it. :D Ben shares alot of musical insights in it and it really emphasizes another great talent that we've sadly lost. :( Knowing now through this interview how attuned Ben was to Elvis musically, I'm sure they're discussing LOTS of great Gospel songs together now. :wink: :D Again I say may he rest in peace.


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Thank you Sue for posting this interview! :D



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Nice interview! Thanks Sue for posting.

Ben seems a likeable guy, and he certainly appreciated both his friendship & working relationship with Elvis. I noticed that three times Ben said he missed Elvis a lot.

Can't say I agree with him saying that Elvis & Parker were the perfect team. Parker was a big help to Elvis in some ways; in other ways he hurt Elvis; kept him limited and deliberately so. But not everyone was aware of Parker's dark side.

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Q: How was Elvis with his audience?

A: Well, Elvis loved his audience. You could tell. It was like a romance. You know, when he went onstage, he seemed to just -- he could relate to them. That's why people loved him. He, he just could relate. It was like a love affair between him and the audience. So you could feel it when he sang. He had a very great contact with the people.


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Q: How was the mood in Las Vegas? Was there an electricity?

A: He'd walk into a room and people, you could feel it when he walked in. He had that, that charisma. He just had a charisma people could just feel when he walked in the room.


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Q: Could you describe Elvis in one word?

A: I would say a phenomena. Phenomenon. And, and just love for people, and people loved him. You can't find that very often nowadays.



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Again it's a wonder how people of all kinds that related to Elvis describe him like someone so really special, a "phenomena" says Ben Weisman.

Yet, many say Elvis was childlike, influenciable, driven by impulses, bad tempered, spoiled, self destructive... But something very strange happens, because the very same people that speak of characteristics like these, talk of him as such a great, great human being that changed everybody's lifes.

It makes me reflect about how the greatness of a soul passes through the flaws we have as human beings and how we must be carefull to judge others from single trends of their personality.



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AMEN to that, Amanda!!!



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I say AMEN to that too Amanda! :D


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:lol: :lol:



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