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Happy Birthday, Elvis!


Photo from Elvis Official Website

Photo from Elvis Official Website

Elvis Aaron Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8, 1935.  His life was nothing special until he began his singing career in 1954.  Within two years he was an international singing sensation that captured the hearts of the world. He was indeed the “King of Rock & Roll.”  He died at his home Graceland in Tennessee on August 16, 1977.  He was only 42.

Elvis Comeback Special 1968 from Wikipedia

Elvis Comeback Special 1968 from Wikipedia

Since then, many sightings of Elvis have been reported.  Many believe that Elvis is really still alive.  I do not, usually, buy into that.  But wouldn’t it be great if we could really say, “Elvis is in the building!”?  I truly want to believe.  If he were still alive, he would be 79 today. 

Aloha from HI Image from Wikipedia

Aloha from HI Image from Wikipedia

At the very least his talent and his music live on in videos and in our hearts. As a birthday gift to my readers, I am sharing videos of some of Elvis’ songs—they are my favorites as well as some of his first performances!

“Jailhouse Rock”

“Blue Suede Shoes”

“Love Me Tender” from the movie Love Me Tender (1956), Elvis’ first theatrical release and the only one of his 33 films (31 movies and 2 performance documentaries) where he did not receive top billing.

“Suspicious Minds”

“How Great Thou Art”    This video is a recording of his last live performance in 1977.  It begins with some fans making a few comments about Elvis and ends with some words from his father.  His singing starts up at about 55 seconds.

What is your favorite Elvis Song?

Did you ever get to see him live?

 I never saw Elvis live.  Heck, when he was on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time (September 9, 1956), I was not quite two years old.  For that performance, there were 60 million viewers, representing 82% of the viewing audience.  His appearance the next year on Ed Sullivan was the one where he was only recorded from the waist up.  But his first televised performances were actually on June 5, 1956 on The Milton Berle Show.  Enjoy!

Milton Berle Show, “Hound Dog,” June 1956

Milton Berle Show, “I Want You I Need You I Love You,” June 1956

Ed Sullivan Show, “Don’t Be Cruel,” 1957

Comments on: "Happy Birthday, Elvis!" (10)

  1. Fabulous post, Patti!!!!! I had to laugh at Milton Berle. Here’s a fitting end to this post.

  2. Wow, I had forgotten he was only 42 when he died. I remember that day well. We were vacationing at the Gulf and heard the news on the car radio. My parents, both huge Elvis fans, were devastated. I think it ruined the vacation for them!

    • Thanks for stopping by. And, I agree–I had not remembered his age. Back then I am sure it seemed “older” since I am 20 years younger than him, but now I see he is such a baby.

      • Even crazier is that my parents were younger than him when he died, and I KNEW they were old at the time! Funny how we are so much younger than our parents ever were, isn’t it?

      • Ain’t that the truth. John Burroughs once said, “To me–old age is always ten years older than I am.” I would say maybe 20 years older, or just not me! I will be 59 in a few days, but I refuse to believe that that makes me old!

      • It doesn’t! It’s just a number. I’ll be 54 in a few months and I still feel the same inside as I did in high school. You might look old, and act old, but don’t ever BE old!

  3. He was one handsome dude!

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