On the anniversary of his passing, I’ve got to write something about Elvis.
I’ve written before about remembering hearing Elvis’ passing from my aunt in the Salisbury Mall (not the Center at Salisbury, there is a difference). When I got back home from her house, my mother had every Elvis album and 8-track that she owned out, playing them over and over again. I think I heard more Elvis during the following 2-3 weeks than I had heard the first 9 years of my life. It seems to me I had to ask permission from my mother to play something other than Elvis.
There are plenty of Elvis impersonators out there. I enjoy attempting to mimic his voice. “Blue Christmas” was always one of my favorites around Christmas time. Elvis’ voice backed by that high tenor part in the verses always sounded cool. I can mimic the high part and Elvis’ voice, although I can’t do them at the same time. That would be cool though. When I worked at Laurel Middle School, the assistant principal would have me do “Blue Christmas” at Christmas as well as “Love Me Tender” and “Hound Dog” at other times during the year. And you couldn’t do those songs without ending with “thankuverymuch!” Recently our pastor, Jim Brown, tapped me to do an Elvis impersonation at the end of a song of cartoon impersonations called “Cartoons”. I’ve got a MP3 of it that I should post sometime.
Obviously I love most of the gospel material Elvis Presley has recorded. I’m mostly a fan of the early recordings, particularly “Peace In The Valley”. I love the way his voice just seems to move across the lyrics. There’s a power and passion in his delivery that you just can’t repeat. “How Great Thou Art” had that passion. I don’t think anyone did that song better, although I’m biased by the fact he was the first I heard do it.
His demise is very sad, but he left behind some wonderful music that so far has stood the test of time.
Here is the link to last year’s Elvis post.
UPDATE: A video from YouTube: