I have always been a fan of Elvis Presley. I think he had one of the most beautiful voices on the planet. I also think he was one of the most charismatic people I’ve ever seen.
When I was in Webster House, a group home for troubled teens I was obsessed with the man. I would steal all the specialty books with his pictures and post them all over the walls in my room. I even had a life-sized poster of him in his famous Eagle Outfit he wore for his Aloha From Hawaii satellite concert.
There wasn’t an inch of my room that wasn’t covered with Elvis pictures. I can’t tell you what my fascination with the man was. I think it was a combination of his style, his looks, his music. I think listening to his records was the first time that music actually evoked a strong emotional response in me.
When Elvis Presley died in August of 1977 I was 13. I was devastated. I listened to his records over and over. Now that I think on it, what a tragedy of drug abuse and horrendous diet!
I blame the people that were around him at the time, even though Elvis was a typical drug addict, his death could have been prevented.
From his famous Alhoa From Hawaii televised concert (although it wasn’t seen live in the U.S. because it took place the same day as the Super Bowl, it was aired in April of 1973) in 1973, Elvis would be dead 4 and a half years later.
That show was viewed by approximately 1.5 BILLION people. It still stands as the number one viewed event on television in history. It was made into an album, Elvis’s last number one album of his career.
I ended up listening to his rendition of Glory Glory Hallelujah, which is why I decided to post something on him today. I wanted you to see this incredible performance–taken from Alhoa From Hawaii–and then see one of his last performances ever. You can see the so sad transformation his addictions caused. After Unchained Melody, Elvis was dead2 months later.
For me Elvis is a strong lesson. It’s shows that addiction shows no mercy. You can have all the talent, looks, money in the world. But addiction will drop you to your knees and break you. One of God’s greatest angels succumbed to Satan and his minions. But, “look away, look away. Old times there are not forgotten.”
ALHOA FROM HAWAII 1973:
UNCHAINED MELODY 1977: