The Elvis Craze

In my post “Why Do We Idolize?“, I wrote about (and shared photos of 😉 ) how I had Hanson posters covering my bedroom walls when I was growing up. I mentioned that I knew that I wasn’t the only teenager who did something like this to her bedroom. 😉

I was recently thinking about how one of my cousins did something similar, but instead of decorating her room to show her love for a modern act, she decorated her room to show her love for an act who wasn’t even part of her generation. 😮

Her room paid tribute to to Elvis. 🙂

When she  was growing up, she had a wide range of Elvis collectibles, including Elvis Christmas ornaments. On her ceiling, in glow in the dark stars, she had “E-L-V-I-S” spelled out. It was directly above her bed, so she could look at his name until she fell asleep. 🙂

Growing up, aside from my cousin, I didn’t know anyone else in my generation who shared such a love for Elvis.

Thinking about it now, I wonder, how something like this happened. How did my cousin, who was born decades after Elvis died, become such an Elvis fanatic?

Even today, there are people who devote their lives to being impersonators of Elvis.

Why does Elvis have such an important place in our culture?

I do not know the answer to either of these questions. 😉

I do not know a lot about Elvis, so for this post, I consulted Elvis.com.

I learned some interesting things about him. Unless you know a lot more about Elvis than I do, hopefully you will also find them interesting. 😉

  • Elvis was a twin. Unfortunately, his brother was stillborn, so Elvis did not grow up with any siblings.
  • Elvis started his singing career in 1954, initially with Sun Records.
  • Only two years later, Elvis became famous internationally.
  • Elvis played the lead in 33 movies!
  • He currently holds the record for the artist with the most sold records internationally, at more than one billion records! 😮

What I already knew about Elvis is that he had an amazing voice, an amazing stage presence, and of course, was extremely handsome.

His songs are filled with absolute passion. When I hear Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling in Love,”… be still my heart! ❤ When I hear Elvis’ “Hound Dog,” I have to keep myself from dancing! 😉

Maybe people love Elvis so much because of the joy his music brought, and continues to bring, the world. ❤

I hope more musical artists can make such a lasting impact on society. 🙂

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