08 January 2011


If he had lived, Elvis Presley would have been 76 today. This sort of anniversary is a sign post on the rapid passage of time. Last year for a Take This Tune meme featuring "Black Velvet" I told a story about how I almost squeeeeeeled over elvis. Yesterday, while making the rounds on the 5 On Friday from Travis Julia covered the Elvis Gospel Songs and the merging of black rhythm and blues and white southern gospel and country music into Rock and Roll.  I have fallen in love with the Soundtrack of the current Broadway musical "Memphis".  One of the big dance numbers from that show in a tribute to that merger of sounds is "Steal Rock And Roll"

So here you have a chain of songs about a time and place that still feels close even though it was a long time ago.

Black Velvet about just why Elvis had such an impact on his time.

Gotta Lot of Living To Do from Loving You - 1957

Steal Your Rock and Roll about the time when changes were coming fast. - From Memphis - 2010 Tony, Best Musical


Linda said...

It's so true that time flies, isn't it? And yet Elvis and his music will always be timeless.

Travis Cody said...

One of my mom's most prized memories is seeing Elvis in Vegas when he was at the top of his form.