Today is the 35th anniversary of Elvis’ death.  When I first realized it was 35 years, I said to myself, “gee that seems like such a long time” and then it dawned on me that I am 30, so the math makes sense.  And then I felt old.

Enough about me though, today’s post is about Elvis.  Priscilla and Lisa Marie were interviewed on the Today Show this morning and I will be honest… I got a little choked up over my toast while they were talking about the day he died. Lisa Marie always declines to talk about that day in interviews, so this was pretty rare.  They were both attending the candlelight vigil at Graceland and I swear, one of these days I’m going to make that pilgrimage.  I’m not sure I’m emotionally ready for that though.

Returning to my tradition of Top 10 Things Elvis (only on January 8th and August 16th), today I’m going my top 10 favorite early Elvis songs.  In January, I’ll do my top 10 late Elvis songs.  The dividing point between early and old is the ’68 Comeback Special.  Obviously.  In no particular order, here we go…

1. Don’t Be Cruel
2. Follow That Dream
3. Love Me
4. Pocketful of Rainbows
5. One Night
6. Don’t Leave Me Now
7. Baby, Let’s Play House
8. (Marie’s The Name Of) His Latest Flame
9. Now and Then (There’s A Fool Such As I)
10. Trying To Get To You

Normally, I’d show a video of “If I Can Dream”, “Always On My Mind” or “American Trilogy” to fit the emotions I’m feeling today.  But, I’m going to play a live version of one of the songs above that shows what an amazing performer he really was.  You can’t beat the all leather get-up and his smile at the 2:56 mark makes my heart melt.  I flipped through some of the comments below this video on YouTube and this was my favorite:

“Nobody will ever be this great.  Nobody.”

To leave you with a bit of humor, my Mom called as soon as the interview on the Today Show started and instead of answering with “Hi Mom”, I answered with, “Don’t worry, I’m watching”.  I called her back once the segment was over and we discussed the interview.  Her comment, which makes me laugh only because we’re such Graceland pros, was, “I think the Living Room looked really nice this morning, everything was clean and orderly, and it looked really bright in there”.