Today would have been the 80th birthday of Elvis Presley, The King of Rock and Roll, one of the most iconic and influential individuals in music and in modern culture. He was a significant figure in Rock and Roll, Pop, Gospel and Rhythm & Blues, released around 100 singles, 70 albums, appeared in over 30 films and has become the best selling solo artist in the history of recorded music. None of this should come as a shock to anyone, Elvis is one of the most famous and recognisable people who has ever lived, and he is still sorely missed.
His music was the soundtrack to a significant part of my childhood, the first CD I ever owned was an Elvis compilation album. Long before I knew what he looked like, or even what an album was, I would wait until my parents were out and stay up late listening to it on repeat and making my toys dance along. Nowadays more than ever, Elvis is an idol upon a pedestal, a larger than life figure, but perhaps today we should look back on his extraordinary life an see more a man in a white tassel suit with slick, black hair. Perhaps instead we should listen to these songs which have been enjoyed by generations of people and remember the magnificent man behind the music who shared his love, his talent and his passion with the world. Elvis may have left the building, but his legacy is still here to be cherished.