Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Last Train to Memphis...Where were you when Elvis died?

Thirty four years ago on a rainy day in Southern Illinois, I was unloading a truck of folding chairs, preparing for my sisters upcoming sixteenth birthday. Then the news broke by way of David Brinkley on the NBC evening news. I was astonished by the emotion the stoic Brinkley shown as he read the news that the King of Rock n Roll passed away.

Imitating Elvis in front of a black and white TV at the age of five or six, I to this day, love his music.  Having lived in Memphis for a few years, I never grew tired of taking friends and family to visit Graceland. The best time to go?  Christmas!!  Holiday music chimes over the speakers as you tour the grounds of Graceland. 
 Peter Guralnick in a two volume set, chroniclizes Elvis' rise and tragic fall.  Last Train to Memphis is volume one, very detailed account of Elvis' early years.  Followed up by Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley, if you read any books on Elvis, these two should be included.

Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley

Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley

Other books written over the years:

Elvis: My Best Man: Radio Days, Rock n Roll Nights by George Klein, DJ and radio personality and long time friend of Elvis

Elvis and Me by Priscilla Beaulieu Presley

Me and a Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship by Jerry Schilling; Jerry met Elvis back in 1954 and became part of the Memphis Mafia

Elvis Presley: The Family Album by George Klein

Where were you when Elvis left the building?

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