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R.I.P. Elvis Presley ~ January 8, 1935 - August 16, 1977 Options
hedy mmm
Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2019 11:51:05 AM

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To my TFD friends in Texas - In Memory of a Legend on this his birthday.
hedy
Elvis Really Did Waltz Across Texas!

Perhaps few fans of Elvis, even the most ardent, are aware that Texas was one of the more widely traveled concert paths for him in his career’s infancy.

Texas had few large cities in the early fifties, so the majority of his performances occurred in small rural towns. During those lean years he played in every kind of location, not just in Texas, but all over the South. He presented his music at unlikely places, such as car dealerships and the beds of flatbed trailers, not to mention countless high-school gymnasiums and auditoriums, including the one in the town where half of Dixie grew up and went to high school.

While most think of him as an overnight success, the process of his name becoming a household word spanned several years. He traveled from place to place, night after night, with barely enough time to rest between shows. He endured constant automobile breakdowns and swore that when he made it big he would have enough cars that he would never find himself needing one. And he kept that vow.

Being a fledgling musician of the South, his deepest desire was to perform at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. When the dream was finally realized, he was only mildly received by an audience that had come to hear “hillbilly” music. He was crushed. He was told by a stage manager at the Opry to “go back to truck driving.” How different the world of music would have been if he had followed that advice. The very music, moves and onstage antics that repelled fans of country music back then are demanded and expected by the throngs of country fans today.

Poor Elvis was always out of step, or perhaps he was ahead of his time. He was taunted and made fun of in grade school for his timid nature and slight stutter. He was devoted to his mother and suffered ridicule from his peers who didn’t see that as “manly” behavior. When hairstyles were buzzed and burred, he grew his long. When the teen and young-men fashion of the times was jeans and button-down shirts, Elvis wore gold lamé and purple—and for heaven’s sake, let’s not forget the blue suede shoes.

He wore “bling” before the word was coined. He was the rock in the roll, the reason we were “all shook up.” But perhaps most important of all—he was cool. He was way cool. He was and will always be one of the most beautiful creatures to have shared this earth with mere mortals, and sadly, he left too soon.

Thank you, Elvis. Thank you very much.


Source: "Curing the Blues with a New Pair of Shoes" by Dixie Cash
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Wishing one R.I.P. on his birthday
may turn out to be a bad omen.

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