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  DesertSmile

Elvis........he would have been 75 on January 8th.

I think he was another of those larger than life, tormented figures destined to leave early.

Thankfully he left us his music for us to enjoy and appreciate.

RIP

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Wordsofwit

Jan 10 @ 11:44AM  
I loved his innovation and pioneering as well as his music in the fifties. After that it all rapidly declined musically, especially when he began spitting out two or three light weight movies a year.

By the time of his passing, unless you went to Vegas, he had been professionally dead as a contributor to music for a long time and a non-factor. Some will agree with me and others will get pissed.
DesertSmile

Jan 10 @ 12:29PM  
I don't disagree with WOW and like so many artists, past and present, it does make me wonder had the drugs not taken hold of him what further contributions he could have made.

But he is remembered for what he did contribute to the music scene.

RevDocLove

Jan 10 @ 12:39PM  
When he was at the International in Vegas he became the biggest draw of any entertainer and was the first to show a profit for the Casino/Hotel..
soft_touch938

Jan 10 @ 12:47PM  
I liked Elvis but I'm just not the kind of person to go ga-ga over any movie star or music artist. I liked some of his music, some I didn't...really really didn't like Hounddog Man and Jailhouse Rock. I didn't see many of his movies...thought they were schmaltzy...for lack of a better word. But don't anyone pin my ears back cause I'm just not a movie person so who am I to judge? Just my own taste....

Did I think he was sexy? Yeah...but I thought he was too stuck on himself too which ruined the whole persona of what I thought he could be. But then again...I think celebrities would all look the same and just like me sittin' on the toilet taking a crap so I don't get too excited about any of them. Think about that. Sorta takes the glamor and mystique out of it all huh....

But....

He was a good man, an excellent entertainer, awesomely talented and turned the music world upside down and I was there to see it. May he rest in peace and I believe he's singing with the angels to entertain heaven.
drcocktail87

Jan 10 @ 1:31PM  
Elvis has mae more money dead than alive.
drcocktail87

Jan 10 @ 1:31PM  
*made
Lisa46

Jan 10 @ 1:41PM  
Love him still play his music today and have about 3 video's of him singing with his daughter on myspace page. My favorite Elvis song? If I Can Dream
1bunny629

Jan 10 @ 1:49PM  
Elvis helped make Memphis. He was and stayed a very shy withdrawn man. He loved his Mother and family and showed kindness to the poor and his fans. He took great care of his team of managers, producers, band members and even the dj's that played his songs. He was taken advantage of and roped into doing many things his christian background didn't expect of him. He loved gospel, and probably would have stuck with it if he had not gotten tangled up with the premise that his music was to make a statement of the times. It did, that's for sure.
Many people from all over the world come to Memphis to visit Graceland on his birthday, but many more come on his deathday. They stay a week or a weekend and take advantage of all Memphis has to offer. They are usually very kind people and help our city financially. I appreciate them. I waited on 2 british girls at the bar Friday night. They got hot chocolate because it was freezing here and they had been standing outside Graceland for hours waiting for their tour of the property. They were delightful and left to go to Beale Street. Most fans are very deicated and you have to appreciate that. He did contibute to the era of rock n roll.
Nice Blog. Thanks for taking the time out to recognize Elvis.
Wordsofwit

Jan 10 @ 1:55PM  
I don't disagree with WOW and like so many artists, past and present, it does make me wonder had the drugs not taken hold of him what further contributions he could have made.

It is only a theory, but I am wondering if the reverse did not result. Perhaps he got depressed and lost his edge because he did not expand as a musical artist as the times and society changed and after his B movies faded in popularity. It is likely to be a debate of what came first, the chicken or the egg.

When he was at the International in Vegas he became the biggest draw of any entertainer and was the first to show a profit for the Casino/Hotel..

This is true, but how many performers in Vegas have historically sold recordings or made a significant contribution to music in the last decade prior to performing there?

I have lived in Las Vegas and the money flows for musical artists from people living in the past. This song seems to ring true.
theSkwirl

Jan 10 @ 2:14PM  
RIP Elvis.
aspiringwriter

Jan 10 @ 2:50PM  
Elvis helped make Memphis.

I always admired him for having been good to his city after he made it big. Speaking of innovative artists, it's always been interesting to me. Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis all came out of Sun Studios at the same time. The king, the killer, and the man in black, three amazingly innovative artists.
RJ53

Jan 10 @ 7:43PM  
My grandmother was a huge Elvis fan. I think she owned every record he ever made and went to see every movie. I grew up on his music. One year a friend came down with me for her birthday. He performed as Elvis for parties and small clubs. Matt looked like the young Elvis and pretty much sounded like him. You should have seen her mouth drop when we walked into her party. She had a blast. I am glad we did that for her because the next year she was in the hospital on her birthday with a stroke. But she talked about that party for the rest of her life. She knew it was not the real Elvis but said that was as close as she would ever get to him. She had the picture of her and my friend on her mantle and the last time I visited my aunt who lives in the house now, it was still there.
RJ53

Jan 10 @ 7:47PM  
My grandmother was a huge Elvis fan. I think she owned every record he ever made and went to see every movie. I grew up on his music. One year a friend came down with me for her birthday. He performed as Elvis for parties and small clubs. Matt looked like the young Elvis and pretty much sounded like him. You should have seen her mouth drop when we walked into her party. She had a blast. I am glad we did that for her because the next year she was in the hospital on her birthday with a stroke. My grandmother talked about that party for the rest of her life. She knew it was not the real Elvis but said that was as close as she would ever get to him. She had the picture of her and my friend on her mantle and the last time I visited my aunt who lives in the house now, it was still there.

The man was talented. I think his life just got more complicated than he could handle.
StraddleMyNose

Jan 10 @ 10:59PM  
My mom liked a lot of his songs

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