Old Man River:  History Along the MississippiApril 19-November 2, 2003

The Arts Along the River

Music of the Mississippi

Elvis Presley, The King of Rock 'n' Roll

Bald eagle and alligator crossing sign
The Upper vs. The Lower Mississippi
Elvis exhibit section
Artifacts and photographs on display from the following source:
~ John Koza, Iowa City IA

"Men die, but the legends they create are immortal … [Elvis] will be remembered as nothing short of a modern god."
- Robert Wilson in the "Memphis Press-Scimitar

Elvis Presley became a national sensation in 1954. This self-proclaimed "Hillbilly Cat" was a shy, well-mannered young man … until he sang. Elvis had grown up in the atmosphere of Pentecostal Southerners who spiritually praised the Lord with unbridled contortions!

His popularity throughout the 50s and 60s was incomparable. Numerous appearances on television and the silver screen locked in his fame, and by the time of his death, Presley had 131 albums and singles go gold, platinum, or multi-platinum.

Just when the world was beginning to look elsewhere, Presley made a spectacular 1968 television comeback. This was followed by live performances in Las Vegas and on national tours, but by the mid-1970s, it was apparent that fame did not ensure happiness.

His marriage was over. His chronic health problems, dependency on prescription drugs, and bouts with obesity all contributed to depression. At the age of 42 in 1977, Elvis Presley's heart stopped for good, yet Elvis' music continues to work magic for fans around the world.

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