Saturday, July 01, 2017

Elvis Presley? Legacy? Kids Don't Know Who He Is.

Elvis Presley died 16th August 1977 ie today, 40 years ago.

Legacy? What Legacy?

I used to watch retired comedians and talk show hosts, Jay Leno and David Letterman on television, perhaps more in Canada than in Singapore. Both were good and had great guest stars on their shows. Leno collects cars as a hobby, Letterman spews fantastic political jokes with tenacity.

*Leno was asked about his own legacy: 

"Nobody cares. I was in Vegas and they were taking down an Elvis Presley exhibit at one of the hotels. 

I said, 'What's going on?' 

They said, 'We're taking this down, the kids don't really know who this is anymore.' 

If you don't know who Elvis is, I don't think my legacy is something you have to worry about."

*From: Go Ahead, Quote Me. SPH Websites Lifestyle - 1.7.2017.
Images: Google.


Jay Leno is right. Elvis Presley, a mega star will soon be forgotten, except in the hearts and minds of those who have actually seen, heard, influenced or read about him. As the years go by, he will just be a name in pop music history. The adage, 'time and tide...' holds true.

What about our local kids? Do they know who our Singapore 60's band boys and girls are? 

First, the tide rushes in
Plants a kiss on the shore 
Then rolls out to sea
And the sea is very still once more...

Song: 'Ebb Tide'
Singer: Frank Sinatra
Writers: Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart.

Elvis Presley Images:

          Elvis 'Burning Love' with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


Henri Gann said...

Kids of today will when they make a movie "SING" with Elvis songs in it :)

BERT FERN said...

Read that, some organisation should play of his concerts. Elvis, Beatles, Chuck Berry, The Cream, etc.


Freddie Kang
Mohammed Ali
John Cher
Hanche Presley
Ann Rowena Lim
Irene Hoe
Bert Fern

FRED CHING said...

Satu mana chukup😁 (Translated: One isn't enough.)

(Fred gave 1,000 likes).

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thanks to all enthusiasts and kind readers for humorous and serious remarks. Appreciate.


Not surprised at all. I said this before - Singaporeans are worse.

Knowing nothing further back than 1980. And that's stretching it already.

Henk Madrotter said...

Makes you feel old eh :)

It's the biggest reason I started my blog, after discovering Titim Fatimah many years ago, and finding out that almost nobody knew who she was here in Bandung, and that wasn't just youngsters.....

In her day, the late 50's, and especially the 60's, if Titim Fastimah would go somewhere, to do a show, riots would break out, thousands of people would come, crazy stuff would happen, fights, people died, pickpockets had a field day (and get lynched if caught).... Years before Beatle Mania!!! If Sukarno had foreign guests he would always call for Titim Fatimah to come and sing for them in the palace in Bogor.... She was responsible for what they refer to as the "Krisis Sinden" when at wayang shows they would put her on an elevated platform ABOVE the dalangs, because people would come to see HER and not the dalangs, which was a huge scandal, especially for the dalangs, R. Barnas Somantri, the biggest dalang at the time was raging "she is like an insect pest that destroys the tree upon which she feeds!!!", at the height of her popularity she would get way more money per show than the highest paid artist at that time (Titiek Puspa)....

And now she is almost totally forgotten.... But not by me, I've got almost everything that she put out and it's magical music.....

Henri Gann said...

Here you go Andy ...
A good start on a script for a show to familiarize the Kids on Elvis music. I am leaving the rest to your readers imagination.
Proposal for a production on " SING " Part 2 with the following Cast of
Cat King 猫王 (maowang)
with Hillbilly Cat, Rockabilly Cat, Cool Cat and Hound Dog Sadie
Elvis Song List :
Hound Dog, Treat Me Nice , A Fool Such As I, Surrender, Love Me Tender, Treat Me Like A Fool, A Big Hunk of Love
All Shook Up, Always on My Mind, Baby I Don't Care, Blueberry Hill, Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain, C C Rider, Danny Boy, Don't Be Cruel, Don't Cry Daddy, A Fool Such Ad I, Gentle On My Mind, Hard Headed Woman,Hawaiian Wedding Song
, Hurt, I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, Devil In Disguise, Mama

Guru Happy said...

I concur with Horace Wee comment as S'poreans are indeed one of the worst where remembering the "yesteryears" if '60s, 70s, or even '80s, are concerned. But to be fair Public memories are short! Here's where folks like Andy, who have sacrificed their time & money, shud be credited for his work to keep the memories of those "golden yrs" alive thru his Blog. Not only S'poreans from S'pore itself, but from all over the World have shared whatever memories they had of the '60s, '70s & '80s, on his Blog. It kept the memories of those "golden yrs alive"! For all his efforts & sacrifices, Andy truly deserved to be rewarded & recognized by the S'pore Govt with an Award. Keep up with the great work Sir

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thank you all for comments.

And to Happy Tay too from Vancouver, Canada. Thanks for the support. I'm glad people are reading this blog and the rewards are better if more viewers make comments because it's great to know someone, somewhere appreciates the blog or otherwise.

Thanks for the visit.