34 years ago today (August 16th 1977) the world lost the King Of Rock And Roll, Elvis Presley. He was just 42 years old. Never in our history has there been a musical performer with the impact of Elvis Aron Presley. From his beginnings at Sun Records, to a series of over 30 movies, to the record breaking performances in Las Vegas and across America, he remains 'The King'.

 

Last night in Memphis (August 15th), they held the annual candlelight vigil at Graceland, Elvis' legendary home. Fans as usual showed up in droves, from every state in the union and from other countries to pay tribute. Elvis week in Memphis is always special. It's a positive celebration of the life and music of a man who is one of the ultimate rags to riches stories. Elvis' well known problems with prescription drugs that led to his demise are overshadowed by the power of the music and the immense talent and charisma.

As always, there are numerous music and video releases that coincide with Elvis week. One of the standouts is the reissue of 'Elvis: The Great Performances' on DVD. The set has been out of print since 1990 and is now enhanced with remastered sound and video as well as some rare bonus features and footage. If you want an ultimage collection of Elvis Presley performances captured on video, this is it. From movie songs, to live performances that span over two decades, this DVD collection captures Elvis' at his best. See more info on the set here at trueoldiesabilene.com/elvis. And take some time to listen to the music. In the end, it's what really matters. You can hear a LOT of Elvis Presley songs today on the True Oldies Channel 100.7. Online, you can listen live at trueoldiesabilene.com/listen-live. Here's a great performance of 'Memories', from the '68 'Comeback Special' television broadcast: