I agree he would still have a fan base, be a legend etc....
but its so much harder for a Man regarded as such a sex symbol to age.......if they die young, they are eternally 'youthful' and in their prime
"NO-ONE, BUT NO-ONE,IS HIS EQUAL, OR EVER WILL BE. HE WAS, AND IS SUPREME".Mick Jagger
Elvis was much more than a sex symbol. He was the perfect package. Everything just seemed perfect with him. He had enough charisma for a dozen performers. Elvis never would have faded because of age. He was an important part of so many peoples lives that never even met the man. Elvis was one of a kind. I dont think the usual rules apply to him.
I just saw Ringo Starr promoting a book of unpublished Beatle photos-still looks great, still tours still drums.
Tom Jones still tours hes around 73-hes not the hip shaker he was-but puts on a good show.
Mick Jagger is remarkable in his ability to still ROCK-he has not slowed up much at all and hes over 70.
There is a tendency to think past 60-over the hill (for some its 50) but thats a stereotype-that in 2013 is just not proper.
Thats like saying all people under 40 are immature and reckless with no idea of responsibility...still living at home unde mom and dads care...sure there are some like that-but not all by a long shot.
Talent and charisma are not bound by age......Elvis had both...IF he had lived they were not going anywhere...he vocally improved every year he was alive.
Sinatra lost some breath control in his last years of live perfoming-but in the studio he still put out impressive albums including a couple of Duets albums that sold big.
Elvis like McCartney, like Jagger, like Sinatra could have still been performing still a great entertainer.
Work in Progress!
Now sure, people like Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry, totally became corny oldies but goodies, but still, they became like that since the late 60's, while Elvis proved it wasn't going to be like that at all for him, except for his last two years of touring. So... I guess, it all have to do if he had chaged managment, and in which direction the new managment have taken him during the 80's and early 90's.
I would have love Elvis to put a series of albums like Johnny Cash American Recordings, that would have been enough.
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But Elvis was a phenomenon, being Elvis was very hard.
Besides Elvis Beside the fact that he was a great artist was very weak mentally.
I can not imagine that he could live longer.
Remember what is written on the gravestone " God saw that He needed some rest...."
What is understood at this UNIQUE HARM.
I'll Remember You!!!
A lot of people share Viva Elvis' view on this.
I think it really depends on how Elvis' career would have proceeded had he not died.
If Elvis was still playing Vegas, still fat and still recording for RCA in the 1980s then i shudder to think what his legacy would be like now.
I think the 1980s had the potential to be a very good decade for Elvis but only if he had a record deal with another label and a younger more creative management team behind him.
Dick Grob talked about Elvis' future plans at a fan convention in Las Vegas a few years ago and the plans Elvis had sounded good.
Elvis' voice evolved from 1953 to his death into a much wider range and ability no one can say his vocal prowess diminished-it grew way beyond the normal singer of rock (and most other musical genres) so I think his talent and charisma would always win the day nomatter the situation or circumstance.
Sinatra was hot as anyone could be in the 1940s, entered the 50s as a superstar-then his career crashed right before the rock era began...he lost his singing voice for a time..he was considered washed up...and had some hard years till the late 50s. But Sinatra prevailed and his career grew as did his legacy-even though it was not all a bed of roses for the length of his career.
I have said this many times-Elvis was considered a flash in the pan in 56...proven wrong, when he went into the Army many thought that would be the end of his huge appeal...proven wrong.....the travelogue like films were seen as the end of his rock career-proven wrong...the Beatles invasion the huge change in tone and direction of popular music were seen as the final nail in Elvis' career-proven wrong.
Elvis evolved and sometimes he did it the hard way-fighting bad management, his own personal demons and his own insecurities but he always triumphed in the end......I'm sorry but the idea that he somehow would have fallen by the wayside is IMO just ignoring all he overcame...each time his career was considered over.
He was not a flash in the pan-like dozens of other rock pop artists in the 50s and 60s.
Elvis was a true charismatic vocal genuis who transcends era, time or musical catagory and he was (and is in death) one of a kind...the rules for one of a kind type people in history are not the same-they move outside the box of normal thinking and logic.
No one can say for certain what Elvis might be doing had he lived beyond 77-but I can say for certain he would not have somehow become an opening act for some bigger artist or that he would be driving in a bus from gig to gig to pay his bills.....his legacy was, is, and- will always be intact because he was one of a kind.
How anyone can doubt the inevitability of his legacy....after reflection on his career and accomplishments before he died....is to doubt the uniqueness of ELVIS.
Work in Progress!
Some people are still fit and going well in their 80's, it all depends on their level of interest in life, genetics, fitness, and how they have maintained themselves physically and mentally.
It is heartbreaking that Elvis isn't still with us, especially if he was happy and content. I always hoped too, that he was alive, so very much and agree with you.
I disagree with your last paragraph, perhaps you are Generation Y. There are a lot of talented people in the world with dreadful personalities. Most people aren't as attractive as Elvis and he would still be extremely good looking because his face wouldn't age with the wrong lines, as he inside, didn't think badly, he thought of others.
Elvis was a good man, a very good man, we know this through his actions. Elvis, professionally, was a trailblazer without anyone to whom he could truly relate to on all levels, which is sad. If he did, perhaps things may have played out differently, as everyone needs someone to talk to and to relate with, he didn't have that and it is something he said that he craved his entire life. I don't think anyone, unless in his shoes, can make an accurate judgement on his state of mind, unless they spent a lot of time with him and knew him, personally. Even then, you can't really know anyone.
Jeez, if someone has wrinkles and are older they are a lesser person in your eyes? (Non rhetorical question, really).
Thank you, KPM, well said.
I don't think Ozzie Osborne is a good example, he fried his brain. He is a true junkie on illegal drugs, and perhaps alcohol, too, I don't know.
Paul McCartney was taking drugs or smoking, and he still looks fine. I think we'd all be horrified at how many people take drugs, which saddens me, really.
That said, drugs do age people dreadfully, as does, especially, from my observations, alcohol. People get this hard look to their skin. I am 120 years old, lol, and you wouldn't know it! lol
I could also see a scenario where Elvis is still playing Vegas, still recording for RCA and still being managed by Colonel Parker in the early 1980s.
There are a lot of entertainers that as they get older they became hasbeens and they don't have a career comeback.
When Elvis died it made a lot of people look back on his life and talk more about his impact on music and popular culture.
Had he not died it is a possibility that the public and the media could have took Elvis for granted and wouldn't acknowlege his accomplishments as much.
It's not so much that i doubt his legacy or that his fans would it's more the media and the publics recognition.
Not even the living legends have a spectacular career from the beginning to the end. Many of them have "stains" in their careers and personal lives, but it doesn't really matter when they have real talent. Elvis like everyone else would have evolved and changed with times. More than 30 years would have passed so he would have learned at least a little from his mistakes and see many things differently, that's what happens to us humans!