Did you see on the news that the Andy Warhol painting of Elvis Presley just sold for over 82 million dollars? Also, the first recording that Elvis ever made was "My Happiness" and it will go up for auction on January 8th, which would have been his 80th birthday. Instead of thinking of how much money that record will fetch, I am only reminded of how much Elvis gave away in his lifetime and how he took great pleasure in doing so. (Click on that link below from YouTube...Elvis Presley-Generous Man.)
More than anything else, Elvis was from the South. This might not mean one thing to anyone else, but growing up in the 60's, this meant the world to me. He was SOUTHERN and to hear him speak in his genuine accent is just a pleasure to my ear. (There are and always have been people who like to make fun of people from the South.) Speaking of which, if anyone wants to say one bad thing about Elvis, please go elsewhere, thank you.
And don't even get me started on his singing voice! What an incredible talent! And I was never lucky enough to see Elvis Presley on stage, but I can tell you this...when I worked at the travel agency, we received a few magazines from Las Vegas and in one of them, a columnist wrote that he had never cared for Elvis but went along to one of his concerts as he thought he should write about him. This man became one of his biggest fans and stated that if you had ever experienced his power over an audience, it was something that you would never forget.
I really liked his movies from the 60's. Now, people make fun of them, I know, but they were perfect fun for a kid like me! And you could tell that he liked children, it just came across in his movies.
I do think that his acting talent was much better than he was given credit for...I really liked him in those earlier movies that he made, before he made all those movies in the 60's that I remember!
Jailhouse Rock was from 1957...a very good year!
Elvis loved Hawaii, so I have a photo of some orchids for you here. Aloha!