Elvis! I was too young to understand what all the fuss was about when I was growing up – I grew up on the Beatles and the first wave of the British Invasion bands that followed and Elvis just seemed corny and out of date to me.
Then one nite, in the mid 1980s, I heard a song sung live by a local rock band in the city where I was living at the time. This song was pure rock n roll, up tempo and very danceable – it dazzled me like a meteor roaring across the sky (to make my own corny metaphor). Afterwards I asked someone in the band who wrote this song and the musician looked at me oddly – it’s an Elvis song.
After that I began to take an interest in this American icon of rock n roll. Within that year I watched the film performance of his 1968 Las Vegas concert. I began to realize Elvis contributed quite a repertoire of very likeable rock n roll songs to contemporary music. While I didn’t make it a mission to seek out any other specific songs per se, I definitely had a new respect for Elvis Presley and his music.
Now recently I saw the movie “Elvis and Nixon” released in Spring 2016 starring actor Michael Shannon as the King of Rock n Roll and actor Kevin Spacey as the President. It’s based on the real life meeting between Elvis and Nixon that took place sometime in Dec 1970/early January 1971. The film takes its premise from an infamous photograph of the two of them shaking hands when they met at the White House. No one knows what their conversation, however, was actually about. The movie extrapolates on this meeting by additionally focusing on friends of Elvis who possibly accompanied him to the White House when he traveled there and also on Nixon’s aides who (in this film version anyway) encourage Nixon to go and ahead meet this visitor, Elvis Presley. “Elvis and Nixon” is ultimately kind of quirky and fun and possibly of interest to Elvis fans.
Anyway here is the song that made me like Elvis!