On Presley's 75th birthday I hope I can be allowed a walk down Memory Lane. I grew up on his early music (yes, I know) and still consider some of the songs he released between, say, 1956 and 1960 to be among the best of what genuine rock 'n' roll ever produced. I also worshipped other stars of that time (Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Eddie Cochran, Fats Domino and so on), but I think Presley really does deserve a special place of his own in the history of 20th century pop music (it could still - just about - be called music in those days, before it descended into the mindless nonsense it is today). Yes, his films were ludicrous and most (all?) of his later songs execrable; worst of all, perhaps, were his later comical appearance, unspeakable Las Vegas costumes and piggish lifestyle. But was he more than just a shallow oik celebrity? On the strength of those early greats, and also because he seems to have been a genuinely decent bloke before fame, fortune and drugs ruined him, I think so - but perhaps 'A Fool Such As I' is blinded by nostalgia. Arguments to the contrary (or even in support) are respectfully invited.