- I wish outraged oldsters remembered how we once laughed at those who were frightened by Elvis Presley. In 1956, The New York Times said Elvis had "no discernible singing ability." The New York Daily News called his act "animalism that should be confined to dives and bordellos." Even Frank Sinatra said his kind of music is "deplorable, a rancid smelling aphrodisiac (that) fosters destructive relations in young people."
Somehow, America survived Elvis.