If the King of Rock and Roll was still alive, he would be 78 years old. It’s incredible that nearly four decades after his death, Elvis is still an imposing figure, and it speaks to the impact he and his music, which first shocked a nation, are still making. Las Vegas played host to Elvis during his career as if it was his second home.
Elvis historian Cory Cooper explains..
"Elvis not only revolutionized the way we listen to music and for music to be accepted, but he set off hysteria felt around the globe. When Elvis came on the scene, black artists were not on white radio. Music was segregated; there were ‘race records.’ Elvis opened the doors for people to accept black music. People went back and discovered Little Richard and other fantastic black artists.
"It became so popular that legendary music producer Jerry Wexler changed the phrase from race records to R&B. Rhythm and blues was now accepted, and black artists were being recognized and went from local and regional acts to international stars.
From Paul McCartney and John Lennon to Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, to Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen, all were all influenced by Elvis. There was truly nobody like him. Elvis was a unique performer, and he was the American dream. He came from humble beginnings and became the biggest superstar in the world and sold more records than anyone else in the history of music. All the while maintaining his gracious ways and manners and always appreciating his fans. This is part of what endeared himself to the world along with his tremendous talent, charisma and showmanship. Younger generations are becoming Elvis fans because they enjoy what he was all about and realize his importance and iconic status in the history of music.
That is why Elvis continues to be so relevant and influential today. So, sit back, put on some Elvis music and enjoy your day."
Please go here to the Las Vegas Sun for the full tribute.
source: Cory Cooper, The Las Vegas Sun & Elvis Information Network - http://www.elvisinfonet.com