The idea of an oppressed culture having famous members is a time honored way of drawing attention to the group, but I think that this effort to make Elvis a gypsy is a bit internet-y since it’s from 2008 but making the rounds again in 2016, and a dubious one because being able to determine these things requires governments and more usually churches that tracked births and deaths and oppressed nomads tended to not want to register with establishment….But hey, we are all bits of other people from other places in time.
And certainly, there will be people who leave a socially marginalized group and pass for whatever the mainstream is. Often it is done by families to avoid persecution through the generations and gentrification of names. Elvis didn’t do a lot of costume movies…
Elvis Presley was 50% Gladys and 50% Vernon, meaning only 25% of each grandparent to less and less each generation before. so whatever the ancestors 500 years ago were, don’t make much difference to a nation of immigrants where he was born; whatever Elvis’ ethnicity make up, and it’s not a meaningful measure, his cultural identity was America.
Elvis Presley, having been born to the poorest class he could have been, could easily have run for president if he’d gotten that into his head for real and not just a badge.
Elvis Presley was the embodiment of America, dream turned nightmare, the lesson of consequences. The king died on the throne, long live the king.
Elvis Presley was publicly a Christian, Pentecostal – but he explored a lot of religions and wore a lot of symbols, his inner circle was Christians and Jews and California Spiritualism.
This curious portrait is Elvis posing with his Jewish Neighbors, he worked the Sabbath for them – and here – the older teens pose with pipes to look adult…and the Star of David given to Elvis by Linda Thompson…. then, there’s the Gypsy Concert Suit and the Indian Dreamcatcher suit.. Elvis was rather multi-cultural in his stage wear….
Our Daily Elvis – Elvis donated a presidential yacht to the St. Jude’s Hospital
Jul 10, 2008 – Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month magazine also suggests thatElvis’s ancestors were Sinti – German gypsies who emigrated to America in …
The book by Dundy claims that Elvis Presley has Jewish Heritage through direct descent from the Jewess Martha Tacket. Elvis’s mother, Gladys Love Smith’s mother was named Octavia “Doll” Marsell by her mother who was a Jewess named Martha Tacket who lived from 1852-1887.
ELVIS PRESLEY’S FAMILY TREE – Elvis’ father Vernon Elvis Presley was born on April 10, 1916 in Fulton, Mississippi. … They say from small acorns grown great oak trees and so it was with the story about Elvis’s ancestry being traced to Lonmay, Scotland. … The mythology was that …
people who think that that is what Elvis did; have NO CLUE about Elvis….. Elvis did not cynically or calculatedly copy. He was a musical sponge who absorbed everything around him and he grew up on the bottomest rung … Continue reading
the most interesting thing about this documentary – Schmelvis – to me was that when they arrived in Memphis all of the negative response and discrimination they were expecting never happened. at all. not even once. the second thing … Continue reading