When Elvis died on Aug. 16, 1977, it shook the nation so hard, President Jimmy Carter made a statement:
Elvis Presley's death deprives our country of a part of itself. He was unique and irreplaceable. More than 20 years ago, he burst upon the scene with an impact that was unprecedented and will probably never be equaled. His music and his personality, fusing the styles of white country and black rhythm and blues, permanently changed the face of American popular culture. His following was immense, and he was a symbol to people the world over of the vitality, rebelliousness, and good humor of his country.
Carter's words were surprisingly astute -- it would be hard to name anyone today who has "burst upon the scene" the way Elvis did, changing the course of American pop culture, in both how we approach music and performance. Elvis managed to break ground in a number of ways, from bringing African-American influences to pop music to simply gyrating his hips.
As hardcore Elvis fans make the trek to Graceland for a candlelight vigil, we're staying at home to listen to a few of our favorite Elvis tracks. Take a spin through our playlist, and let us know your favorite Elvis song in the comments.
Tracklist is as follows:
1. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
2. Hound Dog
3. It's Now Or Never
4. Can't Help Falling In Love
5. King Creole
6. Don't Be Cruel
7. Stuck On You
8. Return To Sender
9. A Little Less Conversation
10. A Little Less Conversation (JXL Remix)