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Elvis: The King is dead. Long live the King.

Elvis: (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) 43 years later he is still “Just a hunk, a hunk of burning love!”

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  • PA Cat August 16, 2020, 9:46 PM

    Lest we forget: Elvis’s first appearance on Ed Sullivan’s show, September 9, 1956.

    The camera showed Elvis only from the waist upward on his first appearance; and then there was what happened on his second appearance on October 28th:

    My dad used to joke about him as “Elvis the Pelvis” after that show.

  • Steve August 17, 2020, 3:20 AM

    Like Tolkien, I am not keen on allegories, but it is irresistible to compare Elvis to America as a whole. From a youthful exuberance and undeniable novelty of style and content, he achieved mid-stream economic and societal greatness, then went into a self-induced decline, leading to his pathetic death resulting from a degenerate lifestyle, self -indulgence and anomie. Can we all take a lesson here, people?

  • Mumblix Grumph August 17, 2020, 4:57 AM

    I remember that day. We were visiting my aunt and I went for a walk. A parked car in a driveway with all its doors open was blasting Heartbreak Hotel at full volume and a guy was sitting on the ground looking lost. I was eleven and didn’t think much of it. Grownups were always doing weird stuff. Later at my aunt’s house, she casually mentioned that Elvis had died and my mother went pale. I didn’t know that she had a great deal of affection for him.
    I’m pretty sure my mother is in this picture in the upper right shielding her eyes.

  • Anonymous August 17, 2020, 7:20 AM

    Ahhhh…The King…

    He died on his throne.

  • ghostsniper August 17, 2020, 7:23 AM

    My dad told me once that the IRS was stealing about 90 cents from every dollar Elvis made, yet he still became a multi millionaire. Who can say what any of us would “become” with that kind of money? Yeah, we all think we’d have a better handle on it then other’s. But reality takes a nasty bite. I got nothing bad to say about the dood.

  • Jack August 17, 2020, 7:59 AM

    I was out of the Navy and in college when Elvi died. My wife or girlfriend, whatever she was at the time, along with a friend sat and cried and comforted each other as only smitten young women can do when some idol dies but I chalked it up to what it really was…..a fat, over indulged, drug addicted man whom people called ‘King’ but whose life had been in shambles long before he left us. Useless sentiment but I do wish it had ended differently.

  • Terry August 17, 2020, 8:01 AM

    I received a small record player for my birthday in 1956. It played 78 & 45 RPM only. I saved my money and one of the first purchases was this song by Elvis on a 45:


    My mother heard me playing this jewel and marched into the living room and asked, “What is that”! And then “It’s terrible trash”! And left the room. My appreciation of Elvis was lifted 10 points by that reaction by my mother.

    I at that point was a rock ‘n roll fan for life. Thank you mother! RIP

  • Auntie Analogue August 17, 2020, 10:17 AM

    Elvis was drafted into the army, and he served honorably. Unlike that big-mouthed black boxer who never did time in stir for his brazen draft evasion, and who never did a thing for the hundreds of thousands of black conscripts who served their hitches, except to act as an exemplar of posturing shitty attitude.

    My uncle, a draftee infantryman, served part of his hitch in Germany where, one day, his unit assembled in the field prior to a maneuver exercise. Sergeant Presley chauffeured a general to meet with the unit’s officers. Elvis saw the general to his briefing, then walked over to my uncle’s platoon and just hung out with the guys, and my uncle said that Elvis put on no airs and melded right in with the dogfaces. The guys, my uncle included, loved, in my uncle’s words, that Elvis was “a regular guy.”

    If you want to know why America verges today on domestic chaos and ruin, it’s because of a yawning lack of regular guys, due chiefly to the Ruling Cla$$ $ellout of the solid manufacturing jobs that had let countless millions of American men be regular guys. And that’s why today there is also no one like Elvis Presley.

  • ghostsniper August 17, 2020, 1:41 PM

    The “king” apparently did green time where I was stationed, 15 years later, Wildflecken, Germany.