Sunday, August 16, 2009
Elvis Week In Memphis
In case you haven't noticed, this is Elvis Week.
Aloha From Hawaii
Today marks the 32nd anniversary of the day when Elvis died.
Throughout his life and career, Elvis remained the center of controversy. No matter what he did, someone had a comment. Remember when he appeared on Ed Sullivan and they could not show him below the waist? Certain places banned his music, as was the case with many artists of that day.
Just look at Buddy Holly and what he had to do to play his music. People could never quite decide what to do with these young musicians or their music. If they weren't talking about the way Elvis moved, they were talking about his hair, or his clothes or his movies.
Despite the controversy, he continued to perform and became one of the most beloved men in the world, not to mention one of the richest.
Elvis had his peculiarities, but who doesn't? He lived differently than most people
and people often fear what they do not understand.
I remember how he and Priscilla dyed their hair black. This was coupled with the fact that he wore his hair longer than people were used to, slicked it back, and grew those long sideburns.
Of course, there were the drugs which took their toll and played a large part in his death.Even in death, the controversyhas continued.When they decided to honor Elvis
on a stamp,people could not decide on which Elvis they wanted on the stamp, the younger or the older Elvis,the thin or heavy Elvis.
Elvis was generous throughout his career, but most people do not remember that.They remember the cars, the jewelry and how Elvis surrounded himself with his close friends and band members.
Despite all of this, Elvis has remained the King of Rock and Roll
and his estate continues to earn money 32 years after his death.
In memory of Elvis,
Debut Album Cover
If you want to learn more about Elvis, check out the official home page:
~*~Elvis... He Didn't Have To by Joan Buchanan West~*~
Elvis's grave at Graceland.
Elvis Presley photos, video clips & insider access for the ultimate Elvis fan
SmugMug - gracelandeventpics' photo galleries
Heavens Gates ~Mama Liked The Roses~ Elvis Presley
Official Website For Elvis Presley
Shop Elvis Website
Elvis's Lockheed Jetstar on display near Graceland.
Elvis Presley: The Official Elvis Insiders - Elvis Presley Fan Community
Elvis Presley's Graceland
Rockin', Rollin n' Strollin' With ELVIS and CANDY
Elvis music page, spend the day with these songs, and remember Elvis or get to know him better:
Elvis Music Page
Elvis Presley's Graceland and Horse Stable Tour in Memphis, Tennessee
The Jungle Room, Graceland
The Living Room, Graceland
Secretary Norton Designates Elvis Presley's Graceland Mansion National Historic Landmark
Elvis Presley's Biography
Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii - 1973
Elvis Aaron Presley, in the humblest of circumstances, was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley in a two-room house in Tupelo, Mississippi on January 8, 1935. His twin brother, Jessie Garon, was stillborn, leaving Elvis to grow up as an only child. He and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 1948, and Elvis graduated from Humes High School there in 1953.
Elvis’ musical influences were the pop and country music of the time, the gospel music he heard in church and at the all-night gospel sings he frequently attended, and the black R&B he absorbed on historic Beale Street as a Memphis teenager. In 1954, he began his singing career with the legendary Sun Records label in Memphis. In late 1955, his recording contract was sold to RCA Victor. By 1956, he was an international sensation. With a sound and style that uniquely combined his diverse musical influences and blurred and challenged the social and racial barriers of the time, he ushered in a whole new era of American music and popular culture.
He starred in 33 successful films, made history with his television appearances and specials, and knew great acclaim through his many, often record-breaking, live concert performances on tour and in Las Vegas. Globally, he has sold over one billion records, more than any other artist. His American sales have earned him gold, platinum or multi-platinum awards for 150 different albums and singles, far more than any other artist. Among his many awards and accolades were 14 Grammy nominations (3 wins) from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, which he received at age 36, and his being named One of the Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation for 1970 by the United States Jaycees. Without any of the special privileges his celebrity status might have afforded him, he honorably served his country in the U.S. Army.
His talent, good looks, sensuality, charisma, and good humor endeared him to millions, as did the humility and human kindness he demonstrated throughout his life. Known the world over by his first name, he is regarded as one of the most important figures of twentieth century popular culture. Elvis died at his Memphis home, Graceland, on August 16, 1977.
I hope that you have enjoyed these sites as much as I have.