Happy Birthday, Elvis Presley.
The "King of Rock and Roll" would have celebrated his 79th birthday on Wednesday (Jan. 8), had it not been for his ...
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Like Mark Twain, Elvis, of poor, rural Southern beginnings, combined genius, lifestyle, clothing, and mannerisms to create a voice, image and body of work that are both immortal and uniquely American.
I grew up in the '50s listening to Elvis. As a musician, I played Elvis songs. On my weekend radio program I had a regular Elvis spotlight. I know Elvis' music. But then, so does everybody, of all ages.
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 ...
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