As we celebrate what would have been Elvis Presley’s 80th birthday, it’s crucial to remember four important sentences once sung by Mojo Nixon:
“Elvis is everywhere. Elvis is everything. Elvis is everybody. Elvis is still The King.”
Maybe Nixon wasn’t aware of it at the time, but the chorus of this 1987 recording can also be juxtaposed to the four main eras of Elvis.
Elvis is everywhere.
This perfectly describes young Elvis. Memphis Elvis. In 1954 Sam Phillips rolled tape at Sun Studios of Elvis recording Arthur Crudup’s “That’s All Right (Mama).” By blending blues, honky tonk and rockabilly; Elvis changed the game. For a while it looked like teenagers and rock ‘n’ roll might just take over the world. Suddenly this young blue-eyed, pelvis-swaying sensation was everywhere. He was omnipresent.
Elvis is everything.
Besides being the King Of Rock ‘N’ Roll, Elvis was many things. He was a Sergeant in the United States Army. He was also a mama’s boy. He was a black belt in karate. He was a husband and a father. He was the Don of the Memphis Mafia. He was an enthusiast of peanut butter and banana sandwiches. But most notably, Elvis was also an actor. From 1956 to 1972, Elvis acted/appeared in 33 movies. Just try sipping a tropical tiki-bar cocktail and not thinking of Elvis in Blue Hawaii. It’s impossible.
Elvis is everybody.
Listen to songs like “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “Love Me Tender,” “It’s Only Love,” “And I Love You So,” etc. and you’ll see a common thread appearing in Elvis’ music – he recognizes that everybody needs to love and to be loved. Elvis is love. Elvis is everybody.
Elvis is still The King.
Hell yeah, Elvis is still The King! You don’t need to go further than Las Vegas to understand this. The Vegas-era Elvis is almost its own Elvis! Nearly four decades after his passing and the white jumpsuit, thick sideburned, “Burning Love” Elvis is still the most impersonated version of Elvis.
Happy Birthday, Elvis! Pandora hails to The King!