I was born in 1975 and I my father was a Elvisfan since the day he heard Elvis on radio Luxembourg when he was a teenager. He went to all the movies and bought all the records and singels up to 1970. From then he became married and he kinda lost interest in the 70s Elvis.
I was fascinated with Elvis as long as I can remember. I loved watching his movies that my father taped on the VC2000, look at those pictures on the LP's from my father and playing the cassettetapes.
My interest varied from the 50s to the 70s. My father bought the "Elvis In Concert" 2-LP set after Elvis' death and that was my favourite album. By then I still only knew Elvis from the movies and the records. The first time I saw Elvis On Tour (I was about 9 years) really turned me into a 70s Elvisfan. That Elvis guy was no human, he was like Superman! The cape, the outfits, the moves.... A year later I first saw the "Aloha From Hawaii" special. Man, that show only enforced my thoughts about Elvis as a superhuman being.
The first time I saw parts of the Elvis from the CBS Special (that I had been listening over and over on my fathers recordplayer) was when I was, I guess 12. I still remember the feeling that I had when I first saw him being overweight and near his death. Instead of becoming less of an Elvisfan, I even became a bigger one and had much more respect for him: this guy really had given everything for the music and his fans. It was like watching a Greek tragedy.
The funny thing was that I wasn't the only kid on the block and in class who was an Elvisfan: many kids were fan (early 80s). We had posters of Michael jackson, Madonna, Duran Duran and Elvis Presley in the classroom. Collecting Elviscards was also very popular among the youngsters. It was as if he was still alive back then.
At age 12 I first had my own recordplayer and managed to buy the "Aloha From Hawaii" LP. Within a few years I had bought most of the 70s LPs that were missing in my father's collection. 16 Years later my Elvis collection is much larger than my father's (and he also bought all original albums on CD over the years).....
Writing this down makes me curious how the next generation will pick up Elvis