Thursday, January 3, 2008

Who doesn't love Elvis ?!!!

While I was standing in line at the pharmacy today I over heard 2 middle aged ladies talking about Elvis. They had some pretty nice things to say about this musical wonder.

He did capture the hearts of many women including me. I remember thinking I would never get to see him in person. That was when I lived in Idaho. In the 70's we moved to Las Vegas and I just knew that I would one day get to go see him since he performed there often.

Just my luck, he passed away the year I moved there. I remember feeling so sad. He has such a beautiful voice. I especially love his gospel albums.

Have you ever been to Graceland? Well in 1994 my husband took me to Graceland. We did the tour and saw all the different rooms in the Elvis mansion. The only room that was not shown to the public was the Master Suite which is where Elvis spent a lot of quiet time and also where he passed away.

There was a recording studio and we toured the grounds of Graceland where we saw the graveside of Elvis, Aaron his twin brother and Elvis's Father Vernon. I heard that he his Mother was moved there also. Yes, they are buried at Graceland. It was a special treat but would have loved to see him while he was alive.

He was and still is one of the biggest stars ever. Can you imagine being him and not being able to go out in public. I read that if he wanted to go to the movies or to Disneyland he had to arrange to close the theater or Disneyland to all but his family and friends.

He did so much good for others and he loved everyone. I think he truly loved his fans. I am sure that even with all the fans that adored him he must have felt very much alone. I think that he is sitting beside the lord and singing all those beautiful songs for heaven.

How many of you were Elvis fans and what memories can you share about the King of Rock and Roll?

Elvis Presley touches his adoring fans

Elvis Presley was about a handsome devil, wasn't he?

Sgt Presley listening to 45s

Elvis Presley in army uniform on his most famous album cover

Elvis Presley snapping his fingers and swinging on stage with Frank Sinatra

Elvis Presley and bride Ann Margaret in Viva Las Vegas

Elvis Presley with the Jordanaires gospel vocal group

Elvis Presley in his army dress uniform greeting a crowd of fans

Elvis Presley in jail, a movie still from Jailhouse Rock, 1957

Elvis Presley in his underwear during Army physical.  He wore briefs.  About as close to a naked Elvis Presley picture as you'll find.

Ed Sullivan chats with Tom Parker and Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley portrait photo

I have reason to believe we all will be received in Graceland

Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley playing with his cigar

Johnny Cash greeting Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley makes a cute kissy face


Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

I never saw Elvis in person, and I've never been to Graceland. I've told my husband for years that I want to make the pilgrimage and he just looks at me oddly, but I'm really going someday. I remember seeing him on the Ed Sullivan Show and dancing to Houndog and Don't Be Cruel for the first time. I remember just where I was when I heard on the radio that Elvis had died. I cried. I love Elvis. I feel sorry for him for the life he had to live, and I love him for the joyful sounds he gave us.

Blue Mermaid Cafe..... said...

Patti, I was born on Elvis's birthday!! I felt so lucky growing up. It was very special. I love Elvis. xoxo Nita

Mica Garbarino said...

i loved Elvis too !!! Every night my Mom tucked me and Elvis in. Well.... who thunk Mama Chicckii had her own vwersion of Elvis as her son !!! I married my Elvis. Thank you for him !!!! Love you !!!! Oh and I didn't know Elvis was even passed away for years after the one bothered to tell me. Love Ya Mama Chicckki Mica

Linsart said...

Love these pictures of Elvis, he will always be "The King". Part of my childhood, first record (a 45 !) was "Love Me Tender" and "Hound Dog" on the other side! Long ago and far away. Great that you honor him !