The second week of August is designated Elvis Week. Elvis Aaron Presley died on August 16, 1977, and so we remember him at this time of year. And believe me, this is a BIG deal at his old home of Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. Take a look at their Elvis Week Web page. They have all sorts of events, from different artists singing songs he made famous, to tours of the area, to lectures on Elvis’ influence on culture, to a 5K run, and on and on. If you are a true Elvis fan, there is no better place to be than Graceland this week!
I was too young to be in the age group of Elvis fans growing up. My group was the Beatles, who were big all during my teenage years. But I did quite a bit of background work for a story I was going to set in the 50s, and as part of that, I listened to a lot of Elvis’ music and grew to respect him as an artist. So I won’t be at Graceland this week, but you might catch me listening to a CD of him singing from time to time.
I didn’t include any biographical information, as I assume everyone knows Elvis Presley, but if you want to read up on him, you can do so on his official site.
Quotes by or about Elvis Presley
Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.–Elvis Presley
Rock and roll music, if you like it, if you feel it, you can’t help but move to it. That’s what happens to me. I can’t help it.–Elvis Presley
Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine.–Elvis Presley
There have been a lotta tough guys. There have been pretenders. And there have been contenders. But there is only one king.–Bruce Springsteen
Elvis was the king. No doubt about it. People like myself, Mick Jagger and all the others only followed in his footsteps.–Rod Stewart
His kind of music is deplorable, a rancid smelling aphrodisiac… It fosters almost totally negative and destructive reactions in young people.–Frank Sinatra, 1950s
There have been many accolades uttered about Elvis’ talent and performances through the years, all of which I agree with wholeheartedly. I shall miss him dearly as a friend. He was a warm, considerate and generous man.–Frank Sinatra, 1977
I wanted to say to Elvis Presley and the country that this is a real decent, fine boy.–Ed Sullivan (many of us first saw Elvis on the Ed Sullivan show)
There is something magical about watching a man who has lost himself find his way back home… He sang with the kind of power people no longer expect from rock ‘n’ roll singers.–John Landau
There are several unbelievable things about Elvis, but the most incredible is his staying power in a world where meteoric careers fade like shooting stars.–Newsweek, August 11, 1969
Elvis is the greatest cultural force in the twentieth century. He introduced the beat to everything, music, language, clothes, it’s a whole new social revolution – the 60’s comes from it.–Leonard Bernstein
Elvis had an influence on everybody with his musical approach. He broke the ice for all of us.–Al Green
A lot has been written and said about why he was so great, but I think the best way to appreciate his greatness is just to go back and play some of the old records… Time has a way of being very unkind to old records, but Elvis’ keep getting better and better.–Huey Lewis
It’s rare when an artist’s talent can touch an entire generation of people. It’s even rarer when that same influence affects several generations. Elvis made an imprint on the world of pop music unequaled by any other single performer.–Dick Clark
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