This edition of “MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges” on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2017
ELVIS: A 40th Anniversary Remembrance of The King
ELVIS FANS! This is a very special edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges," on 89.1FM - Lakeshore Public Radio. Forty years ago today, 18-year-old future rock scribe and radio host Tom Lounges was impacted like millions of others when a newscaster reported -- "ELVIS PRESLEY IS DEAD AT AGE 42!" "I can remember every detail of the very minute I heard that fateful 2:00pm Central newscast exactly 40 years ago -- August 16, 1977.
"Sure, I came of age during the time of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, David Bowie and Elton John, but it was ELVIS PRESLEY who initially turned me on to rock 'n' roll when during the 1960s, my older sister Sue would take me to see his films at the Ridge Drive-In Theater on Ridge Road in Highland," said Lounges. "Those films, her playing of Elvis records, and eventually seeing Elvis rock the family television set while wearing black leather in 1968, impacted the course my life. I now feel blessed to have had the opportunity to see Elvis perform in May of 1977 at the Chicago Stadium, which sadly would be his last ever appearance in Chicago."
Elvis changed music, pop culture and many lives just by being Elvis. "It was was the death of Elvis that first inspired me to write and my rebuttal commentary to a negative "Letters to the Editor" about Elvis, became my first published piece of writing. It lead to my current career as an entertainment journalist," added Lounges.
Over the years since his death, I have had the opportunity to work with, interview, and in some cases become friends with many of the folks who were close with Elvis, among them -- Al Dvorin, Joe Esposito, Jerry Shilling, DJ Fontana, Arlene Charles, The Jordanaires, Richard Sterban, Estelle Brown of The Sweet Inspirations, Donnie Sumner, George Klein, and even Elvis's beloved daughter, Lisa Marie.
This program honors and remembers the King of Rock 'N' Roll on the 40th Anniversary of his death, as Lounges shares some of his favorite Elvis songs with listeners; not necessarily the hits, but personal favorites from his rich and very deep catalog.
Elvis may have left the building 40 years ago for the last time, but he has not left the hearts of those he impacted. Tonight, in a special edition of "MIDWEST BEAT with Tom Lounges," Lounges will rock, roll and remember!
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