GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

INTRODUCTION

I remember it well in the summer of 1956; I went to the Spurr Memorial swimming pool with my sister Barbette. This was not the first or last time Barbette, and I went swimming in the Moundsville pool, but it was the first time I actually heard the new singing sensation Barbette, and all her teenage girlfriends were talking about, the King, Elvis Presley. I was on a run to the concession stand, and I slipped a dime into the jukebox, and selected Elvis’ new song” Hound Dog”. This was a seminal moment in the life of this nine year old the first time I heard Elvis sing in his distinctive style. It was because of the music of Elvis that at Christmas I asked for, and got my first guitar. I wanted to play Rock and Roll music with all my young heart. Due to this influence of Elvis I made my dream come true in the 1960’s and played in The Darvons and helped to work my way through WVU.

 

THE HORRIBLE SHOCK

On August 16, 1977 I was married with two young daughters on my way home from work at Koppers Chemical in Follensbee, West Virginia when I got the shock of my life on the radio of my car. On that awful day I heard the announcement that Elvis was dead, and gone to a better place. I had to pull off the road, and catch my breath at this horrid announcement. I wondered what would happen to the music world without Elvis?

No more live TV specials, no more live albums from Vegas, and I worried about poor little Lisa Marie what would she do without her daddy? The loss to rock and roll was massive, but the loss of a father by a little girl was tragic!!!!!!!

 

THE KING LIVES ON

Today, August 16,2010 on the 33rd anniversary of the tragic death of Elvis Aaron Presley the King lives on in the hearts of all his fans. Last year alone his estate made over $60 million on his music, and memorabilia. The King is gone, but he will never be forgotten as long as his music and legend live on.

On this anniversary of your death I say to you Elvis:

I thank you for your music and style from the bottom of my heart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You are gone, but not forgotten!!!!!!!!

The King is dead long live the King!!!!!!!!!!

Comments 14 comments

SusanP 6 years ago

Nice tribute to The King!


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

SusanP,

Thank you very much for your kind comment. Elvis was a great influence in my younger days!!!!!!!!!!!!


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Beautiful tribute to Elvis. I still can't get over his magnificent voice.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Pop,

Elvis meant much to my young life. I thought this tribute was the least I could do for him!!!!!!

Thank you for your comment.


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msorensson 6 years ago

Great hub on Elvis, Tom.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

msorensson,

I was occupied in 1973, and missed my only chance to see him perform live in Pittsburgh. I wanted to memorialize him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for your nice comment.


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Tom, I didn't acquire a taste for Elvis until later in life after his passing, one can't deny his talent or his place in our culture. I now have some of his work in my favorites, a good tribute, 50


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Dusty,

I liked him from the first time I heard him sing Rock and Roll. I also liked his gospel music!!!!!!

Thank you for your kind comment.


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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Elvis certainly made an impact on the music world.As I recall he was sort of off the radar for quite awhile before his death.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

dahoglund,

He still toured some, but made very few records his last three years. His health was failing due to over prescribed prescription drugs. The doctors killed him!!!!!!!

Thank you for your comment.


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sheila b. 6 years ago

First and foremost,it was his voice. Before there was all of the controversy about his performances, we heard his voice on the radio and loved it. And I realized, reading your hub, I too remember where I was when I heard on the radiio that he was dead.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

sheila b.

I agree completely with your statement. It was first and foremost his amazing range and vocal style. I was devastated when I heard he had died!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for your comment.


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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

The king was awesome. Thanks for the sharing the memory.

Keep on hubbing!


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

eovery,

Elvis was "The Man", and he influenced my younger life in a very positive manner, depite how he ended up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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