Little bit of Ulster in the king of rock 'n' roll
Published 12/02/2014 | 01:30
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.