Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

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By Pete Abington

ELVIS

This past month, August of 1977, marked the death of Elvis Presley. He is thought to be the most commercially successful solo musician artist of all times.

He has been rated the fourth conquering death celebrity in America, trailing only Michael Jackson who coincidently was married to Elvis’s daughter for a brief time. When he was discovered in an upstairs bathroom his body was racked by opioids and his death was mourned throughout the nation.

He remained revered. It was actually how we were able to look at music by his method of singing.

Elvis was born in Tupelo, Mississippi in 1935. Eventually the family moved to Memphis, which wound up being a perfect place for Elvis. His family lived meagerly. Some said he stole music from African Americans. It’s been written that he took songs like “That’s All Right,” and it wasn’t black any more. Religious songs were his favorite. “Blue Moon” was no longer considered hillbilly. Remember “Blue Suede Shoes”? The audience was led by enthusiastic young women who went wild. In his early years he stated, “everyone was hollering and I didn’t know what they were hollering about.”

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