Portions of this post were first published on one of my pop-culture blogs, now retired.
The date is July 19, 1954, and Sun releases the debut record of 19-year-old Elvis Presley. Produced by Sam Phillips, the single consists of “That’s All Right” backed with “Blue Moon of Kentucky.” Elvis, who in childhood dreamed of being “the hero of the comic book,” begins his adventure.
The years come and go. In many ways, Elvis accomplishes far more than he could have possibly dreamed, including becoming a musical hero throughout the world. As they do for everyone, though, some of his dreams still manage to slip away from him.
The date is July 19, 1977, and RCA releases Moody Blue, an album that proves to be the final Elvis record before his death exactly four weeks later at the age of 42. An unprecedented level of fame helped Elvis place himself on a path that brought his earthly journey to a tragic end.
Only 23 years, a mere blink of history’s eye, separate the release of the last Elvis record from the first.
More time passes. Other heroes come and go, yet Elvis somehow remains. As some fans fade away, others take their places.
The date is now July 19, 2022, but those 23 years continue to resonate.
Journey with The Mystery Train Elvis Blog today to the beginning and the end with two editions of Vinyl Elvis:
“Sing to the LORD, for he has done wonderful things. Make known his praise around the world.”