The truth of the matter is that a branch of Presley's own music tree goes straight into Bob Dylan's. A REALLY badly informed CBS anchorman such as Ed Bradley, (RIP) who interviewed Dylan on "60 Minutes", back in June of 2006, at first couldn't believe it when Dylan said he didn't want be messiah, nor the saviour of rock music, but simply"to be Elvis". Bradley looked quizzical, when he heard it, and then Dylan said again."All I wanted to be was Elvis".
The influence Presley had on the millions who were there, at the advent of the so called rock and roll era, did not restrict itself to infuencing musicians. but went as far as changing the life of sportsmen, common folk, or royals, future Prime ministers or even heads of state, and this not just the US, but on both sides of the Iron Curtain. Ask Boris Yeltsin ( well, he is no longer alive), but then ask Vladimir Putin, both huge fans of, and greatly infuenced by Presley. It wasn't the lyrics, as in Dylan;s case, that did it, but on the realization that a young man with such humble background could become as big as he did, his very act permeating through radio, television, the movies, the stage, and influencing changes in popular culture, be it in apparel, sex, religion and even in the racial divide. Because Presley didn't intend to do what he did, his early contributions are somewhat regarded as not that important, but they surely were, inspite of never writing a song in his life.