My Next Top Ten List

@FourWalls (8400)
United States
August 16, 2016 7:59am CST
August 16, 1977. My parents and I were living in a small cottage converted from a garage in Daytona Beach, Florida. My mom was in my room, and we were talking about something. My dad came in the room with a strange look on his face and said, "Elvis died." I spent the rest of the evening, well into the night, listening to various radio stations. All of them -- the country music stations, the rock stations, the pop stations, and even R&B stations (Elvis brought black music to a white audience while keeping its feel, unlike what Pat Boone did to R&B songs when he covered them) -- were talking Elvis and paying tribute. I've never heard anything like that on the radio. At only 42 years of age there had to be something wrong. Elvis was still doing concerts (in fact, his last concert was at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis), putting out albums ("Way Down" was on the charts when he died); and, although the popularity of his music had been eclipsed by disco and Alice Cooper, he was still a major superstar. Of course, now we know what happened: prescription pill popping. The King of Rock and Roll was gone. Amazingly, in the 39 years since that happened, his music and legacy maintains an extremely powerful presence. Consider how many other superstars have been gone for a few years (like Kurt Cobain or Whitney Houston), and Elvis -- who died almost four decades ago (that's two generations!) -- is outselling them! (Only Michael Jackson outsold Elvis on the "top-grossing dead singers" list last year.) That shows just how much a part of the American culture that Elvis is. And to think, when he guested on the Grand Ole Opry (at the request of Hank Snow, who was also managed by Colonel Tom Parker), Opry manager Jim Denny told him, "Son, you ain't goin' nowhere. You'd best go back to driving a truck." Jim Denny was fired the next year; and, unless you're a deep historian of country music you'll just walk past his plaque at the Country Music Hall of Fame and shrug at his name. Elvis' plaque (yes, he is in the Country Music Hall of Fame), however, will cause you to pause and reflect on the great music. So, needless to say, for the next ten days [EDIT: 25 days, by request] it's ELVIS MUSIC!!!! We miss you, Elvis. Here's a song that did NOT make the list:
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@teamfreak16 (31762)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
16 Aug 16
S, last time I was in Vegas, were my friend and I wrong to keep singing this in public at the embarrassment of our friend? I think not.
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@TRBRocks420 (56882)
• Banks, Oregon
17 Aug 16
Very sad who knows what the King would have done, if he lived longer and, also hadn't got hooked on pills, but he was still the best and, a cool guy too.
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@FourWalls (8400)
• United States
17 Aug 16
I believe that, had he lived longer, he would have stayed relevant in music. Yeah, young Elvis looked better than fat Elvis, but the voice was still amazing.
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@skysnap (17586)
16 Aug 16
I wonder if he had psychological issues coping.. that led to these problems.
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@FourWalls (8400)
• United States
16 Aug 16
He was quite a humble man, and that constant adoration was probably too much for him to handle.
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• Nigeria
16 Aug 16
Yea he is indeed great
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@JohnRoberts (34046)
• Los Angeles, California
16 Aug 16
Only 10 Elvis songs!?! One could do 20 or 25 and that's just the hits.
@FourWalls (8400)
• United States
16 Aug 16
Okay, per your request....
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@JohnRoberts (34046)
• Los Angeles, California
16 Aug 16
@FourWalls It's just that he's The King with an enormous body of work from country to gospel.
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