We, a world-wide nation of Elvis Presley fans hold these truths to be self evident: Never in the history of popular music has one man shown so much versatility in the expression of song. Furthermore no individual singer has so dominated the imagination of the global population to such an extent, that 31 years after his death, his name is still used as the standard all entertainers use to measure their own success. Elvis, as he is fondly remembered by hundreds of millions, continues to appeal to generations born since his untimely passing. His recordings still sell by the million and more than a thousand books have been written about all aspects of his phenomenal life and his continuing, albeit posthumous, career. Never in the history of popular music has an entertainer been so cruelly denigrated by so many scribblers with nothing but malice in their ink. Yet in spite of their constant jibes, Elvis Presley remains the paramount figure in the world of entertainment and continues to touch the lives of countless millions. We his beholden fans no longer need to cringe at the gratuitous and facetious comments made by certain media presenters and their ilk, for no matter what they in their ignorance say, we know Elvis Presley was the finest ever popular singer - a man of extreme generosity of spirit, and even considering his failings, he was still a far superior human being when compared to his mediocre detractors- comparatively few as they are! Wherever there are discerning ears, eyes to appreciate beauty, an ability to discriminate and minds open to reason, you will find fans of the late, and sadly missed, Elvis Presley. Elvis in all his extravagance, flamboyance, and zest for life did what none of the other singers quite managed to achieve. Like Andrew Lloyd Webber was heard to say on a bbc radio show, "Elvis Presley brightened up the world". Now having topped the majority of recent polls put out by world's media, Elvis Presley remains the most important name in popular music -an undeniable fact.
"O death where is thy sting, Thirty years dead, and I'm still the King!" ~(Sir Ronald Ross 1857-1932)
p.s For those of you that don't know Maurice,he was the strenght & force behind the Boy Elvis Statue at the birth place Tupelo Ms.
After returning from her trip to Graceland for the 25th Anniversary, Joan sat down and wrote this poem..It is so beautiful!
Thank you Joan
The Golden Day
January 8, 1935, Behold! Now the dream doth come,
In the form of a tiny infant, the dream has begun.
A dream of beauty..of songs unsung,
A dream of happiness and peace of mind,
A dream of love that would forever bind,
Our hearts and souls in ecstasy so pure,
That the dream would last...would forever endure.
On this day icicles glistened like the star of long ago,
Around the little house at the end of the row.
The day was bitter cold and would end with grief
Because a little "Prince's'" life would be very brief.
But at the same time a "King" was born to us
Whose name, life and voice would become synonymous With music, laughter, kindness, humility, understanding and love;
Anything less from him was totally unheard of..
January 8, 1935, gives us reason to celebrate
As his life of sharing and caring we can never overrate.
It was 50 years ago today that his heart began to sing,
So let the horns blow, the cymbals clang, the drums beat and bells ring.
Fly the banners, bake the cakes and let us join together
To give thanks for the birth of one who was unlike any other..
Happy Golden Anniversary dear, beloved friend,
Our gift to you, Elvis AaronPresley, is Love without end.
By: Joan Buchanan West
I found this poems online and I like them.It has been a sad day for me.