Elvis, the King, lives on
And if you were foolish enough to think mere death had stopped him making records, then think again. Latest news from Graceland is that, with the help of the latest technology, the King will continue to release songs, some of which will be duets with some still-living artists.
Club general meetings are held bi-monthly, usually followed up with a social gathering and there are plenty of opportunities to mix and mingle with other members on the regularly held social nights.
The club has two dances each year – one in January and the other in August. These dances commemorate Elvis’s birth and death.
“These are the club’s major fundraisers for the year,” Nancy says.
“Throughout his life, Elvis Presley was very generous to friends, strangers and charities alike. To continue in this same generosity, part proceeds from funds raised at our events are donated to charity.
“We try to support local children’s charities. Last August we made a sizeable donation to the Make a Wish Foundation and this January we’ll be supporting Autism SA.”
I asked Nancy how many of the current members had made the pilgrimage to Graceland in Memphis, the home of Elvis.
“Some of our members have been several times. It’s quite an emotional journey to take,” she says.
“I went about 20 years ago and, the first time, just being there, was quite daunting and very moving.”
Even though Elvis Presley died 41 years ago, it seems he still holds a special place in the hearts and minds of his most dedicated of Adelaide fans. His fame and appeal have continued to grow exponentially over time, not only keeping the loyalty of his diehard devotees locally and worldwide, but still making news on an impressively regular basis. If Elvis were alive today – and some people still believe he is – I wonder whether he’d be surprised that so many fans have gathered and still gather to celebrate his 83rd birthday. BOB BYRNE IS THE AUTHOR OF ADELAIDE REMEMBER WHEN AND POSTS MEMORIES OF ADELAIDE EVERY DAY ON FACEBOOK.COM/ ADELAIDEREMEMBERWHEN
Elvis’s fame and appeal have continued to grow exponentially over time ALOHA: Sound of Elvis Fan Club members dress the part for the opening night of Paradise Hawaiian Style in late 1966, below, the club gathers in August 1977 at Parabanks Shopping Centre in shock at Elvis’s death, and below left, The Sound of Elvis Fan Club committee members last week, from left, Jeanette Mossop, p, Eddie Hillier, Lee-Ann Mandica, Nancy Logozzo and a Barry y Tanner.