Today we celebrate the birth dates of two legends, Elvis Presley and David Bowie. And I have a story to share about both!
In 1979, two years after the death of Elvis Presley, my Mother took me, my Grandmother and sister Kim to Graceland. At the time fans weren’t permitted to go into the house, but we all stood at the gates and even got to meet Elvis’s uncle, Vester Presley and have our photos taken with him. I was 15 at the time and it was a gorgeous day outside. In the area we ate at a place that had a jukebox with nothing but Elvis music.
Elvis was always a bit hit in every home I lived in; first with my family; then living on my own I always threw on an Elvis record; and now with my husband, we love Elvis so much we often go see Elvis impersonators. Of all we’ve ever seen, I’d have to say my favorites were: Shawn Kush, Tony Grova and Mike Moat. And there are yet so many more to see!
I know a lot of people think the early Elvis is cooler, but I prefer the Las Vegas Elvis 🙂
Here are some of my favorite songs by the King:
True Love Travels on a Gravel Road
Early Morning Rain
I’ll Remember You
The Wonder of You
Let it Be Me
THANK YOU, Elvis, for all the beautiful music
and the sweet memories you made in my life,
and the life of my loved ones!
And now, David Bowie!
The first time I heard of David Bowie I was probably 12 years old. I always saw his pictures in rock magazines and thought he was strange with the bizarre bright red mullet he had. Then he grew on me and I started to love his music.
I had the honor of seeing David Bowie, 10th row at Madison Square Garden in 1984 for his Serious Moonlight Tour. I was one of the lucky fans who got a moon balloon. I still have the balloon in a suitcase filled of rock memorabilia, which includes set lists and guitar picks from musicians I saw over the years.
One night I went to see Iggy Pop at the Ritz. I was going upstairs and all of a sudden a bouncer screamed out, “EVERYONE MOVE TO THE LEFT!!!!!!!” I moved to the left and thought someone was hurt. But no, the bouncer was just making way for the legendary David Bowie to pass. I was close enough to see his two different colored eyes.
Like Elvis, I have so many favorite Bowie songs that it’s hard to choose just one, but let’s just say Starman is pretty “up there!”
Little Drummer Boy, with Bing Crosby
Ashes to Ashes
And when he still went under the name, Davie Jones (but later changed it not to be confused with Davy Jones of the Monkees)
Thank you, David Bowie for adding a sublime soundtrack to my late teens and early 20s!