Friday, August 16, 2013

The LuLac Edition #2495, August 16th, 2013


It was 36 years ago today that Elvis Presley died. I was working at WVIA TV and FM. Working the 2 to 10 shift, I walked through the TV Studios to the FM side and the teletype bell kept ringing. That was a bulletin. Big time bulletin from UPI. I tore it off and it read, “PRESLEY DEAD AT 42”.
Bill Kelly was walking through the Control Room taking a shortcut through the studios to his office. (At that time he had office number 2). When he asked “What’s up”? and I told him, he took the bulletin and cut an announcement in the TV sound booth. I did one for the automated afternoon programs running at that time on WVIA FM. IN the next month, the news and magazines were filled with news of Presley’s demise.
And for the next few months, the best ice breaker a single guy could make in a bar when approaching a woman, especially one a tad older than you was to say, “It was a shame about Elvis, wasn’t it?” Presley’s last chart song was this one. “Way Down” from the “Moody Blue” (the album was really blue) LP.


At 12:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw Elvis LIVE at the Cleveland Coliseum and he was amazing and I wasn’t even that big a fan at the time. Never saw anything like it before or after and I saw everyone
I ever wanted to see ‘cept Sinatra.
As a friend once wrote in a long ago song, “Jesus was the answer, but Elvis was the King.”

At 10:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not a big Elvis fan but having lived and seen stuff first hand I have come to this conclusion:

Elvis did it first, Elvis did it best.

At 6:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fan or not it just doesn't matter,
he made some of the worst movies ever which wasnt really his fault,
but as 12:02 stated, He Was the KING of Rock N Roll! And for a time there Rock N Roll was pretty damn good.



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