ELVIS Presley fans across the world will unite in tribute today to mark the 30th anniversary of the death of The King.
Thousands of fans have made the pilgrimage to Presley’s home, Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee, where the event will be commemorated over several days. Fans are even dying to see Elvis’ grave. An unidentified woman from New Jersey was found Wednesday by family members in a tent in an RV park down the street from Presley’s Graceland mansion. The heat index had reached 113 and no relief is in site.
I will not be driving down the road the 3 plus hours from my home to see this. Not just because of the heat, I was not much of a fan. I respect what he did for rock music but there were a few underhanded deals he made to try to stop music proression. ( Trying to get The Beatles banned from visiting the US is one.) But he does have a place in music history.
Presley began his career as one of the first performers of rockabilly, an uptempo fusion of country and rhythm and blues with a strong back beat. His novel versions of existing songs, mixing “black” and “white” sounds, made him popular — and controversial — as did his uninhibited stage and television performances. He recorded songs in the rock and roll genre, with tracks like “Jailhouse Rock” and “Hound Dog” later embodying the style. Presley had a versatile voice and had unusually wide success encompassing other genres, including gospel, blues, ballads and pop. To date, he is the only performer to have been inducted into four separate music halls of fame.
He made thirty-three movies — mainly poorly reviewed musicals. His death, at the age of 42, on August 16 1977 shocked his fans worldwide. For months after you saw lots of Elvis crap being sold to make a buck off his name. Tons of “best of” records were pushed on late-nite TV.
I got pretty tried of it real fast so when the band Peter and the Test-tube Babies came out with a punk song called “Elvis Is Dead” I couldn’t wait to play it on my radio show. I didn’t make friends with the Elvis fans.
Elvis Is Dead Lyrics
Elvis had an heart-attack, ‘cos he got too bleedin’ fat.
He weighed nearly half a ton, he looked more like a pregnant mum.
Elvis is dead, Elvis is dead.
Elvis had a gammy leg, he had a gammy head.
He had a gammy kidney, he’s better-off dead.
In August 1977, Elvis met his fate.
But he couldn’t get into heaven, ‘cos he couldn’t get thru the gate.
Elvis is dead, Elvis is dead