Elvis Presley Influence On American Culture

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Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley's work with rock ‘n’ roll, country, and gospel influenced the profession of music in more ways than one would think. He became one of the most important cultural forces in history. One place this was seen was even noted by a famous president. President Ronald Reagan felt highly of Elvis when he said, “… [Elvis] epitomized America, and for that we should be eternally grateful. There will never be anyone else like him” ( O’ Meara). Other politicians had the same feeling. For instance, Nashville-born Senator Bill Fist stated, “Elvis shaped the world of music decades ago and clearly continues to influence it today.His music is timeless, and I'm certain that as each new generation hears it, they too will come to appreciate his inspiring talent” ( O’ Meara).
Furthermore, this feeling was held by influential people around the world. Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister states, “I love
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