The phone rang on that day of August 16, 1977. It was my beloved mom “pumpkin?” She knew I was probably doing what I really was doing which was crying my eyes out that my other idol, Elvis was announced to be dead.
As I held the phone to my ear I dragged the 20 foot long telephone cord from the kitchen to my bedroom to tear off my posters in anger that they were implying him of dying from drugs. I was angry he left us.
It really is a shame the man never met me. I know many fans think the same way, but it really is a shame. I am positive he would have seen the true love I have for him not only as an entertainer, but as a person. Wishful thinking maybe?
All who know me say I would have passed out and missed it. Possibly.
I do know this.. True music fans will tell you they know what he did for music in 1954. In fact, it’s a big sign to me if someone disagrees. You don’t have to love him like me, like him or even listen to him. However if you don’t know what he did for music, the brunt of angst he endured for blues, rock n roll and the doors he pushed open for black musicians, then you don’t know music like you think you do.
To again celebrate living through my illness, and the legacy of Elvis Presley, he will be on my mind as I take an upcoming trip to Nashville and the Tennessee mountains. Those hills sure can sing a story that will forever live in each and every one of us.
1957-the first moonwalk in dance…
Every time I enjoy a new creation in blues or rock n roll, I think of him. I think of how my parents consistently made the comment, “We would never see something like him again.” What he did for all of us, others can attempt to emulate but all know, the originals can never be replaced.
Just as the first with everything else in rock, Elvis did the first UNPLUGGED.
ONE ARTIST HAS BEEN PUT IN ALL FOUR GENRES OF HALL OF FAMES. (ROCK N ROLL – GOSPEL – BLUES – COUNTRY) ONE ARTIST HAS SOLD OVER A BILLION RECORDS.. ELVIS.🎼