The King Would Have Been 72 Today

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The “King” [lastfm link_type=""]Elvis Presley[/lastfm] died of heart failure in Memphis, TN, on this date in 1977 — 30 years ago.  He was only 42.

Elvis had an amazing climb from the humblest of beginnings to rock & roll immortality. It was on January 27, 1956, that RCA released  ”Heartbreak Hotel,” his debut single.  It was the first of 17 number 1 hits, “Heartbreak” held down the top spot for eight weeks, firmly establishing the man from Memphis, as a national phenomenon. His hip-swiveling performances on many television shows in the 50’s helped generate hysteria and media coverage.   He captivated vast audiences of record-buying teenagers.  Twenty-one years later and he held records for the most Top 40 hits, the most Top 10 hits, the most consecutive number one hits and the most weeks at number one.  Quite an accomplishment for the man from Memphis, TN.  His mark on today’s culture doesn’t seem to be getting any dimmer either as evidenced by his image on everything from wallpaper, furniture, clothing, knickknacks and even emblazoned on a debit MasterCard.  One can only say…”The King is Dead, Long Live The King.”  May he rest in peace.

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