I still remember watching my favorite rock band KISS when they came to Lethbridge. The date was July 28, 1977. Why I remember that, I have no idea.
I remember lying in bed listening to the radio when news came down that John Lennon had been killed. It was December 8, 1980, although I remember the event more than the date on that one.
I vividly recall the day Elvis Presley died. It was this very date, August 16,1977. I had just gotten over to my friend’s house when he told me that Elvis had died. I was only 14, but it was a bombshell. It didn’t matter how old you were, everybody knew who Elvis was.
My mom loved Elvis and still does to this day. I remember sitting with her and watching just about every movie Elvis ever made. I still remember watching Blue Hawaii and thinking how much I’d love to go there one day. I can still recall listening to the Elvis records on the stereo. I’d listen to the songs and just stare at the album covers. At 14, I certainly didn’t realize the impact he had on the music world, but I knew that everyone knew who he was. All you had to hear was the name Elvis and you knew who people were talking about.
So, here we are, 41 years to the day after his death and all you have to do is say the name Elvis, and people, young and old alike, still know exactly who you’re referring to.
That’s quite a legacy.