Elvis, the King, lives on

The Advertiser - - BOOMER - MON­DAY JAN­UARY 15 2018

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...

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