Today is the 29th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. Is it really that many years?
Elvis was only 42 when he died. I can remember when it seemed to me that he lived a fairly long life. Now I know he only lived about half the life he might have, were it not for excesses, including Rx abuse. In my pre-teens and teens, I had a big crush on Elvis Presley. I loved his voice and still have some of his tunes on my iPod. And although I enjoyed his movies as a sappy teenage girl, I now find it very sad that he was never given any "real" parts to play. I believe the man had genuine acting talent that he never was allowed to put to use.
Seeing the news about it being 29 years since Elvis died, I couldn’t help recalling the night he debuted on the Ed Sullivan Show. It was September 9, 1956. I would have told you we didn’t own a television that early, but I guess we did because I remember that night so well. My grandmother was scandalized by the way Elvis jumped and gyrated around the stage. What on earth would Grandma, who died in 1963, think if she could see the way kids dress and act today?
I also wonder if there is anyone in the music or film industries today who, if they were to die, would still be remembered and, for some, mourned 29 years from now.