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RIP Elvis - 42 years ago

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How many have fallen with a dream denied 
Now, tell me baby are you lonesome tonight? 
'Cause a man on the radio says Elvis Presley died 
Come on,come on,let's go tonight. 

He drove down into Memphis,the sky was hard and black 
Up over the ridge came a white Cadillac 
They're standing by the roadside. In the heat 
Bound together, forever, in the promise of an endless sleep 
 

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), You cannot under estimate the mark the man left on music/culture.

In terms of music he hit some amazing marks, he also had a tremendous catalog of terrible songs to be fair. 

His voice was an absolute wonder for sure.

His comeback special in 68, the sit down, dressed in leather unplugged section (if you will) is one of the great moments in music. Plus If I can Dream simply shows his amazing range and soul. 

An artist that unfortunately turned into a caricature of himself. But when stripped away was a really amazing talent. 

 

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I am 47 years old. But I genuinely recall exactly where I was on this day 42 years ago. I walked into my parents bedroom to find my mother sitting at her dressing table, as they used to be called, sobbing her heart out because, well, the man on the radio had said Elvis Presley had died. I'll never forget that.

I listen to two Elvis albums more than any other. Elvis Country, and That's The Way It Is.

This is how Elvis will always look in my mind.

 

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My first knowledge of Elvis was also the day he died, @SteveJhb.  I was sitting on the living room floor and my mom was rolling my hair in those old foam curlers.  The news cut in and my mom's sharp intake of breath and near-instant tears made a profound impact on me as a young child.  Since she loved him, I had to find out who he was. Then I loved him too.

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I'm pretty sure I knew who Elvis was before this, but the first real memory I have of him was the 1973 Aloha from Hawaii TV special.  

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I was an 8 year old boy in my grandparents house in Gorseinon, Swansea sitting on the floor listening to the radio with my grandmothers dog Candy, I heard it on a wireless . Its my first memory of Elvis and I knew from the gravity of the radio presenters tone it was a significant moment . Elvis was not a big part of my household but I guess he was such a star I suppose I must have heard of him..... I never became an  Elvis fan but 15 years later I visited Graceland and I had a bit of an epiphany....the whole thing was quite an emotional experience  and seeing his life through the tour of the grounds and house and ending up by his grave was pretty moving.... instantly became a fan.

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I've never been much of an Elvis fan, although he had a fantastic voice for ballads, his impact on popular music and culture was absolutely massive. The amount of influence the man has had and who knows we maybe would never have had Bruce if Elvis had never been born. I do remember the day he died. I was 12 years old and my brother and I had just came back from a Speedway meeting in Edinburgh and when we got home my mum said "you will never believe who has died...he was born the same year as me". As soon as she said that I knew it was Elvis because she always used to say he was born the same year as her and she was a big fan.

RIP Elvis.

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So many of us relate to that day through our mothers.

I remember it vividly. Mom sobbing on the couch all day, watching news reports and then Elvis movies that ran all evening and into the night.

He had always been The King in our house and my fondest memory of both Elvis and my mother is dancing with her to Love Me Tender

For some time after his death, this song was played often on Mom's stereo and it used to freak me out a little how much it sounded like Elvis, but she loved the tribute and it helped her mourn.

 

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Not too many artists are known worldwide by their Christian name alone. That tells the story in itself.

Just to add Tom Petty’s comment from ‘Elvis Presley - The Searcher’

 

 '[Elvis] had no road map and he forged a path of what to do and what not to do. And we shouldn't make the mistake of writing off a great artist because of all the clatter that came later. We should dwell in what he did that was so beautiful and everlasting, which was that great, great music'.

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my mum loved Elvis

my dad did not

but in the school holidays i remember watching Elvis movies with mum

i have more of a memory of Elvis dying than John Lennon

i always feel sad thinking of Elvis

he needed a Jon Launder so baddly

he wa so incredibly good looking, even in those 70s jump suits with the big collars,

but my, when you look at those puctures of him as a young man, no wounder the girls went wild

and his voice was from heaven

for his contribution to popular culture and rock and roll he deserved a dignified long twlight of a career, as a national treasure,

he should have lived to see his little girl grow up and to meet his grand children

he should have been there to rescue  his daughter when her marriages turned bad

 

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If my memory isn't playing tricks on me,  there was a special news bulletin on the telly, interrupting the schedule, and it was announced that Elvis Presley was dead. We all froze, unable to take the news in, speechless.

Mum was a big, big fan and we'd grown up listening to Elvis. That he should die at the age of 42, after making a great comeback with a record in the charts ('Way Down'), made no sense at all. It still makes no sense to me. His voice, his good looks, his great songs, his films, his unparalleled success - none of it helped him, poor soul.

He recorded so many great songs but I have a soft spot for 'Don't Cry, Daddy', which he delivers so beautifully.

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55 minutes ago, Royston Vasey said:

SteveJhb.......”one more time....yeah one more”.

What a great song, what a video.

The King in control.

Amazing.

Agreed.

And that band... Ronnie Tutt on drums, James Burton on guitar, Jerry Scheff on bass, Glen Hardin on piano...

TCB....

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I was 14 when Elvis died, i was on a camping holiday with my mam, dad and brother the campsite was in Lincolnshire called Lakeside Lido, the campsite had a man made Forest  that was very scary to walk though, i tongue kissed a girl for the first time during that holiday, i thought i was in love, it took me hours to get over her when we left

my mam and dad weren't massive music fans but they loved Elvis, my mam was very upset.  i know now my dad was upset but at the time i didn't, he just seemed to shout as me and wor kid a lot for a few hours.

The rest of the holiday and the trip home only Elvis was played, my mam and dad seemed to get over his death rather fast, maybe they weren't as big fans as i thought, maybe it was how i viewed things as a 14 year old who only cared about Newcastle United and snogging girls..or should i say a girl

 After my dad stopped shouting at me and wor kid he was the best dad on holiday ever. Of all the holidays i had as a bairn this holiday and the memory of it is my most treasured. 

 

I love Elvis but i hardly ever listen to his stuff, i dunno why, i should because it's brill..apart from the falling in love song, i hate that because the mackems adopted it..yuk

My fav Elvis song is this one

 

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It’s the ‘69 Sessions for me recorded in Memphis.

everyone knows Suspicious Minds, In The Ghetto, Kentucky Rain and Don’t Cry Daddy, but so many of the rest are magnificent too. Long Black Limousine, Only The Strong Survive, Wearin That Loved On Look, Any Day Now, and so many more. His voice was at it’s absolute peak then and he was fully invested in the sessions and the material.

 

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for a long time i never understood Elvis fanatics

this was this house up the road and we used to drive or walk past at night and hope they had the curtains open because it was Elvis saturation including a huge velvet wall hanging the size of a large floor rug 

and we would laugh :(

....and now that room kind of seams more normal to me :lol:

 

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11 hours ago, Daisey Jeep said:

for a long time i never understood Elvis fanatics

this was this house up the road and we used to drive or walk past at night and hope they had the curtains open because it was Elvis saturation including a huge velvet wall hanging the size of a large floor rug 

and we would laugh :(

....and now that room kind of seams more normal to me :lol:

 

There’s a house not far from me, where they have gates at the entrance to the short drive in front of the house with ‘Bobby Vee’ inscripted on them. I never realised he was big enough a name for that, but I think it’s kind of nice they like him that much...

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32 minutes ago, Bossman66 said:

There’s a house not far from me, where they have gates at the entrance to the short drive in front of the house with ‘Bobby Vee’ inscripted on them. I never realised he was big enough a name for that, but I think it’s kind of nice they like him that much...

that's kind of sweet 

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I visited Graceland many years ago. Being familiar with the famous story of Bruce jumping the wall and ultimately being escorted back to the street, I wore a Bruce shirt during the house tour. In a strange way that only people here would understand, I helped Bruce get into Graceland!.....:lol:

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On 8/23/2019 at 9:57 AM, Bossman66 said:

It’s the ‘69 Sessions for me recorded in Memphis.

everyone knows Suspicious Minds, In The Ghetto, Kentucky Rain and Don’t Cry Daddy, but so many of the rest are magnificent too. Long Black Limousine, Only The Strong Survive, Wearin That Loved On Look, Any Day Now, and so many more. His voice was at it’s absolute peak then and he was fully invested in the sessions and the material.

 

I love The Fair's Moving On from that set.

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On 8/16/2019 at 6:19 PM, SteveJhb said:

I am 47 years old. But I genuinely recall exactly where I was on this day 42 years ago. I walked into my parents bedroom to find my mother sitting at her dressing table, as they used to be called, sobbing her heart out because, well, the man on the radio had said Elvis Presley had died. I'll never forget that.

I listen to two Elvis albums more than any other. Elvis Country, and That's The Way It Is.

This is how Elvis will always look in my mind.

 

Yeah, those are my two fave albums as well..

I'm especially fond of the rehearsal footage from That's the Way It Is...

 

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My favourite Elvis song is I just can't help believing...just awesome the power and feeling he puts into it.

What man doesn't want to be the guy in that song ?

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