35 years ago today, Elvis died. I loved this man so as a kid that it became a (very annoying) running joke in the Geller household. When the family would pull into the garage (after a long trip to Brooklyn to visit my bubbie, perhaps, or some such), my three sisters would wake me up by screaching Elvis is on! or Carvel!
I just. loved. him. I couldn't get enough of him. Even now. It's been 35 years since, and still Elvis is everywhere. Thrilling, beautiful, original. He is America. Really.
Elvis continues to rake in a hunka, hunka pile of dollars - $55 million in the past year.
Andy Warhol's Double Elvis sold for $36 million at Sotheby's in New York in May this year.
If that sounds out of your price range, the First-Ever Elvis Presley Illuminated Porcelain Tree is "affordably" priced at just $249.95 plus postage.
Who knows what the fans think, but a documentary called God is Bigger Than Elvis was nominated for an Oscar this year.
There were more than 150 events at the annual Elvis Festival in the NSW town of Parkes in January, drawing thousands of hip-swivelling impersonators and fans. In November, the Shake, Rattle and Roll Elvis Tribute Cruise will feature 14 Elvis tribute artists, or ETAs as Graceland calls them. (here)