Few of us could help falling in love with Elvis Aaron Presley, the “King of Rock and Roll.” His crooning voice and swiveling hips captured the imagination of a generation. The new Baz Luhrmann film, “Elvis,” explores the life of this music icon, from his childhood through his meteoritic rise to fame in the 1950s to conquering Hollywood throughout the 1960s, to his 3rd act dazzling audiences for almost a decade in Las Vegas.
Do you remember the first time you fell in love with his music? Did you see the legend in concert? Or maybe you listened to him on the radio or heard his music at a sock hop?
Did you fall in love with his impact and influence? This cultural phenomena created a new style of music and paved the way for future generations of singers and musicians.
I fell in love with Elvis through his movies “Blue Hawaii” and “Jailhouse Rock.” As with his charismatic showmanship on stage,Elvis also captured our hearts on the silver screen.
Now, a new generation is captivated by Elvis mania.
From his first concert in Florida on May 7, 1955, to filming Follow that Dream in and around Citrus, Levy, and Marion Counties in 1961, Elvis and Florida left a big impression on each other. He even visited the Weeki Wachi Mermaids in July 1961!
What makes a man a legend? Even after his infamous passing on August 16, 1977, the world was not ready for such an icon to leave this world. Even notorious rumors implied he faked his death and is living a peaceful life out of the spotlight. Could he be residing in the Villages? It would be no surprise, given his past history with Florida.
No matter what you choose to believe is true, the legacy of Elvis continues to live on today. He is so beloved that he has inspired decades of impersonators emulating and recapturing his greatness. With the movie premiere of the latest biopic,“Elvis,” a new generation is being introduced to the King.
And that legacy returns to Florida again on September 27 at The Savannah Center.