Elvis lives on 40 years later



Hundreds of people came to mourn and celebrate Elvis Presley on the fortieth anniversary of his death.

August 16, 1977 was the date of Elvis Presley’s untimely passing. Now, almost half a century later, the icon lives on through classic music, timeless films, and his title “King of Rock n’ Roll.” Four decades ago, news of Presley’s death spread like wildfire after his girlfriend found him unconscious on his bathroom floor. In his lifetime, the icon had churned out dozens of records, performed 1,684 concerts, and made millions doing what he loved best–singing.

 Presley was an instrument of change for the music industry. When his career began in 1954, he combined gospel, country, pop, and rock to produce a new kind of music. His stage persona was risqué, and a little taboo, which captivated people and publicity. Presley was the “American heartthrob” of the twentieth century, having served in the American Army for three years. He appeared honorable to a country submerged in World War II only a decade ago.

 Presley began his career at a time when the music industry was waiting for something new and different. Although some say he simply was born at the right time, his talent was undeniable.  Presley’s impressive vocal range and silky voice conveyed a heartfelt tone that drew people in.

 Sanderson’s chorus teacher, Beth Philemon, stated, “Elvis was definitely an icon. Chorus is actually singing Blue Christmas this year, which he popularized.”

 Presley made the kind of music that generations of people fall in love with. This is made evident by successful songs such as “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Heartbreak Hotel.”  Elvis Presley is an American icon, and he will always be remembered as he rests in Rock n’ Roll Heaven.