If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead.

Johnny Carson said that. can’t say that he was wrong.

today is the 30th anniversary of Elvis’ passing. everybody should have a fried peanut-butter and banana sandwich in his honor, i think.

many of my friends know that i’m a huge Elvis fan. but not necessarily because of his music, though he was (is!) the King. more because of his cultural influence. Leonard Bernstein said, “Elvis is the greatest cultural force in the twentieth century.” i guess he was a fan, too. i think what strikes me the most about Elvis was how he was castigated while he was young (and great), then was loved by (almost) everyone when he got fat and old. though i think he was great for his entire career (odd gastronomy and peculiar apparel aside), the dynamism and musical simplicity of his youth will have a much longer effect than the spangled jumpsuit era.

quote of the day:

“It was like he came along and whispered some dream in everybody’s ear, and somehow we all dreamed it.” – Bruce Springsteen

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2 Responses to “If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead.”

  1. geofftech Says:

    http://www.charleston.net/videos/2007/aug/11/101/

  2. Brightside Says:

    Even now, 30 years after his passing, I still feel an affinity with Elvis that I have yet to feel with another performer. What a talent he was. I suspect that in 200 years people will still be discovering his music. By then all the impersonators will in fact, be dead, and it will be his music that lives on. I love ya, Elvis!

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