I just finished watching a movie called “Elvis” made in 1979 starring Kurt Russell. And it just hit me that after all these years,this is probably still the BEST offering so far about Elvis’s life. Imagine, no huge Hollywood Studio has done anything that beats it.
I’ve been following the career of this Kid from Tupelo since I was 10 years ancient. Some people might question,”why would anyone still be so fanatic or loyal to a celebrity after all these years?” Well,I don’t reckon anyone really knows “why” it just seemed to happen one day at a time. For me, I don’t reckon a day goes by that I don’t reckon of Elvis.
I remember as a kid, growing sideburns and being kidded by the older kids. In 1964 in high school many of the kids said Elvis was over and the Beatles were “In”. But there still were those like me that thought otherwise. Than in 1970 my wife and I with two friends saw him in person at the Miami Beach Convention Center. I remember the feeling of anticipation sitting in my seat waiting for the show to start. And that day in August of 1977 when I got a phone call from home asking me if I heard the news.
In 1995 my son graduated from a Naval Training School located just outside of Memphis, so we just had to visit Graceland. It was a small surreal walking through the house knowing Elvis had once lived there. When we came to the grave site, it was impossible to stop the tears from flowing.
Here’s a brief rundown of some of the Movies and Songs associated with the KING…
Elvis Movies number 33, first in 1956 with “Like Me Tender” and last with “Change of Habit” in 1969. Plus two Documentaries,”Elvis,That’s The Way It Is” in 1970 and “Elvis On Tour” in 1972.
Elvis Songs number about 800 of recorded and/or performed songs beginning with “That’s All Right” in 1954. His last studio album was “Temperamental Blue” recorded between February1976 and April 1977. It is estimated that Elvis has sold enough records to circle the Earth three times over. Although it is still a question of verification,it is believed “Elvis Worldwide Record Sales” have reached “One Billion Records”.
No one knows why people feel so strongly about Elvis, we just know we do and always will. Elvis once said when giving a speech… “When I was a child, I was a dreamer”… “I read comic books and I was the hero of the comic book”… “I saw movies and I was the hero in the movie”… “Every dream that I ever dreamed, has come right a hundred times”.
At the end he concluded with: “I learned very early in life that the day would never end without a song, so I keep singing a song”. 19,710 Days a Elvis Fan… No End In Sight.
…One of the things that was so incredible about Elvis was his willingness to give so freely to others. He never forgot how it felt to be without and tried his best to share his excellent fortune with others as much as possible.