Monday, August 16, 2010

Another Elvis newspaper sighting

Where were you when jazz pianist Errol Gardner died? How about actor Peter Finch?  Comedian Freddie Prinze?  Rocket scientist Wernher von Braun?

A lot of famous people were busy dying in 1977 but none more famous than Elvis -- who turns out never even needed a last name.  If you were old enough to remember there's a real good chance you recall the news coverage of Elvis Aron Presley's death on this day 33 years ago.  Other than the assassination of President Kennedy more than a decade earlier there had been nothing like it in the press.

Elvis was 42 and going the wrong direction fast, but his surprise death at Graceland of cardiac arrhythmia related to prescription drug use shocked the world in ways that still reverberate.  No telling what it would have been like had he lived long enough to die today.  Come to think of it, we got a pretty good taste of that last summer with the King of Pop.

We're sure the media made a huge deal of beloved crooner Bing Crosby's death by heart attack (he was 74) less than two months after Elvis' demise, but for the life of us we can't remember.

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