It’s hard to believe that the iconic Elvis Presley will have been gone for 36 years this August. From Vegas impersonators to an entire Sirius radio station devoted to this artist’s music, it feels like the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll never really left us. Elvis debuted his music back in 1954, and on August 16th 2013, almost 60s years later, we’re taking the time to stop and reflect on just how revolutionary this musician was.
Elvis stepped onto the scene in a time when live music performances were becoming popular on television. His famous performance on the Milton Berle Show had young audiences in awe and left parents feeling scandalized. His fast beat songs were a dramatic change from the slower music playing on the radio at the time. Undoubtedly, the most scandalous part of Elvis’s TV performance was the sexual way that he swayed his hips while dancing. Ironically, this soon became the only way that people knew how to dance, and it was clear from that moment on that rock ‘n’ roll was here to stay.
When Elvis died unexpectedly at the age of 42, he left a legacy of movies and music behind. “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” and “Hound Dog,” are just some of the many famous songs he gave us. Jailhouse Rock, Viva Las Vegas, and Blue Hawaii are among his most popular movies.
Because of the King’s widespread influence, it’s no surprise that his home in Memphis, Tennessee, known as Graceland, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in America. If you’re among the lucky people who get to visit Graceland this August, you’ll have lots to keep you busy. Elvis Week starts the week of August 11th, and there are tribute concerts, a candlelight vigil, a 5K run, and viewings of the musician’s famous Aloha from Hawaii television concert planned. Check out the many events that commemorate the great Elvis Presley
Can’t travel out to Tennessee this year? Then have Elvis come to you by throwing your own Elvis Commemoration Day party. You can impersonate the King by ordering one of our Elvis costumes which range from his 50s looks to that famous white jumpsuit covered with rhinestones that he wore in Hawaii. Convince a few of your friends to dress in our poodle skirt outfits to play the part of his adoring fans.
However you do it, make sure to pay tribute to Elvis this August, and tell him “Thank you. Thank you very much,” for all that he’s given us.