40 Years

Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; remixed and released in 2016. Listen once and you will be humming and whistling it all day.

Unbelievably, today is the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death at the age of 42. I heard the news while passing through North Yorkshire where I had bigger problems to deal with. On the homeward leg of my round Britain hitch-hiking tour I found myself with only very limited funds after a too enthusiastic night in a North Yorkshire pub discovering the joys of under-age drinking. 75p, five teabags and half a ham roll with home in Inverness a long way away was a more immediate problem than was a pop singer falling off his perch. I'm sure the inter-web will be awash with tributes, (to Elvis, not my reusable teabags). I'm far from an Elvis nut but I have always enjoyed occasionally dipping into his music. I certainly believe that he was a more honourable man than we ever got to know but of course, he wasn't without his flaws. A musical genius though, exploited by many around him but enjoyed by millions more. What a legacy. One of my favourite tunes is in the clip above. Kate Moss is rather easy on the eye too.