19 Somethin’ – Elvis

The 19 Somethin’ series continues. If you missed the previous articles, you can get caught up here.

Here is the next line in the song:

well I was a kid when Elvis died
and my mama cried

August 16, 1977. That was the day the King of Rock & Roll died. Elvis Presley was suppose to fly out of Memphis that night to begin a tour. But his girlfriend, Ginger Alden, found him on his bathroom floor. There were multiple attempts to revive him, but he was officially pronounced dead at 3:30 pm at Baptist Memorial Hospital.

Here are some news broadcasts reporting his death:

Thousands of people gathered outside Graceland to view the open casket. Presley’s funeral was held at Graceland, on Thursday, August 18. Approximately 80,000 people lined the processional route to Forest Hill Cemetery, where Presley was buried next to his mother. Of course, there was a wacko that tried to steal his body, so Elvis and his mother were reburied in Graceland’s Meditation Garden on October 2. Graceland was opened to the public in 1982. It is the second most-visited home in the United States, after the White House.

We have seen our share of tragic deaths in the past year – Corey Haim, Gary Coleman, and of course Michael Jackson.
Elvis’ death may be the earliest memory of a celebrity dying before their time should have been up.

Does anybody remember the day that Elvis died, and how were you affected?

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4 thoughts on “19 Somethin’ – Elvis”

  1. I was not born when Elvis died. I am 17 and have just recentl fell in love with Elvis. It is amazing that over 30 years later he still has this much effect on people. I wish I would have had the opportunity to see him in person. There will never be another person Who can influence the world like he did and is still doing today. He will never ever be forgotten.

    1. Elvis may be known as the King of Rock ‘n Roll, but he was so talented that he was great at Country and Gospel, and he had soul. His music definitely stands the test of time, and always will. It’s so sad that he is no longer with us. But his music will last forever.

  2. when he died why remember the bad times? everybody makes mistakes and Elvis had many great times in his career when he wasnt on drugs or fat.Elvis tried hard but he was emotionally unstable so remember all the good times.

    1. Elvis had a sad and tragic end. But he did leave quite a legacy. He influenced so many artists in several genres of music like Gospel, Country, Pop, and of course, Rock and Roll.

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