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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Taylor Hicks' Fans remember the King of Rock 'n Roll

Today, August 16, 2008, marks the 31st anniversary of the death of Elvis Aaron Presley, the King of Rock 'n Roll.

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Born January 8, 1935 in a small, two room shack in Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis eventually moved to Memphis, Tennessee. There, he purchased for his home the Graceland mansion, a 13.8 acre site that is now used as Elvis' museum. Graceland has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1991 and is the second most visited private residence in the United States, second only to the Whitehouse.

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Every year, thousands of fans come to Memphis, Tennessee and pay tribute to Elvis during his death week. A week long celebration culminates with a candlelight vigil, which is usually attended by tens of thousands of people. The vigil does not end until the last person passes by the Meditation Gardens on the grounds of Graceland where Elvis and his parents are buried.

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Many attempts have been made in the past couple of years to compare Taylor Hicks with Elvis. Some may be a "stretch" and some border on eerie. Whether or not Taylor is or has "channeled" Elvis in any of his performances, the fact remains that Taylor did give tribute to The King in two of his performances during his American Idol competition. Taylor's Angels thought it would be fun to look at these two performances by both men as we take a moment to remember Elvis and appreciate him for the impact that he had on modern music.

Elvis performing "In the Ghetto"

Taylor performing "In the Ghetto"

Elvis performing "Jailhouse Rock"

Taylor performing "Jailhouse Rock"

Taylor and Limbo performing "Call Me the Breeze" at the Elvis Festival in Tupelo, Mississippi -2007

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Elvis' Last Concert 1977

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Anonymous said...

What a beautiful tribute to Elvis!!! Awesome job!!!

KarinP said...

WOW! As I watched the videos, it just seemed like it was just yesterday when Elvis was here.

Taylor would be the only person who could tell us if he feels that he has ever channelled Elvis when performing his music. It would certainly be an interesting conversation to have if one was fortunate enough to talk with him about this subject.

Elvis was a phenomenal star and it is amazing that so many people continue to honour his memory. From the outside looking in, we thought he had it all. Little did we know that Elvis carried many burdens. It is really so sad. Stardom comes with a very high price which is very unfortunate. He did "do it his way" and he did the best he could.

Well done! Thanks.

BevS said...

Great job guys!

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RagsQueen said...

What a wonderful tribute to the King of Rock 'n' Roll! I actually went to one the last concerts Elvis did before he did - and he was still the King and fabulous. What a loss to the musical community!