Elvis Presley died 36 years ago today. For those of you who are old enough to remember do you recall where you were when you heard the news? I was in Scituate, Mass., visiting family. It is one of those things you just don’t forget.
There was a funny song that Virginia native Mojo Nixon wrote and sang titled “Elvis Is Everywhere.” One of the verses goes like this:
“Elvis is in your jeans.
He’s in your cheesburgers
Elvis is in Nutty Buddies!
Elvis is in your mom!”
After an outing a few years ago to Nashville’s Lower Broadway, home to many famous honky tonk bars, I started thinking Mojo should add “Elvis is all over Nashville.” to his lyrics. (see below for more photos and text)
While we were eating a late lunch we look across the street and Elvis in on a rooftop as shown in this photo.
Here is another Elvis stationed on Lower Broadway. This Elvis is on wheels, making it easy to take him in and out of the rain. I wonder if someone illegally parked Elvis on the street would Elvis get a ticket?
Finally, perhaps the most important likeness of Elvis can be found in the nearby Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, a fabulous museum celebrating the history and importance of country music.
Elvis Presley was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998. The first line of Elvis’ plaque reads “Known worldwide as the “King of Rock and Roll” Elvis’ earliest ambition was to be a country music performer.” According to CHOF tribute, in addition to his rock and roll fame, Elvis had great success on the country charts, especially early in his career.
As it should, the memory of Elvis definitely lives on in a big way in Music City.