Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Spotlight on Elvis Presley

There have been many books written about Elvis, so I will have to add some personal recollections. I can barely remember his appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in the 1950s. I asked a friend if his mother screamed when Elvis appeared. I was on vacation in Cape Cod when I found out about his passing on August 16, 1977. When Lee was a small child, we went to the Westchester County Fair at Yonkers Raceway and saw a large figurine of the King. At that point, my son became the biggest Elvis fan in the family. In 1995 Bob Shannon on WCBS-FM played my dedication of his version of Crying in the Chapel to Karen. We even featured his music at Lee's Bar Mitzvah in 2001. In 2002 Greg Peters, an Elvis impersonator performed at my friend Herb Hollander's 50th birthday party. We visited Graceland in Memphis in 2003. Most of the tourists were not yet born when the King died. When we visited Nashville in 2004, we also saw an Elvis impersonator perform. In honor of the Million Dollar Quartet, you can Elvis' version of Blue Suede Shoes.  

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