Yellow Bird: Elvis Presley still the king of rock'n'roll
"Thursday was the 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, and for young people who wonder what the current Elvis brouhaha is about, I'll tell you.

It's about "The King of Rock and Roll," one of the best-selling and most influential artists in the history of popular music.

"The King" in those early years was remarkable. In addition to bringing forward a new era of music, he was a bookmark for changing our lives.

If he had lived, Presley would have been 72 years old. I wonder if he would have aged gracefully? Probably not; he didn't exactly live gracefully.

"Don't be Cruel," if I remember right, was the first Elvis song I heard. "I just loved the sound of his music," I remember telling my sister, "but he'll never make it as a famous singer because of his name." At the time, names like Elvis usually got changed to something such as "Rock," "The Big Bopper," "Bo Diddley," "Fats" and so on.

I soon would learn that others "just loved" his music, too."

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Elvis' flame keeps on burning (The Grand Forks Hearld 8/18)
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