Meeting Elvis when I was 14 changed the course of my life. Sure, that was young, but he left Germany [where they had met] to return to the US not long after. We stayed in touch for two years before we saw each other again. He was a gentleman in all ways while we courted.
My fear is that people will forget about Elvis. I feel a responsibility for keeping his legacy alive. You’ll never see his sort of stardom again. He was so authentic and, in lots of ways, innocent. What you saw was what you got.
Priscilla is right!
Since EPE started the ETA shows, they have made a boat load of money but Elvis Presley's image has taken a huge fall. He has became more of a cartoon figure than ever.
But who could blame EPE, it brings in the money.
Another down fall is the fact, that there are very few main stream CD releases.
Remember waiting for a new Elvis release? Me too! It's not the same.
The FTD label has been amazing for hard core fans who know where to buy these cds.
And Even more financially successful for Ernst and Roger.
But it rejects the main stream audience.
Causing Elvis not to be relevant anymore.
Then Priscilla comes in, and these philharmonic CDs are smash hits!
And once again, the average American is talking about and buying Elvis again!
Thank You Priscilla!
Back to The Guardain's interview with Priscilla:
Our family has always been very close. My parents are still alive: they’re 90 and 91. They live with me and while it’s an honor to still have them in my life, watching them get older makes me feel really sad.
Elvis would have found modern times difficult. He was an intensely private man who was quite protected by his inner circle. The way he lived then wouldn’t be possible in 2016. Our lives – whether you’re famous or not – are so public now.
In all of it, I managed to become my own person. When you are around that level of fame for so long, it’s easy to slip into the shadow until you almost don’t exist. I had to make a conscious decision not to let that happen to me.
Oh, I hate getting older. Anyone that tells you otherwise is lying. Who really wants to grow old and die? My twin grandchildren are only eight and I would love to see them grow to adulthood and see who they become, but there’s a chance that won’t happen, and that’s deeply annoying.
I really wish people would stop asking me what my favorite Elvis song is.
Source: The Guardain - Back In Memphis Megan Murphy