I know exactly where I was on August 16, 1977. I was in a car on my way from Visalia to Mountain View. I was on Highway 152 leading up the east side of the the Diablo Mountains, at the San Luis Reservoir when the announcer came on the air and said that Elvis Presley was dead. My mother and my aunt Carolyn were in the car. I was sitting on the front seat between them. This is the first song that was played after the announcemnt. I don't remember if they cried, but I did.
Elvis holds the record for most songs charting on the Billboard top 40 (104 sogns) and the Bilboard Top 100 (151 songs). To this day, The King of Rock and Roll makes hits. Several of his pothumously released recording went to the top of the charts, and rereleases and remixes have have continued to reach the top ten all over the world as recently 2004. In 2010 Cirque du Soleil released the music from their show, Viva Elvis, as an album.
Even though Elvis was a Rock and Roll and Country music star, arguably the brightest of them all, his three Grammy Awards were won in the Gospel category. I hope I meet him someday.
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