Jones gives Elvis a back-handed compliment, again -- falsely equating range with ability.
He clearly DOES resent the fact that Elvis knocked him from the top spot in Vegas and has become famous for playing there -- one of Las Vegas' true icons, unlike Jones.
It's especially ridiculous (this issue of Jones') because Elvis was around a decade before Jones and was a pivotal figure in popular culture. Jones never acknowledges this basic fact.
On the other hand, I can kinda understand the jealousy. The male ego is a fragile thing, bless it. It must be somewhat frustrating to have Elvis directly put to him or orbiting around certain questions almost EVERY SINGLE TIME he gets interviewed. Then again, if he's prepared to give so many interviews to promote himself (not that Elvis ever needed that kind of PR), he could suck it up, like a man. But he can't let it slide.
The funny thing is that you never heard Elvis putting singers down in public (except in playful ways like, "It feels like Bob Dylan slept in my mouth", "BJ Thomas has out a record. I don't particularly like it ... ", and "Good evening, I'm Wayne Newton"). Elvis was actually very complimentary to other performers, particularly black singers, who he actually claimed were superior to him at spirituals. Elvis was never silly enough to promote his "range" or anything like that, either.
I have tried to look past Jones' self-aggrandising, but it keeps reappearing. In certain contexts, self-aggrandisement is fine and can make for brilliant entertainment. Just consider the kind of assertiveness found in black figures like Muhammad Ali, Mr T and Will Smith. Even a white singer like Roy Orbison wasn't above venerating himself ("Wink is famous for the 1952 State Class A Champion football team and Roy Orbison"), but he was very gentle about it and didn't take shots at anybody else.