My Miscellany: Elvis And Me

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wp-1485298089762.jpgI have always been a fan of Elvis Presley.  I think he had one of the most beautiful voices on the planet.  I also think he was one of the most charismatic people I’ve ever seen.

When I was in Webster House, a group home for troubled teens I was obsessed with the man.  I would steal all the specialty books with his pictures and post them all over the walls in my room.  I even had a life-sized poster of him in his famous Eagle Outfit he wore for his Aloha From Hawaii satellite concert.

There wasn’t an inch of my room that wasn’t covered with Elvis pictures.  I can’t tell you what my fascination with the man was.  I think it was a combination of his style, his looks, his music.  I think listening to his records was the first time that music actually evoked a strong emotional response in me.

elvis1973 on justruminating men's blogWhen Elvis Presley died in August of 1977 I was 13.  I was devastated.  I listened to his records over and over.  Now that I think on it, what a tragedy of drug abuse and horrendous diet!

I blame the people that were around him at the time, even though Elvis was a typical drug addict, his death could have been prevented.

From his famous Alhoa From Hawaii televised concert (although it wasn’t seen live in the U.S. because it took place the same day as the Super Bowl, it was aired in April of 1973) in 1973, Elvis would be dead 4 and a half years later.

That show was viewed by approximately 1.5 BILLION people.  It still stands as the number one viewed event on television in history.  It was made into an album, Elvis’s last number one album of his career.elvis 1977 on justruminating men's blog

I ended up listening to his rendition of Glory Glory Hallelujah, which is why I decided to post something on him today. I wanted you to see this incredible performance–taken from Alhoa From Hawaii–and then see one of his last performances ever.  You can see the so sad transformation his addictions caused.  After Unchained Melody, Elvis was dead2 months later.

For me Elvis is a strong lesson.  It’s shows that addiction shows no mercy.  You can have all the talent, looks, money in the world.  But addiction will drop you to your knees and break you.  One of God’s greatest angels succumbed to Satan and his minions.  But, “look away, look away.  Old times there are not forgotten.”

ALHOA FROM HAWAII 1973:

UNCHAINED MELODY 1977:

 

9 comments on “My Miscellany: Elvis And Me”

  1. Probably the best entertainer and talented man that walked on earth, Elvis Presley could not handle a life void of true love and peace of mind. Sycophants with vested interests surrounded him and prevented him from seeing the real world. Prescription drugs could not give him the life he wanted to have. The world lost a great musical genius in August 1977.

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    1. Man you said it. But he was also a manipulative addict who kept everyone at bay who was trying to help him. He circumvented one over prescribing Dr and when that Dr wouldn’t give him what he wanted, he found another. In the end he was taking so many contradictory pills and eating himself to death. A true cautionary tale

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  2. I was just listening to Elvis today because I live on top of an Elvis impersonator and I can hear him and I usually get random songs stuck in my head. It’s really sad what addiction does to people.

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