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‘And if you say goodbye, then I know that I would cry…’

Wednesday 16th August has got me ‘all shook up’ 🙁 It is the 40th anniversary of the death of music legend Elvis Presley.
I am an unashamed Elvis fan. I didn’t really know any of his music until A Little Less Conversation was released and I was interested enough to buy a CD of his Number One hits.
I love it.
The rock and roll music makes me wish I had more sense of rhythm and could dance to it properly. Elvis’ voice is so rich and warm especially in his romantic songs.
So here are my top Elvis songs:
  1. Wooden Heart
  2. In the Ghetto
  3. Suspicious Minds
  4. Jailhouse Rock
  5. Don’t Be Cruel
As you can see, my favourite song isn’t one of his classics. It is a lovely gentle song from one of his films. Simple yet timeless. ‘Treat me nice, treat me good, treat me like you really should…I don’t have a wooden heart’ is a reminder to lovers everywhere that our actions have consequences and it is so easy to hurt those we love because we know their weaknesses.
My second favourite is another one that isn’t perhaps his famous style either. Instead it is a social commentary of how poverty is inescapable for some just due to their birth. This is particularly poignant since becoming a parent and wanting the best for my children, wanting them to have more than I ever had and achieve more than me. But the children in this song don’t have any opportunity 🙁
My grandmother is a huge Elvis fan too and I can only imagine what a huge impact he made on the music scene and on the wider culture and society.
In your words Elvis, you will be ‘always on my mind’…

 


22 comments

  1. Holy Crap I forgot about this! I was almost a month old when he died and recently celebrated my 40th birthday. It didn’t dawn on me that this year would also be 40 years since the king died. I have to remind my mother of this. She’s a huge Elvis fan. She used to tell me the story of how she was holding me in her arms and she had just gotten me to sleep when the news came on the TV. She cried so much and as soon as she did I woke up and started crying. I sometimes wonder how much more would he had done with his life, how much more would he have done in the music world had he still been alive. 40 years! Wow!

  2. daydreams of a mum

    I have to confess not knowing too much Elvis …or actually I thought I didn’t then saw our list and realised I do recognise these , maybe his work is just embedded

  3. Hi Laura, the thing I find most disturbing is that I can still remember the shock that was felt when Elvis died! I wish I hadn’t read it was 40 years ago! I’m not a big fan of the King, but I don’t mind some of his music. I do remember enjoying watching his films (his and Cliff Richard’s) as a child though.

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.

    XX

  4. Ah Thank you for bringing back lovely memories of watching Elvis films with my nana and we loved wooden heart too! G.I Blues was a favourite Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime

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