What Does Elvis Mean To You?
I know that everyone on here likes Elvis (Obviously) but lets put a little bit of background information on how we became fans and share some happy memories!
For me it was back in 1977 on August 16th, I was just 8 years old, the news on the television annouced the death of Elvis and I was intriegued, I saw the expression on my Mothers face, she was upset, I asked why? and she explained that this man was called the King Of Rock 'n' Roll and it was shocking and unexpected. as I have got older and the more I have learned about Elvis I could see why this came as a shock to my Mother, Elvis had not really been seen by the British public on T.V. since the Aloha From Hawaii Concert, and seeing Elvis on the news and more recent pictures of Elvis looking Ill came as a shock.
As the news reader continued throught the life of Elvis and his achievements I was more and more drawn in, I especially liked the Aloha From Hawaii clips and wanted to see more and find out more!
My Mother took me to town the next saturday where we went to a record shop, we bought two records "Good Luck Charm" and "Way Down" Boy could this man sing, I loved both singles and played them non stop for weeks, this seemed to help my Mother see that new records where needed (Partly due to the fact the ones I had were driving her insance and partly due to my nagging for new material) the first album I had was a compilation which had "Return To Sender" and "Girls, Girls, Girls" the later song was of particular interest as I was just becoming aware of girls and the thought of girls in bikinis and wiggling by was very interesting.
During the summer holidays Elvis films were played almost daily, this was when I really got to see the man behind the voice.
I suppose It can be hard to explain why and how you became an Elvis fan, people seem to look at you in a strange way because its all or nothing, a kind of relgion. When I tell people that I have a web site the just look at me in a strange way, none of this matters because for me the pleasure I get from the music, DVD's etc is not effected by the passage of time, it seems to grow stronger.
tough question but...a good thread folks!
Well my Grandma my dad my mum and my brother and ofcourse me are all Elvis daft! my grandma tells me when i was a baby i would cry sooo much when i was going through teething and stuff..but when she played Elvis on her record player i was quiet and smiled ..dont know if thats true or not but its kinda cool.
Anyway what does he mean to me..the same that he means to all of the fans here im sure.. a fabulous entertainer ,an absolute legend with a huge heart & an amazing personality...he was soo good looking i mean i watched the comeback special yesterday (again) i was glad i was alone ..because... i swear to god i was drooling everywhere :P :worthy:
What does Elvis mean to you
Boy how does someone answer that question? But I will try, in 1968 I was 4 years old and my mother says that I did not sit still through what is now known as the comeback special. She says that I was mesmerized and that I danced every minute of it and even cried when it was over. From that day on she said I seem to light up whenever she played his music and that I would want her to play it over and over. Then when I was 7 which was 1971, we were on vacation in Las Vegas and my parents surprised me with tickets!!! I couldn't believe it, we sat up front near the stage and I even got to give Elvis a kiss!!!! I remember the feeling in that room was one that I have never felt since. There was such a feeling of life and you knew that what you had witnessed was nothing short of greatness and you felt privileged and you actually could feel how much Elvis felt for his fans. His eyes twinkled everytime he smiled that beautiful smile which seem to light up the whole place. It is truely something that I will never forget. I remember the night the Aloha from Hawaii special was on television, and as I watched I saw Elvis, but I saw a differant Elvis, he wasn't the same as when I had seen him in Las Vegas. Although I still thought the show and he was great the twinkle was missing and that made me sad because at that time I did not understand. I was 13 years old when the news came about his death. I sat infront of the television in tears. I like many could not believe that it was true, and I watched as the line of white cars followed Elvis one last time. At that point I wanted to know what happened, I wanted to know where the twinkle went and why, so I made it a passion of mine to find out. Now at the age of 40 I probably know as much about Elvis as possibly can be known, and it all made me love him more. Not because of what he did for a living but because of who he was and why he did it. I think it is a real shame that sooooo many people were there yet he felt so alone, and I think the saddest thing is that if anyone would have truely cared about what he wanted and believed in it may have made a difference. So I guess for me all I can say is that Elvis is music itself!!!!!!