In a way, I guess, Elvis changed my life completely. I was fortunate enough to go to an English school - I had Spanish in the mornings and English [in the] afternoons - but [it] was Elvis who really made me study the English language, to try to understand his songs.
"Jailhouse Rock", in fact, was the craziest one, those difficult words. I had to listen over and over again to understand it. In fact, in the 50's Elvis had no diction at all - he used words that I didn't know and I wasn't taught that at school, you know, but later on in the 60's, yes, his diction was more professional.
The image came afterwards. I saw "Jailhouse Rock" played on National TV. It was in 1958 and that confirmed everything. I mean he had the voice, he had the looks, he had the songs, he had the girls, he had everything.
What really amazes me in Elvis is the feeling he has on so many different kinds of songs. Like from rock 'n roll to blues, Latin songs, gospel, rhythm and blues, country and western. He has a feeling I have never heard before or after.
Elvis has not only an incredible voice but, secondly, he has a feeling that breaks all language barriers. Whenever you hear a gospel song by Elvis, even if you don't talk [speak] English, you understand his commitment. He was a God-fearing man.
to listen over and over again - dėgjoj vazhdimisht, pėrsėri e pėrsėri (over and over ėshtė shprehje qė tregon nje veprim qė pėrsėritet shumė herė)
I wasn't taught that at school - nuk ma kishin mėsuar kėtė nė shkollė
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