Elvis Favorites — what are yours?

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I recall precisely when I heard that Elvis had died. I was in the car with my mother, driving up State Road, getting ready to turn down Fairfax Road, to get to our house. It was a huge news bulletin on the radio. I don’t think my mother cried or anything (although she definitely loved Elvis, having grown up during the height of his career — the late ’50s and ’60s) but I do recall we were both stunned. I was seven.

On the anniversary of his death (August 16), I thought it appropriate to do something Elvis-related here. For starters, how about my personal (trust me, I know everyone has their own opinion on this, so don’t attack me) list of Elvis favorites (not best, not most popular, just MY favorites, and he didn’t necessarily release them all, by the way)…in no particular order:

  • Suspicious Minds (1969)
  • Are You Lonesome Tonight (1960)
  • The Wonder of You (1970)
  • One Night With You (1957)
  • Memories (1969)
  • That’s All Right (1954)
  • Jailhouse Rock (1957)
  • Love Me Tender (1956)
  • Baby What You Want Me To Do (1968)
  • Blue Christmas (1964)

Honorable Mentions: My WayIn the Ghetto, That’s All Right, Lawdy Miss Clawdy

If you’ve never had an opportunity to watch Elvis’ 1968 Comeback Special (the informal session), you are missing out! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched this in my lifetime (my mother had it on video).

Elvis is so charming, looks soooo good (in his black leather pants and jacket? rawr), and sings wonderfully. I think the best part of the special is the informal feel of it, the back-and-forth chatting, the Q & A, the whole attitude. It made Elvis “human,” if that makes sense.

I’ve never been to Graceland but I sure would love to visit.

There’s the “Jungle Room,” as well as Elvis’ gravesite (right next to his mother). His body was moved here due to security concerns.

I could never figure out WHY Elvis transformed into that schlocky, jumpsuit/rhinestone-wearing performer who was more of a caricature than an icon…it just seemed so wrong for someone of his stature. He was like a hot Liberace. Until he became a hot sloppy mess, then it was just sad. At least when this phase started, he still looked good. Just silly.

So, do you have any Elvis favorites?

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Comments

    • admin says

      Ha! I think the fact that I have such a specific memory about a sensationalized celebrity death (at the age of 7) is indicative of where my interests lie. I also recall precisely the moment when I heard John Belushi had died. I’m a little weird like that. LOL.

  1. says

    My mom had an oil painting of Elvis in OUR LIVING ROOM! She was obsessed with him and I’m sure she probably went into a depression the day he died. I went to Graceland a few years ago and of all things, I was fascinated with his cars and airplane…

    • admin says

      OK, that’s too funny. I would love to go to Graceland…it just never comes up when we’re discussing vacation. I gotta work that into the conversation. LOL.

  2. marina says

    I’ve never been a huge Elvis fan but each time my little Bunny Boo’s sideburns grow too long for his cute lil’ face I’m reminded of those bushy Elvis burns…that’s enough to get that trim done quickly! 😉

  3. says

    Im an Elvis lover too… and have been to Graceland. Its a pretty amazing place to visit, mainly because of the history. The tour itself needs some pep. I love the wall with all the checks to Charities he supported!

  4. says

    Nice post on Elvis and his leather wear, we can make any style of leather pants, jackets or whatever. If you want something made out of leather custom made contact me.

  5. sylvia davis says

    I love Elvis n I’m 18. I know most of everything about him but his house was beautiful like gosh! He was also beautiful n i don’t care wht noone says i think when Elvis started to gain weight, i thought he was better looking cuz i like thick guys, but love the website

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