Elvis Aaron Presley, legendary singer and actor, was born on January 8th 1935 and died on August 6th 1977. Even though some people believe that he is still alive, Elvis during his lifetime generated a revolution into the music world of the 50s, 60s, and 70s.
Elvis, The King of Rock, when hired by Sun Records had the mission to spread African American music to all levels of listeners. His first single, Heartbreak Hotel, quickly reached number one. His controversial dance moves and rhythm draw the attention of millions. Not too long later, he started on his first movie called Love me Tender.
I was an avid Elvis movie watcher. I watched them all and no matter how many times I was watching a particular one, they were always interesting. My cousin Lea and I had play dates that mainly consisted into watching Elvis movies. We were around 5 at the time. Elvis is indeed the kind of artist that can catch the attention of any age span.
Elvis, after coming back from an army draft, released the album “Elvis is back!” and this particular work contended “ It’s Now or Never” and “Are you Lonesome Tonight?” Hollywood snatched him pretty quickly and a wave of movies came soon after. Elvis was a Grammy award winner for best sacred performance and managed to sync his music and movie careers with live performance TV specials.
His private life seemed to be normal once he married Priscilla and had a daughter, Lisa Marie. But drugs and alcohol slowly were taking the best of him.
Presley wanted to be politically active and started a campaign of anti-hippie drug use at the same time that he was an avid user of illegal drugs. This lifestyle took a toll into his marriage and on his health. Elvis was less and less present into the music business and much less into the movies one.
Aloha from Hawaii, one of Elvis’ music TV specials always left me with the feeling of goodbye (from the public and music). After that, things only seemed to go downhill. He gained weight; he could not perform and isolated himself inside his mansion in Graceland.
“Some people tap their feet, some people snap their fingers, and some people sway back and forth. I just sorta do ‘em all together, I guess.” Elvis
In 1977 Elvis passed, leaving millions of fans miserable and disbelieved. Priscilla Presley perpetuated his legacy by leaving the Graceland Mansion open to public. In 2012, The Elvis Experience traveled the world to celebrate thirty five years of his passing. More than 500 items were showcased. It included items that were already being showed to the public at Graceland, and others that were not. Priscilla travelled promoting it and according to her, this showcase satisfies the needs and curiosities of Elvis’ avid fans and of music lovers in general.
Elvis is in my music library list and Suspicious Minds in my ultimate favorite. Elvis represented a great part of my childhood, where I have the sweetest memories on being with my cousin, sitting on the sofa, eating chocolate cookies and singing, with all of our power and weird accents the songs played along in the movies.
May he be dead or still alive hiding somewhere as some say, Happy Birthday Elvis Aaron … Long live the King!!!!
by: Márcia Schwarz Perel