Rocks Off is celebrating Elvis week this week - the King would be 76 years old on Saturday. (Or hell, maybe he will be 76 years old on Saturday.) That's more than three-quarters of a century, but it just doesn't seem like a very long time.
Maybe that's because whether or not he actually died at Graceland in 1977, Elvis never left us. For more than 50 years now, the boy from Tupelo has exerted a profound influence on both music and popular culture. To wit, music's reigning King Kong, Kanye West, opened "Pinocchio Story" from 2008's 808s & Heartbreak with a nod to Elvis' "Can't Help Falling In Love."
To further illustrate just how much, Rocks Off combed a few Web sites this morning and discovered that just about everybody who is anybody has had something to say about the King, both in speech and in song.
"When Elvis was there, they were stopping everything. Elvis had the moment for real. While I'm here, its not all about 50 Cent, but it was all about Elvis."