Remembering Elvis 35 Years Later
July 13, 2012
It's been 35 years since Elvis Presley died. I remember hearing about it on the way back from our vacation in 1977. I will never forget the date. Elvis was such a charismatic persona and entertainer. I still love to listen to his songs and hear impersonators try to sound like him. We heard a good one in Nashville while we were there on vacation.
This spring I had the privilege of seeing Graceland as we went through Memphis on our way home. I had never seen a picture of it before going there, but had expected a much bigger house. It was a nice house for the year of 1957 when Elvis bought it, just not as large as I had anticipated. Every room was decorated just as Elvis had left it when he died; the white living room, long table in the dining room, and the animal room were all the same down to the 1970s shag carpet. The garage had been converted to hold his award-winning records and was on display for all to see. Another museum held the many cars that Elvis collected.
MCPL has many items pertaining to Elvis. You might like to read Elvis by the Presleys, The Private Life of Elvis, or The Elvis Encyclopedia. Some of my favorite songs are Love Me Tender and All Shook Up; copies can be found on the many CDs that the Library owns. Elvis sings his songs on the various movies he made like Roustabout and G.I. Blues.
So, celebrate Elvis and check out a book or movie. Sit back, enjoy, and remember.