Could Elvis Still Be Alive?

Why Do People Want Him Alive Not Dead?

It would be wonderful to see the greatest rock-and-roll star in history still performing on stage. When he was young, Elvis was undeniably handsome.

All reliable accounts are that he passed away at age 42 many years ago.

Why Presley was so popular--Elvis Presley had the energy, talent, and soul of a great entertainer. He also was a kindhearted man in real life, respectful of his parents and good to work with in show business.

Frank Sinatra, who in many ways was the Elvis Presley of his generation in the 1940's felt defensive when Elvis swept onto the scene a decade later. Sinatra made disparaging remarks about Presley. But when asked to comment on those remarks, Elvis paid Frank a compliment.

Another celebrity who was against the idea of Elvis Presley appearing on his show was Ed Sullivan, the host of one of the most popular shows on TV. Ed Sullivan objected to the way Elvis danced, moving his pelvis too much for Ed's conservative tastes. However, in the end, Elvis endeared himself to the older Ed Sullivan, who then became influential in persuading audiences to appreciate Elvis. Ed considered him a respectful young man, and realized that Elvis' wild dancing and rock and roll were just parts of his act.

His memory is still alive and well--If there's an afterlife, Elvis is sure to be there. In that respect, his soul is alive and his fans will see him again one day. Also, Elvis will live on in film, from "Heartbreak Hotel" on down, as long as there's a Hollywood to archive those films. When a celebrity like Elvis becomes photographed as much as he was, there always will be a picture of him somewhere, in music store windows, on walls in decorated restaurants, in magazines and newspapers. This is why some celebrities become almost superhuman as icons of show business.

Financially too, Elvis is still alive in one sense. His estate is still earning in the tens of millions every year, based on the pictures and recordings made by Elvis Presley. Therefore, fame can exceed the time-boundaries of life itself.

The fact of death--Realists explaining the details of Elvis' demise point out that because he took too many prescription pills, these medications may have ravaged his health. He couldn't have lived much longer than he did. But people who knew Elvis insist that he was not addicted to any type of dangerous or illegal drugs. Elvis' death was analyzed carefully by several doctors because fans everywhere wanted to know exactly what happened. The conclusion was that he died of an unexpected, sudden heart failure.

In reality, it seems that Elvis Presley, the natural performer and singer, beloved by millions the world over, is only as alive as the legends of other icons such as Babe Ruth or George Washington. Because fans want to pretend that Elvis still lives, conspiracy stories have circulated, but to no avail.

The times in which he lived--Fame alone can keep him alive now. But Elvis Presley deserves that fame. He was, in today's language, a game-changer. Elvis was a once in a lifetime original who brought America alive after the sobering experience of the Second World War. The 1950's were a time of transition for America. Trying to come to terms with the horror and tragedy of the war was a psychological challenge for all of American society. The music of Elvis Presley was new. It was a little rebellious, some of it comical, and a lot of it just plain romantic. Elvis' fame corresponded with the massive birth rate of the Baby Boom generation.

He loosened up society but started a decade too early to be part of the anything-goes loosening of the Sixties. An army veteran, Elvis would not become part of the anti-war climate of the Vietnam era.

A career like Elvis's might never be seen again. He had 38 Number-One song hits spanning the period from 1956 to 2005, many of the earlier-recorded hits postdating Elvis' death in 1977. That's almost half a century of fame, much of it enduring throughout the years following his death. In the annals of entertainment, he will be remembered as the consummate showman.

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