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30 Years ago this very day

We were in the car, all four of us in my dad's orange monstrosity, when the news came over the radio that Elvis Presley had died. Mum gasped. Dad said "Did you hear that?" and turned up the volume. My sister and I shrugged our shoulders -- what was Elvis to us? We were in our teens, and his music was so last decade, or the decade before that even, in our estimation. While our parents looked at one another in disbelief, all we could do was to bemoan the fact that we'd probably have to listen to his songs on the radio for the next month or so.

30 Years later, and neither she nor I have any problem admitting that we have some of his music, and love to listen to his voice, his songs.



( 6 Speak Like A Child — Shout To The Top )
Aug. 16th, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC)
I must say I'm not much of an Elvis fan (though I wouldn't say he was without talent). Trying all but the first, since I had that already. Thanks!
Aug. 17th, 2007 11:26 am (UTC)
I must say I'm not much of an Elvis fan

Well, I hope these will not disappoint then! Really, I believe no music collection of the 20th century could do with missing out Elvis.
Aug. 16th, 2007 10:51 pm (UTC)
I absolutely ADORE Elvis Presley. Always have. Back at mums I have a huuuge Elvis cd/video collection, weird because he is totally before my time. My most favorite song has to be 'Don't cry daddy'...
Aug. 17th, 2007 11:52 am (UTC)
There have been times when my overriding feeling about Elvis have been total indifference (notably my younger days, when the musical snob in me deemed his work totally uncool), but in the last decade I'ver developed a real appreciation for the very wide range of vocal colour he was capable of, his style of singing, and the emotion he conveys within his songs.

Personally, I think I like his gospel music best, because of the sincerity that he sings it with; and the social commentary of a song like 'In The Ghetto'. It's a pity his management, afraid to kill the goose that laid them golden eggs, wouldn't let him explore that side to singing and that kind of material more often.
Aug. 17th, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
I heard that on the radio and ran into the kitchen and said, "Mom, Elvis Presley died!" She eyed me and said, "Ok, what's the joke?" and I kept insisting it was true, but unfortunately I got the Shit-Eating Grin on my face and she refused to believe it. Then she heard it on the news, ran into my room and exclaimed, "Elvis Presley just died!!"
Aug. 18th, 2007 07:12 am (UTC)
That's a great story!
( 6 Speak Like A Child — Shout To The Top )
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