Now that I’m off my soapbox, let’s get on to the one thing that’s been good about this week.  Elvis’ 75th birthday. 

In typical fashion, I’m celebrating the day much like I have in years past.  I set the Tivo to record all the movies airing today.  And also the E! True Hollywood story on LMFP (just for you, nans).  Viva Las Vegas, Blue Hawaii, Jailhouse Rock, Spinout, Speedway and Elvis on Tour.  That’s what I’ve got waiting for me once this work week is through. 

For breakfast I had a PB&B sandwich (english muffin).  And tonight we are going to Chuy’s for the birthday bash.  I’ve been tuned into Elvis Radio all day, which is broadcasting live from Graceland, so I was able to catch the cake cutting ceremony this morning on the front lawn.  Priscilla and Lisa Marie were there.  Heck yes. 

I’m also wearing these bad boys that I picked up on our last trip to Graceland.  Which is just what I’m doing today… Takin’ Care of Business (in a flash).

Now, to continue my blog tradition… here’s the latest Top 10 Things Elvis.  I’m going with my favorite Elvis quotes, either by him or said about him.  I hope you enjoy…

Top 10 Elvis Quotes

10. “A lot of people have accused Elvis of stealing the black man’s music, when in fact, almost every black solo entertainer copied his stage mannerisms from Elvis.” – Jackie Wilson

9. “You have no idea how great he is, really you don’t. You have no comprehension – it’s absolutely impossible.  I can’t tell you why he’s so great, but he is.  He’s sensational.” – Phil Spector

8. “His kind of music is deplorable, a rancid smelling aphrodisiac.  It fosters almost totally negative and destructive reactions in young people.” -Frank Sinatra, 1950’s

7. “You know, Bush is always comparing me to Elvis in sort of unflattering ways. I don’t think Bush would have liked Elvis very much, and that’s just another thing that’s wrong with him.” – Bill Clinton, during the 1992 presidential campaign.

6. “There have been a lotta tough guys. There have been pretenders. And there have been contenders. But there is only one king.” – Bruce Springsteen

5. “Before Elvis, there was nothing.” – John Lennon

4. “That’s my idol, Elvis Presley. If you went to my house, you’d see pictures all over of Elvis. He’s just the greatest entertainer that ever lived. And I think it’s because he had such presence. When Elvis walked into a room, Elvis Presley was in the f***ing room. I don’t give a f*** who was in the room with him, Bogart, Marilyn Monroe.” – Eddie Murphy

3. “I wasn’t just a fan, I was his brother. He said I was good and I said he was good; we never argued about that. Elvis was a hard worker, dedicated, and God loved him. Last time I saw him was at Graceland. We sang Old Blind Barnabus together, a gospel song. I love him and hope to see him in heaven. There’ll never be another like that soul brother.” – James Brown

2. “Don’t criticize what you don’t understand, son. You never walked in that man’s shoes.” -Elvis

1. “When I was a child, ladies and gentlemen, I was a dreamer. I read comic books, and I was the hero of the comic book. I saw movies, and I was the hero in the movie. So every dream I ever dreamed has come true a hundred times… I learned very early in life that:

‘Without a song, the day would never end;
Without a song, a man ain’t got a friend;
Without a song, the road would never bend;
Without a song.’

So I keep singing a song.”

– Elvis, from his acceptance speech for the 1970 Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Nation Award.

Watching that always gives me chills.  Happy birthday, E.

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