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Elvis Presley 1935-1977

Elvis Presley 1935-1977

I cannot help but think about Elvis Presley on the anniversary of his death August 16. Gone but never forgotten and he always will be the King of Rock And Roll! John Lennon once said, “Before Elvis there was nothing.” He of course was referring to Elvis’s music and style.

Elvis Presley certainly shook up the world forever. I remember being five years old and seeing him the first time he was on the Ed Sullivan show. I stood in the middle of the living room dancing much to the delight of my family. My mother loved him from the moment she saw him because he came from a poor southern upbringing just like her. You can say from that moment on I was a rock and roll fan.

Every Christmas my family played his Christmas album repeatedly. To this day I play Elvis Christmas album, as it takes me back to many fond childhood memories.

In 1969 when Elvis made his big comeback in Las Vegas my best friend and I saw him perform the first week at the International Hotel. He came out in a plain black karate suit. He didn’t have elaborate jewelry or glitter. He didn’t need it because he was so dynamic you could not take your eyes off of him.

Elvis Presley In Concert 1969

Elvis Presley In Concert 1969

He was really on top of his performance in 1969. I continued to see him perform in Las Vegas over the years and his voice was always outstanding, but there was a change in him and I did not feel him connecting to the audience. Little did I know of his troubles.

In 1969 one of my best friends was in the marines and on the weekends he would bring his buddies to my apartment and they would play music and different games. I will never forget this one young man who kept playing my album “Elvis 68” over and over again one weekend. The song he would play the most was, “If I Could Dream.” It is a powerful song that Elvis felt was his message to the world about how it could change if it wanted to. This young man went to Vietnam and never made it back. To this day when I hear that song I still remember that young man.

I felt a great loss when Elvis passed in 1977. He was so young and so much ahead of him. He lives on through his music and movies. He definitely made a major impact that lasts even now. Not Bad For A Poor Southern Boy.

All I can say in summing up this little memoir is that I am glad that I lived to experience so many great musicians in my lifetime. There’s no question that Elvis Presley is the King of Rock And Roll. You will never be forgotten Elvis.

I am enclosing my favorite song “If I Can Dream” by Elvis Presley. Please share your memories and thoughts about Elvis.

Many blessings,
Cherokee Billie

Comments on: "Remembering the King of Rock and Roll-Elvis Presley! August 16, 2014" (6)

  1. Sharon Verrechia said:

    What a beautiful tribute to Elvis. ❤

  2. Lovely tribute to Elvis, he was truly one of a kind. You are lucky to have seen him perform Cherokee , what special memories you have. The story about the young man who never made it back from Vietnam is so heartbreaking, thank you for sharing it.

    • As always I appreciate your comment my friend. I am fortunate that I got to see some of the greatest artists ever in my lifetime. I like to always write about things that I have done or experienced. I still think of that young man who did not come back from Vietnam. I cannot remember his name, but I remember him. Many blessings, Cherokee Billie

  3. I was born and reared in Mississippi. I grew up on Elvis, and I JUST shared “If I Can Dream” on my page a few days ago!!!!! (‘Same wavelength!!!) I saw Elvis in 1975 in Jackson, Mississippi. I was 17, and I will NEVER forget it. Thank you for remembering this incredibly gifted human being. Rock on, Elvis. You were one of a kind.

    • Dear Barbara: Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you liked my tribute and thank you for sharing your feelings about Elvis. Being from the south it’s only natural in my opinion to love Elvis. He was such a part of our lives and always will be. We definitely are on the same wavelength about the greatest song he ever did. Many blessings, Cherokee Billie

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