The King is Dead

That was the headlines 42 years ago today, the day when Elvis Presley died at the age of 42. It is the symmetry of the time passed and his age that has triggered this post.

I remember I was in bed listening to Radio Luxembourg when the news came across the air waves. Luxembourg was an evening commercial station, running adverts between the records, but that night everything stopped and it was Elvis cover to cover.
They played nothing but Elvis songs, and no adverts whatsoever.

I was never a true fan, though I’d seen his films and yeah, he was a good looking guy who could sing and strum a guitar.
That all changed in the ’60s, the first record I bought being In the Ghetto.
Then I bought a lot more, including Kentucky Rain, Don’t Cry Daddy, Suspicious Minds and The Wonder of You.
The 45s all had the same photograph on the sleeve, a young Elvis in his prime, relaxed and composed. Sadly I don’t have a single track now, single, album or CD.

Mum liked Elvis too. His songs were many she could sing along to and I guess between us we had all the compilation CDs available, tracks being duplicated or run in a different order.

Surprisingly, I have heard nothing on the radio today to mark the date of his passing.

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16 Responses to The King is Dead

  1. trentpmcd says:

    I think the reason why this anniversary comes and goes with little notice is that while he was the King in the 50s, he was a bit of a joke, a parody of his old self, by the time he passed away. To all but true fans, he had already been dead for over a decade when his body followed his spirit.

    • That’s a good point Trent. When you look at later photos of him, the bloated showman isn’t a patch on the idol. I bought his records in the late 60s and early 70s, so he was in between then.

  2. scifihammy says:

    I was buying something in Boots when I heard the King was dead. 😦
    I think most people will remember where they were when they heard.
    I have many Elvis CDs bought over the years and quite a few Christmas ones which I love to listen to. He had a really good voice and pitch – something often lacking in today’s singers!

  3. One of may best friends was a true devoted fan (which I thought odd as we were just in 4th grade and he was soo old HaHa)
    He could sing. Great lyrics.. I loved those old 45’s and albums each wrapped in their little treasure box sleeves. Wish those would be rediscovered by the kids now.
    Sometimes I run across one of his old movies. Fun

  4. I remember it well. An Elvis fanatic.

  5. colinandray says:

    The day is young here … so Ill keep my ears open. See if he gets a mention on our news! I don’t recall Buddy Holly’s death being remembered … or John Denver, but yet they were all icons of their time.

  6. The true fans always remember.

  7. Jim Borden says:

    thanks for the memory…

  8. jenanita01 says:

    How soon the world forgets…

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