Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 24 September 2014

Little bit of Ulster in the king of rock 'n' roll

It is little wonder that Elvis Presley appealed to people around the world – for it seems his genetic heritage was indeed global. And, as with seemingly every great innovator, there was an Ulster influence, or Ulster-Scots to be precise. A distant forbearer of the singer came from these shores and then married a Cherokee princess.

But there were also German and even Jewish influences in his ancestry.

Given the austere image of the Ulster-Scots, one wonders how his forebears would have viewed his hip swivelling rock 'n' roll performances, although they undoubtedly would've applauded his love of gospel music.

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