[disclaimer - some vile language in this video]
The truth be told I'm probably one of Elvis Presley's biggest fan. That being said I knew even as a young child that something was very wrong with Elvis during his last days. I would read the tabloids and even purchase one every now and then that had an Elvis front page article; I loved Elvis. My parents never talked much about Elvis as Elvis to them had long sense faded away. My Dad was exactly the same age as Elvis. I guess you could say Elvis at 42 was old, even in the 70's.
I guess many of us remember that day in August 1977 when we first heard that "The King is Dead". My friend called me on the telephone to let me know and I was absolutely in disbelief. I spent the rest of the day listening to the radio, listening to the news, listening to Elvis songs and eventually, and according to my parents, I locked myself in my bedroom for three whole days. I probably did do that.
This isn't a post to trash Elvis. I think we've learned over the years to just how addicted Elvis was to Sex, drugs and rock-n-roll. However, I learned a good deal from this video about the life of Elvis from his closest friends and confidants. If you enjoyed Elvis then I challenge you to take an hour and be entertained, shocked and bewildered as you look into the life of one of our greatest music stars....ever. I've talked with folks who attended an Elvis concert and they all said the same thing, "there's nothing like an Elvis concert". That's probably true because when Elvis performed it was all about Elvis. No fancy light show but just an amazing concert show.
I continue to be amazed at the depths to which Elvis fell with his drug abuse.. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Brian Adams, Tommy Bolin, Keith Moon and John Bonham of Led Zeppelin, to name just a few big name artists who all died young from drug abuse.
Elvis was a great performer and had great God given talents but as my friend mentioned to me in an e-mail; "Elvis chose the wide path". It's a sad story my friends. I find myself listening to Elvis with my iPhone at rehab. Elvis could belt out a tune, this is a fact.
Do you have a child hood star you still idolize today? Maybe an actor, musician or political figure. I know Elvis isn't for everyone but for the few years he was here on Earth he made his mark; probably not the mark and legacy he had hoped to leave behind.