Monday, August 16, 2010

RIP: Elvis Presley

Elvis passed away on August 16, 1977 in Graceland. His body, along with his mother's, is buried there. Fans gather at Graceland every year for Elvis Week in order to pay tribute to him. Some still doubt that he actually died, that he staged his death and is still living it up somewhere around the world. I wish that was true!

Here are some of my favorite things about Elvis:

-He is the only performer to have been inducted into three separate music 'Halls of Fame': Rock and Roll, Country Music, and Gospel Music.

-He received 14 Grammy nominations. He won three of them.

-He was director Robert Wise's original choice to play Tony in West Side Story (1961).

-His favorite actor was James Dean and he idolized him. He considered James an acting genius. He claimed to know all of the dialogue of James' films by heart.

-He made the first ever music video of all time: Jailhouse Rock.


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