Friday, January 8, 2010

Elvis Presley's 75th Birthday

Elvis Aaron Presley born, January 8, 1935 and died, August 16, 1977 was the entertainer of the century for American popular culture. He is referred to as simply "the King" in recognition of the massive impact he had upon music, movies, and in general, the phenomenon of stardom. His movies might not have been considered critically good, but they were popular. His music was considered to be good but derivative of the black music coming out at the same time in his era. But he wasn't unoriginal, nor should he be seen as a carpetbagger of any one else's style. Nobody came close to what he did, then, nor since. He might have faded into the mist as an aged star, had his life not been lost to drugs at 42 years of age, but we will never know. And his talent truly remained had he been interested in making continuous runs at the top.

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