Long live the king of rock and roll

Published 7:00 am Friday, February 19, 2016

I recently found my extensive collection of Elvis Presley music.
I am also quite sure our more seasoned readers remember the man with the voice that could make women swoon.
To the younger readers, I highly recommend you purchase an Elvis album.
I discovered the rock and roll singer when I was a teenager and was immediately drawn to his soulful voice and gyrating hips.
He and my grandmother shared a birthday, which I thought was exciting.
During my college years at Ole Miss, I visited Tupelo and drove by the house he was born in. While I was in Memphis, my parents and I drove past Graceland. I still want to take the tour one day.
The Imperial Palace Casino in Biloxi used to host “Legends in Concert,” and there was an Elvis impersonator. I probably saw the show about five times.
One year, the Silver Slipper in Hancock County hosted an Elvis contest. Of course, I went and had a blast watching the contestants mimic “The King.”
Elvis was long gone before I was born. When I watch his older concerts, I wish I had been there to see him in action.
He was truly a great performer and I have yet to hear anyone with a voice comparable to his.
Not to mention, he was quite the handsome man, especially during his younger years.
That’s the musician I long for once again. While I don’t discount the talent of some of today’s musicians, I miss the swinging beats of Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis, the soulful sounds of Johnny Cash and the blues of Howling Wolf.
Thank goodness for compact discs, because I can enjoy the music I wished I had been around to experience in person.

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