I’ve always thought that people make too much of a big deal about Elvis Presley, but the fact of the matter is, he had a hand in changing music as we know it as much as any of the music icons. Today marks the 28th anniversary of his death. I can remember how much everyone around me was affected by this event, even though by the time it happened, even as a nine year old I could see it coming — it was just a matter of when.
Anyway, while the idea and idol worship around Elvis has always annoyed me, there aren’t many non-gospel Elvis songs that I would actually turn off if they were on the radio. The music was cool for its time and is, in a sense, timeless.
As I sat thinking about how revered he has always been and how much it has always bothered me how much of a big deal people have made of his death, I realized that when you really think about it he was the Kurt Cobain of his time — which when put in that perspective you can kind of understand all of the hype. Every generation has one of these musical heroes that brought them together, and then died due to some sort of act that — ultimately — they did to themselves.
When it comes right down to it, Elvis has and always will be the universal music icon and hero. I guess I’ll just have to accept that.
Wikipedia has a full history of Elvis, his career, and his demise.