I do like to keep it real...... Elvis was greatly influensed by them old black blues, and his first record That's Alright Mama he stold from black bluesman Big Boy Crudup. And his first sessions for Sun Records had him covering tunes by bluesmen Lonnie Johnson and Juinor Parker. Elvis did listen to "race records" he did know the blues and gospel.. Being into roots music there is just noway I can pretend blacks didn't play a major role in what we hear today, that would be silly. Hank Williams was taught the guitar by a black neighbor, Jimmie Rodgers has talked about listening to blacks in the fields in rural Mississippi growing up. Bob Wills covered tons of old black blues. When it comes to music we have to keep it real, there is no doubt the impact Robert Johnson, Bessie Smith, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, The Mills Bros, Ray Charles and on and on,made. Hell, Jimi Hendrix.