August 08, 2011
August 16th, 1977 is a date most people remember as the day the music stopped. Elvis Presley died that day at his home in Memphis, Tennessee. If you are old enough, you can remember where you were and what you were doing when you heard the news. Listening to the news reports, you just knew it couldn’t be true. Unfortunately, it was true though, and the world mourned the end of a great talent. It was hard for me to believe because I had just gone to one of his last concerts at Kemper Arena in KC two months prior. True, he wasn’t in the best shape. True, he flubbed some of his songs. But come on, it was ELVIS!
There is no sense going on about the man’s accomplishments. Everybody knows Elvis, his songs, his movies, and his iconic image. All that still lives on. You can visit his home, Graceland, in Memphis. You can still listen and buy his music. Also, you can still watch his movies: not academy award fare, but certainly entertaining. And in the end, he may not have had the life he wanted (a simple guy yearning for a simple life), but Elvis Presley will always be Elvis Presley - young, attractive, singer, movie star, and UNFORGETTABLE!
Blue Springs North Branch