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August 16, 2012

What the magazine business learned from Elvis Presley's death


When Elvis Presley died, thirty-five years ago today, People was already America's most popular magazine. Amazingly, they didn't put him on the cover.
The issue that was on the stands when he died featured an interview with actor Tom Bosley, which gave them an excuse to go with a picture of the new Charlie's Angels... When John Lennon died, a mere three years later, everybody in the media had learned the lesson of Elvis Presley, that dead celebrities are actually more popular than living ones, and the magazine covers poured forth in an unending flow. -- David Hepworth

Posted by gerardvanderleun at August 16, 2012 11:57 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Wasn't that Tom Bosley look-alike David Doyle on Charlie's Angels, playing a character named Bosley? It's all too ocnfusing. Can't wait for the Biden issue of People.

Posted by: Velociman at August 16, 2012 2:48 PM

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