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GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
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!!!!!!!!!!