...as in 30 years since he tapped out.
I always like the early -- that is, pre-Las Vegas/pre-drugs Elvis. I mean, the guy rocked when he was young.
I'll even forgive him this...
You have to wonder if Nixon had the slightest idea who Elvis Presley was. I'm sure RMN was hip to Lawrence Welk, anyway.
PARENTHETICAL SHAKING-OF-HEAD NOTE: Did I just use the word "hip" in the same sentence with "Nixon?"
It's said that Elvis is the second-most financially successful Dead Celebrity. His estate pulls in something like $40 million a year, counting licensing deals and ticket-and-trinket sales at Graceland.
The richest Defunct Star is somebody called Kurt Cobain. All I know about him is that he probably should not have owned a shotgun....
Of course the jury is out as to whether Elvis is really room temperature yet. You can go here to see where he's been lately.
None of this matters. I liked Elvis when I was young. I liked his music, even liked his dumb movies.
And I'm sorry he fell prey to the abusive behavior that has claimed too many performers.
But imagine what a void would have existed if there had been no Elvis. Thousands of Japanese dudes wouldn't be wandering around in white-and-gold leisure suits and pompadour wigs karaoke-ing it up to "Heartbreak Hotel"....
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