AP Highlight in History: On Aug. 16, 1977, singer Elvis Presley died at Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tenn., at age 42.
34 years ago ’the King’ died. Although I wasn’t a diehard Elvis fan, I still remember exactly where I was and what I was doing the day he died. His death made you re-think all the things in your life. Were they actions which added value to your life or were they decreasing the number of your days.
Who could not like Elvis? Who hasn’t enjoyed an Elvis imitator? Love Me Tender is still one of my all time favorite songs. We didn’t have time to really know him, did we? Some of his best work though was singing gospels. It is worth checking out on YouTube.
In honor of today, I’m including a link to Take my hand, Precious Lord. It includes video of his funeral procession.
In 1970, I was on a summer bus trip with 30 or so older teen age girls and chaperons. We had to come through Memphis to come home to Texas. We made a side trip to drive by Graceland. All we could do was stop and take photos of the wrought iron rockin’ rollin’ gates.
When I think of Elvis, Graceland is never far behind. It is funny though, when I move to Graceland it is the Paul Simon song that comes to mind. This link is Willie Nelson and Paul Simon.
Or one of my favorite X-File episodes when Mulder had to take a vacation and went to Graceland.