Frank Sinatra ‘couldn’t get enough of Elvis’ despite criticisms says King’s family WATCH

Michael Parkinson reveals Frank Sinatra was his ‘holy grail’

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After serving two years in the army, Elvis Presley famously sang on The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: Welcome Home Elvis. But just three years prior the crooner did not hold back in his comments on The King and rock and roll stars like him. According to Elvis biography Last Train To Memphis, Sinatra wrote in a newspaper article: “Rock and roll smells phony and false. It is sung and written for the most part by cretinous goons.”

Sinatra, writing in the LA Mirror News, continued: “It manages to be the martial music of every sideburned delinquent on the face of the earth.

“[It] is the most brutal, ugly, desperate, vicious form of expression it has been my misfortune to hear.”

While on Elvis’ music, he wrote: “His kind of music is deplorable, a rancid smelling aphrodisiac … it fosters almost universally negative and destructive directions in young people.”

Now Elvis’ cousin Billy Smith has responded to these quotes, having read them on Facebook.

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